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Botanical Painting

Introduction to botanical painting

Join botanical artists from The Eden Project Florilegium Society for a special three days at the Eden Project, where they will guide you through the techniques of graphite drawing and shading and how to turn this into a finished watercolour painting.

What you'll learn

Botanical illustration is all about looking at plants in a traditional but exciting way. Here’s what you’ll be doing…

History of botanical illustration: how the traditional methods of watercolour, pen and ink and graphite have been used for centuries and cannot be replaced by photography alone. 

Accurate drawing techniques: we’ll refresh you on accurate line-drawing and tonal shading to make your subject appear three-dimensional, as well as helping you arrange your subject on the paper. 

Watercolour technique, including mixing colours and using watercolour washes to build up a three-dimensional and life-like image. 

In a nutshell, you will have three days to concentrate on drawing, tonal shading and using watercolour, focusing on accuracy – the key to a beautiful illustration. Whilst attention to detail is important, botanical illustration is a very relaxing and enjoyable art form.

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Previous course participant

“Thank you... for your patient guidance and encouragement... We enjoyed every minute, and surprised ourselves with what we were able to achieve.”

Who it's for

The course is suitable for both beginners and improvers. There will be a maximum of 12 people in this group.

What’s included

  • Three days of expert tuition (10am – 4pm)
  • Materials*
  • Lunch and refreshments on each day
  • Entrance to the Eden Project

*We will provide the paints, sable brushes, watercolour paper and drawing papers, plus tracing paper, etc. Attendees are requested to bring drawing equipment to include 2H and HB pencils of professional quality, or preferably mechanical pencils of 0.3mm diameter with 2H and HB leads and a plastic eraser. We will have dividers and rulers to borrow on the day. A notebook may be useful. 

Previous course participant

Previous course participant

“The course was delivered with passion and understanding; it was very clear and informative.”

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