Botanical Drawing and Illustration
- Level(s) of Study: Short course
- Start Date(s): 15 August 2022 / 5 November 2022; 22 April 2023
- Duration: Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm, four weeks or Monday to Thursday 10 am – 4 pm, four days
- Study Mode(s): Short course
- Campus: City Campus
This course, aimed at beginners and improvers, will develop your knowledge and skills in the field of botanical art and illustration.
Typically, the course will appeal to those who have an interest in the natural world either as a result of hobbies (gardening, horticulture or painting) or through employment (landscape designers, conservationists and botanists).
Surprisingly, botanical illustration courses are few and far between, and finding experienced tutors in this field is limited.
So, if you’ve struggled to the find the right course and want to take your art in a new direction, this will be prefect.
Secure your place with a deposit
If you're booking two months or more before the course starts, we can accept a £100 deposit to secure your place.
The balance is due one month before the course starts.
Our standard booking terms and conditions apply.
Email us to find out how: firstname.lastname@example.org
What will I gain?
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to demonstrate how to observe and draw botanical subjects accurately, using mark making descriptively and sensitively.
In addition to your new skills, you’ll also experience the positive impact of botanical drawing on well-being and mindfulness.
“The course was fantastic!” SC
“Dawn was fantastic, inspiring and enthusiastic. There wasn't enough time in the day, it was so good I could have done more of everything. Highly recommended.” TG
“What a wonderful way to spend four Saturdays, a great big thank you for a fantastic course.”
“Thank you for running such an amazing course, I looked forward to it every weekend.” JM
‘I have always been interest in trying this and wanted to gain some new skills, which I can now do using drawing and watercolour' JH
‘Excellent friendly and professional tutor, Dawn was very encouraging as I was trying to decide if I liked drawing and want to do more' RS
‘I've got a good basis to and enthusiasm to continue drawing and painting botanical subjects, I enjoyed being taught the skills and being with a new group of people' PS
‘Dawn is a brilliant, patient and encouraging tutor. I love flowers and wanted to improve my painting skills, I really got to look at the flowers, tried colour mixing and trying different techniques that really helped with watercolour washes. Thank you so much' CF
Tutor profile: Dawn Wright has been teaching botanical art for the past 15 years.
She’s a Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists, a member of the Eden Project Florilegium, Northamptonshire Botanical Artists’ Society and the Association of Botanical Artists.
Dawn exhibits regularly around the UK and has had work hung in the prestigious Mall Galleries in London and at the RHS Botanical Art Show.
Her work is also held in private collections.
Dawn says “I enjoy recreating the colours which the changing seasons bring us, relishing in the challenge of capturing light and drama, encouraging us to stand still for a moment whilst we look, look and look again at the natural world.
Dramatic colour and compositions don’t have to be big and blousey; a newly-sprouting bud of blossom about to open, the promise of new beginnings, or the changing colours of a leaf just before it falls from the tree – all have a story to tell, waiting to be interpreted by the botanical artist.”
Indicative maximum class size: 12
Contact the short course team:
Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813
Campus and facilities
How to apply
You can book your place via the NTU online store: