Botanical Art for Beginners

Next start date 30 September 2021. Cost £425

NOTE: Thisis the last presentation of this current course. Fully booked. 

Do you want to learn to paint botanicals but don't know where to start?

Perhaps you've a complete beginner or have done a few basic tutorials ands need some exercises with tutor feedback? Do you want  to work at a pace that suits you? If so this new course could be the course for you.

Is this Course Right for You?

​This course assumes no knowledge whatsoever, the simple aim is to to get you painting and to build your confidence by providing tutor support and constructive feedback! It also aims to demystify some of the 'rules' surrounding botanical art. It builds from basic subject step-by-steps towards creating your own compositions at the end of the course. 

What is Covered in this Course?

  • You will learn the basics in understanding and using materials and about the work environment

  • Fundamentals of drawing: how to measure and about perspective

  • How to transfer a drawing

  • Lighting and set up

  • Understanding the tonal values 

  • Learn the watercolour techniques, wet-in-wet, washes, glazes, dry brush and detail

  • Colour mixing: with a limited palette and identifying the colours in a subject

  • Maintaining highlights, about form shadows

  • Texture and detail

  • Troubleshooting: such as, ragged edges, over painting, how to avoid flat heavy paint  and repairing mistakes etc.

  • In the final assignments you will learn about composition and will complete a more complex composition and your first botanical illustration.

Course Materials and Assignments

The Course has 6 tutor assessed assignments delivered as PDF worksheets with videos. There are over 30 videos on different subjects and topics to assist your learning.

I personally edit student work digitally to show where changes can be made as part of the feedback.

Course Parts are as Follows:

Introduction with watercolour techniques

Part 1. Fruit

Part 2. Flowers

Part 3. Leaves

Part 4. Vegetables

Final Composition

Part 5. Mixed Composition

Part 6. Botanical Illustration 


You will receive a written personal critique, with edited images to show you how to improve your work. Turn-a-round time is approximate 3 - 4 weeks unless you submit very late, in which case work will still be assessed but my take longer.

Your work will be digitally edited and annotated to show you where and how you can make improvements.​

How much time will you need to spend per week on this course?

Around 5-6 hours per week will allow you to complete this course but the more time that you can dedicate the better the outcome.


What materials will you need for this course?

Download a suggested materials list here. These are fairly standard materials and more advice will be provided in advance of the course start date.

What happens after registration?

Passwords and introductory information will be emailed to registered students around 1 week before the course start date. You will also be sent a registration form.

The course will take approximately 10 - 12 months to complete but  you will have access to materials for up to 2 years.

To Register:

Click the Paypal button, you will be redirected to Paypal, the account is in the name Picturehouse. You will have the option of paying via a Paypal account or by credit /debit card.

If someone else paid for you, could also send me an email to confirm who is taking the course.

If you wish to pay in 2 installments this must be complete before the course start date you will need to send and email request to do so.


Please read the Terms & Conditions before registering for a course


Once registered you will receive an email confirmation of your place, within 24 hours. You will be contacted 1 week before the start date with log in details. Places are limited so book early! You can now pay a 50% deposit to secure you're place on the course, there is a small admin fee for this option, or you can pay in full. The pay Balance button if for those who already paid the deposit to secure their place.

Agapanthus tutorial
All things fruity!
Artichoke tutorial
Pink! Petals for the beginners class
Painting pink rose petals
Fruit assignment: apples
Starting a pear in the workspace
A cherry
Cherry process
Cherry wip
Cherry wip
leaf 3 and 4
leaf 2
leaf 1
tracing thumbnail

Six tutor assessed assignments, based on a range of readily available subjects. Just choose 2 per assignment. A simple 4 step approach is used for most subjects

Examples of Materials

Screen capture from Part 1 Fruit

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Watch a free extract from a course video