Advanced Botanical Illustration Course
Applications closed
This course will be available again October 2020 for a December start 

This Course is aimed at artists who have already achieved a good standard of Botanical artwork, either through my Botanical Illustration Course or elsewhere via a similar level of study. If you fall into this category and want to progress your work to the next level by producing a portfolio of good botanical illustrations suitable for exhibiting, this could be the course for you. Acceptance will be via application with just 10 places available. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the application process.


The teaching approach is based on an individual mentorship which will assist in identifying your strengths while working to reduce any weaknesses. The course endeavours to enable you to reach your full potential as a botanical artist and illustrator. You will be guided on subject choice and will have a range of modules to support the development of the portfolio of work.  During the course each student will produce 5 major works over a period of 18 - 24 months. 


Tuition is given on advanced techniques and theory, developing knowledge on botanical illustration, botany, drawing, form, colour theory, scaling and dissection drawing, composition and presentation. The course is led and assessed by Dianne Sutherland with Polly Sutherland is guest tutor who supports on the scaling a dissection module.

These modules will support you in producing illustrations of your chosen subjects. The production of up to  5 works is flexible within the time frame, extension is possible. Download the application form below. 

Who is this course suitable for:

Students who are competent in drawing and watercolour and have experience with botanical subjects 

Those who have already successfully completed the Botanical Illustration Course with me 

or perhaps you have completed other courses but want to push to the next level developing your work 

Artists already working in the field who are aiming to enter Societies, open and international exhibitions and need to produce a portfolio and guidance on their work

Application Process Applications Closed fully booked

Strongylodon macrobotrys painted for the Sydney Florilegium by Dianne Sutherlan. Learn about submitting work for florilegiums societies and exhibitions. 

Hellebore dissection in graphite by guest tutor Polly Sutherland, who will support the dissection and scaling module.

Please use this contact form if you have any question s related to this course

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