Advanced Botanical Illustration Course
NEW This course will open for application from November 7th 2020 for a start date February 28th 2021

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 6 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. 

You will also be encouraged to promote and exhibit your work in major botanical exhibitions and florilegiums. To gain membership of relevant societies and to increase your presence on social media with guidance on how to promote yourself as an artist. Opportunities will be posted on the course web page. 

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 the 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 

Perhaps you have completed other courses or are currently taking a course and need personal guidance to push your work to the next level

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

Artist who want to widen their audience through using social media, websites and blogging

Application Process: Please download and fill in the application form, which will be available from the 7th November 2020 until the 14th January 2021. The course commences February 2021.

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Lessertia frutescens a botanical illustration by Dianne Sutherland, which is now in the permanent collection of the  RBGE Florilegium. Learn about submitting work to florilegiums, societies and exhibitions. In 2020 two students received mentoring and subsequently had work accepted into the RBGE florilegium.  

Hellebore dissection by Polly Sutherland, who provides material for the dissection part of the course.  

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