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“Drawing From Plant Life” Botanical Illustration Course

Presented by Alison Day

The Lewisham Arthouse, lewisham central

Mon 19 Sep - Mon 28 Nov

Community Event

This event was submitted by a member of the community

This introductory course aims to provide an opportunity to explore the art and science of botanical Illustration.

We look at how to draw and paint with water based colour by direct observation of the plant material. We also look at the history of botanical illustration and look at how both style and technique has developed as both the understanding of paint chemistry developed and how an increased understanding of plant science evolved. Styles were also adapted and developed according to the demand for botanical illustration. From kings who grew fine roses to the plant seedsman and herbalist.

The course is taught by a practicing artist who has a background in the science of botany and the practice of fine art.

Students are asked to bring their own essential equipment and materials, such as a sketch book and pencils and paints. Other materials are provided, together with samples of reference materials e.g Keble Martins illustrations of British flora.

All are welcome, no experience needed. This is a small class and provides a supportive and relaxed environment in which to draw.

Places are limited so booking is required. Recommended Covid Safety conditions are followed.

For enrolment details email Alison at the Lewisham Arthouse via alison.day54@gmail.com.




£100 (£95 conc.) for 10 sessions


AT Accessible Toilets
AD Audio Described
RP Relaxed

The event takes place in a studio with access via stairs. Previous wheelchair users have been taught in a space which is fully accessible and this can be arranged also. Alison has a background in teaching and working with students of both physical and learning difficulties and mental health issues and every effort is made to be fully inclusive.


Event Location

The Lewisham Arthouse, lewisham central

Lewisham Way,
SE14 6PD