Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Kew) and David & Charles have today announced a partnership to provide online learning courses. Set for launch in Autumn 2021, the initial range of courses will provide instruction in botanical art across watercolour, pencil drawing and pen and ink. Courses will be delivered online, through a mix of video tuition and downloadable instructions, and will include a materials kit to provide students with the necessary tools to follow the online instruction.
Courses are tutored by approved Kew tutors, with David & Charles overseeing filming and course creation, and providing the online learning platform.
Speaking of the project, Gina Fullerlove, Head of Publishing at Kew said:
“This is an exciting step for Kew, building on our existing short courses and book publishing programmes, allowing us to reach wider audiences online. With recent restrictions on in-person training and a great expansion into virtual realms it seems natural to take this step – a great development in the future delivery of Kew’s content and expertise. We’re looking forward to working with the David & Charles team to develop the content and materials for launch in the Autumn of this year.”
David & Charles Managing Director, James Woollam said:
“We are delighted to announce this partnership, building on our existing successful relationship with the Royal School of Needlework. We have seen strong growth in our online learning business and are excited to be bringing the unique training offered by Kew to a global audience in this way. It’s a privilege for us to be partnering with such a distinguished brand and we’re looking forward to reflecting that as we develop the online learning content.”