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Capturing the Inner Beauty of Flowers in Pen and Ink

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This online course from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is brought to you in partnership with David and Charles and is launching soon. You can embark on a journey into botanical illustration – a very enjoyable art form that requires attention to detail, focussing your attention on the astounding variation found in nature. Pen and ink is often the medium chosen for documenting new species of flowering plants – everything is drawn to scale to show the characteristics of the plant. In this course, we’ll use a stargazer lily as it’s a large flower with robust structures that are visible to the naked eye. Sign up to receive information about this course before it launches here.

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These captivating flowers are loved and admired for their wonderfully large and colourful blooms with prominent spots and a distinctly heady fragrance. We’ll lead you step-by-step through the process of drawing the lily, starting with basic botany and careful observation of the flower. We’ll use precise measurements to guide our drawing to create an accurate representation.

As an online course, this learning experience allows you to follow at your own pace – enjoy the process and you will enjoy the results! You can watch each section as many times as you need, and you can pause at any point to focus on your work before moving on. The kit required to take part in the course will be delivered to your door shortly after you’ve ordered the course, from then, you’ll have everything you need to get started. This course is hosted by the talented Hazel Wilks. Hazel has been working with Kew Gardens since 2002 and has always had an interest in nature. You can learn more about Hazel here on her website. 

Take a look at the image from the course below, and see how you could capture the inner beauty of flowers in pen & ink…


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Want to learn more about this course? You can find out more and sign up here:  Capturing the Inner Beauty of Flowers in Pen & Ink

Read more about online courses with David & Charles here, or see other courses from us and Kew Gardens here.

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