intro to botanical painting watercolour

Introduction to Botanical Painting

Join Botanical artist Rachel Pedder Smith for this introduction to botanical illustration and learn how to build up layers of watercolour to create an almost photo-like painting of a bell pepper.

This course is brought to you by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in partnership with David and Charles. Watercolour has always been the predominant choice for botanical illustrations, partly due to its portability, but also because it replicates the textures of plants and captures the translucency of petals so well. This course will show you how to use a range of techniques to create a realistic painting of a sweet pepper in a natural-history style. You will be led step-by-step through the process of sketching the initial pencil outlines, mixing the perfect paint colours, and building up washes to create form and dimensions.

botanical watercolour

The course includes a kit that contains all the necessary materials for the practice exercise and the final piece with Rachel. Along the way, you will learn lots of helpful tips to ensure a professional finish. You will receive your Kit at home, and you will be able to access it whenever suits you and of course follow the steps at your own pace. During the course, you can also keep personal notes to help you with your work and the course content. Furthermore, you will have access to interactive activities to test your knowledge on the materials you have already covered.

If you are the kind of person that needs to express your thoughts or share your inspirations when you are learning a new skill, then you will enjoy our students’ Facebook Group and Gallery, that will allow you to interact with other learners, ask questions and share images of your own work.

You can find out more about the course and sign up here. Or read about our other courses in partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew here. 








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