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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Botanical Illustration for Beginners

  • Location: Flatford Mill
  • Tutor: Lesley Smith
  • Dates: Monday 27 May 2019 to Friday 31 May 2019
  • Level: Beginners
  • RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY): £520
  • RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM): £400
  • NON-RESIDENT: £315

This course is fully booked on this date but you can join the waiting list (by scrollling to the bottom of the page) in case space becomes available or it is run on another date.

This is a course designed especially for those with some experience in watercolour painting who have a love of and interest in flowers and plants and now wish to take their first steps in botanical illustration. The course begins with close observation of the subject and some sketching. We will look at composition and cover colour mixing and colour matching to our specimens, plus all those watercolour techniques needed to achieve the various textures required by the botanical illustrator. A full materials and equipment list is provided in the course details leaflet.

Bring a friend!

If you are attending a course at Flatford Mill at the sole occupancy price, we are offering a special rate for a friend or partner not enrolled on the course to also stay at £50 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.

Please contact FSC Flatford Mill on 01206 297110 or [email protected] to book this offer.

Lesley Smith has been teaching Botanical Illustration in adult education for over 25 years. She started as a complete beginner and after 6 years was asked to take the class over when the tutor retired. Freda Titford her tutor had been taught by Mary Grierson at Flatford Mill and Mary attended classes with John Nash the founder of the course now run by Jenny Jowett SBA, a course that Lesley still attends regularly. She is particularly good with complete beginners and runs several courses throughout the year at Flatford and elsewhere.

Further Information

Course Details
About Flatford Mill
Directions to Flatford Mill


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RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY) : £520


RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM) : £400


NON-RESIDENT : £315


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