Botanical Painting & Taxonomy

Dates: 23 September 2019 - 27 September 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Art
Tutor: Jessica Shepherd
Full price
£ 385

This five day course will introduce you to the basics of botanical morphology so students will know what to look for when drawing and painting flowers. It will also reveal the development of botanical art through time.

During the course students will be shown the drama that can be created through thoughtful lighting, examine the importance of composition and explore the colours and techniques needed when painting flowers and leaves. At the end of the course students will embark on their own painting, putting into practice everything that they have learned.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

What should I bring to class?

Students are asked to bring with them:

A water jar

A paint palette so you can carry on working at home on your piece if you so wish. We recommend either circular  or daisy 

A4 or A3 of drawing paper or notebook

Drawing pencils that cover the tones of HB, 2B, 6B and 9B

A putty rubber

Paint brushes:

Da vinci synthetic 12

Pro Art Sable size 14, 12, 10. 

Pro art oil brush - short flat size 0. Pro art prolene plus 007 size 4/0. 

Pro arte series 107 spotter size 2. 

A few sable brushes in between these sizes

Optional: a magnifier 

All other materials will be provided.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full time students and OAPs.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

You can view our policy here.

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Tutor biography

Jessica Shepherd

Jessica Shepherd is a botanical painter. She trained in botany at the University of Plymouth and University of Edinburgh before committing fully to painting. Of her practice, Jessica says, "There is a great deal of observation involved even before my brushes touch the paper. I believe that a good picture is made using not only sight, but also touch, sound, smell and movement. One has to be aware of all of these elements in order to portray the plant well and describe the space that the plant is growing into, both over and underground...I hope to inspire people to think beyond their experience whilst enriching our current perceptions of botanical illustration, its applications and how it sits within the larger scope of the visual arts."