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Artwork by Sean Cocker

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Outside UK / NI


Instalments (UK / NI Only)

£375.00 in 4 instalments at £93.75 each

Botanical Coloured Pencil Online Art Course

Tutored by Polly O'Leary

The Botanical Coloured Pencil Course is a Diploma Course.  

The expected duration of this course is approximately 1 year although the college allows students up to two years to complete their studies. This course is suitable for students with previous experience in drawing and painting.

Coloured pencil used dry, is a fantastic way of bringing life to paintings of our flora anywhere in the world.
The colours in nature are amazing. Learn how to look and see the plants that surround you, observe their intricate detail and convey the beauty of what you see onto paper. And do this at your own pace and without pressure.

This London Art College course is a comprehensive written course with detailed tuition all the way through. It gives you the opportunity to read, learn, practice and get feedback at the stage you find yourself. This is for all levels of experience from complete beginners to experienced artists.

You will learn about the basic anatomy of plants, what to look for in your subject, how to set it up, look after it and sketch it onto paper. Step by step tuition will introduce you to the intricacies of light and shade and then colour.

There are different ways of using coloured pencil in art and this course will show you how to lay the colours in a way that allows you to subtly distinguish between dainty petals and more solid objects such as fruit.

Botanical Art is about detail and how to use your chosen medium to best advantage. You will learn how to use your coloured pencils appropriately for this art form, how to find the right colours and how to optically mix them to get the colour you want.

Finally, there is a section about using pen and ink in combination with your coloured pencils showing just how versatile coloured pencils are. This course shares material with the Botanical Painting course which does not refer to the medium the course is taught in.

If you are interested in Botanical Art and using coloured pencils, this is for you.

All our courses are written to be complete in themselves. However we realise that students may appreciate being able to get clarification about various things as they work through their programme as well wanting reassurance that they are putting techniques into practice effectively. The tutors provide the technical support to deal with relevant queries.

Most courses have their own dedicated Tutor. The tutor keeps the course up to date and relevant to today's students. They are available to the individual student for advice and encouragement. Each course has regular exercises and assignments that are constructed in such a way as to give the student the opportunity to practice the techniques learnt on the course and to test themselves as they go along. The student is encouraged to submit the assignment work to the college for the tutor to critique.

The student's work will be returned together with the tutor's personal critique. On many courses the assignment work may be suitable for inclusion in a student's Portfolio of Work that could be very useful later. The college will use the assignments submitted as the basis for any award of a letter, certificate or diploma.

Student Artwork (detail) by Nola Sindel
Media: Equipment used Subject: Areas covered Techniques: Skills developed
  • Coloured pencil
  • Perspective
  • Keeping a sketchbook
  • History
  • Basic botany
  • Design
  • Colour
  • Reference material
  • Measuring
  • Line drawing
  • Tonal drawing
  • Using coloured pencils
  • Coloured pencil techniques
  • Optical colour mixing
  • Pen & ink

Students are able to upload their artwork to the 'The Art Room' on our website. Each student is given a unique username and password on enrolment for their own private section in The Art Room.

Students can upload their artwork for the tutor to collect and critique. The tutor will then upload feedback for the student to download. If you do not have facilities to upload your artwork, you can mail your artwork to the tutors centre and receive your artwork back with your critique. It is essential you label all packages/artwork with your student number.

Student Artwork by Sarah Mitchell

Really enjoyed the course and Ida was a great tutor, also Melanie fantastic with weekly challenges and so friendly! Have enrolled for another course! 10 out of 10!

P Burke

I have found my tutor, Ida’s critiques very useful. She was very thorough in her observations on where I needed help. She has come back to me immediately when I have asked for help.

M Orchard

The course assignments and my tutor's comments helped me greatly improve my botanical illustration work. So much so, I am applying to the Society of Botanical Artists for a place on their distance learning course to develop my skill further.

C Bernik

Amazing course and excellent tutor! Highly recommended.

P Stevenson

Good tutor who is skilful in her line of speciality and provides great tips through her vast knowledge. The administration team are very patient and helpful in the tutorial aspect when one has problems and queries.

B Gallivan

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