Botanical Painting Online Art Course (D9)

Tutored by Polly O' Leary 

The Botanical Painting Course is a Diploma Course

Capture the delicate beauty of nature with the Botanical Painting Course from London Art College.

Learn how to observe, draw and paint the complex and captivating structures of all plants: flowers, leaves, fruits or vegetables. Learn at your own pace and discover skills you never knew you had.

This comprehensive drawing and painting course is ideal for both beginners and more experienced artists. With detailed tuition, as well as detailed notes on plant anatomy, the Botanical Painting Course gives you all the tools you need to re-produce plant life in breath-taking detail.

Colourful and detailed illustrations will guide you through the intricacies of light, shadow and colour, while step-by-step tuition will help you to master the subtleties of capturing nature with watercolours. We’ll provide in-depth advice to help your work shine.

As part of the course, you’ll get advice on choosing specimens for study, as well as help with designing, sketching and drawing your subjects. You’ll also get advice on further reading and sourcing great reference material.

All in all, it's a fantastic resource if you have an interest in botanical painting. Click on the link below to get started.

Student Artwork By Shona Macdonald

Student Artwork by Shona Macdonald

Course Prices

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Critiques online or via Regular Mail

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 Sabine Krappmann

Student Artwork by Sabine Krappmann

Tutor Support

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 by Jill Bishop

Student Artwork by Jill Bishop

Duration and Experience

The expected duration of this course is approximately 1 year although the college allows students up to two years to complete their studies.

Course Content

The following is an overview of some of the areas that are covered in the course.

Media: Equipment used Subject: Areas covered Techniques: Skills developed

Pen & ink

Keeping a sketchbook
Basic botany
Reference material

Drawing - line & tonal
Using watercolours
Watercolour techniques
Tones & shadows
Colour mixing
Pen & ink

Samples pages from this course

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Sample Images from the course

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Testimonials from students

I am a professional teaching artist with quite a bit of training from art college, private artists, short-term courses, etc. And by far some of the best instruction and most thoughtful feedback came from my year of working through a London Art College diploma course. I can recommend LAC instruction to artists at all levels. I will be starting another program this year!

Deborah Kopka

Dear Gaynor, I had my first solo art show today, and sold 4 paintings. I am thrilled, and of course, I owe you some thanks for your helpful critiques that allowed me to improve my work. You were right, the painting I liked the most and priced the highest was the first to sell. What a thrill. I. Also met a lady who is involved in the arts in a larger city nearby. She bought a painting, 2 sets of writing cards with my paintings, and has asked me to do a show in her city. I feel blessed! All the best.

J. Scott Stan

Hi Gaynor, Thank you for an interesting course, which has helped me in a number of areas, not least of all in understanding watercolour better.


I found the comments and information you sent me very helpful.--- It is lovely to get some feedback instead of just chiseling away on my own.

L.B. - Donegal. Eire

Hi, I have recently completed the Botanical course, and have now been accepted for the Society of Floral Painters. The course was extremely helpful and enjoyable.

Jill Jones

The skill I gained on your two botanical art courses allowed me to go on and successfully complete the Society of Botanical Artists diploma - thank you!

Theresa Smith

See Your skill Grow with the Botanical Painting Course.

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Purchase Your Botanical Painting Online Art Course