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Artwork by Brian Fromant

Course Prices

Inside UK / NI


Outside UK / NI


Instalments (UK / NI Only)

£375.00 in 4 instalments at £93.75 each

Botanical Painting Online Art Course

Tutored by Polly O' Leary

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

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

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 written drawing and painting course is ideal for both beginners and experts. 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.

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

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
Media: Equipment used Subject: Areas covered Techniques: Skills developed
  • Watercolour
  • Pen & ink
  • Perspective
  • Keeping a sketchbook
  • History
  • Basic botany
  • Design
  • Colour
  • Reference material
  • Measuring
  • Drawing - line & tonal
  • Using watercolours
  • Watercolour techniques
  • Tones & shadows
  • Colour mixing
  • Pen & ink

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Below are a few images from the course itself illustrated.

Thank you so much for your hugely useful and informative feedback on my first assignment submission. There really is so much to think about and so much to learn! I have taken note of everything you have said and have found it so valuable - I will bear in mind your comments whilst working on the next submission.

N Dickens

Thank you very much for my feedback for set 1 and 2 assignments. I think you have been more than kind with your comments! Your feedback is brilliant and very useful to me. I am going to print them off, save them in a folder that I can refer to regularly.

S Roe

Thank you so much for your very helpful and constructive comments, I am pleased that you think there is improvement. I shall practice your hints for the next assignment.

H Martin

Thank you so much for the feed back! It is very useful and helpful - I am looking forward to more drawing.

K Rasmussen

I very much appreciate your straightforward and excellent advices. It’s also very helpful that your comments are thoughtful and kind that it feels like an encouragement and an invitation.

S Handa