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Artwork by Brian Fromant

Course Prices

Inside UK


Outside UK


Instalments UK & International

£400.00 in 4 instalments at £100.00 each

International students will not be supplied with a paper copy

Botanical Painting Online Art Course

Tutored by Gráinne Murphy 

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

This course is suitable for individuals of all experience levels, provided that you possess some prior drawing skills. Offering in-depth tutor feedback on your coursework, along with comprehensive insights into the intricacies of painting plant anatomy, the Botanical Painting Course equips you with the essential resources required to beautifully capture the intricate details of botanical subjects.

Learn how to observe, draw and paint the complex and captivating structures of all plants: flowers, leaves, fruits and vegetables. Learn at your own pace and discover skills you never knew you had with help and advice on improving your artwork from your tutor. 

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.

On average, this course typically takes one year to complete, but we provide a generous timeframe of up to two years, ensuring a relaxed and stress-free learning experience with no time constraints.

Embark on a transformative artistic adventure by enrolling in our Botanical Painting Course today. Immerse yourself in the world of vibrant pigments and delicate blooms, and let your creativity blossom like never before. 

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 area 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 your comprehensive guide into each of their subject matters. We understand that students appreciate clarification about various aspects of their work from a course tutor, whom provide reassurance that techniques are put into practice effectively. 

Each courses has its 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. Students are encouraged to submit the assignment work to the college for the tutor to critique.

Coursework can be submitted online, as digital photographs, in your individual art room account and the tutor will upload their critique for you to download and retain forever. 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 the award of your diploma.

On successful completion of this course you will have studied new skills and gained knowledge for your own enjoyment and development.
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.

Enjoyed the course, super tutor very helpful and feedback excellent too.

G Reavley

I have learned a lot through completing this course and appreciated the positive encouragement from my tutor. It has been a challenging and beneficial learning process. Thank you.

L Baird

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