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Botanical drawing

Weekend-long practical course

Short courses

● Fully booked

  • 19 May 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 20 May 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm

Alfred Parsons RA, Blue Water-Weed, 1896.

Pen and black ink on wove paper. 206 X 194 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Learn the fundamentals of botanical drawing with fine artist and author Dr Sarah Simblet.

This two-day introductory course in botanical drawing is led by Dr Sarah Simblet, fine artist and author of Botany for the Artist: An Inspirational Guide to Drawing Plants, 2010, Dorling Kindersley, and The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the Twenty-First Century, 2014, Bloomsbury Publishing.

Botanical drawing has a history in both art and natural science; it is concerned with both the aesthetics of its subject matter and the systematic and accurate recording of specimens. The practice is not only about beauty, but also about observation and understanding, and as such it is a fitting introduction to the discipline of drawing from life. Through a series of practical drawing exercises, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of botanical drawing, including learning how to see, understand and differentiate between a selection of common plants and how to create expressive drawings of them. Over the two days the course will be broken down into studying roots and stems, leaves, flowers and fruits, whilst looking at structure, form, surface, texture, gestural mark making and lighting.

Each day Sarah will bring into the Royal Academy’s historic Life Room an abundance of fresh, seasonal plant material collected from the landscape surrounding her home in rural Oxfordshire. She will include the flowers and fruits of native and naturalised tree species, a range of grasses including corn crops and also diverse specially grown broad-leaf plants from a garden and water meadow. Sarah will use these plants to demonstrate the essential elements of plant structure and form, taking participants step by step through the analysis of contrasting species and how to capture them in drawings.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 19 May 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 20 May 2018, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£420. Includes all materials, lunch, and wine reception.