Distance & Online Learning

For the beginner and intermediate students 
This course includes seven modules, each with comprehensive video tutorials.
You will learn everything you need to know on the necessary processes required to produce a finished botanical art painting.


My courses have been operating successfully for over twenty years. During that time many students globally have successfully completed the course, and many have gone on to exhibit, win  awards and produce some amazing work. Students ages have been aged from 19 to 90, and all finished the course with a superb painting and a great sense of satisfaction.

 “…botanical draughtsmanship demands understanding of the plant, even down to minute detail, as well as its portrayal with accuracy and grace…precise observation develops superb techniques of drawing and colouring.”     

 William T. Stern in ‘The Orchid Paintings of Franz Bauer’



Why Online Learning?
All correspondence and modules are sent and received by email, which are immediate. You work at your own pace from the comfort of home. Skills levels are for  the absolute beginner to the intermediate artist.

 What do I receive for the course?
There are seven modules in all, divided into Drawing and Watercolour components. Each module contains an average of fifteen pages of comprehensive information and course notes and assignments, step by step demonstrations and examples to follow. These pages can be put together at the completion of the course to form a book ‘The Art of Botanical Drawing and Painting’, which will be a permanent research and revision book for your library. Each module follows a logical sequence and builds on the knowledge gained in the previous modules.

 Are  there any videos with this course?
Yes – there are extensive videos for each module accompanying this course, to make your learning experience even better, with easier learning coupled with the modules. You can refer to the videos for an unlimited amount of time.

Do I need previous experience?
No previous knowledge is required or assumed. You will learn everything you need to know about botanical drawing and painting; from paper, materials and drawing techniques, through all facets of watercolour painting, including colour mixing, matching and glazing to the final painting. Modules will cover tone, light and shade, texture, composition and form, and much more. You will learn to create the illusion of realism and three dimensionality, and to develop your observational skills.

What feedback do I receive?
Detailed evaluation is given on every assignment, along with comments, advice and suggestions. This enables you to move forward with your assignments with confidence. At times, your assignment will be copied and I will demonstrate on the copy where you can improve.  This suits all preferred methods of learning.  I am also available if you have any problems or queries about the modules or assignments.

Is the course expensive?
It is considerably less expensive to do the Online Course, than attending classes or workshops. You receive one-on-one tuition and a detailed critique with suggestions and advice for each assignment. 

Will there be any additional expenses?
You will be required to purchase your own art materials for this course.  A detailed Materials List will be supplied.

Do I need a computer?
The online option enables you to scan or photograph your assignments and email them to me for a detailed critique. You can also photograph your assignments and attach to the email or even take a photo with your mobile phone and SMS the assignment image to my mobile. The critique will be emailed to you, along with your next Module.

How long will the course take to complete? When can I begin?
There is a twelve month time restriction for all modules to be completed. You work at your own pace, and there is no definite deadline on each individual assignment.
You can begin the course at any time.

 How do I enrol and pay?
A registration form is sent on request. Payment is made by direct debit (banking details will be provided).

 Do I receive any qualifications?
The only formal recognised qualifications in botanical art are those acquired at university within a Natural History degree.  You will receive a Certificate of Botanical Merit on completion of this course.

Cost:  AUD395.00 

Botanical Art Course Outline

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