Sally Pinhey Botanical Illustration

Advanced Certificate in Botanical Illustration Courses Available

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The pineapple shows how an underlying wash giving form is helpful in establishing the perspective in the detailThis year long course aims to bring the artist to a standard which is equivalent to the standard for exhibiting with the RHS.
It runs for 4 hrs on Monday mornings at Kingston Maurward College for 30 weeks.
The course has use of the College laborotories,  microscopes, gardens and greenhouses, and all the back-up and expertise of the Horticulture Department.
It covers:

  • Pencilwork, pen and ink work, and watercolour,
  • Plant care,  perspective, and initial washes,
  • Coping with greens, highlights, and detail,
  • Shadow in yellow, bulbs, and roots,
  • Stem joins, long leaves and edges,
  • Scale, cross sections, and enlargements,
  • Composition,  project preparation and planning,
  • Complex forms,  superimposition, and recession,
  • Classification, Latin names, and botanical terms,
  • Finish,  presentation, and copyright.

The course includes a visit to Kew Herbarium in the first term.
Those wishing to take longer than one year to complete their Diploma portfolios, can continue in the parallel Tutorial Class where they can  work together with less intensive tuition.

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