Botanical Painting & Illustration Courses


The Chelsea School of Botanical Art

The Chelsea School of Botanical Art offers both short courses run by visiting tutors throughout the year and a Diploma Course starting in January each year. The original course devised by Anne Marie Evans and offered by the English Gardening School is now under the umbrella of the Chelsea School of Botanical Art. The school, situated in the Chelsea Physic Gardens, retains the EGS Course Director, Helen Allen and a number of well-known botanical artists as tutors. To browse their diploma and short courses please visit the Chelsea School of Botanical Art by clicking here.


Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

The RBGE Diploma in Botanical Illustration is one of our flagship botanical illustration courses. This independent, RBGE certified course hones the many skills you need to capture plants in pencil, pen and paint. It runs over two years part-time. The main focus is on observational drawing, pen-and-ink work and painting skills, but by the end of the course, students should develop expertise in a wide range of botanical illustration techniques.



Botanical Painting Courses in Italy

Would you like to paint wild flowers and orchids amongst the green hills of Umbria in Italy, enjoying top class painting tuition, wonderful Italian cuisine and breathtaking scenery? At the countryside holiday retreat of Il Collaccio, you can do just that. Il Collaccio offers a great line-up of some of the Britain’s top botanical artists covering most mediums and techniques Holiday dates coincide with the profusion of wild flowers and orchids that this area is justly famous for. The holidays also take place during the periods when the climate is ideal for painting and the area is peaceful and quiet and they are limited to small groups with the emphasis on quality tuition in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To find out more, visit Alternatively, you can go direct to the artists’ websites where you will find more details.

Sandra Wall-Armitage SBA – Watercolour Flowers June 3rd to June 10th 2011

Ann Swan SBA – Drawing and Colour Pencilling Botanical June 11th to June 18th 2011

Elaine Searle – Paint Botanical September 3rd to September 10th


Private tuition with Elaine Searle

Would you prefer to have private tuition – in a small group or even one-to-one?

Elaine is able to offer private tuition to individuals or small groups. This can take place anywhere. Elaine’s location in North Norfolk, in London, at the students own home (worldwide) or even via a ‘distance learning’ option using the internet. The possibilities are endless. You can even combine distance learning modules with the occasional face to face class. This is a truly bespoke service individually tailored to ability level and personal goals. It can be ideal for those who have already attended classes but now would like to work on perceived problem areas or to gain more experience. It can also work well for those who for whatever reason cannot travel to attend classes, or have to fit botanical art into a very busy home/work schedule. Please visit Elaine's Website for more information.




Below is a calendar of current and forthcoming botanical painting and drawing classes. To view further information about each event, please click on the individual calendar entries.