Botanical illustration: Nature’s harvest

Sunday 22 September 2019


The course

This is a wonderful opportunity to explore and study nature’s harvest here at the Museum. Discover the beautiful colours, patterns and textures of a variety of fruits and berries, seed pods, hips and haws on this fascinating one-day course. Enjoy creating realistic botanical illustrations by drawing and painting with precision and accuracy with plenty of help and guidance from your tutor. This course is suitable for all abilities and allows you the opportunity to work at your own pace with help and guidance from your tutor.

The tutor

Leigh Ann Gale is a professional botanical artist and diploma graduate of the English Gardening School, Chelsea Physic Garden. She is an RHS medallist, Fellow of the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society and member of the American Society of Botanical Artists. She also contributes to the Nymans Gardens Florilegium Society in Sussex and the Sydney Florilegium Society, Australia. Her work is included in the Royal Archives and features in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, USA, plus many private collections in the UK and abroad. Leigh Ann teaches botanical illustration in Sussex, Surrey and south London, and undertakes commissioned work.

Participant information

Materials to bring:
Watercolours and/or coloured pencils (including water-soluble if you wish)
Graphite pencils 2H, H, HB
Putty rubber or good quality eraser
Hot pressed watercolour paper 300g/m2 (140lb)
Tracing paper, scissors, magic tape or low grade adhesive tape
Sable watercolour brushes with good points e.g. size 0 and size 3
Cartridge paper for drawing

Fee and refreshments

£60 per person, this includes tuition, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know in advance of any special dietary requirements.


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