Botanical illustration is precise, detailed work, a combination of art and science. This studio based watercolour course is for all ability levels: no experience of art or botany is required, just commitment. We aim to enjoy working in an atmosphere of relaxed industry. Students will work at their own pace on the subject of their choice. The course will cover the use of basic materials and methods for beginners and will offer professional advice to advanced students. The emphasis will be on individual development.
Susan Hillier is originally from Surrey, but now lives and works in Cornwall-she has been a professional artist since leaving Art School in 1970.
For several years Susan worked as a freelance illustrator for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, where this prestigious work included dissecting herbarium specimens to produce black and white scientific illustrations. She has painted prize winning orchids for the Royal Horticultural Society, and has RHS medals, including gold for her paintings.
She has been commissioned by British Rail, Tesco, McMullen’s Brewery, The Law Society, The Police College, and many private and commercial clients, for a variety of figurative work, much of it plant based, and some very large scale. Susan is an accomplished facsimile painter and has worked by recommendation of the National Portrait Gallery.
She is a keen gardener and is a founder member of the Society of Botanical Artists. Susan has illustrated several books and has worked in commercial illustration; her work is included in ‘The Botanical Palette’. She recently contributed many illustrations for twelve gardening books by Alan Titchmarsh.
Susan works in various media and is currently using acrylics, pencils and watercolour. She also teaches botanical illustration for the SBA on their diploma course, gives classes in the West Country, and teaches on residential courses in the UK and abroad, as well as exhibiting in commercial galleries and working to commission.
She frequently shows in mixed exhibitions in Cornwall and London and has work in private collections worldwide. She has had several solo exhibitions including by invitation at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro. Susan is a member of the Cornwall Watercolour Society.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
The residential fee includes tuition, full board and accommodation, plus travel and admission for field trips where applicable, unless stated otherwise.
The non-residential fee includes tuition, lunch, dinner and refreshments, plus travel and admission for field trips where applicable, unless stated otherwise.
Courses starting with dinner include an evening session which will run from approximately 8.30pm - 9.30pm. Most weekend and short courses include one free session each full day - this will either be after lunch or after dinner dependent on the course content. Daily sessions for weekend and short courses usually begin at 9.30am.