Introduction to Botanical Painting - Vegetables, a Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew course.

Rachel Peddler-Smith


Join botanical artist Rachel Pedder-Smith for this Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew introduction to botanical illustration. Learn how to build up layers of colour to create an almost photo-like painting of a bell pepper.

In this course, you’ll be led step-by-step through the process of sketching the initial pencil outlines, mixing the perfect paint colours and building up washes to create form and dimension. The kit that accompanies the course includes all the materials you need for the practice exercise and final piece with Rachel. Along the way you'll learn lots of helpful tips to ensure a professional finish.

What's included in the price?

Lesson breakdown:
- Introduction
- Meet Your Tutor
- Course overview and materials
- Practice exercise: red ball
- Preparing the pepper
- Initial pencil sketch
- Initial washes
- Building up form and dimension with paint
- Brightening the colour
- The final red washes
- Adding the green stem
- What to try next

Kit includes:
- 2 x sheet of A4 Saunders Waterford 300gsm Hot Pressed Paper
- 2B pencil
- Mechanical eraser
- 2 x paintbrushes: Sceptre Gold II synthetic/sable mix (1 x 000 size, 1 x 6 size)
- W&N Cotman Watercolour Paints in seven colours: Cadmium Red, - Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Dioxazine Violet, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green, Hooker’s Dark Green and Payne’s Grey

What you will need

- Palette
- Jar of water
- Pencil sharpener
- Ruler
- Board
- Kitchen knife and chopping board to prepare the pepper
- A4 scrap paper to lay out composition
- Camera/phone


David and Charles (Premium Brand Partnerships)

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users






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