Art Course: Drawing and Painting Nature Specimens

The course will aim to give both experienced artists and beginners a grounding in a staged method of illustration technique

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom,
W1J 0BF,
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 ext 228

ART COURSE - Tuesdays commencing 30 October and ending 20 November 2018 (10:00–16:00)

Image © Maria Sibylla Merian

The course will aim to give both experienced artists and beginners a grounding in a staged method of illustration technique. Participants will learn of the Linnean Society's work and Treasures Collection. Each week will include a brief introduction to one of the great botanical illustrators of the past in the beautiful Linnean library within the building.

The classes will guide students through the different techniques and materials used in botanical and natural history painting and illustration. A nature table will be the centre-piece of the room, with an arrangement of exotic and diverse specimens ranging from orchids and seed pods to bird of paradise feathers and cone shells. For those that prefer to explore the more fluid/loose approach to flower painting there will be ample scope for them to do so throughout the course.

Basic materials and teas and coffees provided. Participants should bring their own lunch, or purchase from local shops. Students will be encouraged to bring their own equipment and a note book to keep notes on the methods used. They will also be encouraged to work at home on their paintings in between classes.

The classes will take place in the newly-built studio in the Linnean Society, which has a wonderful cabinet display of books and objects.

This 4-workshop course costs £240 and is open to all - if you would like to purchase a ticket for the full course, please email and you will be given details on how to go about this.

Single class tickets are on sale from the 1st October and cost £65. If you would like to book several dates, please select how many tickets you would like for a particular date and add this to your basket before repeating this action for the second/third date.

  • Registration is essential to secure your place.
  • Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 9.30 and the workshops will begin at 10.00.
  • The workshops include an hour lunch break. Participants are encouraged to take their lunch outside the Society as there are no convenient facilities for eating - the Discovery Room itself is home to some of the Society's unique historical collections.

About the artists

Rebecca Jewell is a print-maker and collage artist
Rebecca Jewell is a print-maker and collage artist. She has a PhD from The Royal College of Art and is artist in residence in the Oceanic department of the British Museum. Her work is held in the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the British Library, as well as in many private collections.
Sandy Ross Sykes
Sandy Ross Sykes is a graduate and prizewinner of The Royal College of Art and is a trained Botanical artist who has spent the last ten years illustrating the vanishing species of flora in the rainforests of SE Asia. Her work is held in RBGK (Kew) Singapore and the USA.

You can find our artists on Instagram, @DrawnFromNature