Botanical art

Botanical painting with Sandrine Maugy

Ref: S1D08901


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About this course

Learn how to depict striking flowers from West Dean Gardens in a botanical style using wet-in-wet watercolour techniques.

Course Description

Discover the art of botanical painting as you learn watercolour techniques and colour mixing. Sandrine will demonstrate how to use wet-in-wet techniques, such as graduated washes and glazing, to depict lively flowers in a botanical style.

Other techniques include how to use light and shadows to make your subject more alive; colour advice on how to mix shadow colours without using ready-made blacks and greys; how to produce natural-looking greens; how to keep colours fresh to the end of the painting. You will use plants from the beautiful West Dean gardens for inspiration.

By the end of the day you will have learnt how to paint a botanical subject form start to finish.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The course includes the cost of providing:
  • Watercolour paints shared by the group , watercolour paper , cartridge paper , tracing paper and transfer paper .

What students need to bring

  • A white china saucer or palette and a cotton cloth (face cloth or kitchen towel)

Available to buy

  • Pencils and a rubber
  • Brushes (College brushes can be loaned on this course, or you can purchase your own from the shop)
  • Extra paper, paints and brushes will also be available to purchase from the tutor.


Sandrine Maugy

Sandrine Maugy is a member of the Society of Floral Painters and the Society of Botanical Artists. She writes articles for Artists & Illustrators and her book Colours of Nature was published in 2013.

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