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Botanical Painting - Herbs, Fruit & Edible Flowers: All Abilities

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Course description

Paint all things that are good for you, a new class where you will paint things that are good enough to eat and then get to eat them after. Learn about herbs, fruit and edible flowers that can enhance your diet.

What you need to join the class

A willingness to learn about how to draw herbs, fruit and edible flowers etc., and to practice outside of lesson time. See 'what to bring to your first class.'

What the course will cover

Create beautiful studies and a painting of herbs, fruit or edible flowers of your choice in mixed media. Learn how to develop observational drawing skills in drawing and painting in so many varied media, from drawing pencils, pastels, watercolour pencils, gouache, watercolours, and acrylics. You will be guided through the intricacies of light and shade to create form and make your picture come to life, how to draw and paint detail, develop an eye for a good composition, use sketchbooks for studies of herbs, fruit or edible flowers, and to practice and discover mark making techniques. Preparatory sketches and studies of herbs, fruit or edible flowers of your choice in sketchbooks, learning how to stretch watercolour paper, observational drawing skills, drawing to scale, short PowerPoint presentations about inspirational artists, experimenting with different types of media, light and shade to create form ( a 3D look to your work) composition, drawing from life and other reference material, mark making techniques, basic colour theory, completing a piece of finished artwork.

Teaching and learning activities

There will be one to one and group tuition, demonstrations to the whole group using different media, opportunities to ask questions, PowerPoint presentations of inspirational artists, lots of encouragement.

What you will be able to do by the end of the course (Course objectives)

By the end of the course you will be able to: 1. Produce beautiful studies and a finished painting of herbs, fruit or edible flowers, that looks three dimensional. 2.You will be more confident in observational drawing skills. 3. Gain a good eye for compositional skills. 4. Have a sketchbook with many preparatory sketches and mark making techniques using different media, to support the ideas for the final piece. 5. You will have a good grasp of basic colour theory, and a knowledge of botanical and other artists

Examination or qualification (if applicable) including costs. The course fee usually includes examination costs: registration with the exam board, certification and administration fees. If the fees are not included, the brochure will tell you this.


Work expected outside lesson time (e.g. homework, assignments, etc.)

Practice drawing herbs, fruit and edible flowers in sketchbooks. Look up botanical artists using IT and books.

What you need to bring to the first class

Pen, a small range of drawing pencils, e.g. 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, pencil eraser, sharpener, sketchbook, some 140lb or 300gm hot press or smooth watercolour paper, ( available from Hobbycraft Crayford in a pad) your own paints and brushes, at least one small white ceramic plate for paint mixing, Scissors, masking tape, a magnifying glass, blue tack, a couple of pieces of kitchen roll each week, a large durable bag or trolley bag to cart your paper and art supplies and herbs, fruit or edible flowers. Bring a potted herb, some fruit or edible flowers. A phone with a camera function or a camera to take a photo of your plant, as the plant is unlikely to last 10 weeks!

Books, materials and equipment you need for the course (including additional costs, specialist stockists, etc.) Note: your tutor may recommend additional items during the course.

As above. The tutor will advise you with the items to bring.

What you can do next

Need to up skill in Maths, English and Digital Skills look at our Level 1/2 Functional Skills, GCSE and Digital Skills course offer. We also offer courses and one to one training on iPads/tablets, iPhones and laptops.

Additional information - General

At the beginning of the course, you will have an induction to the College and the course. Your tutor will ask you to complete a Student Learning Record (SLR) and agree your personal learning goals. All documents are a requirement of the Funding Agency. All students on courses funded by the ESFA must complete a Learning Agreement and SLR.

Venue information

5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 4EZ Nearest Train Station: Bexleyheath. Buses: 89, 96, B16, B15, B14, B12, 422 Car park available onsite. Please note car parking spaces cannot be guaranteed. For further details of parking please refer to

We hope this information gives you a sufficient overview of the course.

If you require any further information or careers advice please contact the College on 020 3045 5176.

Please Note: This information is correct at the time of publishing. However, details could be subject to change for various reasons, e.g. following the appointment of a new tutor or discussion with the group at the first meeting of the course.

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