What will you learn?
In choosing a course, prospective students should:
How is the course structured
It's usual for a Certificate course to precede the Diploma level courses if both are offered.
A number of Certificate and Diploma Courses typically (but not always) adopt a modular approach which involves:
Where both a Certificate and Diploma Course is offered, there should be
Will the method of course delivery suit you?
Courses offered taught
You also need to:
How good is the course?
Diploma Courses are often not cheap and students need to be satisfied that they are both worthwhile and represent good value for money.
I RECOMMEND prospective students:
Prospective students should note in particular
The SBA Distance Learning Diploma Course
This is unique endeavour among art societies - a distance learning course designed to raise the standards of botanical art which is taught by members of the Society.
Features of the SBA DLDC:
DOWNLOAD the Distance Learning Diploma Course 14 Information Sheet (pdf) which details the prospectus, list of assignments, details about starting dates of Courses, application form, fees and payment arrangements.
REVIEW the Compendium Page on this website of links to past students' blog posts about their SBA Diploma Assigments. Please note that requirements and assignments have changed over time.
In addition, the SBA have developed a suite of books to accompany their courses and aid the development of expertise of students of botanical art. These books can be bought by anybody.
VIEW the books developed for the SBA Diploma Course. These were landmark publications when first published. There were no other publications specifically written as support for a taught course.
The Art of Botanical Painting
by Margaret Stevens
This is the basic text for the SBA's Distance Learning Diploma Course.
It was written by the ex-President and includes images by members of the society - many of whom are practising professional botanical artists.
This is an excellent book to get if you are contemplating applying for the Diploma Course as it gives you a very good idea of what is required.
See my Book Review: The Art of Botanical Painting
Not for beginners! This book is not aimed at those learning how to draw and paint. There is no attempt to explain or teach basic techniques relating to generic drawing and painting.
UK: Rated 4.8 out of 5* by 12 customer reviews
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Collins (1 Nov. 2004)
The Art of Botanical Painting from Amazon.co.uk
USA Rated 4.6 out of 5* by 16customer reviews
The Art of Botanical Painting from Amazon.com
RBGE Diploma in Botanical Illustration
This is a prestigious two year course accredited by the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. You have the option of studying for the Diploma Course
RBGE Certificate in Botanical Illustration
The Certificate is taught by experienced and enthusiastic tutors. It comprises eight full-day taught units with assessment built into the programme within a standard framework.
This is delivered as
The RGBE Distance Learning Courses are unique in making use of PropaGate, the RBGE’s virtual learning environment and online tutorials via Skype for those following the Online option.
This is a video about the course and the PropaGate software used to deliver distance learning.
The Chelsea School of Botanical Art began offering a NEW Diploma Course in 2014.
Chelsea School of Botanical Art Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration and Painting
The course is taught on a Monday each week.
The School also has an Alumni group called Amicus Botanicus who exhibit together. The next exhibition as a group will be held in 2017.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration and Painting beginning January 2018.
Information sessions for the 2018 Diploma Course will be held during
This blog post is is a review of the course and an interview with Helen Allen, Director of the Chelsea School of Botanical Art
The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration Hardcover
by Christabel King (Author)
Rated an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars by 11 customer reviews
This is the very first book of instruction about botanical illustration ever produced by the publishing arm of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.
Christobel King is a professional botanical illustrator who is Kew's chief botanical artist. She has produced scientific botanical illustrations for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew for c.40 years. This is a book which a lot of people have been waiting for a long time.
The book covers a wide range of topics relevant to the subject e.g.
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Search Press(UK) (6 July 2015)
BUY IN UK: The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration
BUY in USA The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration
New York Botanical Garden
The NYBG was the first Botanical Garden in North America to offer a formal Botanical Art Certificate Program. It has now delivered Certificate level adult education for over three decades. It comprises core classes and electives plus a final project
Cornell University Department of Horticulture
Cornell University offers a "Minor in Horticulture with a Focus in the Botanical Arts". Any undergraduate student can enrol in the Minor (except those studying plant sciences).
The Continuing Education Department offers a distance learning Botanical Illustration Certificate of Completion if a student completes:
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