This detail of a pencil drawing was part of my application portfolio to the RBGE program
In April, I received notice from the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh that I was accepted into their long-distance diploma program in botanical illustration!
The program began on June 22, and there are about 15 of us botanical ladies enrolled. Most are British, but there are students from Thailand, Japan, Turkey, the Netherlands, Canada, and 3 of us Yankees. So quite a good representation of the world’s botanical illustration community!
The course will take 3 years to complete. It consists of 10 modules, including drawing and painting techniques, botany and art history units, and 2 long-term portfolio projects–a 2-year study of an individual native tree, and the year-long final graduation portfolio project. Acceptance to the final year is based on passing the earlier modules with a high enough score and having one’s project proposal accepted by the tutors.
So far, I’ve been researching my native tree, and working on the introductory drawing module. As someone who is a colorist rather than a line-artist, this has been quite a challenge!
What’s it like to take a long-distance course in botanical illustration? How did I select the Royal Botanical Garden of Edinburgh’s program? Why would a botanical artist want to take an online distance diploma?
Please join me in the months ahead as I’ll be sending back “reports from the field” to answer these questions and share my progress! 🙂