Botanical drawing

Ockment Centre, Okehampton

Who is this course for?

This course is for all abilities. If you are new to drawing this is a great project to start with. If you would like to develop your direct observational drawing skills, this relaxed, supportive course is ideal for you. Come and explore some amazing examples of plants, study them in detail and learn how to draw their unique qualities.

Course content

You will have the opportunity to learn some important principles for drawing from observation. Explore the creative potential of a variety of drawing media, such as pencil, charcoal, pastel and pen, to sketch the fascinating shapes, forms, colours and textures of different plants: their leaves, stems, buds and flowers. You will be able to practise the skills to build your confidence and then choose a botanical specimen to draw a finished art work.

Support and feedback

You will receive lots of encouragement and skills guidance to support you during the course. You will receive feedback to help you to progress with your work.

Additional costs and requirements

Please bring a sketchbook. If you already have drawing materials, please bring them along. You do not need to have any prior experience or knowledge, just an interest in drawing.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?


About the tutor

With Deborah as your tutor, expect enthusiasm and passion for the subjects’ taught, in a calming, inclusive, fun and inspiring environment. You will have time to enjoy the creative process, learn new skills, improve your mental and physical wellbeing and gain motivation to progress and achieve your personal best.

Deborah graduated from Saint Martin’s School of Art with a BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design and also achieved an MA Degree in Graphic Design, at Central Saint Martin’s. She has gained many unique experiences, collaborating with other artists and designers.

Deborah is from the West Country, where she runs her own Art, Craft, Design and Horticulture business. She is a practising artist, designer and gallery owner. She has exhibited and sold art work in the South West of England, Scotland and London.

She has recently won a Gold Award for Garden Design and has created Art and Design work for the BBC and MTV. She has also worked at the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Deborah has been interviewed on BBC Radio about her creative approach to teaching courses, where she passionately promotes the creative use and benefits of sustainable materials, especially plants. Her Sketch, Sculpt and Plant Walks are multi-sensory and interactive in the natural environment. Her work transcends the boundaries of genre and media: it’s thought-provoking work about the pressing concerns of the day and is often refreshingly humorous.

Deborah has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, from the University of London, Institute of Education, specialising in Art and Design. She is a qualified teacher of Art, Craft, Design and Horticulture. She has taught learners of all ages and abilities, for many years. She has been a Head of Art and Design. She teaches across Primary, Secondary, Alternative Provision, Adult and Community education.

Start date18 Jan 2019
End date18 Jan 2019
Start time09:30
End time16:00
Concessions not available