Spring art course

Online West

Who is this course for?

This is a six-part course for anyone who has an interest in observing, drawing, or painting natural flora. This course is aimed at any level, from beginner onwards.

Course content

You will learn how to observe the details of flowers, seeds, leaves, trees, and wider landscape views in your garden. Observe these outside or through a window of your home or choose to observe your collection of houseplants.

Learn how to sketch the details and the landscapes in a sketchbook, then apply a colour palette, to create a drawing or painting of your chosen plant specimen or view.

Choose your own personal aim related to the course theme so that you can explore your own ideas.

Support and feedback

Your tutor will support you throughout the course via the online sessions. You will work with your tutor on your personal goals within the structure of the course. You will receive feedback on your progress and suggestions as to how to improve.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

You will need a laptop / PC / phone / tablet with a camera and microphone / headphones and a good internet connection.

You will need to provide your own materials.

Additional information and resources

How will I learn?

You will be working with your tutor and other learners using an online video platform called Zoom. Your course will include practical tasks and discussions and your tutor will support you throughout. You may wish to continue work between the sessions. This will help you to get the best from the course and to progress at a pace you are comfortable with.

What I need – additional information Paper/sketchbook/Canvas/board, any size will be fine.

Plants to draw or paint:

Choose to select flora taken from your garden -or flora actively growing in your garden -or foraged specimens flowers, leaves and seeds collected -or houseplants growing inside your house.

Choose some drawing and painting media: Charcoal, Pencils, coloured pencils, Pens, watercolours, pastels

Paint brushes, waterpot, cloth

Palette tray/or plastic plate

A shoe box and some scrap cardboard

At least 5 sheets white photocopy paper


Masking tape

Paper/card glue


Pencil sharpener, Eraser

Magnifying Glass/Mobile phone.

What can I do next?

You may like to enrol on Create your own Garden course with Learn Devon. You may like to join an online art group or one that meets locally to you.

Your tutor will suggest ideas on what you can practice and how to build on what you have learnt. They will signpost you to other opportunities to support your learning.

Start date01 March 2022
End date05 April 2022
Start time10:00
End time13:00
Concessions not available