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Botanical Drawing Class with Jackie Isard

Explore the art and science of botanical illustration as you learn to create accurate drawings of plants and delve into their botanical intricacies. Whether you’re an aspiring artist or a seasoned enthusiast, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to hone your skills led by renowned artist, tutor, and author Jackie Isard (BA Hons), SBA Fellow CBM RHS Gold Medalist.

Botanical illustration is the accurate drawing of plants and plant botany. Many botanical paintings are used as reference for botanists and plant researchers as the paintings help with recognising
species. Originally, botanical illustrations were an aid for medicinal and culinary plant identification. Over the centuries, botanical illustrations also identified newly discovered plants. Mary Somerset, 1st Duchess of Beaufort was an avid plant collector and painter of exotic species. Her two-volume florilegium of drawings, by Everard Kickius, will be on display as part of the exhibition A Garden of Botanical Art

This one day workshop will take place in the Old Hall at Badminton Estate with an opportunity to explore the art exhibition A Garden of Botanical Art in the North Hall at your leisure. You will get to see the reproductions of the florilegium up close as part of your class. Breaks will be factored in but please bring a pack lunch.

What to expect:
  • Gain insights into botanical features essential for drawing precision
  • Create detailed sketches or full compositions of your chosen plant
  • Utilise graphite for line drawings
  • Access to botanical references and resources
  • Receive comprehensive course materials for future reference
  • Optional extension: transition from drawing to painting your botanical masterpiece

Materials will be supplied but if you wish to bring your own cartridge papers, sketch books, H pencils and plants then you are very welcome.


Jackie Isard is an award-winning botanical artist having won a Gold medal at RHS in 2022. She is passionate about painting and teaching. Based in Bristol, her delicate watercolours are much admired for their intricacy and detail. She teaches a regular Saturday group and various workshops in Abbots Leigh, Bristol. She also runs workshops with Society groups in the South West, Wales, Gloucestershire and other venues across the UK.

In 2022 Jackie completed her RHS exhibition entry entitled ‘Wet Meadow Wildflowers ~ their pollinators and as food plants’ and won a Gold medal. Two of her RHS paintings are now held in the RHS Lindlay Library and The Shirley Sherwood Collection. Jackie is passionate about wildflowers, pollinators and nature preservation which is why she chose this theme for her RHS exhibition. Jackie posts regularly on her Facebook and Instagram pages (links below) showing images of her work and process. See more on the RHS Gold page.

Don’t miss this opportunity to refine your botanical illustration skills in a picturesque setting with Jackie Isard Botanical artist | Jackie Isard Botanicals | Almondsbury, Bristol (jibotanicals.co.uk)

  • Date : 20 June 2024
  • Time : 10:30 - 16:00 (Europe/London)
  • Venue : Badminton Estate

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