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Course: Botanical Illustration

National Museum Cardiff
22 April 2023, 10.30am-4pm
Cost £75 | £60 concession
Suitability 16+*
Night Blowing Cactus

Night Blowing Cactus Cereus grandiflorus, from Plantae Selectae by G.D. Ehret, 1772.
Hand-coloured engraving: 50cm x 34cm.
The composition of this study reflects Ehret's talents as an accomplished designer and draughtsman. The result is both scientifically valuable with accurate dissections and aesthetically pleasing.

Carica papaya

Carica papaya Papaya, from Plantae Selectae 1772 by Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-1770).
Hand-coloured engraving: 50cm x 35cm.
Many of the exotic fruits such as the Paw-paw and Pineapple were discovered on the great voyages of discovery during the 18th and 19th centuries and quickly became fashionable in Europe. The Paw-paw is a native of tropical America.

This one-day course is a chance to try your hand at the art of botanical illustration. Working under the guidance of artist Debbie Devauden, you’ll learn the techniques required to create your own watercolour picture.

There’ll also be a chance to get inspired by a handpicked selection from the Museum’s collection of over 7,000 botanical prints and drawings, many dating back to the eighteenth century. The stories behind these images are rich and intriguing in their own right. Museum curator Dr Heather Pardoe will be on hand to tell you more.

The workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience - the price includes all materials and equipment required for the day.

You are welcome to bring a packed lunch or visit our on-site catering facilities. 


All tickets for this event must be purchased in advance

Accessibility: Please contact events@museumwales.ac.uk prior to booking to discuss any accessibility requirements.

Concession eligibility: Students with NUS or those in receipt of benefits. Over 60s, 16-18s

Terms and Conditions: Full terms and conditions for our courses are avaiable to view here.

By booking onto our courses, you are supporting us to inspire everyone we reach through telling Wales’s story. Diolch o galon.



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