Botanical painting – a rose with Sandrine Maugy

Ref: S1D31651

Location: West Dean

About this course

Spend the day painting a rose, discovering the steps of producing a piece of botanical art, from drawing to the finished painting. Use different watercolour techniques, from the initial wet-in-wet washes to the finishing dry brush details.

Course Description

Whether you are a newcomer to botanical art or whether you wish to try the wet-in-wet watercolour technique, this course will take you through the different steps of painting a rose with demonstrations at every stage.

The aims of the course are:

- to improve your confidence in botanical drawing and painting

- to improve your skills in watercolour techniques

- to develop your knowledge and understanding of colours and colour-mixing theory

- to enable you to use light and shadows to paint three-dimensional looking subjects

The course will include some step-by-step demonstrations of the process, showing you how to start a drawing, how much detail to include, how to trace and transfer a drawing, painting a quick tonal study, choosing your colours depending on the subject, painting shadows, using the wet-in-wet technique for smooth washes and adding dry brush details to finish the painting. There will also be some individual advice in between demonstrations.

By the end of the course, you will have produced a tonal sketch and a finished painting of a single rose.

Some of the plants will come from the West Dean Gardens and some from the florist. You are also welcome to bring a rose with you if you wish to paint a particular subject.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course, the tutor will supply some of the materials, including some roses and some paints.
  • The College will supply most of the materials, including paints, brushes, cartridge paper, watercolour paper, tracing paper, transfer paper, pencils and rubbers.

What students need to bring

  • A piece of cotton cloth (for example a face cloth, handkerchief or tea towel)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of art materials, including cartridge paper, sketchbooks, drawing materials, watercolour paints, watercolour paper, paintbrushes and tracing paper
  • Available from tutor:
  • Some paints and brushes

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toed shoes or sandals.


Sandrine Maugy: Lilly

Sandrine Maugy

Sandrine Maugy is a member of the Society of Floral Painters and the Society of Botanical Artists. She writes articles for Artists & Illustrators and her book Colours of Nature was published in 2013.

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