Botanical Art through the Ages: David Lewry

"From the earliest times, plants have been depicted in manuscripts and murals. Initially as a means of identification for their medicinal properties, and then as a means of recording new species as plant collectors spread across the world. This course will look at the beautiful world of plant illustration from those early beginnings, through the Golden Age and up to the modern-day resurgence of botanical illustration across the globe. You will meet some amazing characters and marvel at their skill, often in challenging conditions but above all, whether you are an artist yourself, or just somebody who loves plants, you will see some of the most beautiful drawings and paintings of flowers and flora ever produced. David is an award-winning Botanical Artist having received a silver medal from the RHS so will be able to offer some practical insight into how these pictures are produced as well as their history."

Tutor: David Lewry

"David Lewry attended St Martin’s School of Art in London in the 1970s and, after a diverse career, received a First Class Honours Degree in Social History and History of Art with the OU before studying Botanical Illustration at the Eden Project in Cornwall. In 2006 he was awarded a silver medal by the RHS. He runs a number of classes and workshops in and around the Bedford area and has worked at the REC teaching practical art skills and art history. David is an award-winning wildlife artist and member of the United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society. "