Painting by William Henry Hunt of flowers

"Nature is the source of all true knowledge." - Leonardo da Vinci

At a glance

  • Live online course
  • 2 hours a week
  • Tuesdays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 10 weeks: January to March
  • Tutor: Jo Fisher Roberts
  • Fees from £120 to £205
  • Imperial College Attendance Certificate (T&Cs apply)
  • Book from 23 November
Booking link

Logo of the South London Botanical Institiute

This class is organised in association with the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)

Drawing and painting from nature is a very rewarding activity that has inspired both professional and amateur artists to make some of the most beautiful and memorable works of art ever produced. On this course we will learn some of the technical and creative skills associated with different approaches to drawing and painting from natural objects, and discover some of the history behind this kind of art.

The course is practical and so you will be trying your hand at drawing and painting from natural objects set up by your tutor, and you will be encouraged to experiment with a range of approaches, from acurate studies through to more individual and expressive forms of art. 

This 10-week course offered is aimed at complete beginners, and so no previous knowledge or experience of any arts or craft practice is necessary. It is also suitable for those with some knowledge and experience in an arts or craft activity, who wish to develop their knowledge and skills further in a supportive environment.

PLEASE NOTE THE FIRST SESSION FOR THIS COURSE WILL BE ON TUESDAY 19 JANUARY 2021

Online Access to Course

This is a taught live online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time on a specific day of the week. To take part in the course you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device. Please find full details and instructions below under 'Course Delivery'.

Attendance Certificate

Those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive an attendance certificate from Imperial College London upon completion of the course.

Course Information

Course Programme

This course is a practical class and each week your tutor will set up a series of projects to allow you to paint and draw.

Your tutor will give some general advice to the group, and then offer individual suggestions and advice to members of the group during the class. You will be able to develop your skills and interests at your own pace.

Additional Reading

There is no requirement to undertake specific reading for this course.

About Your Tutor

Photograph of Jo Fisher RobertsJo Fisher Roberts has always loved drawing nature. Her first exhibition was when she was sixteen in the Old House at Halls Place in Bexley. She then trained in art at the Slade School of Fine Art where she finally achieved a Masters of Fine Art. She went on to train in illustration at Putney School of Art and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. She now works as a freelance artist and illustrator as well as teaching.

Botanical illustration and Natural History illustration are her favourite subjects to teach, she says “there is something very enjoyable about teaching people how to slow down and really look at the natural world around them.”

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 20  10  £205
£120
£160
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course. Please note there is no early-bird discount available for the January intake courses

Rate Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate Rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • South London Botanical Institute Members
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)
  • Members of the London Zoological Society
  • Members of the Kennel Club

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer termSummer School
 20  10 n/a w/c 18 Jan - w/e 27 Mar 2021 (10 weeks)* n/a n/a
* This is a 1-term course

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 23 November 2020

Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications will be sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms your payment, date of payment and order number
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment receipt and therefore does not show your course however these details are sent to us via the system
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Confirms your course choice
  • Shows the programme your course is part of as well as the term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Any Questions?

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be sent to Manager for Evening Class programmes, Dr Michael Paraskos, at m.paraskos@imperial.ac.uk