Graduation of Course 19

Congratulations to all the students on the DLDC’s Course 19 who have completed their journey through the course. The evening event took place at the Mary Ward rooms in Russell Square, London where the graduates were presented with their diplomas. The award winners from the course were: Frances Stanhope – Award of Excellence gaining 95.82% – Nikki Kazmar – Jantien Burggraaff Award to the student who made the most progress. – Ellie MaCaulay – Margaret Stevens Essay Prize Some of the diploma pieces are on show in our online DLDC Gallery here. – Award winners from the DLDC graduates in Plantae 24 were: Alison Walsingham for her diploma assignment piece Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis Olga Akimtseva for her diploma assignment piece Peonies and Irises María Casares … Read more

De Jager Catalogue

Congratulations to our talented Fellow member, Sarah Gardner, who had the opportunity to design the cover for de Jager Bulbs Spring Retail Catalogue, following her graduation from the Distance Learning Diploma Course last year. Sarah personally cultivated the stunning Begonias featured in the catalogue right in her own garden, thanks to the tubers supplied by de Jager. Studying these plants up close allowed her to capture their breathtaking colours and textures. As a newcomer to commercial botanical work, Sarah expresses her deep gratitude to the SBA and de Jager Bulbs for this incredible opportunity to gain valuable experience in the world of botanical art. A special thanks to Sandra Wall Armitage PPSBA for providing invaluable mentorship during the design stage. Sandra has continued this tradition… Read more

SBA DLDC Course 21

The deadline for the next SBA DLDC (Distance Learning Diploma Course) which will be Course 21, is drawing closer. It’s the 30th of September so there is still time if you are interested in joining the course. The information about the course can be viewed on the society’s website here – https://www.soc-botanical-artists.org/…/distance…/ – See here some of the stunning work from graduates on Course 18. Patricia Gherase DipSBA (Dist) @thewildpencil.co.uk Caroline Buckley DipSBA (Dist) @carolines.botanical.art Vicky Hallam DipSBA (Dist) @vickyhallamdesigns

Aldeburgh Gallery

Guy William Eves SBAF and a tutor on the SBA DLDC (Distance Learning Diploma Course) has an exhibition coming up this month at the Aldeburgh Gallery in Suffolk. His beautiful graphite collection will be on show, including his work ‘The Yew Tree’ which was seen at Plantae 2023 in June and won the first prize of our John Waterman Award. The dates are 24 to 30 August 2023 at Aldeburgh Gallery 143 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk – be sure to visit if you’re in the area.  

Trip to Lindley library

During this year’s Plantae exhibition, we organized a special trip to the RHS Lindley Library to see their amazing botanical art collection. Organised by SBA Fellow Pamela Taylor, a small group of DLDC students and SBA fellow members were given a special tour and a talk by RHS art curator Charlotte Brooks. With over 30,000 pieces to look after, representing nearly 400 years of botanical art, Charlotte is always busy but she kindly showed the visitors artwork by past masters such as Franz Bauer and Pierre-Joseph Redoute, as well as contemporary masterpieces by the late Pandora Sellers. The Lindley Library is always adding to its vast collection, and our little group was shown recent purchases such as a watercolour by SBA Fellow Jackie Isard, pen… Read more

Course 18 Graduation

On Friday the 19th May, the DLDC celebrated the graduation ceremony for Course 18. Congratulations to all the students for completing their journey through the course. There were 48 diplomas awarded, 22 of which were distinctions. We had a lovely evening at the Mary Ward rooms in Russell Square, London where the graduates were presented with their diplomas and some were awarded with prizes too. Many of the diploma pieces were on show at the SBA’s exhibition Plantae 23 at the Mall Galleries. Here are a few photos of the evening and some of the wonderful student work on display.