Nature Illustration at Hillcroft

The course will you an introduction to nature illustration, developing important naturalist skills such as observation and documentation.

Learn how to observe, draw and paint the beauty of the natural world around us, from ancient fossils to birds in flight. Through a series of enjoyable exercises and demonstrations, this course guides you through the basic techniques of drawing, pen and watercolour. You will learn methods of describing nature both in the field, and as still life subjects that can be observed at home or in the studio.

This course takes place at Hillcroft in Surbiton

Course Content

Explore basic illustration techniques using graphite, pen and watercolour.

• Render details and textures, patterns of skin, fur, claws, feathers and scales.
• Use nature journals and sketchbooks to capture fast accurate sketches.
• Use observational drawing to take a closer look at the structure of mammals and birds, gaining a better understanding of basic animal anatomy.

By the end of the course, you will have gained skills and confidence when drawing wildlife and hopefully have been inspired to continue illustrating nature, be it in the wilderness, your local park or the comfort of your own home.

Entry Requirements

No entry requirement, suitable for beginners

First Class Requirements

Please bring your own painting and drawing supplies that you already own - including different pencils, drawing pens, inks, watercolours and a sketchbook. Paper is available to purchase at college.

If you want any advice about materials please email

Additional Information

• If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email

• If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees & finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email or drop in to our main reception area.