The colour, shape and symbolism of plants have all contributed to their use in art. This course will look at a selection of plants and explore why and how they have given inspiration, focusing on paintings. From van Gogh’s sunflowers and Mondrian’s amaryllis to O’Keefe’s calla lilies, flowers have been a beautiful and popular subject for artists. Trees like cypress and birch appear in paintings, along with a wide range of other plants. And sometimes plants have been included as symbols to send the viewer a message to explain the image, or convey some moral instruction. We will consider examples of practical ways in which plants have found their way into paintings, including contributing the surface to paint on or the materials and pigments to paint with.
Dr Gwenda Kyd is a chemist and freelance science writer and editor. She is interested in plant-based healing and has studied herbal medicine and other therapies. She co-devised the Botanic Garden’s ‘Chemicals from Plants’ Trail and in 2014 published a book based on the Trail, ‘Molecules, Medicines and Mischief’.
Please note this is an online course. No specialist software is required to participate, but a device with a microphone and webcam will be needed. Full joining instructions will be emailed a few days before the date of the course.
This is a live interactive course, and will not be made available as a recording to watch at a later date.
Please take the time to read our course cancellations and refunds policy.