Tuition & Courses

The Florilegium Society at Leicester Grammar School

The Florilegium Society was initially set up to document the Flora on the new Grammar School site in the form of accurate botanical paintings. The paintings and associated information was displayed in a semi-permanent exhibition at the school from 2009 – 2018.

Some of the paintings by members were reproduced on Wildlife Boards which were situated around the school grounds.

Valerie Oxley gave the inaugural lecture on ‘Florilegiums, Past and Present’ in February 2009. Valerie is one of the founding members of the Florilegium at the Sheffield Botanic Gardens and a renowned botanical illustrator and teacher.

Several outside tutors including Valerie came to demonstrate different painting techniques or cover a particular subject matter in workshops for the members of the Florilegium.

Basic drawing and painting techniques particular to botanical painting were covered in the classes. Members have painted variety of plants that have been found on the school site. Some of plants which were painted in the first year have sadly now disappeared.

Botany for Botanical Artists 2012 – 2013

This was a year long course consisting of ten, one day sessions held on the first Saturday of the month. It took place at the University of Leicester Botanic Gardens and was part of the Institute of Analytical Plant Illustration’s (IAPI) Education programme.

Botany for Botanical Artists 2013 – 2014

Due to the success of the first course a second course took place in 2013-2014 concentrating on plants in their habitats.

Botany for Botanical Artists 2014 – 2015

Four one day workshops on Flowers, Fruit, Seeds and Storage structures took place.

Various workshops in Botany and Botanical painting with groups or via Zoom