Covid-19 Update

I want to assure all potential and existing students that I have taken steps to ensure that my learning environment is safe and secure. I continue to implement sensible Covid-19 protocols to protect attendees and instructors. These include:

  • Hand sanitisers in all areas
  • Workspaces cleaned and sanitised regularly

If you are showing Covid-19 symptoms, then please do not attend any courses or classes and contact Michael directly to discuss options.

Welcome to Michael Lakin Art

I am passionate about Botanical Art and a keen gardener. Combining the two was a natural progression and I have a well tended garden that provides much of my inspiration and specimens. I am based in Ticknall, South Derbyshire where I have a purpose built studio in the stunning countryside on the edge of the National Trust’s Calke Estate.

Taught by the world renowned Botanical Illustrator Anne Marie Evans, I have been teaching Botanical Art for over twelve years, starting with evening classes for the Workers’ Education Association as well as day and weekend classes at our local hall.


With my courses and classes, you can pick the day, time and format to suit your requirements:

7 week classes
Wednesday or Thursday
mornings or afternoons.

1 day courses
On Friday’s
throughout the year.

2 day courses
On Friday/Saturday
throughout the year.


All my courses and classes are delivered at my Whitehollows Studio which is located in the heart of the Calke Estate surrounded by flora and fauna, with ample parking spaces. The studio is fully equipped with drawing boards, lamps, light boxes and everything you need to create great botanical, bird and still life art.


I deliver demonstrations and talks to institutions and societies around the country on the history of Botanical art as well as being a published author.

My new book – Beginner’s Guide to Botanical Flower Painting is now available

My instructional DVD covers my six stage procedure for botanical painting that is detailed in the A-Z of Botanical Flowers book.