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:

1 and 2 day courses
that run on Friday and/or Saturday throughout the year.

8 week classes
with a choice of Wednesday or Thursday (mornings or afternoons).

Advanced class
1 Friday per month over a period of 12 months.

Coming soon

In additional to my own 1 and 2 day courses, I am working to schedule additional courses for 2020 that will be delivered by local experts and visiting artists. These include:

  • Calligraphy with Maureen Hallahan
  • Coloured Pencils with Janie Pirie
  • Christmas Card Painting and Making with Jane Lakin
  • Making a Christmas Wreath/Door Decoration with Michael Lakin
  • Pastel Portraits with Janie Pirie

Please check my courses page regularly for dates and booking details, or contact me directly to register your interest.


All my courses and classes are delivered at my White Hollows Studio which is surrounded by flora and fauna, with ample parking spaces – the ideal location to inspire my students.


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.