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WORKSHOP - Introduction to Botanical Art Part.2 Watercolour Painting & Colour Theory

  • South Main Gallery 279 East 6th Avenue Vancouver, BC, V5T 1J7 Canada (map)

I'm excited to announce the next Watercolor Painting Workshop for the month of May.

Here is an opportunity to discover botanical illustration, a unique discipline integrating both art and science. The lovely people from South Main Gallery will be hosting this workshop. Open to 5 participants each date.Botanical illustration Art is at its core an exercise in observation. Plants reveal their details slowly and this workshop will take you through the necessary steps for their accurate portrayal.


We first become familiar with a plant’s morphology and venation. Next, we will learn about color theory by studying the color palette employed in this workshop. This will involve testing colors and keeping notes on each mixture, with the goal of achieving an accurate and natural palate.

Our study will include three tropical plants: Split Leaf Philodendron, China Doll and Vinca Explora. These plants share the same tonal values. However, their shapes and textures present unique challenges.

The watercolour painting technique will involve feather and dry brush. These methods allow better control of water in creating details and blurring edges. Ultimately this will provide a greater sense of confidence when using watercolours to paint.

Materials are essential to achieving the goals of this course. The quality of the paints, paper and the use of a drawing board will affect the quality of the painting. This is the reason I will provide my favorite materials to be used in this workshop.

Other details:

What does this workshop include?

  • Three hours of instruction through drawing and painting demonstrations;

  • Most of the art materials: watercolor paper, a small drawing board, watercolor paints, pencils and a small towel;

  • Tea & Cookies :)

What do I need to bring?

Your curiosity and two brushes:

  • Watercolor Brush Round Size 1

  • Watercolor Brush Round Size 4

Can I join even if I don’t have any experience drawing?

Yes. No matter your level, I will push every participant to improve their work. However, I would encourage beginners to join first the Introduction to Botanical Art Part.1 Sketching & Drawing Workshop.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, the gallery is pet-friendly.

Why only 5 participants per class?

Providing each participant personal attention and individualized guidance is at the core of my teaching method. A small group also helps create a relaxing and focused atmosphere, conducive to a creative mood.

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