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WORKSHOP - Introduction to BOTANICAL ART Part 1. Sketching and Drawing

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

I'm excited to announce I'm now offering a one day Pencil and Watercolour Workshop. 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.




Workshop Description:

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. These first building blocks will be studied through sketching, shading, and use of negative space.

We will create several sketches to build confidence when drawing from life.

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

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 & drawing paper, a small drawing board, piece of sandpaper, a pencil and an eraser;

  • Tea & Cookies :)

What do I need to bring?

Your curiosity.

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

Yes, definitely. We will go over drawing and sketching fundamentals and you will be able to learn and practice during this class. No matter your level, I will push every participant to improve their work.

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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