Introduction to Botanical Illustration ONLINE

Tuesday March 16

10:00 AM  –  1:00 PM

Program led by: Kathie Miranda

This program runs on Tuesday mornings for 4 weeks.

Class Dates: March 16th, 23rd, 30th, April 6th

Class Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 

The instructor shares her entire approach to composing an idea from start to finish.  Demonstrations and simple exercises emphasize key principles and drawing methods.  Learn to use graphite pencil in a variety of ways to achieve accuracy and the look of three-dimensions that makes plants look fleshy. 

Learn to create a traditional botanical plate using live, seasonal flowers as inspiration. .  The workshop begins with detailed studies of flower parts, and ends with a final piece well underway. Learn the hallmark botanical techniques of precise tonal application and detailing.

Guest are responsible for procuring their own materials

Recommended Book (please borrow from library before purchasing):

Botanical Illustration for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Guide, Meriel Thurstan and Rosie Martin, Batsford, 2015

3 Graphite Drawing Pencils - Faber Castell 9000 - 2H, HB and 2B

1 Kneaded eraser, large Generals and 1White plastic block eraser Staedtler Mars

Drawing Paper 11” x 14” Pad: Strathmore 400 Series, Medium Surface (do not substitute)

Tracing Paper 11” x 14” Pad: Canson Foundation

2 pcs of Foam Board 11” x 14” ~ 3/16” thick

Small Soft Brush to clean eraser crumbs: a make-up brush or bird feather

Cutting Tools: X-Acto #1 Knife with #11 blade and small pair of scissors

12” Plastic 1/8” Graph Ruler: Westcott/C-Thru #B-60

Drafting Divider: for measuring - Blick Masterbow - looks like a compass with no center turn knob and with free-moving arms - see image at right

Erasing Shield: flexible stainless steel with shaped cut-outs - Alvin

Magnifying Glass

2” Clear Packing Tape - small roll

NB: Underlined items are suggested brands - substitute as you wish

Please contact the education department with questions. 

Bartlett Arboretum Education Department: 203-883-4035 

Location: This class will meet on zoom 

Cost: The workshop costs $200 Members can take advantage of a $20 discount at check-out!

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