Botanical Drawing



Mass Audubon - Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary (127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA 01027, Easthampton MA)

**4 sessions on consecutive Mondays. Starts March 6 and ends March 27.**

Botanical Arts can be thought about in many ways. Some painters of flowers try to communicate a flower's spirit, while botanical illustrators often use a scientific approach to accurately draw the plant's form and function. At other times, botanical art may be used for plant portraiture. At Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, our intent is to learn how to draw and paint the flowers and trees that grow here as well as vegetables and fruits we enjoy throughout the year. We will find ourselves overlapping among scientific botanical illustration, botanical art, flower painting, and plant portraiture.

Using watercolor pencils, colored pencils, and graphite, our instruction will begin with gaining a strong understanding of line, shape, and tonal drawing. Then we will add color and realistic textures. We will learn to identify and illustrate important key features, such as leaves, twigs, buds, petals, and seeds. Color studies, exercises, and composition will be practiced throughout the course.

Save April 3 as a snow date. Please pay the full amount to register for the class. If you cancel up to one week prior to the start of the class we will retain $50 of your registration fees. No refunds after Feb. 20. We will be working with watercolor pencils, colored pencils and graphite. A list of suggested supplies will be attached to your registration confirmation.

**Registration is required. Adults only.**