Drawing and Painting Plants and Pollinators (Online Workshop)

Drawing and Painting Plants and Pollinators (Online Workshop)
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Drawing and Painting Plants and Pollinators (Online Art Workshop)
Mary Ellen Carsley, Professional Artist/Illustrator
Mary Ellen in her home studio holding a watercolor palette (L): partial watercolor paintings of a bee and butterfly with the partial paintings of the plants they pollinate (R)
Beginners and experienced artists alike can learn about the intriguing relationship between common garden plants and their pollinators through drawing and painting. In this 2-hour online workshop, you can develop fundamental drawing skills, gain confidence in representing the common garden blooms and their pollinators on paper, and learn basic watercolor techniques. Mary Ellen will also share a few pro tips to help you capture the beauty and vividness of these enchanting harbingers of the season. Online resources for preview before the class and a simple supply list will be provided upon registration.

Suggested Materials List:

  • Watercolor or Multi-Media Pad/ Paper 90 lb. Paper 9”x 12” (minimum size, or whatever size you are comfortable working with)
  • 2H pencil
  • 1 small pocket pencil sharpener
  • 1 “pink pearl” or white plastic eraser
  • Watercolor brushes recommended sizes: #2/#6/#8 rounds and one flat brush at least 1/4" wide
  • Basic Watercolor Set (art student grade will be fine; please avoid "grade school" kits)
  • 1-2 small ceramic or glass jars for water (repurposed jam jars are excellent for this)
  • Water-soluble wash pencils either graphite or colored (optional)

Intended Audience: Adult All Levels: Suitable for all learners, this program will provide a variety of content. Program providers will answer both introductory and more advanced questions.

Please note: This program will be offered through the online platform Livestorm. Clicking on the pre-registration link below will allow you to register through that system.

DATE: Saturday, May 20
TIME: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
LOCATION: online
FREE: Pre-registration required

Cancellation Policy
The U.S. Botanic Garden reserves the right to substitute instructors or cancel programs when necessary.

United States Botanic Garden Conservatory
100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 225-8333