The Basics of Botanical Drawing and Keeping a Sketchbook with Spring Flowers (Online Art Workshop)


The Basics of Botanical Drawing and Keeping a Sketchbook with Spring Flowers (Online Art Workshop)
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The Basics of Botanical Drawing and Keeping a Sketchbook with Spring Flowers (Online Art Workshop)
Mary Ellen Carsley, Professional Artist/Illustrator
Mary Ellen Carsley sits on a chair in front of a window in her studio; she wears a light blue button up shirt, dark pants with her brown hair pulled up off her neck; she is holding a painter’s palette (L); a series of hand-drawn sketches of a bulb sprouting through various stages scattered on a piece of white paper; a sharpened pencil, grey eraser, wet paintbrush and well used watercolor paint palette sit off to the right side of the image (R)

Beginners and experienced artists can celebrate the beauty of spring by learning the basics of botanical drawing and the practice of keeping a sketchbook. Drawing botanical subjects is one of the best ways to develop your eye for form, composition, and color, but it can be challenging to find the time and space for practice. In this online art workshop, participants will learn how line, shape, and value work together to create form as well as develop skills with measurement, proportion, and composition. We will even take a peek at color basics! This is an exciting new way to stay engaged with your artistic practice, grow your skills, and create a sketchbook that will bloom before your eyes.

Suggested materials list:

  • A multi-media sketchbook or drawing paper, at least 9"x11"
  • 2B or 4B lead pencil, and a 2H pencil
  • 1 small pocket pencil sharpener 
  • 1 pink eraser
  • 1 small kneaded eraser
  • 1 "stump" or tortillon 
  • Optional: Basic Watercolor Set (art student grade will be fine; please avoid "grade school" kits)

Intended Audience: Adult Beginners: Suitable for budding learners, this program contains introductory level information for getting started on the topic.

DATE: Saturday, March 2
TIME: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern
LOCATION: Online
FREE: Pre-registration required


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