Botanical Drawing: Summer Specimens

Let’s take a closer look at some of the wonderful natural elements that make up our summer outdoor world! We’ll draw (or paint) a new specimen each week. Not only will we learn about that botanical object, like a flower, herb, bulb, fruit, vegetable, fungi, or leaf, but we’ll see how these subjects fit into the broader realm of contemporary botanical art. Some drawing experience helpful.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 28.

What you will learn:

  • An overview of botanical art

  • Drawing and painting techniques specific to botanical art

  • An understanding of the materials typically employed to create botanical art

  • Observation skills necessary to depict botanically-correct drawings or paintings

  • How to move from a sketch through to a finished drawing or painting

Required supplies for the start of the term:

  • Drawing paper: 9” x 12” spiral bound pad, Strathmore 400 series; or Stillman & Birn, Zeta series sketchbook; or any sketchbook with better quality paper

  • Canson tracing pad, 9” x 12”

  • Graphite mechanical or regular pencils, 2H, HB, and 2B, with sharpener (Faber-Castell 9000, Staedlter Mars Lumograph, or Caran D’Ache)

  • Tuffstuff eraser stick, and a kneaded eraser

  • Magnifying lens or magnifying glass

  • Ruler

  • Tape, roll of white graphic

  • Optional: Drawing board or hard surface to use as a portable easel. Would be great to be able to prop it up at a slight angle; notebook/sketchbook for preliminary drawings and general research, notes; camera, iPhone or iPad

Midway through the term you will need:

  • Viva paper towels

  • Two water vessels (one for working water, one for clean)

  • Plastic or white porcelain palette, with room to mix colors

  • Brush suggestions: If you are going to invest in one art supply, please let it be your brush. I like the DaVinci Maestro Kolinsky Brush, long tapered round or round: #4, or #6. I love these, especially the #4, because it has a super-sharp needle-like point that has great spring and tension. OR Raphael #4 #8408, tan- tipped handle. They both clean easily and last a long time.

  • A good set of six paints: French Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Lemon Yellow, Permanent Magenta, Scarlet Lake. A great addition to the list: Perylene Maroon, Quinacridone Gold, Winsor Violet.