Botanical Illustration: Spring Observations in Watercolor (online, six-session workshop)

Watercolor has historically been the most used medium for creating botanical art and here is your chance to learn how it’s done! By using a combination of washes and dry brush techniques, join us as we explore spring subject matter each week in this fun online class. Working with a limited palette to start, we’ll explore color theory, dry brush layering, and detailing to create contemporary botanical art. Some drawing experience would be 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. 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 for summer term assistance is Friday, May 27th. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, June 1st.

Required supplies:

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

  • Canson tracing pad, 9×12 inch

  • 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

  • Hot pressed watercolor paper, a few sheets to start of 11 x 14 inches, brand up to you but I prefer Fabriano
  • Viva paper towels (a few…very absorbent)
  • 2 water vessels (one for working water, one for clean)
  • Plastic or white porcelain palette, with room to mix color
  • 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: (watercolor tubes or pans; Winsor & Newton or Daniel Smith or combo of) 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