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, drybrush layering, and detailing to create contemporary botanical art. Some drawing experience would be helpful.

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

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. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for spring term assistance is Friday, March 10; Notifications will be sent by Monday, March 13.

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