April 11, 18, 25 and May 2

Introduction to Botanical drawing with Colour Pencil ONLINE

Online Workshop, Workshop

Sundays: April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 2021

10 am to 1 pm


Students will have online access to the instructor for feedback, discussion and questions.  In addition, students will have access to 4 exclusive online bonus videos that will delve deeper into advanced botanical techniques and methods.  Each video will be available following the weekly session.


Botanical illustration has been around for hundreds of years and in this fun workshop we’ll get to explore this amazing art form.  Working with traditional botanical guidelines, we’ll explore through the use of colour pencils in illustrating plants, fruits and vegetables.  We’ll work on layout/composition, rendering form, how to choose colours and layering with colour pencils.  We’ll talk about the process of colour pencil work from types of papers to types of pencils and all the in-betweens.  Along the way we’ll delve into how to choose your colours, how and when to blend effectively and the need for working with multiple colours for effective images that pop.  I’ll pass along key skills and tricks on effective colour use.

Workshop will run every Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm – April 11, 18, 25, and May 2
(12 hours total instruction time)

Materials list:
Choose one of the following paper pads with a smooth tooth: Stonehenge, Strathmore Mixed Media, Strathmore vellum Bristol.

Colour Pencil:  Faber Castell Polychromos (or equivalent in professional colour pencils): 103 ivory, 104 light yellow glaze, 107 cadmium yellow, 111 cadmium orange, 118 scarlet red, 217 middle cadmium red, 225 dark red, 128 light purple pink, 138 violet, 247 indianthene blue, 167 permanent green olive, 266 permanent green/blue, 173 olive green yellowish, 169 caput mortum, 175 dark sepia, 182 brown ocre, 176 nougat.

Students can Bring any set of professional colour pencils to this workshop.

Prismacolor colourless blender, black and white coloured pencil, eraser, sharpener, OMS (odourless mineral spirit found in the oil paint section in art stores).

Instructor Bio: I am a full time practicing visual artist working with colour pencil and graphite on paper. Having created work for public installations, gallery exhibitions and private and public collections I use portrait drawing as a means to address issues of acceptance/rejection based on mental heath, the LGTBQ+ community and identity

I hold a Diploma in Design, a BFA with distinctions from Concordia University in Montreal, Art Teacher Certification and a M.Ed. from UBC.

Workshop will be conducted via ZOOM: If you are unfamiliar with zoom there’s a wonderful tutorial here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGbpwZNW3oI

Price $210
MAX 20 People

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