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Botanical Illustration

Studio Arts Workshop

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Code: 1K00LM

"Clitoria mariana" by Mary Vaux Walcott, 1934

Get an overview of everything you need to know to capture natural specimens in beautiful botanical illustrations. The workshop is suitable both for beginners looking for advice on how to plot out an initial drawing and for experienced artists who want to develop color and texture skills.

Step-by-step instruction on composition, shape, texture, and form identification, as well as choosing proper materials, is discussed and practiced. Participants learn what makes botanical illustration a scientific fine art by studying examples from the Smithsonian’s archives. Real plant specimens are provided for viewing.

Please bring drawing paper or hot press watercolor paper 9x12 or larger, pencil with eraser, permanent ink pen, watercolor set and/or colored pencils. Reference photograph of plant subject if desired.

Instructor: Lori VanKirk Schue

One 3-hour session

S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3038/39
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)