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Event Date

October 5 - 26, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Botanical Arts and Crafts

Program Information

Location: Most classes will take place at BRIT or at the FW Botanic Garden. Some classes and workshops will be taught off campus and/or may include field trips to other locations around North Central Texas.

Cost: Class tuition varies depending on the length of the class and materials needed. Please see the individual class listings for exact prices.

Who should attend: GROW Adult Education workshops are open to and suitable for all interested members of the general public.GROW Adult Ed classes are designed for adults 18 and older. Interested children 14 and older are invited to attend classes with a parent or guardian if both individuals purchase a seat. Please don't hesitate to contact Laura Venhaus if you have any questions about this policy. 

Nice to Know: Since you never know where GROW Adult Ed might take you, we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. A sweater or light jacket is a good idea in case the A/C is working too well and closed toe shoes are always a good idea. Please check individual class listings for any specific requirements and, as always, don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at a GROW Adult Ed class soon! 

In this twelve hour course, students will build on skills acquired in Drawing in Graphite I, and will dive deeper into composition, will discuss mapping to make drawing easier, and will learn how to tackle Fibonacci patterns. Students will also work in depth with flower and leaf shapes. 

Instructor Samantha Peters is a science illustrator based in Dallas, Texas. She received her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, leaving once she realized illustrating her study guides was more fun than actually studying them. Afterwards, while living in New York City, she discovered a love of botanical art through classes at the New York Botanical Garden, and decided to pursue science illustration full time, attending the graduate program in Science Illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Samantha currently works in the graphics department at the Dallas Zoo and is the President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Texas Group. Member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the American Society of Botanical Artists.

This class will meet from 9am to noon on the following dates: 

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$200 members/$210 non-members


Materials list:

For the first class, please have:

• Paper pad: 9”x12” or 11”x14” of ONE of the following:

  • Strathmore 400 Series Drawing paper (brown cover)
  • Strathmore 500 Bristol Vellum surface
  • Stonehenge 250 GSM Vellum surface
  • Fabriano Studio Watercolor 140 lb HOT PRESS (Orange/red cover) (DO NOT BUY COLD PRESS PAPER) If you’re planning to take a bunch of classes or aren’t sure whether you want to focus on a specific medium, I’d recommend this paper. It works well for pencil, colored pencil, and watercolor

• Pencils: 2H, H, and HB graphite pencils, mechanical pencils, or lead with holder. Please bring your own handheld or battery-operated sharpener as needed. Derwent, Staedtler-Mars Lumograph, and Tombow are all good brands.

• Tracing paper: Strathmore 300 series tracing or similar

• Kneaded eraser

• White vinyl eraser (Magic Rub or similar)

• 6” or 12” ruler (clear ones are great!)

• Large fluffy clean brush or feather; new makeup brushes work great

• Drafting tape

• Saral graphite transfer paper

• Divider tool: 5-1/2" or 6"; [Alvin #560 economy divider, Staedtler Masterbow] looks like a compass but with 2 needle points

About Botanical Arts and Crafts

Get in touch with your inner artist by taking a class in botanical drawing, painting, or photography or by attending one of our hands-on, nature-inspired craft workshops. You will find options for all interests and skill levels. These classes, taught by accomplished, professional artists, will not only allow you to increase your skills but will also enhance your understanding of the natural world.