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Event Date

April 23 - May 7, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 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 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 Erin Starr White if you have any questions about this policy.

Helpful Tip: 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 is recommended for air conditioned environments, 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 Education class soon!

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

GROW is excited to offer this multi-week course that will serve as an introduction to transparent watercolor techniques appropriate to both beginner and intermediate artists, with a focus on learning how to control the water. Techniques include washes, glazing, dry brushing, and color theory. This course lays the foundation for creating beautiful botanical watercolor portraits. Students can expect some homework each week. 

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. 

Materials list to follow.

This class will meet:
April 23, 2019
April 30, 2019
May 7, 2019

This class is SOLD OUT.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$110 members/$135 non-members

Required Materials:

  • Paints: Look for professional grade watercolors. Winsor Newton and Daniel Smith are good brands. I prefer tubes, but half pan kits are very good.
    • Basic/Primary Palette: Winsor lemon, Winsor yellow, scarlet lake, quinacridone rose, french ultramarine, Prussian blue. Daniel Smith makes a kit of the six primaries (https:// smid=A2CK5NG72UVSTT&psc=1) which would work well for this class.
    • Also useful: sap green, quinacridone gold, quinacridone magenta, burnt sienna, neutral tint
  • Brushes: Round watercolor brushes with good points. Size 0 and 6 are good sizes, but this depends on your preference. Windsor Newton, Daniel Smith, Sceptre Gold, and Princeton are good brands. Look for a sable or synthetic/sable blend with a good point.
  • Watercolor paper: HOT PRESS 140 lb or higher — look for Fabriano or Arches brand. • DO NOT BUY COLD PRESS PAPER.
  • Mixing palette: white porcelain plates are available for a few dollars at Target. Can also use plastic palettes with multiple wells – look for one with a lid.
  • Plastic tubs for water - empty cream cheese or butter tubs work well!
  • Viva brand paper towels — look for paper towels without a printed pattern or design (no “quilting”)

The following supplies will be helpful, but are optional. If you’ve taken a drawing class before, you probably have all of these:

  • Saral graphite transfer paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencils: 2H, H, and HB graphite pencils, mechanical pencils, or lead with holder.
  • handheld sharpener as needed
  • kneaded eraser, white vinyl eraser (Magic Rub or similar)
  • 6” or 12” ruler (clear ones are great!)
  • drafting tape


About Botanical Arts and Crafts

Nurture your inner artist with a class in botanical drawing, painting, or photography or by attending one of our hands-on, nature-inspired craft workshops. Our classes, taught by accomplished, professional artists, will allow you to increase your skills while enhancing your understanding of the natural world.