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Event Date

March 2, 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 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! 

Point of Contact

Laura Northern Venhaus

Community Education Manager

Feeling inspired by a grassland or forest but can't quite capture your experience into one succinct image or painting? By shifting our lens and adapting a looser style, we can illustrate our inspiration through sketching and storytelling. Our nature sketching workshop will combine a visual method of storytelling with a keen eye for the natural world to give our artwork context for our interest and inspiration to share. We will use pencils and watercolors to do some on-site sketching of botanical specimens around BRIT and do a little research about our chosen specimens to more fully illustrate their story.

Instructor Owen Curtsinger is a comic artist and scientific illustrator based in Fort Worth, Texas. For years he created and self-published comics and zines in Seattle's thriving independent comics scene, usually focusing on scientific research topics such as narwhal evolutionary biology, the science of neon signs, and solar magnetism. In 2016 he received a Certificate in Natural Science Illustration from the University of Washington, which introduced him to more technical methods of observation and illustration of plants and animals. Since moving to Texas in 2017 he has become fascinated with the botany and ecology of Texas' many ecoregions, and he is now focused on botanical illustration while striving to connect botany to the narrative storytelling thread found in comics and sequential art.

Required materials:

Your favorite pencil and/or pen.
A sketchbook with quality paper or a block of watercolor paper.
A small travel watercolor set with appropriate brushes (waterbrushes are great for mobility but not required) or a set of quality colored pencils if that is your preferred medium.
A digital camera or a mobile phone with a camera.
Clothing appropriate for the weather (we'll be outside for part of the time!).

Online registration for this class has closed. Limited walk up registration will be available at BRIT starting at 9:15am on Saturday, 3/2.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

$85 members/$95 non-members

Registration opens soon!

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.