Botanical Watercolors: Next Steps

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Event Date

February 3, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Botanical Arts and Crafts

Point of Contact

Laura Northern Venhaus

Director of the Libraries and Research Public Engagement

This one day intensive workshop will build on the skills learned in Introduction to Botanical Watercolor. Students will learn tips for composition and watercolor techniques emphasizing realism of botanical subjects, and will create their own unique botanical piece. Please bring a brown bag lunch and any snacks you might want as we'll be working through lunch!

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.

Please note: this class is SOLD OUT. 

$85 members/$95 non-members

Required Materials List

Please bring the following items to class with you:

  • Paints: Look for professional grade watercolors. Winsor Newton and Daniel Smith are good brands. I prefer tubes, but half pan kits are also very good. Avoid student-grade watercolors like Cotman brand.
    • Basic/Primary Palette: Lemon or Winsor yellow, Cadmium yellow medium, scarlet lake, quinacridone rose, french ultramarine, prussian blue, burnt sienna, neutral tint
    • Also useful: sap green, quinacridone gold, quinacridone magenta
  • 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.
  • Hot pressed watercolor paper (at least 9” x 12” sheet, 140lb or 300lb): recommend Fabriano Artistico or Arches brand
  • Optional supplies (useful but not required): masking fluid, lifting preparation, permanent white gouache, ox gall fluid, white cotton gloves
  • BRIT will provide other incidental supplies.

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.