Teen Workshop: Botanical Drawing & Watercolors
Do you have a teen that loves to draw and paint? Then join us for this two day teen workshop where students will cover the basics of botanical drawing and botanical watercolors with instructor Samantha Peters. Students will learn drawing skills that can be applied to any subject and complete a botanical drawing and watercolor of a subject of their choosing. On Day 1 students will learn basic observational drawing skills, with an emphasis on correct proportion. Students will learn basics of perspective, contour drawing, value, continuous tone, lighting, and shade to create form. On Day 2 students will learn basic watercolor techniques, including creating flat and graded washes, dry brushing, and basic color theory.
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 take place at BRIT.
Please Note: This is a two day class that will take place on two consecutive Saturdays.
Day One - 6/16/2018
Day Two - 6/23/2018.
Online registration for this class has closed. Walk up registration will be available starting at 9am on Saturday, 6/16.
$150 members/$175 non-members
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: 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
You can also purchase a pocket set with 12 or 24 half-pans — look for something with at least two yellows, two reds, and two blues, and buy what you can afford.
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.
- Mixing palette
White porcelain plates are available for a few dollars at Target. You 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
- Saral graphite transfer paper
- Tracing paper
- Pencils: 2H, H, HB, and 2B graphite pencils, or lead with holder.
- Handheld sharpener
- Kneaded eraser
- White vinyl eraser (Magic Rub or similar)
- Small ruler (clear ones are great!)
- Drafting tape
- Drawing Paper: Strathmore 400 series Drawing paper or Stonehenge brand smooth drawing paper.
- Watercolor paper: HOT PRESS 140 lb or higher — look for Fabriano or Arches brand. (A good paper that works for both drawing and watercolor is Fabriano Studio 140lb Hot Press!)