Introduction to Botanical Illustration with Colored Pencils

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Event Date

March 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

Take your botanical illustrations in a new direction and learn how to work with colored pencils - a fun, versatile medium. The class will start with an introduction to some basic drawing techniques, making this an ideal class for individuals of all skill levels. Learn how to use colored pencils to portray perspective and plant structure, create texture, detail, and depth, and to accurately reproduce realistic color. Instructor Betsy Barry will help you experiment with different paper surfaces, learn techniques for blending and shading, and learn finishing techniques that will make your drawings stand out. Individual attention will put you on the path to create a finished botanical piece. Please bring a brown bag lunch and any snacks you might want as we'll be working through lunch!

Instructor Betsy Barry is originally from New England but she is currently living and creating in Kingwood, Texas. Her artistic process includes observing the small things around her that she finds interesting and beautiful, then studying the subject and drawing directly from life, striving to capture its beauty in colored pencil, graphite pencil or pen & ink.

In 2015, Barry completed the Distance Learning Diploma Course with the Society of Botanical Artists London, graduating with Distinction. You can see her work at her website: 

Member ASBA, American Society of Botanic Artists, Member CPSA, Colored Pencil Society of America, Member GNSI, Guild of Natural Science Illustrator

Please note: this class is SOLD OUT. 

$85 members/$95 non-members

Required Materials List

Please bring the following items to class with you:

  • Graphite pencils - one each (2B, 4B, HB, 2H, 4H)
  • Hand held pencil sharpener
  • White eraser
  • Assortment of colored pencils: Faber-Castell Polychromos is my preferred brand and can be purchased online through quality art supply stores, ie: Dick Blick etc.. Colors should include a variety of greens, browns, grays and any other colors on hand.
  • Sketchbook : Canson Mixed Media sketch, minimum size 7x10. This is a great all around paper that works well for colored pencil work
  • Finish quality paper: Bristol 500 Plate surface and Stonehenge paper are good choices. A good quality, HOT Press watercolor paper or Bristol Paper are preferred, but it is a very individual choice! Can be purchased in a pad or as individual sheets.
  • 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.