Botanical Drawing and Painting

Teacher: Gloria Goguen

Cost: $200

Time/Date: Two Sessions held on Sat. 10/9 and Sun. 10/24 from 10-3 with a one hour lunch break from 12-1

Min Participants: 4

Max Participants: 10

Explore the beauty and variety of seasonal plant forms using pencil, watercolor and colored pencils. If you ever thought you would like to learn to draw from nature, this is your chance. Don’t be afraid to try. It is a relaxing and meditative process that is sure to bring you as much joy as it has me. I love to follow plants from the first spring buds, summer blossom’s show, autumn leaf blaze to winter seed heads. Botanical drawing is a rewarding skill that can be learned with practice. We will explore foundational botanical drawing concepts. 

  • Materials, overview
  • Botanical observation and documentation
  • Traditional botanical shading technique called Grisaille
  • Examine the use of light sources and shadows to create highlights, reflective lights and cast shadows. 
  • How to add tonal color layers to drawings once drawing concept and design are complete. 

*Assorted leaves and fruit will be provided by instructor. If you have plant or fruit you would like to use, please feel free to bring your own. 

Please see list for materials needed including watercolor, colored pencils and watercolor pencils. Whichever is your choice medium. All will work. If you already have watercolors or colored pencils bring what you have. 

Note: this course assumes you have a basic working knowledge of your chosen base medium watercolor and colored pencils.

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Note: Gloria is also teaching an Open Studio Class every other Monday starting on 10/4

Materials List for Botanical Drawing and Painting     

Any of the following materials can be found at: or

I will bring fruit and leaves for use in drawing. If you have leaves and apples you would like to draw,  feel free to bring them.

PAPER- We will use a 7x10” or 9x12”.140 lb hot press watercolor paper (smooth surface) Fabriano Artistico hot press 140 lb or   Arches Aquarelle hot press 140 lb. in approx.*I will have Fabriano Artistico available for students to purchase at cost.

ERASER-Kneaded eraser and  white vinyl eraser.

RULER- see through plastic

TRACING PAPER- 9X12” * I will bring some for students to use.

PENCILS- HB, B, or 2B are good all-around drawing tools—if you’re only buying one, pick one of  those. 3B, 4B are softer and{ darker and nice for shading; pencils in the H range are harder and  lighter. I frequently use an F pencil as it is soft, but light and works well with watercolor.

SKETCHBOOK- simple small sketchbook 7 x 10  or 9x12 to do your initial drawings in. The sketchbook paper should be made of a paper a bit more sturdy than a newsprint. If you have sheets of sketch paper, bring that. 


Colored Pencils -There are many colored pencil sets available out there to choose from. The better sets for botanical drawing are Faber-Castell Polychromos, Prismacolor Premier, and Caran D’Ache Luminance. A small set of 12 -24 will work fine. If you already have color pencils bring them. For this workshop we will be working in a fall palette to draw apples and leaves. 

Color Pencil Blender- Nice to have but not necessary-Lyra Rembrandt -Splender or Finesse color Pencil Blender


Watercolor Pencils- The most common watercolor pencils out there are Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils, Derwent Watercolor Pencils and Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils. 

BRUSHES-see description below for brushes

PALETTE- to mix watercolor

MISCELLANEOUS- Paper towels or an old sock to clean your palette and absorb extra water; jam  jar or small cup to hold water.


WATERCOLOR- A small 12-color set of watercolor pans. See below for suggestions. If you have  tube paints, that’s fine. See below for color choices.

Good starter palette:

  • Ultramarine Blue  
  • Cobalt Blue (or some people like Cerulean blue)  
  • Yellow Ochre  
  • Hansa Yellow Light or Medium or Cadmium Yellow light 
  • Permanent Alizarin crimson (or Quinacridone Pink or Quinacridone Magenta, which are also permanent colors)  
  • Cadmium Red or Transparent Pyrrol Orange
  • Burnt Umber  
  • Burnt Sienna  
  • Quinacridone Gold is also a very useful; you may want to substitute it for yellow ochre or have  both. 
  • Greens- Many people mix their own from combinations of blues and yellows or blues and  browns. Others select a green that mixes well with blues for darker shades and yellows for  lighter ones. Permanent sap green is a good choice. 


  • Sizes- When you are starting, having one fine, small, medium, and large round brush is fine. (size 0, 1, 2, & 4)
  • Travel brushes- Several companies Pentel, Derwent, Sakura Koi make  great easy travel brushes. The brush has a water reservoir and folds or screws into the handle protecting the bristles when not in use. These are great for watercolor pencil work or field journaling. These are not necessary but I list them here for those who are interested. 

 PALETTE- to mix watercolor

MISCELLANEOUS- Paper towels or an old sock to clean your palette and absorb extra water; jam  jar or small cup to hold water.