classes and workshops

Summer is almost over, and fall classes are coming up! I’ll be teaching again at Gage Academy and at the UW’s Center for Urban Horticulture, along with several workshops of my own this winter and next spring. Note:  Gage classes are changed to Mondays this year, with apologies to any for whom this presents scheduling difficulties.  Here’s the schedule so far…


GAGE ACADEMY, Seattle.  Autumn Leaves, October 12-13, Saturday/Sunday, 9:30-4:30.   The colorful leaves of autumn make excellent subjects for practicing various wash and dry-brush techniques.  Students may also choose the challenging gourds and other colorful harbingers of the season. All levels welcome, and small amounts of supplies are available to keep costs down. Register online at or by phone at 206-323-GAGE (4243)

I plan to continue with my own workshop in Hansville in January–date and subject will be forthcoming soon. And we’ll be in Entiat again as well in the spring; again, date and subject will be available shortly.

Weekly classes…These are on Monday this year!!

~~At Gage Academy...register online at or by phone at 206-323-GAGE (4243)

Botanical DrawingMondays, 9/16-11/18, 9:30-12:30. Learn to use line to accurately depict plant subjects and then move on to understanding the effect of light on form and how to use shading for three-dimensionality; those who have taken the drawing course already can work on subjects of their choice with ample supervision, and can also learn pen & ink skills.

Botanical Watercolor, Autumn CornucopiaMondays, 9/16-11/25, 1:30-4:30. Learn the botanical artist’s classic method of dry-brush watercolor to paint a variety of natural subjects. Students will explore basic dry-brush and wash methods by using subjects common to Autumn–colorful leaves, gourds, squash, berries–lots of colorful possibilities! All levels are welcome.  Students may purchase small amounts of the more expensive supplies to keep costs down.

~~At UW Center for Urban Horticulture...Register by phone at 206-685-8033 or online at

Botanical Drawing, Tuesdays, 9/24-11/5, 7:00-9:30.The pencil is an effective tool for producing beautiful botanical works, and skill in pencil rendering is also a good basis for ongoing study of botanical art in other media, such as watercolor.Beginning with measurement techniques, observational skills, and the unique requirements of botanical art, the class teaches use of line to accurately portray plant subjects, then moves on to understanding light’s effect on form and the use of shading for three-dimensionality. While focusing on plants, skills acquired apply to any realistic drawing effort. All levels welcome; intermediate students can take on more advanced plant subjects.  A short list of materials for the first class will be provided with your confirmation email, and a more complete list of supplies will be discussed in the first class.  This class is recommended as a prerequisite to Botanical Watercolor (which will be the winter class starting in January.)

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 If you are looking for a refresher course on botanical drawing, my beginner/intermediate-level drawing class online at Craftsy/MyBluprint can give you shading and drawing basics, including how to do those weirdly un-intuitive but oh-so-useful double transfers!  They have sales often, and prices are reasonable.   It uses Craftsy’s easy-to-use online format to provide a class you can access any time, as often and as long as you want, post your work & get feedback, and engage in on-going questions and discussions of the class and your work.  Maybe you can’t get to a class in person right now, but want to review the methods we worked on in class?  Or you haven’t had a botanical drawing class yet and would like to begin with the basics?  Check it out at!  (Now There are also some excellent classes with other artists, including those well-known in the botanical painting world, in both watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite.




If you have any questions about classes, don’t hesitate to email me at



1 thought on “classes and workshops”

  1. Melissa T said:

    I’m interested in the autumn leaves class but can’t find information on it.

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