August 18-20, 2023
Botanical Bouquets in Colored Pencils
with Dorota Haber-Lehigh
In this workshop, we will learn how to portray a few special plants in a small bouquet or posy. We will draw inspiration from 17th century artist Alexander Marshall and his vintage bouquets.
- The first day will be spent sketching, refining our drawings, learning about color pencil techniques.
- The second day we will experiment with using tracing paper and our refined drawings to create pleasing compositions and will transfer the drawing onto final paper.
- The third day we will complete our illustrations.
The workshop will include a presentation of Dorota’s botanical drawings, step by step examples, a demonstration of how to approach drawing from observation using live plants and various colored pencils techniques. Although drawing in realistic form will be the focus, individual styles will be encouraged and celebrated. All levels welcome.
About the artist:
Dorota holds a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from Society of Botanical Artists in UK, degrees in Art and International Studies with a focus on indigenous cultures, and a master’s degree in teaching. Born in Poland, Dorota’s love for nature began when as a child she accompanied her grandparents on mushroom hunting forays, spent hours in her parents and grandparents gardens, hiked summers in Tatra mountains and foraged for wild herbs and fruit. In her art she explores the idea of interconnectedness and fragility of our ecosystems, ecological diversity and species codependence. Dorota loves portraying garden and forest plants, medicinal and Pacific Northwest native plants, their ecology and interactions with insects or pollinators.
Friday, August 18
3:30-4:30 pm Participant Arrival and check-in
5:00 pm Orientation in Greenhouse
5:15 pm Opening Session with Dorota
7:00 pm Dinner
Saturday, August 19
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Class Session
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Class Session
4:00 pm Free time to paint, rest, walk
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Open Studio Time
Sunday, August 20
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Class Session
11:00 am Check-out and Depart for home
Bring your own live plants, flowers from your yard, twigs, native tree branches, and a few extra to share.
• Sketchbook of your choice such as Strathmore Drawing 400 series
• Pencil (either H or F) and pencil sharpener.
• Kneaded eraser (Prismacolor)
• Tombow Mono Zero eraser (optional)
• Tracing paper (Blick or Canson)
• Colored pencils set (I recommend Artist quality colored pencils, some of the brands are
Faber Castell Polychromos, Pablo by Caran d’Ache, Derwent Colorsouft, Prismacolor
Premier, or Luminance by Caran d’Ache)
• Marker blender: There are many on the market, my favorite is a Copic Sketch Marker
or Tombow brand- Colorless blender 0 brush tip. Another good blender is a wax stick
by Caran d’Ache called Colorless Blender.
• Drawing paper of your choice such as Stonehenge Hot press Watercolor paper 140 lbs.-
9” by 12” or bigger
• If you like brown surfaces try Strathmore 400 Toned Mixed Media Pad
Tan (thicker paper) or Strathmore 400 Recycled Toned Sketch Pad Toned
All inclusive of 2 nights lodging, 6 meals, and instruction. Limited to a maximum of 10 participants.
Cost is dependent on the choice of room.
- Shared Room $600
- Single Room $705 (2 available, and will have a shared bathroom)
- Couple (one class participant and their spouse/partner who doesn't take the class) $810
- Commuter (eats lunches/dinners at Menucha but does not stay overnight) $541
Plan to arrive Friday afternoon around 3:30pm, and depart on Sunday by 11:00am
We will enjoy The Greenhouse for the classroom/studio and Boyd Hall for lodging of participants. If you have any mobility concerns, please let us know so we may assign you an appropriate room. Both Boyd Hall has separate bedrooms with shared bathrooms. During registration you can name a roommate, or let us know later, or let us decide
Menucha's kitchen prepares excellent, plentiful, cooked-from-scratch meals. If you have any dietary needs such as allergies, we'll ask you to fill out a form ahead of time so we may prepare to feed you properly.