Botanical Drawing with Colour Pencil

April 18, 2020 - April 19, 2020



10 hour workshop with 1/2 hour for lunch.
Botanical Illustration with Colour Pencil
Botanical illustration has been around for hundreds of years and in this fun two-day workshop, we’ll get to explore this amazing art form. Working with traditional botanical guidelines, we’ll explore through the use of colour pencils in illustrating plants, fruits, and vegetables. We’ll work on layout/composition, rendering form, how to choose colours and layering with colour pencils. We’ll talk about the process of colour pencil work from types of papers to types of pencils and all the in-betweens. Along the way, we’ll delve into how to choose your colours, how and when to blend effectively and the need for working with multiple colours for effective images that pop. I’ll pass along key skills and tricks on effective colour use.

Special Instructions

I am a full time practicing visual artist working with colour pencil and graphite on paper on a full time basis since 2012. The works I draw are large in scale and often takes hundreds of hours to complete, as the medium requires numerous layers of colour and the art is often done only with the fine point of the pencil. I use only the highest quality professional colour pencils with high light fastness and colour retention.  Having created work for public installations, public and private gallery exhibitions and private and public collections, my subject is both portrait and botanical.

I hold a Diploma in Design, a BFA with distinctions from Concordia University in Montreal, Art Teacher Certification and a M.Ed. from UBC and have been teaching adult education since 2012.



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Suppy List

Materials list: (choice of one of the following paper pads, no larger than 9 x 12) Stonehenge, Strathmore Mixed Media, Strathmore vellum Bristol.
colour Pencil: Faber Castell Polychromos: 103 ivory, 104 light yellow glaze, 107 cadmium yellow, 111 cadmium orange, 118 scarlet red, 217 middle cadmium red, 225 dark red, 128 light purple-pink, 138 violet, 247 indianthene blue, 167 permanent green olive, 266 permanent green/blue, 173 olive green yellowish, 169 caput mortum, 175 dark sepia, 182 brown ocre, 176 nougat
Prismacolor colourless blender, black and white
The instructor will provide remaining materials and advanced colour pencils

April 18, 2020 - April 19, 2020
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

McTavish Academy of Art
1720 McTavish Rd
North Saanich, BC, V8L-5T9


2 days over 1 weekend