• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Drawing

This eight-week course allows both the novice and non-beginner to practice drawing skills related to botanical subjects. Taken in advance or as a compliment to watercolour painting, this course provides opportunities for intimate and sustained examination of flowering plants as well as landscape subjects.  Formal concerns related to composition and media application will be addressed.  Students will be introduced to a spectrum of drawing techniques using graphite, conte, charcoal powder, drawing ink and ink markers.  Traditional and contemporary techniques specific to this genre will be examined, providing students ample freedom to interpret their subject as they see fit.  Due to unpredictable spring weather, visits to Allan Gardens Conservatory to record botanical subjects from life will be restricted to the first four weeks.  For the remainder of the course, students will work in the studio, developing larger works from the inventory of drawings produced at the Conservatory.


* This course is not currently open for registration

What you will learn

  • Develop observational drawing skills
  • Image development
  • Various media techniques

Materials to Bring

Drawing materials:

  • 2 sticks of vine or willow charcoal ( this charcoal is softer and easier to erase )
  • Charcoal pencil – 4b
  • White chalk pastel or white conté
  • Graphite pencils – 2b, 6b & 8b ( one of each )
  • Soft haired brush such as a bamboo brush or haki brush for ink washes
  • White plastic eraser & a kneaded eraser
  • Large bulldog clips ( at least two )

Students should have a mixed media sketchbook or pad preferably 90lbs. Canson and Strathmore are two brands that come in 9 x12” or 11 x 14” pads and are sold at both Aboveground and Curry’s art stores. Mixed media pads are media friendly and can hold up to wet and dry materials alike.