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Event Date

February 2, 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Botanical Arts and Crafts

Program Information

Location: Most classes will take place at BRIT or at the FW Botanic Garden. Some classes and workshops will be taught off campus and/or may include field trips to other locations around North Central Texas.

Cost: Class tuition varies depending on the length of the class and materials needed. Please see the individual class listings for exact prices.

Who should attend: GROW Adult Education workshops are open to and suitable for all interested members of the general public.GROW Adult Ed classes are designed for adults 18 and older. Interested children 14 and older are invited to attend classes with a parent or guardian if both individuals purchase a seat. Please don't hesitate to contact Laura Venhaus if you have any questions about this policy. 

Nice to Know: Since you never know where GROW Adult Ed might take you, we recommend that participants dress comfortably in clothes that are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor adventures. A sweater or light jacket is a good idea in case the A/C is working too well and closed toe shoes are always a good idea. Please check individual class listings for any specific requirements and, as always, don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at a GROW Adult Ed class soon! 

Point of Contact

Laura Northern Venhaus

Community Education Manager

Join us for this one day introduction to the medium appropriate for both beginning and intermediate artists. Students will learn techniques for colored pencil success including layering, color theory, and special considerations for various colored subjects.

Instructor Samantha Peters is a science illustrator based in Dallas, Texas. She received her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, leaving once she realized illustrating her study guides was more fun than actually studying them. Afterwards, while living in New York City, she discovered a love of botanical art through classes at the New York Botanical Garden, and decided to pursue science illustration full time, attending the graduate program in Science Illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Samantha currently works in the graphics department at the Dallas Zoo and is the President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Texas Group. Member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Please note: This class will be held at BRIT.

This class is SOLD OUT.

$85 members/$95 non-members.

Materials List:

• Paper pad: 9”x12” or 11”x14” of ONE of the following:

  • Strathmore 500 Bristol Vellum surface
  • Stonehenge 250 GSM Vellum surface
  • Fabriano Studio Watercolor 140 lb HOT PRESS (Orange/red cover) (DO NOT BUY COLD PRESS PAPER) If you’re planning to take a bunch of classes or aren’t sure whether you want to focus on a specific medium, I’d recommend this paper. It works well for pencil, colored pencil, and watercolor.

• Portable, battery operated pencil sharpener

• Tracing paper: Strathmore 300 series tracing or similar

• Pencils: 2H, H, and/or HB graphite pencils, mechanical pencils, or lead with holder. Derwent, Staedtler-Mars Lumograph, and Tombow are all good brands.

• Kneaded eraser (new and unused)

• White vinyl eraser (Magic Rub or similar)

• 6” or 12” ruler (clear ones are great!)

• Drafting tape

• Large fluffy clean brush or feather; new makeup brushes work great

• Colored pencils: Please choose artist-grade pencils; I recommend purchasing the largest set you can afford. Prismacolor Premier and Faber-Castell Polychromos are excellent brands. If purchasing open-stock, please bring at least the following (Prismacolor codes and names are listed, or the FC equivalent):

  • Lemon Yellow: PC 915
  • Canary Yellow: PC 916
  • Sunburst Yellow: PC 917
  • True Blue: PC 903
  • Denim Blue: PC 1101
  • Tuscan Red: PC 937
  • Crimson Red: PC 924
  • Poppy Red: PC 922
  • Process Red: PC 994
  • Apple Green: PC 912
  • Grass Green: PC 909
  • Dark Purple: PC 931
  • Greyed Lavender: PC 1026
  • Black Cherry: PC 1078
  • Black Grape: PC 996
  • Sienna Brown: PC 945
  • Dark Brown: PC 946
  • Terra Cotta: PC 944
  • White: PC 938
  • Black: PC 935
  • Cream: PC 914
  • A selection of French, warm, or cool greys: I like 10% and 50% French grey (1068 and 1072), and 10% cool grey (1059), but choose however many you like
  • colorless blender: PC 1077
  • Please have your pencils sharpened prior to the first class!

About Botanical Arts and Crafts

Get in touch with your inner artist by taking a class in botanical drawing, painting, or photography or by attending one of our hands-on, nature-inspired craft workshops. You will find options for all interests and skill levels. These classes, taught by accomplished, professional artists, will not only allow you to increase your skills but will also enhance your understanding of the natural world.