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Tips for Drawing Leaves Realistically

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Tips for Drawing Leaves Realistically
Janet Parker
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$240 plus $20 Materials Fee
Total Cost:
Minimum Age Level:
Skill Level:
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February 26, 2019
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March 12, 2019

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Workshop Overview

If you're interested in drawing and painting plants, sooner or later you'll have to tackle leaves. They're everywhere, and they come in a remarkable variety of types. In this mainly colored pencil workshop, you will get an introduction to understanding the vein structure of leaves, and also learn a step-by-step approach to drawing leaves curling in space, along with many other interesting facts and characteristics of leaves.

Students will complete a realistic rendering, showing the subtle value changes that represent the \"hills and valleys\" of the top surface of a leaf.

About the Instructor(s)

Janet earned the NY Botanical Garden's Botanical Art certificate in May 2015. A 1989 graduate of Parsons School of Design, she has worked as an editorial art director and graphic designer for many magazines and book publishers, including Newsweek, Workman Publishing and until 2012, Tin House. A few years after a move from New York to Portland, Oregon in 2009, she discovered fellow botanical art lovers in the area and helped form Oregon Botanical Artists, now an active group there ( She currently teaches Botanical Drawing classes at Oregon College of Art and Craft and Oregon Society of Artists.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Drawing board with a smooth surface (best size would be about 16 x 20\"

• Something to prop their drawing board up - which can be a bath towel rolled up and secured with a few

rubber bands

• Feather or other small duster to remove eraser crumbs

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)


Instructor will provide a kit for each student to use in the workshop that includes:

• Almost all of the tools we’ll be using

• Reference plant matter

• All paper

• Erasers

• Graphite and colored pencils

• A folder with handouts and other goodies

• An acetate model of a leaf for students to work with after a demonstration

• Misc. other tools

* Please note: students will return most of the tools to me at the end of the workshop, with the exception of all of the paper provided, and the folder with handouts and a few other misc. items.

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