Basic Botanical Art Workshop

A day of botanical art skills and techniques for all levels

Sunday, January 27, 2019
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Cost, BAGSC Members: $50
Non-Members: $60

Bring your own lunch or purchase from the Arboretum Café.

Please register early. This “Day of Botanical Art” is open to the public, so reserve your spot now, as registration is anticipated to fill quickly.

Workshop Description

The Botanical Artist Guild of Southern California (BAGSC) will conduct their first Basic Botanical Art Workshop designed to allow participants of all levels an opportunity to enjoy a hands-on botanical art experience in different mediums. On the day of the 27th, each participant can choose to participate in any combination of four (4) one-hour, hands-on workshops taught by skilled BAGSC instructors.

Participants may choose to sit down with different artists to experience techniques applied to creating botanical art. Currently scheduled are:

  • Creating 3D forms by light to dark shading in graphite
  • How to do a watercolor wash
  • Easy color mixing in watercolor
  • Dry brush techniques
  • Using pen and ink in scientific illustration
  • Drawing with silverpoint
  • Color pencil techniques in botanical art
  • Labeling your painting with calligraphy
  • Creating 3D forms by light to dark in watercolor
  • How to draw a leaf in graphite
  • Using mixed media in scientific illustration
  • Graphite tips and tricks
  • Perspective for plants
  • Watercolor pencil techniques

BAGSC teacher members will be sharing their skills, displaying some of their works and bringing information. Currently scheduled to participate are:

  • Cristina Baltayian
  • Diane Daly
  • Akiko Enokido
  • Sally Jacobs
  • Lesley Randall
  • Olga Ryabtsova
  • Gilly Shaeffer
  • Deborah Shaw
  • Ellie Yun-Hui Tu

All basic supplies, including paper and paint, are included in the price. Additionally, most artists will bring special supplies to share that can be used with their techniques. Participants are welcome to bring some of their supplies if desired. Please see the lists in the right-hand column.

Questions about the Workshop? Contact the BAGSC Education Chair.

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Location, parking, and other instructions

This is a BAGSC-sponsored workshop; there is no information about this workshop on The Arboretum's website. If you have questions, or need additional information, please contact the BAGSC Education Chair.

This workshop will be held at The Los Angeles County Arboretum. The Arboretum is located at: 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007.

Parking and Entrance:

Parking is free at The Arboretum. You do not need to pay admission at the front gate to attend the workshop. Walk directly through and let them know you are here for the Botanical Art Workshop.

Directions from surface streets, freeways and public transportation are available on their website, in addition to accessibility, hours and dining information.


Items: Total:

Supplies provided to all participants
(included in workshop fee)


  • Strathmore Bristol Plate 500, 9 x 12
  • Arches #140 Hot Press, 9 x 12
  • Prepared silverpoint paper
  • Yupo (to collect watercolor paint samples)


  • Color pencil samples
  • Pencils, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B


  • Watercolor samples (participants will be able to take a "squirt" of tube paints if desired)


  • Click Pentel Plastic Eraser
  • Wall Putty


  • Paper Towels
  • Disposable water cups and palette

And more!

Supplies instructors will bring to share and for you to try out

Pencils and pens

  • Color pencils
  • 2H, HB, 2B, 4B pencils
  • Farber Castell light-hue color pencils: light blue, light green, yellow, scarlet
  • Other specialty pencils
  • Pigma Micron .02 and .05
  • Bamboo pens
  • Silverpoint pens

Watercolors and ink

  • Sample watercolors (participants will be able to take a "squirt" of tube paints if desired)
  • Winsor Newton Quinacridone Red
  • Ink


  • Watercolor brushes
  • Raphael Kolinsky Sable 8408, #4
  • Sekaido Filbert #2, Japanese Green Brush


  • Kneaded eraser


  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Inciser devices
  • Graphite powder
  • Water soluable graphite
  • Compressed charcoal sticks
  • Luffa

And more!

Supplies available to purchase
(optional, if desired)

  • Silverpoint pens
  • Pencils

And more!

You may want to bring the following of your own supplies (but not necessary)

  • Sketchbook, or something with which to take notes
  • Kneaded erasers or other erasers
  • Favorite pencils or pens
  • Empty palette (to collect sample colors)
  • Any of the items from the lists above