Using Light to Create Realism in Botanical Art

Wednesday, October 3, Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5, 2018
9:30 am – 4:00 pm

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens,
Botanical Education Center, Allied Technical Lab

Cost, BAGSC Members: $300
Non-Members: $350

Maximum Registration: 16 students

To register: Send a check in the full amount, made out to BAGSC, with Robert McNeill on the subject line. Please mail the check to: BAGSC, PO Box 50166, Pasadena, California 91115.

Bring your lunch, or purchase lunch at any of the cafés on The Huntington grounds.

Questions about the Workshop? Contact the BAGSC Education Chair.

Workshop Description

During this three day workshop, Robert will explain the important role that light plays in the creation of his realistic botanical paintings and the processes that he employs to achieve his results. He will lead you through practical watercolor sessions that will enable you to explore and experience effective recording of the impact that light has on botanicals.


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

The workshop will be held at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in the Botanical Education Center, Allied Technical Lab.

The Huntington is located at: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108.

Parking and Entrance:

Parking is free at The Huntington. Please tell the guard at the front gate you are attending a workshop at the Botanical Education Center. You do not need to go to the front entrance of The Huntington. As you approach The Huntington buildings at the end of the parking lot, turn right and walk along the front of the buildings. Just past another guard gate is the Botanical Education Center. Go straight in and follow the signs to the classroom.

Directions from surface streets, freeways and public transportation are available on their website, in addition to accessibility, hours and dining information. A map of The Huntington grounds is available as a download from their website as well.

Materials List for
Robert McNeill

Download a PDF of the materials list.

Robert McNeill

About the Instructor

Robert is a renowned, award-winning, international botanical artist. He was born in Scotland UK where he currently lives and works. He has works in the collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and in the collection of Dr. Shirley Sherwood, OBE.

Cardiocrinum giganteum, watercolor, Robert McNeill, © 2018

Cardiocrinum giganteum, watercolor, Robert McNeill, © 2018