Mushrooms in Watercolor with Alexander (Sasha) Viazmensky

Wednesday, October 19 – Friday, October 21, 2016
9:30 am – 4:00 pm each day

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Oak Room

Cost, BAGSC Members: $300
Non-Members: $330

Maximum Registration: 16 students

To register: $50 non-refundable deposit (or full amount), check made out to BAGSC, with Sasha Viazmensky on the subject line. Contact the BAGSC Education Chair for address.

Remaining balance due by Monday, October 3, 2016, check made out to BAGSC, with Sasha Viazmensky on the subject line. Contact the BAGSC Education Chair for address.

Bring your lunch, or purchase lunch or purchase lunch at the Peacock Café, on the Arboretum grounds, right above the workshop location.

Questions about the Workshop? Contact the BAGSC Education Chair.

Workshop Description

Mushroom hunting is a passionate, national pastime in Russia, and Sasha’s paintings capture the spirit of the fungi and the forest. Painted life sized, he calls his paintings “Portraits of Mushrooms.”

The class will consist of the following steps:

  1. Composition.
  2. How to properly place your subject: lights, shadows, reflections.
  3. Creating the shape from light to dark.
  4. Creating various textures with dry brush.
  5. Using white gouache.
  6. Final details.


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.

The workshop will be held at The Los Angeles County Arboretum, in the Oak Room. 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 Sasha's workshop.

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

Forest Bouquet II, Russian Choice, by Alexander Viazmensky, © 2016.

Forest Bouquet II, Russian Choice, watercolor by Alexander Viazmensky,
© 2016.

Materials List for
Sasha Viazmensky

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Sasha Viazmensky

About the Instructor

Sasha Viazmensky was born and lives in St. Petersburg, Russia, and specializes in painting fungi. Although he has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, he has devoted his life to painting, studying and gathering mushrooms.

His work is included in the collections of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Shirley Sherwood Collection and the Komarov Botanical Institute in St. Petersburg, among others, and in private collections all over the world.

You can read an article Sasha wrote about picking mushrooms in Russia, published in MUSHROOM, The Journal of Wild Mushrooming, here.