Fresh Art: Pencil and Paint in the Garden, with Marjorie Leggitt

September 6 - 8, 2017
9:00 am - 3:30 pm each day except Friday, when class will be held from 9:00 am - 2:30pm

at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Cost, BAGSC Members: $200
Non-Members: $230

Maximum Registration: 15

To register: $50 non-refundable deposit (or full amount), check made out to BAGSC, with Marjorie Leggitt on the subject line. Mail to: BAGSC, P.O. Box 50166, Pasadena, CA 91115.

Remaining balance due by Wednesday, August 16, 2017, check made out to BAGSC, with Marjorie Leggitt on the subject line. Mail to: BAGSC, P.O. Box 50166, Pasadena, CA 91115.

Bring your lunch, or purchase lunch at the many cafés or food-stops at The Huntington.

Questions about the Workshop? Contact the BAGSC Education Chair.

Workshop Description

Recording the beauty and freshness of flora “in situ” is a plein air botanical artist’s greatest desire. In this class, learn to capture the spontaneity of flowers and floral subjects using expressive graphite and watercolor washes. Explore new ways to see and develop perspective with “quick draw” methods. Discover the expansive and harmonious nature of a limited palette when you develop your own Color Palette Exploration Chart. Learn how to enhance and build value-rich form and spatial quality layering transparent color. Experiment with contemporary approaches to composition. With classroom instruction and exercises, and plenty of one-on-one guidance in the field, you will be ready to complete an illuminated chronicle of your day in the garden!


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

The room location is in the downstairs lab, next to the atrium. Please note that this is a working lab. No food or drink is allowed in this room at any time. There are tables outside the lab to leave your drinks and lunches. Eating is not allowed on The Huntington's grounds, except in designated areas.

Parking and Entrance:

Parking is free at The Huntington. You do not need to go through the front gate to attend the workshop. Park in the smaller parking lot to the right as you face the main entrance and walk directly to the small building to the right, the Botanical Education Center, in front of the Children's Garden. A map of The Huntington's grounds can be downloaded from their website.

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

Materials List for Marjorie Leggitt

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Marjorie Leggitt

About the Instructor

Marjorie Leggitt, an award-winning professional science illustrator, started her career at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History dissecting and illustrating Australian land snails. Running her own freelance studio since 1985, she illustrates text and trade books, professional journals, and museum exhibits and interpretive signage. Since 1990, Marjorie has taught core and elective botanical illustration courses at Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration in addition to her own drawing and painting workshops throughout the country. Her mediums of choice are pen and ink, watercolor, and computer. Surrounded by collections of exotic plant matter and animal skeletons, Marjorie is most at home when drawing from nature.

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    Marjorie Leggitt

    A page from my journal

    Mixed media, © 2017

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    Marjorie Leggitt

    Vegetables study

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  • Marjorie Leggitt

    Marjorie Leggitt


    © 2017