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Introduction to Watercolor

Students learn about painting materials (papers and brushes), practice watercolor painting skills and complete exercises demonstrating core techniques. Complete one or more painting(s) of a simple botanical subject (e.g., leaf, nut, simple flower) of your choice, practicing the painting skills taught in the class. Accuracy of representation is emphasized as well as artistic expressiveness. Instructors: Hazel Buys and Stephey Baker. Lunch is on your own each day.  Note: Please scroll down for full details before registering.

Our Garden continues to follow CDC recommendations and state guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Properly worn masks are strongly encouraged for indoor class participants regardless of vaccination status. The Garden reserves the right to implement additional safety measures. Any updates will be communicated prior to class, if possible.

Register Member $242

Register Non-Member $284

Saturday, June 4, 2022 - Sunday, June 19, 2022
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Event Details

Introduction to Watercolor for Botanical IllustrationGES: BI, 20, required*

This class is a required part of the Botanical Illustration Certificate Curriculum.  Introduction, Intermediate Drawing and Color Mixing for Botanical Illustration, are pre-requisites for taking this class.

This course takes place over four days:

  • Saturday, June 4
  • Saturday, June 11
  • Saturday, June 18
  • Sunday, June 19

Use this link to view and print the course materials list.

Please note before registering for class: During registration there is an optional material fee of $45, which you can add during the registration process. Alternately you can purchase supplies on your own, but please note that multiple providers are experiencing supply chain delays. If purchasing this material kit, you will receive these supplies the first day of class.

The Introduction to Watercolor kit includes a high-quality sable watercolor brush and appropriate paper. It costs $45.


Stephey Baker is an artist specializing in pen and ink, watercolor, color theory, and graphic design for the professional artist community. Her lifelong connection to nature led her to botanical illustration, with a special interest in pollinating insects and the plants that nurture them. Stephey obtained her botanical illustration certificate at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Hazel Buys has a certificate in Botanical Illustration from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and is lead instructor in the certificate program at the Garden. Her work is included in collections in Europe and in the United States.