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Pen and Ink

At a basic level, drawing is merely making marks on paper. This class builds on previous knowledge gained from intermediate graphite drawing for botanical illustration. Learn how to render form and value through the simplicity of a mere black line. Focus is given to exercises that promote thinking three-dimensionally (e.g. contour drawing), creative process and using simple techniques such as hatching and stippling (to name a few) —are all rendered with various drawing pens. Understand the difference between a fineliner, a technical pen, a brush pen, and rapidograph, plus, discover the limitations and benefits of each. Learning how to test and evaluate drawing pens in order to serve your creative goals is explored as well. By the end of class you’ll be able to make educated decisions as to which drawing pen is best for you in bringing your creative goals to fruition. This class works with botanical subjects appropriate to the season. Artistic expression, botanical accuracy, and experimentation are encouraged. Note: This class does NOT use dip pens or crow quill pens; these materials are explored in the pen and ink class dedicated to dip pens.

Our Garden continues to follow CDC recommendations and state guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Properly worn masks are strongly recommended 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.

All programs subject to change.

Register Member $240

Register Non-Member $282

Saturday, February 25, 2023 - Saturday, March 18, 2023
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Event Details

Pen and Ink for Botanical Illustration

GES: BI, 20, required*

*This class provides 20 hours of required credit for the Botanical Illustration Certificate Program.  Pre-requisites for Pen and Ink are Introduction to Drawing and Intermediate Drawing.

This course takes place over 4 Saturdays:

  • February 25
  • March 4
  • March 11
  • March 18

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About the Instructor

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. She believes in cultivating a curious spirit and finds joy in teaching others how to easily connect to their artistic side. Stephey lives in Church Hill with her rescued cats and dogs and tends to an urban garden full of life. In her favorite dreams, she can talk to Bumble Bees. Learn more at markedbythemuse.com