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Watercolor Techniques for Botanical Illustration

Continue to hone a strong foundational watercolor skill-set by building on the knowledge learned from Introduction to Watercolor for Botanical Illustration. This class provides hands-on experience using various watercolor techniques such as wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, damp brush and dry brush, including how to discern grayscale value and its color equivalent and how to use color washes as an under-painting. Proper lighting set-up is discussed to emphasize using the light and dark tones within a subject to create three-dimensionality. Paper selection, tips for transferring drawings, learning to evaluate your work objectively, and basic compositional principles are discussed in class. Artists are guided throughout the process step-by-step and encouraged to hone their skills in a relaxed, inspired environment that promotes creative discussion.  Instructors: Hazel Buys and Stephey Baker

Register Member $242

Register Non-Member $284

Saturday, July 9, 2022 - Saturday, August 6, 2022
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Event Details

Watercolor Techniques BasicsGES: BI, 20, elective*

This class is part of the Botanical Illustration Certificate Curriculum and offers 20 hours of elective credit.  Prerequisite: Introduction to Watercolor

This course takes place over four Saturdays:

  • July 9
  • July 23 (skips July 16)
  • July 30
  • August 6

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Note about materials: You can add An optional fee of $10 for appropriate papers 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.


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.