Botanical Illustration: Winter and Holiday Subjects

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Thursday December 05

10:00 AM  –  4:00 PM

Winter is a wonderful time to create botanical art from seasonal subjects. This two-day class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.


A Supply List can be found below,  or you can sign up in advance to use materials provided by the instructor during the workshop for a fee of $10. Please let us know by DECEMBER 3rd if you plan to rent materials. 


All program fees include same day admission to the Garden, rain or shine (a $15 value per adult).

Botanical Art Classes with Catherine Watters Supply List

(available at Bick Art Materials in Oakland or Berkeley or online at

*** If you do not wish to purchase supplies, you can rent them from Catherine for $10, payable in cash on the first day of class. Supply reservations must be made in advance.

2 Graphite Pencils -grade H & 2H (Staedtler Mars Lumograph)

2 Erasers - General’s BM-2 Mechanical Eraser Kneaded Rubber

Divider - A measuring tool, similar to a compass but with 2 points (no adjusting wheel!) Magnifying glass

Gooseneck table lamp

If using Colored Pencils:

Drawing Pad - Strathmore Bristol Vellum 300 series 9” x 12” – pad of 20 sheets

Colored Pencils - Sanford Prismacolor

- Cream (PC 914)

- Canary Yellow (PC 916)

- Orange (PC 918)

- Crimson Lake (PC 925)

- Limepeel (PC 1005 - Apple Green (PC 912)

- Olive Green (PC 911)

- Sienna Brown (PC 945)

- Dark Brown (PC 946)

- Black Purple (PC 931)

- Violet (PC 932)

- Colorless Blender (PC 1077)

If painting with Watercolors: Watercolor Paper 1 sheet of Arches 140# hot press ,cut into 4 pieces

1 Palette (paint pan) – White plastic, round w/10 compartments

2 Paint Brushes - Winsor Newton, Series 7, Kalinski Sable # 1 & #3

   (less expensive - Sceptre Gold II by Winsor & Newton # 2 & #4)

Watercolors - Winsor & Newton (artist quality) unless otherwise noted

- Permanent Rose

- Permanent Alizarin Crimson

- Permanent Magenta

- Burnt Umber - Winsor Violet

- Ultramarine Violet (Schmincke) - Gamboge Nova (Holbein)

- Leaf Green (Holbein)

- Sap Green (M. Graham)

- Ultramarine Blue (M. Graham)

Cancellation Policy: Notification two weeks prior to program receives full refund; less than two weeks receives a one-time credit toward another Garden program to be used within 90 days; less than 48 hours from program start, no refunds or credit will be given for cancellations or absences. In the event that the Garden has to cancel a program you will be offered a full refund or the option to transfer to another program.