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Botanical Drawing Retreat at Omega Institute

Join an artists retreat, and observe and draw the natural world at harvest time.

Sharpen your colored pencils and watercolor pencils and prepare to learn the botanical drawing techniques Wendy Hollender outlines in her book Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color.

We begin by drawing simple forms like fruits and nuts and move on to more complex forms, including flowers, fall leaves, pine cones, and other natural materials.

Using watercolor pencils and dry colored pencils we learn a grisaille technique to make undertones in a neutral color and how to layer other colors on top to create depth. These tools and techniques produce an immediate result and are portable so you can easily draw anywhere in nature.

Artists at all levels of experience are welcome—everyone works at their own pace and receives guidance from Hollender.