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Local Flowers/Intro to Botanical Illustration

March 20, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm UTC-4


Hear an educational talk about early Spring flowers soon to bloom in Bushwick Inlet Park followed by botanical illustration instruction.
About this Event
Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park volunteers have planted several garden beds and continue to expand the beds to include more of the park. Crocuses were added last year as part of the city’s plant it purple initiative. Join us on Zoom to see and discuss some of the flowering plants soon to be seen in the gardens while demonstrating the basics of Botanical Illustration.

Monica Schroeder, a professional scientific Illustrator, will lead us through plant anatomy and warm up drawing exercises and then dive into a simple botanical illustration. (A Crocus Template will be provided for those who wish to trace.)

The class will switch between slides and live instruction using pencils and watercolor.

Use any medium you prefer that allows for detailed work – even just a plain pencil and copy paper. (Most drug stores sell colored pencils and watercolor kits for less then $10, a great way to get started!)

The demo will be done using drawing pencils, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, gouache, and watercolor.

All skill levels welcome.


2H and a 2B pencil (any hard or soft pencils)
White eraser & a kneaded eraser
Sketch pad or paper
Scrap paper
Paper for your chosen medium such as watercolor paper or colored pencil paper
Watercolors** colored pencils, or gouache
Watercolor round brushes: size 3/0, size 1 & size 4