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Classes & Workshops
The Contemporary Naturalism
Guild of Art 

Teaching classical art techniques with a modern expression to honor your

personal connection to Nature

Naturalism is a late 19th- and early 20th-century movement that was inspired by adaptation of the principles and methods of natural science, especially the Darwinian view of nature, to literature and art. We aim to share our knowledge of sketching, drawing, and painting the flora and fauna of our 21st century world through online instruction, by teaching classical art techniques with a modern expression. Honor your personal connection to Nature through careful observation and depiction of natural science subjects and habitats in a contemporary style.

Classes & Workshops:

Mushrooms & Fungi

A five-part online workshop offering instruction and guidance on sketching, drawing, and painting mushrooms

Begins August 4, 2021

To learn more and to register:

Open Studios

Join one of our online Open Studios!

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve

New Hope, PA

Fantastic Fungi and How To Draw Them

4 Tuesdays: September 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2021

6 - 8 pm ONLINE

September is National Fungus Month. Join us virtually and celebrate these fascinating organisms by learning the basics of mushroom foraging and documenting fungi using a sketchbook. Develop your drawing skills by depicting mushrooms in graphite. Go on to create a pleasing composition and design a watercolor painting. This program is suitable for all levels.

Registration opening soon at

Mt Cuba Center
Hockessin, DE

Botanical Art: Guided Studio

5 Thursdays, November 11 - December 16, 2021

(No class on Thanksgiving)

10 am - 12 pm ONLINE

Join us to work on existing paintings, learn a new botanical art skill, and share with your fellow classmates. Some botanical art experience suggested.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

Reading, PA

Fall Observations: A Sketchbook

4 Tuesdays: October 12 - November 2, 2021

6 -8 pm ONLINE

Botanical Art is not just about green plants…let’s not forget fungi, branches, and the odd thing you find on the ground! Mushrooms are having a moment and you can be in on the fun. Learn how to draw and paint gilled mushrooms, shelf fungus, polypores, and boletes. Or choose an interesting branch — something with peeling bark, something smooth. Or on your next walk in the woods, look down. Winter gives us a plethora of objects to draw: seed pods, nuts, dried leaves, berries, and more. You bring the subject and we’ll work through the steps to draw it successfully. You can add it to your sketchbook via graphite, pen, or watercolor in this relaxed artistic environment. Class will be held via Google Meet.

American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) 27th Annual Meeting & Conference

Online in October

The Inspired Sketchbook: A Folio of Fungi (Watercolor/Graphite)

Thursday, October 14, 4 - 5 pm EST


This session is one of three included in Botanical Art Instruction - Block "B". A botanical artist's love of observation and sketching will find expression in a finely detailed, elegant sketchbook using watercolor and graphite. Draw along through the months of mushrooms...learn what to look for, how to capture the essence of the fungi and accompanying woodland elements, and design a fungi folio for your personal reference and record. Or, start an inspired sketchbook library of your favorite natural finds. Session Format: Live Demo.

To learn more:

Fleisher Art Memorial

Philadelphia, PA

Botanical Art: Autumn Objects of Forest and Field

8 Thursdays: September 16 to November 4

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm ONLINE

​Let’s take a closer look at some of the wonderful natural elements that make up our autumn outdoor world! We’ll draw (or paint) a new specimen each week. Not only will we learn about that botanical object, like a flower, herb, bulb, fruit, vegetable, fungi, or leaf, but we’ll see how these subjects fit into the broader realm of contemporary botanical art. Some drawing experience helpful.

Register here:

Botanical Art

10 Thursdays: January 6 to March 10, 2022

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm ONLINE

Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna

Vienna, Austria

A Beginner's Guide to Egg Tempera

Saturday, May 28, 2022


As part of the 2nd Get-Together of the Vienna School of Botanical Art, I'll be offering a workshop covering the basics of egg tempera. You will get a chance to make you own paint, work on a gessoed board, and experiment with the technique. This class is designed for anyone who would like to demystify the process and have some fun as well! Demonstrations, discussion of materials and techniques, and hands-on time for skill building and experimentation.


More information to come.