© Margaret Saylor

Classes & Workshops
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
Reading, PA

Guided Studio for Botanical Art

Monday, March 2 - March 30

6:00 - 9:00 pm

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Level: Intermediate

Botanical art is all about depicting plants, flowers, seed pods, branches, and fungi. Join us in this guided studio class where you will develop your personal interests and skill in botanical art with the guidance and mentorship of our professional teaching artist. Students will be provided with individual instruction, demonstrations of graphite and watercolor technique, and a relaxed, creative atmosphere. This class is recommended for those who have attended botanical classes in the past.

Summer Observations:

Flowers, Ferns, and the Forest Floor

Saturday, June 27

10:00 - 3:00

Level: All

Create a sketchbook based on observation of our summer bounty of plants!

Mt Cuba Center
Hockessin, DE

Learning to Draw Spring Wildflowers

Four Thursdays:

April 9 – 30, 2020

10 am – 1 pm

Register here: https://education.mtcubacenter.org/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=202ART107

Discover the fascinating details of spring wildflowers from Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens in this relaxed, beginner-level class. Develop basic drawing skills through observing and sketching a variety of flowers, leaves, and branches. Explore line, shape, and form, and follow up with instructor demonstrations. Plenty of exercises will build your confidence in drawing native spring flowers. No previous art experience needed.


Wildflowers in Color

Four Thursdays: May 7 – 28, 2020

10 am – 1 pm

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Bring yourself to the next level with drawing native wildflowers from Mt. Cuba Center’s unique collections. Continue to learn basic botanical drawing skills, such as composition, scale, and perspective, while introducing simple color techniques that add another dimension to your work. A series of step-by-step exercises, instructor demonstrations, and one-on-one feedback sessions provide a strong foundation in botanical drawing. Students may work in watercolor or colored pencil.


Putting It All Together

Four Thursdays: June 4 – 25, 2020

10 am – 1 pm

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Continue to refine your botanical drawing and composition skills using color theory and exercises that reinforce botanical accuracy. Explore painterly techniques such as dry brush or watercolor washes that enhance your individual style while remaining true to the tenets of botanical drawing. Sketch, compose, and execute a finished piece applying the skills learned in all three sections.

Getting Started with Vellum

Thursday, September 24, 2020

10 am - 3:30 pm

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Unlike the stark white of paper, calfskin vellum has a warm color ranging from pale off-white to a rich honey. Additionally, the surface variation present in vellum results in a uniquely textured finished product. Learn very basic tips and techniques for painting on vellum, starting with simple exercises on vellum scraps. Margaret discusses how paint and vellum work together and demonstrates building color and form. Finish by painting a simple drawing on vellum. Please bring lunch.

Guided Studio at Mt Cuba Center

Thursday, Nov 12 - Dec 17 (no class Thanksgiving Day)

NEW TIME: 10 am - 2 pm 

Wayne, PA

Botanical Art for All

Spring Session, 6 weeks

Graphite Drawing Skills 

and Guided Studio

April 1 - May 6 (Wednesdays)

10 am - 2 pm*

*NOTE April 15 class will be held

from 11-3

$225 for PSBI members;

$265 non-members

Fall Session, 8 weeks

Watercolor Technique

and Guided Studio

August 5, 12, 19, 26; Sept 16, 23, 30;

Oct 7 (skipping 9/2 & 9/9)

10 am - 2 pm

$300 for PSBI members;

$355 non-members

Level: All

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Philadelphia Society of

Botanical Illlustrators (PSBI)


Fleisher Art Memorial

Philadelphia, PA

Botanical Art

Tuesday, March 31 - June 2, 2020

6:30 - 9:30 pm

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