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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.

Mushrooms & Fungi

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



Sessions will be recorded.

April 5, 9; May 3, 17, 31 (every other week)

Mentorships Now Available

Our online mentorship program allows you to study independently with the artist of your choice. Private, one-on-one learning.

Second Fridays of the Month

7:45am, 9am, or 10:15am ONLINE


Mt Cuba Center
Hockessin, DE

Botanical Art: Spring Wildflowers

12 Thursdays (3 sessions, 4 classes each)

April 30 - June 22 (no class June 8)

10 am - 1 pm ON SITE

Mt. Cuba Center’s unique collections of native plants are a natural fit for the art of botanical drawing. Using specimens from Mt. Cuba’s gardens, learn how to draw flowers, foliage, and stems realistically in this entry-level program. Start with the elements of line, shape, and form, and progress to developing your own personal drawing style. Begin with Learning to Draw Spring Wildflowers or dive into the upper-level courses if you already have the basics.

This program takes place in-person (at Mt. Cuba Center) Twelve Thursdays March 30 – June 22, 2023*

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Fleisher Art Memorial

Philadelphia, PA

Botanical Illustration:

Spring Observations in Watercolor 

5 Thursdays

April 6 -  May 4, 2023

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm ONLINE

Watercolor has historically been the most used medium for creating botanical art and here is your chance to learn how it’s done! By using a combination of washes and dry brush techniques, join us as we explore spring subject matter each week in this fun online class. Working with a limited palette to start, we’ll explore color theory, drybrush layering, and detailing to create contemporary botanical art. Some drawing experience would be helpful.

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Jenkins Arboretum
& Gardens
Devon, PA

Capturing Spring: Developing a Botanical Sketchbook Practice 

8 Tuesdays

March 7 - April 25, 2023

6:30 – 8:30 pm ONLINE

Our natural world is brimming with new life and inspiration. Learn to observe, document, and record your spring flora by sketching, drawing, and painting in a sketchbook. Each class will focus on one spring specimen. Throughout the series, you will learn to design a sketchbook spread and fill it with beautiful observations and botanically correct drawings. From the inexperienced artist to the seasoned botanical artist, this class offers ideas and challenges for all.

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Morris Arboretum
Philadelphia, PA

Botanical Illustration for Beginners: Spring Observations

6 Mondays

March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2023

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm ONLINE

​Let’s take a closer look at some of the wonderful natural elements that make up our springtime outdoor world! Join Margaret Saylor virtually to draw a new specimen each week. Not only will we learn about that week’s botanical theme, but we’ll see how these subjects fit into the broader realm of contemporary botanical art.

All levels welcome; some drawing experience helpful but not necessary. A zoom link and recommended materials list will be emailed to all participants.

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Longwood Gardens

Kennett Square, PA

Botanical Art on Vellum: Luminescent Color

August 18, 2023


The Mushroom Hunter's Sketchbook

September 9, 2023


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