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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

Classes coming soon

Open Studios

Join one of our online Open Studios!

Jenkins Arboretum & Garden
Devon, PA

Botanical Observations: Winter Objects of Field and Forest 

8 Tuesdays

January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1 & 8 

6:30 – 8:30 pm ONLINE


Let’s take a closer look at some of the wonderful natural elements that make up our winter outdoor world! Join Margaret Saylor virtually to draw (or paint) a new specimen each week. Not only will we learn about that botanical object, like branches, mosses, lichens, fungi, and leaves, 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 recommended materials list is available here


Members: $175; Non-Members: $200

Register here:

Mt Cuba Center
Hockessin, DE

Coming Soon

Botanical Art: Spring Wildflowers

See Mt Cuba Center website for registration

Fleisher Art Memorial

Philadelphia, PA

Botanical Art

10 Thursdays: January 6 to March 10, 2022

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm ONLINE

Botanical Watercolor

Spring Term: coming soon


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.