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Basic Watercolor with Summer Flowers (Online Workshop)

About this event

Celebrate the beauty of summer's showy blooms while learning the fundamentals of watercolor media, techniques, and color theory. During this online art workshop, Mary Ellen will also share how to establish a regular artistic practice and keep a garden sketchbook. Be ready for artistic inspiration and delight through a close look at summer flowers!

Intended Audience: Beginner: Suitable for budding learners, this program contains introductory level information for getting started on the topic. 

Suggested Materials List

  • Watercolor Pad 90 lb. Paper 9”x 12” 
  • 2H pencil
  • Water soluble wash pencils (optional)
  • 1 small pocket pencil sharpener 
  • 1 “pink pearl” or similar type eraser
  • Watercolor brushes
  • Basic Watercolor Set
  • 1-2 small ceramic or glass jars for water (repurposed jam jars are excellent for this)

For additional resources and information related to supplies, please visit Mary Ellen's website.

If you're interested in supporting educational programs through a donation to the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden, click here.

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    Libby Rhoads Public Programs Supervisor @ U.S. Botanic Garden

  • Guest speaker
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    Mary Ellen Carsley

    Mary Ellen Carsley is a scientific and botanical illustrator, as well as an art educator. A former practicing architect, she has illustrated eight books and numerous articles for national and international journals.

U.S. Botanic Garden

Steeped in history, rich with tradition, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the well-being of humans and to earth's fragile ecosystems.