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Draw and Paint Autumn Leaves in Watercolor (Online Workshop)

About this event

Beginners and experienced artists alike can celebrate the season by learning how to draw and paint autumn leaves! During this online art workshop, discover fundamental drawing skills, gain confidence in representing the natural world on paper, learn basic watercolor techniques, and receive pro tips from Mary Ellen to help you capture the beauty and vividness of autumn.

Suggested Materials List:

  • Watercolor Pad/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 small ceramic or glass jar for water (repurposed jam jars are excellent for this)

Not experienced buying art supplies? Here are some tips from Mary Ellen:

  1. If you are just getting started working with watercolor, grab a basic artist's grade watercolor kit: a lightweight plastic box with space for mixing colors and an assortment of 12-14 colors. Good colors to have are Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Sap Green, Ultramarine, Viridian, and Yellow Ochre.
  2. For brushes, look for short handle, sable bristles that are rounds sizes 1, 3, 5, and a 6 flat (or shader)

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

Hosted by

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

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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.