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Drawing Cacti and Succulents in Colored Pencil (Online Workshop)

About this event

Beginner and experienced artists alike can learn how to draw their favorite houseplants in color! In this online workshop with Mary Ellen, discover fundamental drawing skills, access confidence in representing the natural world on paper, and learn techniques for working with color to help capture the beauty and vividness of cacti and succulents.

Suggested Materials List:

  • Drawing or colored pencil paper – minimum size 4"x6 (you are welcome to use your favorite sketchbook; you will need two the three pages)
  • One set of colored pencils
  • One colorless colored pencil blender
  • One kneaded eraser
  • One white plastic eraser
  • One pencil sharpener

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

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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.