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Drawing Winter Trees (Online Workshop)

About this event

Celebrate the beauty of winter by learning to draw trees! Join Mary Ellen for this online workshop to review the fundamentals of drawing with pencil and learn how to experiment with water-soluble graphite to create beautiful soft wash drawings. Drawing trees is one of the best ways for an artist to build an eye for proportion and detail. It also helps artists "see" their subject in 3-D in their minds and create more believable and livelier works. 

Suggested Materials List:

  • Drawing Pad/Paper 9”x 12” or larger for both wet and dry media
  • 2H pencil
  • 4B pencil
  • At least three water-soluble graphite pencils assorted (2H-B)
  • Paper tortillion / stump for blending
  • 1 small pocket pencil sharpener
  • 1 small watercolor brush (#2 or #4)
  • 1 kneaded eraser
  • 1 “pink pearl” or similar type eraser
  • Watercolor brushes
  • 3-4 small ceramic or glass jars for water and mixing washes (repurposed jam jars are excellent for this)
  • A piece of paper towel

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Hosted by

  • Team member
    Libby Rhoads Public Programs Supervisor @ U.S. Botanic Garden

  • Guest speaker
    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.