Course Description

Spend a day in the Ambler Arboretum with Scientific Illustrator, Gretchen Halpert. Sketching from life and learning techniques for capturing the beauty and atmosphere of the gardens, participants will explore the big picture to the smallest detail and include written text alongside their drawings. This workshop begins with a discussion and demonstration of tools, tricks, media, and techniques. Specific exercises, free drawing time, and sharing of our work round out this full day of drawing.



Suggested Materials List (to bring with you):

  • Sketchbook (or single sheets of paper on a clipboard). Whatever size you are comfortable with. The paper should be able to take dry and slightly wet media.
  • Large elastic bands or clips to keep pages from turning in a breeze
  • Pencils- HB. You may also like to have harder (3H or 2H) and a softer (B or 2B) leads.
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Black fine top markers-pilot razor point (water soluble) and Pigma Micron or Copic waterproof (size 005 and 0)
  • Colored pencils- 6-8 colors, including a blue, red, yellow and green
  • Watercolors-small travel set. Pan colors as opposed to tubes. A cheap plastic
  • children’s set is fine. Include blue, red, yellow pigments.
  • Decent quality watercolor brushes-size 4 with a good point works well.
  • Water container with lid
  • Cotton rag or paper towel
  • Hand lens
  • Portable stool if you don’t want to stand outside or sit in the grass
  • Appropriate clothing, hat, drinking water, sunscreen, bug spray, bag lunch……
  • A knapsack or tote bag
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