Botanical Drawing Fundamentals, Online with Corry Buckwalter
Instructor: Corry Buckwalter
Tuesday, January 11 – Tuesday, February 15, 2022 (six Tuesdays)
6 – 8 p.m.
SVAC Member: $105; Non-member: $130

Six Tuesday evenings via Zoom.

Come brighten these winter evenings by awakening plants in your artwork! Participants will learn observational drawing skills in graphite pencil to create lively botanical illustrations of leaves, plants, flowers, bulbs, funghi, fruits and moreStudy botanical details to create accurate, expressive and graceful drawings. Each session includes a brief lecture on historical references and basic botany, step-by-step demonstrations of several illustration techniques, ample time for drawing to learn direct observation skills, as well as instructor feedback on individual work. Exercises taught in class will develop participants’ control of line, shading, texture and composition.

(Builds skills useful for any kind of drawing; suggested before taking Botanical Drawing in Colored Pencil, offered spring 2022.) 

Limited scholarships are available. Contact Erin Kaufman at ekaufman@svac.org or 802-367-1306.

Botanical Drawing Supplies:

Botanical Drawing Fundamentals Supplies List
-Pad of smooth drawing paper, i.e. Bristol Smooth, 9” x 12”, 15-25 sheets, such as Canson brand, or another.
-Pad of hot press drawing paper, at least 250 grams, 9” x 12” or several sheets for final project (if available).
-Inexpensive sketchpad, 9” x 12”
-12-inch roll of white trace paper, or 9” x 12” pad of tracing paper.
-4H, 2H, H, HB, B, 2B, and 5B graphite pencils.
-A 0.3 mechanical pencil with H lead for details.
-Kneaded and plastic erasers.
-Pencil sharpener.
-Pencil brush for sweeping off eraser debris from your drawing.
-Ruler, clear plastic is best, but use what is available.
-Embossing stylus, such as Fiskar or Kemper brand.
-Inexpensive magnifying glass.
-Removable painter’s or artist’s tape.
-Optional: 2 mm clutch pencil with H lead and a sharpener.


Corry Buckwalter is an art instructor, artist, and landscape designer based in North Adams, MA. She is committed to teaching observational drawing and painting techniques in a systematic and nurturing process. A painter in acrylic, oil and watercolor, Corry has shown and sold her paintings in juried exhibitions for more than 10 years while living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She studied botanical drawing with UK botanical artist Ann Swan and also at the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanical Gardens. Corry’s website is: www.corrybuckwalter.com.

January 11 at 6:00 pm
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm (2h)

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