Fundamentals of Botanical Drawing in Colored Pencil, Online with Corry Buckwalter
Instructor: Corry Buckwalter
Tuesday, April 5 – Tuesday, May 10 (Tuesdays for 6 weeks)
6 – 8 p.m.
SVAC Member: $105; Non-member: $130

Develop your skills in botanical drawing with colored pencils in this online class. Study color theory, composition, value, blending, layering colors, combining graphite with colored pencils and more. Create several drawings over the course of the class with lots of instructor feedback. Subjects include flowers, fruits, leaves, and others. Some observational drawing experience is preferred, or for students who have taken Corry’s Botanical Drawing in Graphite class.

Colored pencils class supplies list:

  • Pad of smooth drawing paper, i.e. Bristol Smooth, 9” x 12”, 15-25 sheets, such as Canson brand, or another.
  • Sketchpad, 8×10 or larger.
  • Hotpress watercolor paper, sheets or block, Stonehenge Aqua Hotpress by Legion or Blick Hotpress or similar brand, 9×12 inches, around 15 sheets, 140 lb.
  • Roll of white trace paper, 12 inches.
  • HB, H, 2H and 4H graphite pencils.
  • Colored pencils: many colors included in the 24-Prismacolor Premier and other sets are not used in botanical drawing so it is preferable if students individually purchase the following Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils that are more specific for botanical drawing. These are available at Don’t worry if you cannot purchase all colors; you can use what you have.
    101 White
    103 Ivory
    102 Cream
    184 Dark Naples Ochre
    118 Scarlet Red
    142 Madder
    123 Fuchsia
    133 Magenta
    194 Red Violet
    193 Burnt Carmine
    134 Crimson
    138 Violet
    157 Dark Indigo
    172 Earth Green
    278 Chrome Green Oxide
    174 Chromium Green Opaque
    168 Earth Green Yellowish
    170 May Green
    179 Bistre
    178 Nougat
    175 Dark Sepia
    230 Cold Grey I
    275 Warm Grey IV
    274 Warm Grey V
  • Colorless blender pencil, Prismacolor or other brand.
  • Colorless blending marker, ProMarker, Winsor & Newton brand, which is alcohol-based, or other brand.
  • Kneaded, sand (by Mono if available) and plastic erasers.
  • Portable pencil sharpener. I highly recommend the Muji brand portable hand sharpener. It is excellent for sharpening colored pencils, and is available on Amazon currently. This sharpener creates an amazing point which is long lasting and does not waste a lot of pencil in the sharpening process. A key to successful botanical drawing in colored pencils is using a very sharp pencil, so do consider purchasing a good sharpener.
  • Ruler. Clear plastic is best for measuring, but use what is available.
  • Embossing stylus, size 0.5.
  • Magnifying glass.

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:

April 5 at 6:00 pm
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm (2h)