Botanical Painting: Essential Watercolor Techniques, with Corry Buckwalter
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Instructor: Corry Buckwalter
July 17 & July 24, 2021 (two Saturdays)
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
SVAC Member: $80; Non-member: $100

In the first session, Corry offers a series of easy and structured exercises. Learn the essential techniques for painting botanical subjects in watercolors, including layering washes, graded washes, dry brush and more. Study the work of the masters for inspiration. Create several studies of a variety of subjects while painting from life. Prior drawing experience–including “Introduction to Botanical Drawing” if possible–is recommended.

The second session focuses on painting flowers from life. Learn several approaches, from the scientific to the artistically expressive, with multiple techniques. Photos of student work may be submitted to the instructor for feedback any time after the end of the course.


  • Hotpress watercolor paper, block format, 9” x 12”, 15 sheets, 140 lb (must be hotpress and block format for this class) (Stonehenge Aqua brand)
  • Inexpensive bound sketch pad, 8” x 10” or 9” x 12”
  • H, HB and 2B graphite pencils
  • Kneaded and plastic erasers
  • Ruler (clear plastic is best for measuring, but use what is available)
  • A minimum of 6 artist-quality tubes of transparent watercolors best for botanical painting in each of the following colors:
    1. Yellow: Azo Yellow (Aureolin)
    2. Green Gold
    3. Red: Permanent Rose or Permanent Magenta or Alizarin Crimson
    4. Blue: French Ultramarine
    5. Brown: Raw Umber
    6. Payne’s Gray
  • Palette to mix colors
  • Synthetic Rounds Brushes, sizes #2, #6, #10, plus a very small brush for details such as size 3/0 or other, Princeton SNAP! Series 9650 Golden Synthetic Brushes are reasonably priced and available at Blick’s and elsewhere

COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Limited scholarships are available. Contact Erin Kaufman at or 802-367-1306.

Corry Buckwalter is an art instructor, artist, author, and landscape designer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She learned the craft of painting from established realist painter Elaine S. Wilson, and is committed to teaching observational drawing and painting techniques in a systematic process for artistic confidence for each student. Corry studied botanical illustration with botanical artist Ann Swan and at the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanical Gardens. She regularly teaches drawing, painting and botanical art classes for adults and teens at the Ann Arbor Art Center and is on the visual arts faculty at Washtenaw Community College in Michigan. Corry has shown and sold her paintings in local juried exhibitions for more than 10 years. In addition to teaching art classes, she designs residential landscape projects in Southeast Michigan. Corry has written feature articles about urban design, the environment and city planning for numerous magazines since 2007. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Cornell University and grew up spending her summers in Manchester, Vermont. Corry is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and ASLA. Visit to learn more and follow Corry on Instagram @corrybuckwalter_studio

July 17 at 1:30 pm
1:30 pm — 4:30 pm (3h)