5251 Oak Street Vancouver BC V6M 4H1 CA

Start date: Wednesday, June 7 2023.


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Resource person: learn@vandusen.org

Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden - Visitor Centre Foyer


Improve your drawing skills to capture more realistic depictions of flowers in this four-session series. Instructed by artist and educator Katharine Dickinson, her demonstrations will guide you through various exercises on capturing a flower's identifying features through line, shape, structure and form, and observing critical angles and accurate proportions. 

Explore watercolour techniques for botanicals, mixing and matching a flower's natural colours, and applying washes and dry brush details.  

Art supplies to bring with you:  2H, HB and 2B pencils, pencil sharpener, multimedia sketchbook, printing paper (for drawing exercises), a sheet of 9x12 watercolour paper (hot-Press) for a detailed study, paint palette (white ceramic), watercolour paint set (Windsor & Newton or similar), set of watercolour brushes or #4 and #8 (round with a point) 

This series will take place out in the springtime garden. It will be held rain or shine. If it rains, we will move to the classroom.  

Online registration is required. 

Image by Katharine Dickinson. 

Instructor's Bio

"Katharine received her MA in Fine Art printmaking from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, U.K. She worked as a professional illustrator in London for various advertising and publishing companies illustrating book covers Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut amongst others. She has been working as an artist-educator in Vancouver, specializing in observational drawing methods and techniques for botanical arts and landscape painting, since 2010." 

"In her courses, Katharine introduces students to a variety of art-making techniques. She has a unique ability to demonstrate technical information in a way that inspires confidence and builds knowledge. By helping students slow down and experience the meditative effects of focused observational drawing, the process is relaxed and inspirational."


Available: Available

Price: $198.00 Taxes not included

Notes: Please note that registration will close at 4:00 p.m. PT, one business day before the series starts. Cancellation policy: No refunds will be given for education courses. A credit will be applied to your account for cancellations with one week's notice. With less than a week's notice, no credit will be given. No new credit will be issued if the cancelled course was purchased using prior credit. Program cancellation by the VBGA due to Public Health Restrictions will result in education program credit equivalent to the value lost. Credits must be used within one year from the date issued. Please notify us of your cancellation in writing to learn@vandusen.org

Prerequisites: Educational programs are available for both members and non-members. In order to register for a class, you first need to open an account with Amilia, our online registration portal. Note that your membership account does NOT give you this access. You must open a separate account in Amilia. Follow this link to create your account: https://www.amilia.com/en/Signup Please save your Amilia account username & password for registration in future classes.

More information: Instructor: Katharine Dickinson

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