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Paint Like Beatrix Potter

Feb. 11, 18, 25,  noon-3 p.m. Pacific

Offered via Zoom - $120


**Note, I don't seem to be able to get rid of the shipping charge, so when you register and get to the check-out screen, choose the "Store Pickup" option in shipping and that'll get rid of the shipping charge.**


Three consecutive Saturdays: Feb. 11, 18 and 25, noon-3 p.m. Pacific

(Any participant in any of my workshops always is welcome to attend my free open studio/drop in session every Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Pacific, most weeks of the year.)

Beatrix Potter is my favorite natural science illustrator. Through careful field sketching, live observation and the use of early photography, she created compositions both realistic and fanciful. She was an incredibly hard working illustrator, churning through pages of sketches and paintings during her lifetime; what we see in her books is only the tip of the iceberg. This workshop explores Potter’s background, techniques and subject matter. By learning from and imitating her work, we will learn directly from Potter. We will then apply what we have learned to creating illustrations of our own.


Potter was a complicated artist who lived a very full life. This workshop grounds her in her historical context, giving a more broad view of her accomplishments well past the "little books," as she called them. She was an accomplished science illustrator, a savvy businesswoman and an early conservationist. This three-session workshop is based on a three-day workshop I recently offered, and is oriented toward anybody who is interested in improving their ability to illustrate the natural world at any level, from very basic field sketching to animal gestural drawing to fairly complete illustrations. If you fall into that category and you're also interested in learning about and being inspired by this fascinating woman, this workshop is for you. The material will be approachable and helpful regardless of experience level. 


The workshop takes place on three consecutive Saturdays in February, (Feb. 11, 18 and 25) from noon to 3 p.m. Pacific. 


Subject matter includes:

  • Who was Beatrix Potter? (artist, illustrator, businesswoman, land conservator)

  • Creating "little book" illustrations in Potter's style / copying hers and creating your own

  • Nature sketching / working on catching the "mood" of a place

  • Gestural animal sketching (we'll be using animal videos for this, but it's incredibly helpful to "learn" the shape of a bunny or a bird by watching it move)

  • Working from photographs (Potter's father was an early photography buff and she was able to photograph subject matter herself as well as use other people's photos)


You'll need a basic drawing (graphite and / or pen) set, drawing paper, watercolor set, good paper, etc. More details on the supply list will be provided to registrants.


Fawn lily
Timmy Tiptoes
Beatrix Potter mushrooms
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