Kauai, Hawaii Botanical Illustration Intensive Workshop Oct. 2024

Botanical Illustration Intensive Workshop on Kaua’i (Hawaii)

at The National Tropical Botanical Garden

Instructors: Pam Thompson and Sam McWilliams

Classes will be held at:
National Tropical Botanical Garden
Education Headquarters
3530 Papalina Rd
Kalaheo, HI 96741
(808) 332-7324

Workshop Dates: October 14 – 25, 2024

Week 1: Monday – Friday, Oct. 14 – 18, 10am – 4pm

(Beginners are strongly encouraged to start on Week 1)

Week 2: Monday – Friday, Oct. 21 – 25, 10am – 4pm

We recommend attending for as many days as possible; the more you immerse yourself, the deeper the learning experience.


Workshop Description:

Bask in the beauty of Hawaii AND improve your observational drawings! From the picturesque Lawaii valley to the mesmerizing ocean views, endless inspiration awaits. Which fascinating tropical plants will you draw?

Why Join Us?

No prior drawing experience needed – just bring your passion!
Personalized instruction tailored to every skill level
Daily drawing demonstrations from friendly, experienced instructors (dream team – Pam & Sam!)
Tour the vibrant gardens with NTBG botanists and staff
Select interesting subjects from the wide variety of tropical plants growing at NTBG to observe and draw
Create your own detailed botanical drawings and sketchbook study pages of flowering plants, fruits, and seedpods
Learn about plant structures and their importance through dissection and comparison
Discover the treasures of NTBG’s extensive library collection of historical botanical illustrations (spanning four centuries!) to understand tradition and techniques still in use today
-Opportunities to arrange large compositions (OPTIONAL, for those with more experience)


What to Expect

-Instructional classes will be conducted for 5 days each week from 10 am to 4pm on the premises at The National Tropical Botanical Garden. (Students can arrive early and stay late each day, if they would like.)
Instructors are available in the classroom 10-4pm, and do daily demonstrations and trips to the garden with NTBG staff.
-We have a large indoor/outdoor classroom for our use, with time to draw outside in the garden as well.
Practice the fundamentals of botanical drawing using graphite pencil, colored pencils and watercolor. (Find our list of recommended supplies here.)
We will not provide meals at this workshop. Please bring your own lunch and snacks to class. A full kitchen is of use to us, attached to our classroom.
-On off-days, students are free to explore the island, relax at the beach, or continue to draw at home.


Prerequisites are NOT required for this workshop, but if you want to gain confidence and build some foundational skills before attending, we recommend the Botanical Basics online program, practicing from one of Wendy Hollender’s books, and/or taking a Zoom workshop with us. For a look at all of our free and paid resources, see this Learn to Draw pageLearn more & Register