Botanical Illustration Intensive Workshop Hawaii December 2019



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Botanical Illustration Intensive Workshop on Kaua’i (Hawaii)
at The National Tropical Botanical Garden
Instructor: Veronica (Vern) Fannin

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

Workshop Dates: December 9 – 19, 2019 (2 weeks)

Week 1 Classes held – Monday thru Thursday Dec 9 – 12

Week 2 Classes held – Monday thru Thursday Dec 16 -19

Beginners welcome.

Workshop Description:

Hours- 10am to 4pm on class days

Study the fundamentals of botanical drawing using the mediums of graphite pencil, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and watercolor. Drawing plants and flowers starts with observation. Under the supervision of Veronica (Vern) Fannin, students will learn about plant structures and their importance through dissection and comparison. Students will create detailed botanical drawings and sketchbook pages of flowering plants, fruits and seedpods, working directly from the wide variety of tropical plants growing at NTBG. There will be opportunities to work on large compositions and detailed paintings for those with more experience. We will also study historical botanical illustrations spanning four centuries of the extensive library collection as a way of understanding the tradition and techniques still in use today.

NTBG botanists and staff will be available to help with understanding Botany and other aspects of plants.

Our Drawing Workshops are designed to fit the needs of students of all levels. Workshops are a great way for beginners to receive lots of one-on-one instruction and feedback in a supportive environment. We recommend attending for as many days as possible; the more you immerse yourself, the deeper the learning experience. For the more experienced artist, workshops are a way to make time to focus, continue to advance your skills, and create more-detailed work.

Prerequisites are not required for this workshop, but if you want to gain confidence and build some foundational skills before attending, we recommend completing the Botanical Basics online program.

Instructional classes will be conducted for 4 days each week from 10 am to 4pm on the premises at The National Tropical Botanical Garden. We have a large indoor/outdoor classroom for our use, with time to draw outside anywhere in the garden students wish. Students can arrive early and stay late if they want to each day.

Instructor is available in the classroom and does daily demonstrations. On off-days, students are free to visit the island, relax at the beach or continue to draw in the garden classroom without instructor supervision.


Workshop Fees:

Two week workshop: $880

One week workshop: $440

NTBG members will receive a 10% Discount by request. Email to get the discount code.

Fee does not include travel and lodging.
PLEASE NOTE: Meals are not included with this workshop. Please bring your own lunch to class. The garden has a kitchen facility with a sink, refrigerator, microwave, and toaster oven.


See our list of recommended supplies.


There are numerous housing options in near by Kalaheo and Poipu or other locations in the area. There are condos, hotels, motels, Air BnB’s, and Bed and Breakfasts.

Click here for a PDF with more information about housing options.

Click here for info about a beautiful ohana available for rent by a friend and fellow student!

Refund Policy:

Partial refund will be given in the event you cancel by Nov 15, 2019 if your spot gets filled. Amount of refund will be $340 for one week, $680 for two weeks.

Additional information


Weeks 1 -2, Week 1, Week 2