Botanical Illustration Intensive Workshop in Kauai, Hawaii February 2022



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Botanical Illustration Intensive Workshop on Kaua’i (Hawaii)
at The National Tropical Botanical Garden
Instructors: Wendy Hollender & 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: January 31 – February 18, 2022

Week 1 – Monday thru Friday, Jan 31 – Feb 4, 10am – 4pm
(Beginners are strongly encouraged to start on Week 1)

Week 2 – Monday thru Friday, Feb 7 -11, 10am – 4pm

Week 3 – Monday thru Friday, Feb 14 -18, 10am – 4pm

Workshop Description:

Study the fundamentals of botanical drawing using graphite pencil, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and watercolor. Drawing plants and flowers starts with observation. Under the supervision of Wendy Hollender and 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. Lessons in composition will be given to help with the development of larger compositions. 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.
No previous drawing experience required during the first week of class.

Class size has been limited due to COVID restrictions. We will continue to monitor this situation. It is possible that more seats will open up. It is also possible that we will have to cancel this event if travel is not possible. Please consider purchasing insurance on your flights and lodging. We will offer a 95% refund if we feel the need to cancel this workshop. 

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 5 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. Optional Open Studio days may be available as well. Please bring your own lunch and snacks to class. We will not provide meals at this workshop.

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:

Three week workshop: $2250

Two week workshop: $1500

One week workshop: $750

Week 1 -3 – Everyone welcome. Choose this option if you are coming for all 3 weeks.

Week 1 – 2 – Choose this option if you are a beginner and would like to attend for two weeks.

Week 2 – 3 Choose this option if you are an experienced student and would like to attend for two weeks. (no first time students please)

Week 1 – Choose this option if you are a beginner and only want to attend for one week.

Week 2 / Week 3 – Choose this option if you are an experienced student and only want to attend for one week (no first time students please)

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

Fee does not include travel, lodging, or meals.


See our list of recommended supplies.


There are numerous housing options in nearby 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.

Refund Policy:

Partial refund will be given in the event you cancel by Jan 1, 2022, if we have someone on the waiting list to fill your spot. Amount of refund will be $650 for one week, $1400 for two weeks or $2150 for three weeks.

Additional information

Attend Week 1?

Yes, No

Attend Week 2?

Yes, No

Attend Week 3?

Yes, No