What We Do
Draw Botanical is a community built on sharing a love of creating botanical art. We teach students at all levels of experience from beginner to advanced to help them draw regularly in manageable chunks of time. Our program combines extensive step-by-step videos, PDFs, livestreams, and community participation and feedback. Join us and be rewarded with an experience unlike any other; for if you slow down and practice these techniques, not only will you learn to draw, but you will experience a close and personal relationship with the cycle of life, exploring plants and flowers on a micro level, almost the way an insect does.
We teach confident self-expression through botanical art.
Here’s How We Do It!
Create and build a community of students around the world, at all skill levels, with a life-changing experience that will foster the art of slowing down to observe and capture the natural world through an ongoing botanical drawing practice, and facilitate growth in the level of skill and the quality of our students’ work.
Botanical Drawing Education
As far as we can tell, the act of botanical drawing is enriching for everyone who tries it. You may find that slowing down your mind to attune to the exquisite beauty of nature can have healing properties. Some people compare it to falling in love. We believe that everyone can benefit from a little botanical drawing, and so we make it our job to teach it to you in a way that is inclusive and fun.
The Draw Botanical Method
The Draw Botanical Method is centered around the teachings of Wendy Hollender, renowned botanical illustrator. We use colored pencil and watercolor to create realistic, three-dimensional plant illustrations. Our lessons and content are based on the following books: The Joy of Botanical Drawing by Wendy Hollender Botanical Drawing: A Beginner’s Guide by Wendy Hollender Botanical Drawing in Color by Wendy Hollender The Practice of Botanical Drawing by Wendy Hollender If you attend an in-person workshop with one of our instructors, you can expect expertise in the Draw Botanical Method, as well as a supportive environment to grow your practice. We teach using a combination of hands-on demonstrations and lectures. You’ll have plenty of individualized feedback, quiet drawing time, and we’ll often lead you on an adventure to hunt plant specimens!
Staying Curious and Always Learning
Our studio is always equipped with a spark of curiosity. This curiosity often leads us to new and exciting endeavors. However, no journey is complete without a few challenges along the way. These challenges are essential to becoming better and more mindful creators. We acknowledge the mistakes we have made in the past and are committed to getting back up and trying again. It is vital to us that we maintain the stamina to keep learning and listening. We believe in staying agile and receptive to new information and strategies to improve together.
- We listen to community feedback to find ways to improve our processes, internally and externally.
- We include diverse voices within our decision making process.
Leaving the World Better Than We Found It
We believe in using our platform for good. Over the years, we have partnered with several nonprofit organizations that share our goal of creating a better and more inclusive world for generations to come. Together, we strongly believe in our ability to create sustainable change within the world around us. Here are just a few of the organizations we have worked with.
- The Ashokan Center
- The National Tropical Botanical Garden
- The New York Botanical Garden
- The Mohonk Preserve
- Morven Museum and Garden
- Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
- Brookside Gardens
- The US Botanic Garden
- Faber Castell
- Legion Paper
Over many years of teaching in-person drawing workshops, we know that it can sometimes be hard to stay motivated. We strive to bring you the camaraderie and connection of an on-site workshop in a digital environment. We have created an image-focused forum (Art Feed) where you can receive feedback, motivation, connect with students, and build a botanical drawing portfolio. Join our vibrant, supportive community to make friends, share ideas, and get feedback from artists around the globe. Join us for a live workshop!