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Botanical Art in Watercolor – Fall Foliage

November 15 @ 5:30 pm 7:30 pm

Zoom Online class participants will receive a Zoom link for the live class two hours before the class begins.

$30 Non-Member / $24 Member

Materials not included in the price of the class. See list of materials needed below description.

This class is a great introduction to watercolor techniques for botanical art. We will explore Fall Foliage through a unique medium that has been used by artists and illustrators throughout the years. When the seasons change into fall, depending on where you live, leaves from trees and shrubs will transform into a variety of beautiful colors such as yellow, orange, and red! In the first 20 min of the workshop, we will explore basic watercolor techniques to get us warmed up. The remaining portion of the class will be focused on using watercolor to recreate our autumn muse. 

Main Concepts:

  • Basics in watercolor color application & techniques
  • Explore organic shapes and line contour 

Materials Needed:

  • 2H or 4H, & HB pencil, eraser (Streader), kneaded eraser & ruler
  • 140lb 9”x12” Cold press watercolor paper 
  • Watercolor – Main ones used in this class: Winsor & Newton-cadmium pale yellow, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber, black ivory, Cadmium pale hue red, cadmium deep hue red, alizarin crimson (optional addition -ultramarine blue) *Any brands and substitutions of colors work. 
  • Colored Pencils – Verithin Prisma color pencils work best – small set works
  • Brushes: # 3, #4 #6 Long Round brushes, #3 or #5 Synthetic inexpensive brush for mixing
  • 2 water jars/cups, towel, or paper towel
  • Mixing palette 
  • Photo of autumn leaves
  • Optional – Small spray bottle or eye dropper
  • Optional before workshop – tracing options: Tracing paper, light box or bright window to transfer subject to watercolor paper


Adela Antoinette

Adela Antoinette (She/Her) is a published illustrator, designer and makeup artist. As a southwest born desert dweller, Antoinette’s work primarily centers on Sonoran Desert flora but fluctuates within botany through visiting different regions across the states. She specializes in various traditional mediums including her favorite, watercolor in which she has taught in workshops and classes at the Denali Education Center and The Drawing Studio. Her work has been displayed in various galleries in Arizona, Alaska, and California. Antoinette studied illustration and design at the University of Arizona, receiving her degree in Visual Communication. She is a Tucson, Arizona artist currently living in New York City.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

No refund will be issued less than 15 days prior to any Community Class. A $10 cancellation fee will be applied to all refunds. No refunds will be issued for special events.

We reserve the right to cancel Community Classes due to insufficient registration, garden closure, or inclement weather, in which case, participants will receive a full refund. People with disabilities should make requests for accommodation as early as possible to allow time to make appropriate arrangements.

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