Brilliant Floral Portraits with Coloured Pencils - Toronto Botanical Garden
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Brilliant Floral Portraits with Coloured Pencils

July 16 @ 10:00 am July 17 @ 4:30 pm

Produce stunning effects in coloured pencil botanical work, equal to that of watercolour painting with artist Michael Spillane.

This workshop will show students how to produce stunning effects in coloured pencil botanical work, equal to that of watercolour painting. Easy to use and convenient to store and replace, coloured pencils can be used alone or combined with graphite. Techniques such as burnishing and layering, along with accurate colour matching, tonal rendering and composition will help students to master this rewarding medium. A step-by-step floral portrait (or two) will be the focus of the two-day workshop.

Day one: The first day of the workshop will focus on developing the drawing for the floral portrait and exploring the various techniques used in coloured pencil drawing.

Day two: The second day will continue in the development process working to complete a brilliant floral portrait and, time permitting, working on a second project.


  • 2 x  sheets of Arches or Fabriano 140 lb (or 200lb) hot-pressed watercolour paper cut to around 10 x 13 inches
  • 2 x masonite boards 11 x 14 inches
  • Low-tac masking tape
  • A selection of blending stumps / tortillons
  • Erasers: kneaded eraser and Mono Zero (Tombow) 2.3 mm round tip eraser
  • Sheet of graphite transfer paper
  • Winsor & Newton Brush MARKER Blender
  • 2H graphite pencil
  • Derwent Blender pencil

Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils

  • FC 274 Warm Grey V
  • FC 230 Cold Grey I
  • FC 235 Cold Grey VI
  • FC 181 Payne’s Grey
  • FC 270 Warm Grey 1
  • FC 102 Strohgelb Cream
  • FC 115 Dark Cadmium Orange
  • FC 106 Light Chrome Yellow
  • FC 249 Mauve
  • FC 151 Helioblue-Reddish
  • FC 133 Magenta
  • FC 247 Indanthrene Blue
  • FC 170 May Green
  • FC 278 Chrome Oxide Green
  • FC 101 White
  • FC 123 Fuchsia
  • FC 133 Magenta
  • FC 168 Earth Green Yellowish
  • FC 174 Chromium Green Opaque
  • FC 225 Dark Red

Registration Fees: Public $180 Member $144
(plus applicable taxes and fees)

About Michael Spillane

Michael Spillane has a broad and eclectic background both in the arts and natural sciences. Together with his early interests in botanical science and the natural world, Michael pursued his love of the arts. He studied botanical art and classical drawing and painting techniques and holds a diploma in illustration and design along with other academic qualifications in horticulture, botany, and music. Michael has held positions of editor and art director for two Canadian national magazines and has written over 300 articles worldwide. He is a former editor of Canada’s Plant & Garden magazine. Michael teaches botanical drawing and painting at his studio in Mississauga – Spillane Studio of Fine Arts. His own work includes detailed and accurately rendered botanical paintings and classical still life vignettes. Michael works in oil on canvas on a fairly large scale and also paints smaller still life subjects on linen canvas and wood panels. He also uses watercolour and various drawing mediums in his botanical drawings and paintings.

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 15 at noon


July 16 @ 10:00 am
July 17 @ 4:30 pm
Event Category:
777 Lawrence Ave E
Toronto, ON M3C 1P2 Canada