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Drawing with Botanical Ink

September 14 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

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Join us for a fun-filled day of creating beautiful artwork using botanical ink!

In this workshop you’ll learn how to draw a leaf using a classic dip pen with black walnut ink. The warm brown ink evokes the timeless drawings of Renaissance Master Leonardo da Vinci. Our instructor will also explain how to make your own ink. All participants will go home with a dip pen handle, metal drawing nip and small bottle of black walnut inkmade at Toronto Botanical Garden!

No experience is required; just bring your curiosity and enthusiasm!

Beginners welcome.

Materials are included. You will take home the following:

1 dip pen handle

1 Japanese metal drawing nib

1 sheet of archival quality herbarium paper

1 small bottle of Black Walnut ink made at TBG.

Saturday, September 14, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Registration: Public $65, TBG Members $55 (plus applicable taxes and fees)

About Alan Li

Artist and conservationist Alan Li uses pencils, ink and paint to document the wonders of the natural world. Alan’s mission is to build connections to nature through arts-based education. Since 2015, he has been partnering with non-profit environmental organizations to teach nature focused art programs and workshops.

Alan was responsible for the successful launch of the Toronto Nature Sketch program in 2018, teaching all of the art lessons during that inaugural year. Nature Sketch is an initiative of Canadian artist Robert Bateman and the Bateman Foundation.

In 2019, Alan was a speaker at the annual Ravine Symposium at Toronto Botanical Garden. In his presentation, he shared stories behind ravine inspired artwork created by himself and a small brigade of volunteer artists. Funds raised through the sale of the artwork were donated to ravine conservation initiatives at the garden.

Alan currently teaches Field Sketching, Nature Drawing and Linocut Printmaking at Toronto Botanical Garden and the High Park Nature Centre.


Join Toronto Botanical Garden

Join the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) as a member to get a discount on this program, upcoming events and classes, and free parking. A TBG membership helps you deepen your knowledge and connection to the natural world, become a part of a dynamic community of plant people, and be inspired! Become a member !

Safe Program Access

  • To ensure the safety of our participants and instructors, all staff, volunteers, and participants are welcome to wear masks indoors and maintain physical distancing.
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  • This is an in-person, indoor, Adult Education program at the Toronto Botanical Garden.

We appreciate your support and cooperation.


September 14
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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