Fundamentals of Botanical Drawing - Toronto Botanical Garden
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Fundamentals of Botanical Drawing

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

This workshop is ideal for those wishing to learn a range of skills relating to drawing magnificent plants and flowers. Students will be given step-by-step instructions on how to establish realistic botanical drawings in graphite. The drawing process will be discussed in detail, along with exercises on gesture, contour drawing, and blending techniques with graphite to produce three-dimensional forms. The workshop is best suited to students with some drawing experience and an interest in botanical art.

Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Public $180, TBG Member or Volunteer $144 (plus fees + HST)


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.

Safe Program Access
To ensure the safety of our participants and instructors, all staff, volunteers, and participants will be required to wear masks indoors and maintain physical distancing.

You will also be asked to complete a mandatory paperless COVID-19 Self-Assessment prior to your participation. Please review our Health and Safety Policies and Refund Policy and Terms of Agreement.

This is an Adult Education program at TBG. All participants must be 16+.

We appreciate your support and cooperation.

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 3 at 12:00 pm.


June 4
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Toronto Botanical Garden
777 Lawrence Ave E
Toronto, ON M3C 1P2 Canada