Pen Sketching in the Botanic Garden: Capturing Moments in Nature




1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Four week class: Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21, and 28

Join us for a four-part, weekly sketching class held amidst the serene beauty of the botanic garden! In this course, we'll explore the art of quick sketching using pen, focusing on techniques to swiftly capture the essence of nature's fleeting moments. Whether you're a seasoned artist or a beginner, this class offers a creative and relaxing environment to hone your skills and immerse yourself in the wonders of botanical art. Guided by instructor, Aleta Jacobson, you'll learn:

1. Pen Sketching Basics: Understand the fundamentals of pen sketching, including line weight, shading, and perspective.

2. Quick Sketching Techniques: Discover methods to sketch swiftly and confidently, perfect for capturing the dynamic scenes of the botanical gardens.

3. Observational Skills: Enhance your ability to observe and interpret the intricate details of plants, flowers, and landscapes.

4. Composition and Framing: Learn how to compose your sketches effectively, choosing focal points and framing your subjects for maximum impact.

5. Expressive Mark Making: Experiment with different pen strokes and techniques to add depth and texture to your sketches, infusing them with character and emotion.

6. Personalized Feedback: Receive constructive feedback and guidance tailored to your individual skill level and goals.

7. Inspiration from Nature: Immerse yourself in the beauty of the botanical gardens, drawing inspiration from the vibrant colors, shapes, and textures of the natural world.

Aleta Jacobson is a working artist, instructor, and designer who specializes in creating powerful collage, mixed media, watercolors, and acrylic paintings using a variety of tools and materials. Aleta is inspired by life events, current events, nature, and the environment. Learn more about Aleta’s beautiful work by visiting her website


Member | $145

Public | $160

A Note About Materials: For this class series you will need to purchase and bring your own simple materials. Please review the supplies list below and contact with any questions that you have about the list.

Supplies for Pen Sketching in the Botanic Garden: Capturing Moments in Nature on March 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2024‍. Please bring these recommend supplies to each class session.

* Micron Pens or other waterproof pens

* A sketchbook small enough to carry around

* Pencil and eraser (optional)

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