Visual Arts Workshop

Botanical Drawing – Bees, Bumblebees, and Butterflies
with Dorota Haber-Lehigh
Saturday, March 13 | 1:00pm to 4:00pm
via Zoom | Zoom link will be sent the day before the workshop


Botanical Drawing – Bees, Bumblebees, and Butterflies

In this class, we will learn how to draw bees, bumblebees,
and butterflies so we can include them in our future botanical drawings or paintings. We will start with loose sketching and learn about the anatomy of these important pollinators. We will explore colored pencil techniques and portraying the textures of these fuzzy creatures. We will look for inspiration in the work of Maria Sybilla Merian and Jan Van Kessel. We will draw in a realistic style, but individual approaches and styles are encouraged.

• Photographs are fine for this class; personal photographs are a better choice so we do not run into copyright issues.

Also, we may request preserved specimens from Bioquip
If you order butterflies, ask to have them mounted.

• Variety of plant subjects of our choice: daffodils, tulips or other flowering branches, etc. Live specimens     are preferred over working from photographs.
• Sketchbook of choice
• Pencil (either H or F)
• Kneaded eraser
• Hand -held pencil sharpener, such as Alvin Brass Bullet
• Pigma Micron Pen (005) black
• Set of artist quality colored pencils (Prismacolor Premier, Faber Castell Polychromos, Pablo by Caran d’ache, Derwent Colorsoft)
• Good quality drawing paper: Choose one from the list
• White Paper (Dorota works on either Stonehenge Aqua hot press 140 lbs or Fluid 100 watercolor paper 140 lbs hot press. You can buy one sheet and cut it into smaller pieces

Other good colored pencil paper is Strathmore Briston Smooth. If you like a brown surface Dorota recommends Toned Tan Sketch paper sketchbook by Strathmore, Kraft by Stonehenge (Legion Paper) or Mixed Media Toned Tan by Strathmore. You do not need all this paper, just choose one or two to try.

• Embossing tool (Pergamano Fine Stylus 0.5 mm-
• Colorless blender of your choice, for example Caran d’ache wax colorless blender, or Copic colorless           blender marker, number 0

Supplies may be found at
Salt & Paper in Manzanita

Dots ‘N Doodles in Astoria

Online retailers
Dick Blick

Dorota Haber-Lehigh is an artist, educator, and naturalist with a passion for plants of the Pacific Northwest. Born in Poland, Dorota loves foraging for berries, mushroom hunting, field sketching, and collecting specimens. Dorota holds a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from the Society of Botanical Artists in London. She also has degrees in Art and International Studies with a focus on indigenous cultures, and a master’s degree in teaching. She is a member of Oregon Botanical Artists, Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists, and the American Society of Botanical Artists. Recently Dorota was an Artist in Residence at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, Washington.  Dorota exhibits and teaches drawing regionally. Dorota is interested in the healing power of plants and nature and enjoys drawing plants that have medicinal properties. She has authored two ethnobotanical coloring books: “ABC of Native Plants of the Coastal PNW” and “Native Berries of the Coastal PNW. In 2019 she was commissioned by Columbia Memoria Hospital to provide 25 illustrations of Native Plants. More about Dorata   email:[email protected]