Visual Arts Workshop

Botanical Drawing – Drawing Market Vegetables
with Dorota Haber-Lehigh
Saturday, August 7 | 1:00pm to 4:00pm
via Zoom | Zoom link will be sent the day before the workshop


Drawing Market Veggies

Summer is high season at the Farmers’ Market when we find our best and most incredible selection of the local growing season on display. Try utilizing this place to observe a beautiful heirloom tomato or some other exciting and unusual variety of vegetables that can inspire you to create. In this workshop, we will draw vegetables straight from your garden or local market. We will work with color pencils to create highlights and shadows for round or cylindrical forms while also looking at surface texture. Feel free to work in your sketchbook, toned paper, or any surface of your choice. Although drawing in realistic form will be the focus, individual styles will be encouraged and celebrated.

Gather a few samples of veggies. It is preferred to use live specimens over working from photographs.
Sketchbook of your choice
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. Another good colored pencil paper is Bristol Smooth by Strathmore.  If you like brown surfaces, we recommend using Toned Tan Sketch paper sketchbook by Strathmore or Kraft by Stonehenge. You don’t need all this paper. Just choose one or two to try.
Pencil (either H or F)
Kneaded eraser
Hand-held pencil sharpener, such as Alvin Brass Bullet
Pigma Micron Pen (005) black
Set of artist’s quality colored pencils: Prismacolor Premier, Faber Castell Polychrome, Pablo by Caran d’ache, or Derwent Colorsoft

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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 Memorial Hospital to provide 25 illustrations of Native Plants. More about Dorota’s Art here.