Visual Arts Workshop

Botanical Drawing – Summer Sketchbook
with Dorota Haber-Lehigh
Saturday, June 12 | 1:00pm to 4:00pm
via Zoom | Zoom link will be sent the day before the workshop


Summer Sketchbook

Summer is just around the corner, which means spending time outdoors seeing nature in her most full and verdant time of year. Journal sketching is a beautiful way to capture and celebrate those observations.  In this workshop, we will explore ways to simplify and improve your sketching practice. First, we will experiment with accessible materials and making basic marks in pencil and pen. Next, you will learn to add color and playful design layouts to your pages. And, finally, we will look at how your sketches can be used as springboards to further your development in drawing and painting.

Gather different plant samples from your yard.
It is preferred to use live specimens over working from photographs.
Sketchbook of your 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’s quality colored pencils: Prismacolor Premier, Faber Castell Polychrome, Pablo by Caran d’ache, or Derwent Colorsoft (or a small set of watercolors)

Dots ‘N Doodles in Astoria

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