Visual Arts Class

Fall treasures: Drawing seed pods
with Dorota Haber Lehigh
October 8 | 1:00-4:00pm
Tuition $45
A Zoom Link will be sent two days before the scheduled class


Fall Seed Pods

Current registered participants can view prior recorded demonstrations and Zoom sessions at Hoff-Online

The online seminar will be a mix of presentation, demonstration, and drawing alongside the instructor. We will share the PDF presentation and the video recorded from the workshop with participants on Hoff-Online. Current participants will have access to prior 2022 online class materials and videos during the month they are registered for a class.

Fall is the season of fruit harvest and seed pods forming. Rose flowers turn into vibrant rose hips while gardens and markets fill with decorative pumpkins and gourds. In this workshop, we will capture the interesting forms of fall fruit and seedpods and focus on depicting a round form with its highlights and shadows. The workshop will include a presentation of Dorota’s botanical drawings of seasonal plants, step by step examples, a demonstration of how to approach drawing from observation and various colored pencils techniques and a time to draw together. 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.

MATERIALS: Gather a few samples of fall seedpods, rose hips, fall fruit or pumpkins.
Sketchbook of your choice such as Strathmore Drawing 400 series
Pencil (either H or F) and pencil sharpener.
Kneaded eraser (Prismacolor)
Tombow Mono Zero eraser (optional)
Tracing paper
Colored pencils set (I recommend Artist quality colored pencils, some of the brands are
Faber Castell Polychromos, Pablo by Caran d’Ache, Derwent Colorsouft, Prismacolor
Premier, or Luminance by Caran d’Ache)
Drawing paper of your choice such as Stonehenge Hot press Watercolor paper 140 lbs.
If you like brown surfaces try Strathmore 400 Toned Mixed Media Pad Tan
(thicker paper) or Strathmore 400 Recycled Toned Sketch Pad Toned Tan (thinner)

Supplies may be found at
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.
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