Visual Arts Workshop

Native Trees ~ A Sketchbook Approach in Colored Pencil
A Botanical Drawing Workshop
with Dorota Haber Lehigh
All levels welcome
March 7, 2020 | 10:00am-3:00pm
Tuition $45
HoffmanCenter for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita


Create a sketchbook page while learning about the ethnobotanical history of various native trees: Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Cedar. These plants have been utilized by Native People and can be found in many coastal habitats. The workshop will include drawing from observation and short presentations on the species. Ethnobotany is the study of a region’s plants and their practical uses through the traditional knowledge of a local culture and people.

Students will complete several entries into their sketchbook incorporating botanical drawings and ethnobotanical notes. We will explore simple sketching exercises and draw from observation using pencil, pen and ink and colored pencils and learn how to creatively design an interesting and playful composition in your sketchbook, adding other creative elements to your sketchbook such as text, observations and reflections. We will focus on drawing by looking at branches, needles and cones from various trees.

Dorota Haber-Lehigh is an artist, educator, and a naturalist with a passion for native plants. Born in Poland, Dorota loves traveling, field sketching and discovering nature. She is inspired by her grandparents, who were avid mushroom hunters, her father’s travels, and her mother’s fabric art and ikebana. Dorota has two degrees in Art and International Studies with a focus on indigenous cultures, and a master’s degree in teaching. She also holds a graduate bilingual certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. She is currently working on a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from Society of Botanical Artists in London. She is a member of Oregon Botanical Artists, and American Society of Botanical Artists. She also enjoys teaching nature drawing, natural science illustration and botanical drawing. See more about Dorota on her website

Bring a sketchbook, pencil H or F, kneaded eraser, hand held sharpener, Micron Pigma 005, and a set of artist quality colored pencils (24 colors of either Faber Castell Polychromos, Prismacolor Premier, Pablo by Caran d’Ache, or Derwent Colorsoft)
Feel free to bring a few extra branches of the mentioned trees if you have them in your yard.

Dorota will have the following available:
Tombow Pencil F or H– $ 1.25, kneaded eraser – $ 1, Micron Pigma 005– $ 2.25
A set of colored pencils for class use will be available.


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Sketchbook Approach in Colored Pencil


594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, Oregon, 97130, United States


Situated on the main street in Manzanita just a few blocks west of Highway 101, the Hoffman Center is located across the street from the North Tillamook Library.