Visual Arts

Botanical Drawing – Winter Branches
with Dorota Haber-Lehigh
Saturday, January 9 | 1:00 to 4:00pm
Tuition $45
via Zoom | Zoom link will be sent the day before the workshop


Botanical Drawing – Winter Branches

Winter branches can be a wonder of a universe to observe. Whether cedar, western hemlock branches, or magnolia branches with fuzzy buds there is a lot to see in winter. In this class, we will draw textures of various branches, learn how to depict evergreen needles or scales of different trees, and how to draw winter buds. We will begin in a sketchbook using a pencil, micron pen and test our colors. We will be able to continue in our sketchbook or work on the paper of our choice. Although drawing in a realistic style will be the focus, individual styles are encouraged and celebrated.

• Variety of plant subjects: winter branches, evergreen branches, branches with buds, whatever you can find close to home. Live specimens are preferred over working from photographs.
• Sketchbook of our 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 Phlychomos, Pable 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—Strathmore Bristol Smooth. If you like brown surfaced paper, Dorota recommends Toned Tan Sketch paper sketchbook by Strathmore, Kraft by Stonehenge (Legion Paper), or Mixed Media Toned Tan by Strathmore. You don’t need all this paper, just choose one or two to try.

• Embossing tool (Pergamano Fine Stylus 0.5mm
• 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