Learn how to draw succulents

By Silvia Rivera

Spiny, tufted, rough and smooth, El Charco’s blooming succulents are your inspiration. Learn the techniques for realistic drawing in graphite pencil, including line drawing, shading and perspective. In a series of small studies and step-by-step exercises, you will train your eye to observe carefully details and your hand to record what you see.

Drawing succulents with the School of Botanical Art and Illustration
By Silvia Rivera
Botanicals with graphite and color
April 15-19, 10am-2pm
Charco del Ingenio
Botanical Garden
2,000 pesos members; 2,500 pesos general
Limited space deposit of 600 pesos to reserve space

The secret to portraying light and shadow on your subjects lies in understanding the scientific method of lighting as it applies to different forms. Beginning with basic geometric shapes, refine your skills in showing light and volume on any subject. 

You overcome the obstacles of creating three-dimensional drawings while studying the range of value, continuous tone, and textured highlights while you discover the secret of portraying light and shadow. You’ll take your drawings from flat to fabulous. You’ll emerge from the class with the skills you need to draw anything and you are confident to draw what you see. Even though this class mainly will work in graphite pencil, the principles apply to all other media.

The teacher: Karla Beatty studied drawing and painting in Boston and New York before achieving a certificate in botanical illustration from Denver Botanic gardens. She now works as a natural science illustrator and landscape painter, and teaches in the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens.


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