Classes and Workshops


Colored Pencils are a fun, safe and portable way to express oneself artistically. They are easy for the beginning artist and a meditative change of pace for the painter or graphite artist. The drawing classes focus on basics of color theory and color application and on the elements of botanical illustration.

Learn to mix and blend colors and use the pencils to create tone and hue.  Classes cover a variety of techniques including blending, burnishing and impressed line while focusing on the flora and fruit of the season.

On going classes:

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Drawing Nature, Ongoing weekly classes

Beginning/ Intermediate
Tuesday afternoons, 1-3:30
Wednesday mornings, 9-11:30 

Intermediate/ Advanced
Tuesdays mornings 9-12

Please contact Nina for availability in any of these classes

Click here for my Colored Pencil Supply List for 2019  Check with locale for supply list for a specific class.  Questions? Contact Nina at:

Upcoming  one, two and three day workshops in  2018-2019:

All drawing levels are welcome.

In one day workshops we focus on one a seasonal flower(or leaf or fruit) , do color studies and draw and color our specimen. The focus is on colored pencil techniques, color and value and drawing. Most one day classes are 5- 6 hours with a break for lunch. Specimens to draw are provided or you can bring your own. A supply list (see above) is provided.

Drawing Workshops 2018-2019

Laguna de Santa Rosa
Drawing Winter Branches, Leaves, and Fruit
Saturday, January 26th, 2019

San Francisco Botanical Garden
Camellias and Rhododendrons

Thursday, February 21st, 10-3
415.661.1316 Ext. 404

Santa Rosa Junior College
Drawing Spring Flowers
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Drawing Summer Flowers
Saturday, June 29th

Point Reyes Field Institute
Botany for the Artist
Saturday, March 25th, 2019

Filoli Gardens , Woodside, 2019 One day and three day workshops
Spring Flowers, Thursday, March 21st, 9:30- 3:30 
Colored Pencil I, Thurs., Fri., Sat, April 4, 5, 6, 2019, 9:30- 3:30
Sunflowers and Zinnias, Thursday, August 29th, 9:30- 3:30

Seeds and Pods, Thursday, October 24th, 9:30-3:30  

Save the Date, May 8-10, 2019
Three Day NCalSBA Destination Workshop at lovely  
Bishop’s Ranch 

in Healdsburg, CA
Drawing Roses in Colored Pencil
Sign up through NCalSBA

May is high time for roses in Sonoma Country. Join us for two days and two nights of warmth and relaxation, drawing and painting the roses (and other spring flowers) of beautiful Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg. This workshop is being offered by the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists for members. Non-members are invited if space is available. 

Southern California

Eldorado Nature Center, Long Beach, Spring 2019
Saturdays, March 9th, April 13th, May 11th

Sign up first Tuesday in February – 562.570.1745

Save the Date! February 7th and 8th, 2019 ,
Drawing the Non-Native Invasive Plants of Madrona Marsh in Torrance, California
Sign up through BAGSC

  • “ It is essential to do the same subject over again, ten times, a hundred times. „ Edgar Degas
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