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 2018.  Check with locale for supply list for a specific class.  Questions? Contact Nina at:

Upcoming  one, two and three day workshops in  2018:

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 Flowers, Fruits, and Leaves, Branches

Laguna de Santa Rosa
Drawing Winter colors: Branches, Lichen, and Leaves

Saturday, January 27th, 10-3

Coloring the Garden
Saturday, June 30th, 10-3

Autumn date to be announced

Santa Rosa Junior College
Drawing Spring Flowers

Saturday, May 5th, 10-3

Drawing Summer Flowers
Saturday, August 4th

Drawing Autumn Leaves
Date to be announced

San Francisco Botanical Garden
Drawing Camellias and Magnolias

Thursday, February 15th, 10-3
415.661.1316 Ext. 404

Drawing Wild Flowers!
Thursday, June 7th, 10-3

Drawing the Cloud Forest
Thursday, November 15th, 10-3

Spring and Summer dates to be announced

Point Reyes Field Institute
(Please note, this class will be held indoors, no hiking or outdoor work.)

Botany for the Artist, Creating a Study Sheet
Saturday, March 24th, 10-3:30

Drawing Summer Flowers
Saturday, August 25th, 10-3:30

Drawing the Colors of Autumn
Date to be announced

Filoli Gardens , Woodside, One day and three day workshops
Textures in Colored Pencil (Spring Flowers), Thursday, March 22nd, 9:30- 3:30 
Colored Pencil I, Thurs., Fri., Sat, April 5, 6, 7, 9:30- 3:30
Colored Pencil II, Thurs., Fri., Sat, July 13, 14, 15, 9:30- 3:30
Autumn Leaves, Thursday, October 18th, 9:30-3:30

Southern California

Eldorado Nature Center, Long Beach, Winter 2018
Saturdays, March 10th, April 14th and May 12th

Sign up first Tuesday in February 562.570.1745

  • “It’s not easy being green” Kermit the Frog
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