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 Workshops 2018-19

Santa Rosa Junior College
Drawing Autumn Leaves
Saturday, November 3rd

San Francisco Botanical Garden

Drawing the Cloud Forest
Thursday, November 15th, 10-3
415.661.1316 Ext. 404

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

Drawing the Colors of Autumn and Winter
Saturday, December 8th

Botany for the Artist
Saturday, March 25th, 2019

Laguna de Santa Rosa

Drawing Winter Branches, Leaves, and Fruit
Saturday, January 29th, 2019

Filoli Gardens , Woodside, One day and three day workshops
2019 Spring Flowers, Thursday, March 21st, 9:30- 3:30 
2019 Colored Pencil I, Thurs., Fri., Sat, April 4, 5, 6, 2019, 9:30- 3:30 
Autumn Leaves, Thursday, October 18th, 9:30-3:30 wait list

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, Winter 2019
Saturdays, January 12th, February 9th

Sign up first Tuesday in November  – 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

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