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  2019-2020:

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 2019-2020

Santa Rosa Junior College
Drawing Autumn Leaves
Saturday, November 2nd, 10-3

Point Reyes Field Institute
The Colors of Autumn
Saturday, December 7th, 10 -3:30

Botanical Studies in Colored Pencil
Saturday, March 7th, 10-3:30

San Francisco Botanical Garden
Drawing the Cloud Forest

Thursday, November 14th, 10-3
415.661.1316 Ext. 404

Laguna de Santa Rosa
The Colors of Winter
Saturday, January 25th, 10-3

Filoli Gardens , Woodside, 2020
Colored Pencil I, Thurs., Fri., Sat, February 13th, 14th, 15th , 2020, 9:30- 3:30 

Southern California

Eldorado Nature Center, Long Beach, Winter 2020
Saturdays, January 11th , February 8th

Sign up first Tuesday in November – 562.570.1745

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