Join Cynthia Armstrong in the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden for field sketching workshops this May.

Cynthia Armstrong is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and a current teacher at the Santa Cruz Art League. As a freelance artist, her clients include an impressive list of botanical organizations. Learn more about Cynthia Armstrong here.

You can reserve your space for one class or all three! Each class as a unique and interesting perspective. Members can register for $10 per workshop. The rate for non-members is $15. 

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Learn more about the workshops below.

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Wednesday, May 15 - 10am - 11:30am

In this workshop students will explore drawing as a tool to learn about the amazing plants in
residence in the Arboretum. Learning to observe carefully, while sketching plant structures
and habitats, greatly add to one’s appreciation of nature. Plant drawing basics will be
demonstrated with plenty of individual assistance by instructor, Cynthia Armstrong.
Materials needed: Sketch journal - any size, graphite pencil (HB, or B), eraser. Dress for the
weather, bring camp chair, hat, sunscreen, water.


Getting Artsy in the Garden

Thursday, May 16 - 10am - 11:30am

This workshop will focus on exuberant artistic expression featuring the stars of the garden -
flowers. While tightly detailed and carefully rendered illustrations of plants have a long and
respected history in botanical art, learning to let loose with line and color is well within the
grasp of anyone with or without artistic experience. A combination of media (graphite, ink,
watercolors) will be used to introduce varied approaches to capturing plants and flowers on
paper.
Materials needed: sketch journal with paper suitable for wet and dry media, watercolor kit or
aquarelle pencils, brushes, pencil and eraser, water bottle, water cups, camp chair, hat,
sunscreen.


Succulents in Situ

Saturday, May 18  - 10am - 11:30am

Even though succulents are literally prehistoric, having sprung up some 5 to 10 million years
ago, they are at the height of their historical popularity. And it’s definitely not hard to see why:
they’re hardy, ultra-versatile and come in nearly every size, shape, and color you could
imagine. This art workshop will allow us to celebrate that amazing diversity in a variety of
media, from simple sketching to color washes. We will learn fun facts about these venerable
plants while enjoying a bit of creative fun.
Materials needed: sketch journal with paper suitable for wet and dry media, watercolor kit or
aquarelle pencils, brushes, pencil and eraser, water bottle, water cups, camp chair, hat,
sunscreen.

Register for Field Sketching Today!