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Rendering Notes from Nature

Oct. 31, 2022 2 p.m. to Nov. 2, 2022 8 p.m.

Berkshire Botanical Garden Education Center

Taking place over three sessions, Oct. 31, Nov. 1-2, this series will teach you to make your own nature note cards — to capture moments of nature with pen and color. Follow along with botanical artist Carol Ann Morley as she shows you how to illustrate your images of nature. This fun technique starts with tracing over your photocopies with a micron pen onto translucent paper. Add shading to give depth, then bring it all to life with colored pencils and watercolors. Photo images of nature will be supplied. You may also add your own images, words and ideas. Come celebrate nature in this fun class. All levels of drawing experience are welcome. A materials list will be provided. 

Carol Ann Morley is an illustrator and dedicated teacher of botanical illustration working in Milton, N.H. She founded the Botanical Art Illustration Certificate Program at the New York Botanical Garden and teaches illustration there and at other major botanical gardens.

Please note that financial aid is available for all BBG classes. Use this link and please read the instructions carefully. Or contact Director of Education Bridgette Stone at


Material List:

  • Two Pads:
  • 9X12 pad of Denril; multi-media drafting film
  • 9X12 pad of Cold press watercolor paper 140 lb
  • Micron pen, size 01 nib 0.25mm Black ink
  • Basic set of of watercolor paints
  • Basic set of watercolor pencils
  • Round watercolor wash brush, large and small
  • Palette for mixing colors
  • Water pot
  • Rag to clean brushes
  • HB pencil and sharpener
  • 12 inch ruler - see through grid is best.
  • X-acto/utility knife
  • Nature images you would like to copy.

Please note: Here are additional or alternative supplies you may wish to bring:

  • Alternative to Denril,  Master’s touch Premium Tracing Pad 45lb 
  • Micron pen, bring additional nib sizes
  • Add Prismacolor pencils along with watercolor pencils
  • Bring gold ink with pen to add some flash
  • I will supply images to use. You can also bring dried plants.

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