Nature Observed

Personal drawing books that belonged to old masters such as Georg Dionysius Ehret and the Bauer brothers are now preserved in the Natural History Museum in London. They include a wealth of striking, well-preserved studies of the form and nature of plants. These journals, with their informative handwritten notes, allow us to experience the moment the art was made as if it were today.


This class combines field sketching and scientific documentation. You’ll learn techniques to accurately portray both distant subjects and close-up botanicals within the scene. Different field sketching techniques will help you to see and simplify landscape elements and create compositions with dynamic depth. Learn the process of quickly capturing accurate renderings of any object. Individual help and group critique guides you to see and record correctly while simplifying complex subject matter. Work with graphite and/or water-soluble pencils and a water brush if outside the classroom. No matter what media you use, your personal sketchbook will be filled with pages of valuable information for future remembrance and record.


No prerequisites.

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.


Wed, July 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Randy Raak

Dates + Times

Jul. 31
Wednesday, 9:00 am