5251 Oak Street Vancouver BC V6M 4H1 CA

Start date: Monday, April 25 2022.


 On Monday, April 25, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Resource person: Jessica Henry, Adult Education & Family Programs Manager - learn@vandusen.o

Location: Online - Zoom


Join the VBGA’s upcoming online Teacher Pro-D Session where local artist, Katharine Dickinson, will lead a fun and insightful workshop called Drawing Nature for Educators. This participatory online workshop will explore nature through observational drawing techniques. These art practices connect students to the natural world, while encouraging ecological thinking and meaningful inquiry.

Working live, Katharine will demonstrate the basics of observational drawing and show how to coach these skills to your students. After skills practice we will discuss the curricular tie-ins for nature-based art across a range of subject areas including art, sciences, STEAM subjects, and more. Please come ready to participate at home (see materials list below) share your nature-art ideas and activities with the group. Don’t be shy—this class is for ALL drawing levels, just like your students!

Online education techniques include presentations and live overhead demonstrations. 

For this workshop, participants are encouraged to have the following prepared materials at home:

  • 11x14 multimedia sketchbook (or a stack of plain paper suitable for drawing)
  • Pencils (pencil sharpener) (drawing pencils preferred but optional)
  • Eraser
  • Watercolour paint set, coloured pencils or your preferred colour media
  • Botanical subjects to draw (* a more detailed list will be emailed to participants closer to the workshop date): branching stem with buds or leaves, simple flowers, leaves

Katharine has worked as a professional artist, illustrator and educator since completing her M.A. at the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London, U.K in fine art printmaking. She worked as an illustrator for London illustration agent Artists Partners for ten years. Clients include: Philips, The Financial Times, Harper Collins, Penguin books and oxford University Press. Since moving to Vancouver Katharine has worked as a digital artist and illustrator and currently teaches art and illustration at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and VanDusen Botanical Gardens. She continues to develop her own art practice and teaches classes from her studio. Current classes list includes digital illustration, botanical illustration, drawing and watercolour painting. https://dickinsonart.ca/

Available: Available

Price: $35.00 Taxes not included

Notes: Please note that virtual classes will take place ONLINE, and recordings will be available for a limited time to participants. Pre-registration required. Online course log-in details and a detailed materials list will be sent within 24 hours before the course date; course registration and log-in details are non-transferrable. Only one registration is required per household. Class times are listed in Pacific Time. If you have not received the link within 24 hours of the course, please check your junk mail folder first, then contact learn@vandusen.org to request a new link. Cancellation policy: No refunds will be given for online courses. For cancellations with 1 week notice, a credit will be applied to your account. Less than a week's notice, no credit will be given. No new credit will be issued if the cancelled course was purchased using prior credit. Credits must be used within 1 year from date of issue. Please notify us of your cancellation in writing to learn@vandusen.org

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