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Sketching Nature in Black & White

October 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Black and white sketch of natural objects using graphite pencils by artist Priscilla Humay
Blooming grass, gayfeather and maximilian sunflower near Savanna Meadow PHOTO Bruce Leander

Drawing is a means of recording the visual world around us. This art form teaches understanding, how to accurately document ideas and giving us the ability to describe our innermost thoughts. With experienced artist Priscilla Humay as your guide focus on composition, proportion and perspective as you learn how to use graphite to your advantage. Bring dimension and texture to your still lifes of botanical specimens or work in the gardens alongside nature to breathe life into your work.

This class is designed for those looking to learn basic drawing techniques as well as wishing to hone their drawing skills. Structured along the lines of the representational classical tradition, students will learn value, line, form and texture using graphite. This class will also include demonstrations, individual guidance, open discussion and dialogue.

This class will take place in person at the Wildflower Center. Space is limited and registration is required. Masks are optional. Please review our safety guidelines here.


$70 per person, supplies are not included
Members receive a discount on registration. Learn more about membership here.


Supply List

  • Professional grade drawing paper or pad (14-by-17 inches is suggested)
  • 2 sheets of tracing paper
  • Graphite pencils: HB, B, 2B, 4B and 6B
  • Factus black 18 eraser
  • Clips and board to hold paper or pad
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Small white scrap papers
  • Botanical specimens will be provided by the Wildflower Center. If you wish to bring your own natural objects you are welcome to.

If you have questions about this supply list or where these items can be found, please email [email protected]



October 9
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Education