Botanical Art Class-Spring Wildflowers of the Longleaf – with Derek Norman and Fred Nation

A Six-Week Course: Fridays 10am – 1pm from
April 14th – May 19th

Members: $150
Nonmembers: $175

A six week class – draw, paint, sketch the wildflowers while studying the eco-system of the Longleaf Pine Forest- Taught by Derek Norman & Fred Nation, who have been creating the beautiful Bloomin’ Wild series for the Gardens.

This class will be conducted amongst the spring wildflowers in the Longleaf Pine Forest of the Mobile Botanical Gardens – a step and a short jump from the parkinglot at the MBG. Botanical art instruction will be given to beginning, intermediate and advanced students by Derek Norman with Fred Nation offering advice and guidance on thebotany of the spring wildfowers on a bi-weekly basis.Students will be able to work in the medium of their choice from pencil, colored pencil, watercolor or pen and ink. And others.  As a basic materials list it is suggested that each student work with a sketch book (sugested size 8.5” x 11”), pencils(2H & HB) plus a comfortable lightweight folding chair. Beyond these basics each student should consider exploring a series of different media over the course of theclass. Sketchbook classes offer an opportunity to discover the potentail of working in anew medium and finding support and guidence.

For questions or concerns regarding the materials list do please speak with Derek Norman (

Register online here.

About our Instructors –
Derek Norman and his wife, Ursel, are members of MBG and they are new to our Gulf Coast community, having moved here from Chicago. Derek was born, bred and educated in England before he moved to the States. His graphic works, paintings, drawings and botanical works have been exhibited in Europe and America. He has won Gold and Silver Gilt Medals at the Royal Horticultural Society in London and he is represented in many private and permanent collections including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, the Library of Congress, the British Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Florilegium Society.

Fred Nation is a field botanist, environmental consultant, free-lance photographer and writer, who lives in Daphne, Alabama with his wife Maureen. Fred teaches various seminars on habitats and ecosystems for Weeks Bay Reserve and conducts workshops on invasive exotic plant controls and plant identification for the USDA Forest Service, The Cooperative Extension System, and Weeks Bay Reserve. He has identified and nominated 25 Alabama State Champion Trees.