Start date: July 6, 2018

End date: August 10, 2018

Time: Fridays, 10am - 1pm

Location: MBG - Larkins Classroom


Drawing in pen & ink can be a daunting task for many but the rewards, however, can be highly satisfying. This class will focus on depicting interesting plants in the Mobile Botanical Gardens’ collections.

The basis of this 6-week studio class will be devoted to the practice of classic pen and ink technique as it relates to botanical drawing and composition. Learn the fundamentals of sound linear and tonal concepts of plant perspective, value, depth, dimension and design. Working on Bristol Board students will be encouraged to work using both a crow quill (dip pen) and a technical drawing pen. Prior art experience strongly encouraged.

Current and historical examples of classic botanical pen and ink drawing will be studied in conjunction with on-going class exercises.


About our Instructor –
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.

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