Botanical Art Classes

Botanical art brings together a love of nature and art in the quest to create beautiful, realistic plant portraits. Kerri covers the skills you need in her drawing and watercolour classes for beginner through advanced levels offered in Ottawa at the Nepean Visual Arts Centre and the Ottawa School of Art. Register online or in person at each Centre.

Artist’s Garden Journal
Nepean Visual Arts Centre FULL
May 10 to June 28, Wednesday 9:30am to12:30 pm
Sketching and field studies outdoors add to the enjoyment spring! Create pencil and watercolour studies of wildflowers, spring and summer blooms in your journal. Classes are held at Nepean Visual Arts Centre and off site at the Central Experimental Farm. Suitable for all levels.

Artist’s Nature Journal
Ottawa School of Art
May 6 to 27, Saturday 10 am to 4:30 pm
Explore tips and techniques for creating a nature journal, in a classroom setting. Working from plant and nature materials, not photos, each week focuses on a different technique and approach to your journal page. Fundamental drawing skills are reinforced through observational and drawing exercises. This is a great class to prepare you for a summertime of art journalling. Suitable for all levels.

Figure Drawing Summer Workshop
Offered by the Manotick Artist’s Association 
One day workshop July 8, 9 am to 4 pm  
One day workshop July 9, 9 am to 4 pm  
$85/ day 
Still struggling with value, proportion and creating an accurate likeness?  This course guides the student step by step through the drawing process, from the initial gestures to a highly finished drawing. Techniques to represent the human figure realistically will be emphasized as students draw from the undraped model. Discussions will include setting up the model for a long pose, lighting and emphasizing a system of working that ensures success. For registration details, please contact Kerri Weller via Contact page.

Student Testimonials
It really struck me how great a mentor you have been for our group when almost everyone credited you in their artist biographies as being the “spark” that ignited their interest in botanical art. 
Carla Burns, Exhibitions Director, Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists

This term’s classes have inspired me to think about the visual and conceptual processes involved in creating more interesting images. I was also fascinated to hear about your journey to botanical painting and teaching…….it’s easy to forget that the teacher is on a path of discovery too!
Ros Allchin, Botanical Artist, Ottawa

I have to say that of all of the art teachers I have had to date (and there have been many) I have learned the most from you by far. I think one of the most helpful aspects of your teaching aside from the broad elements you incorporate is the encouragement to keep reaching no matter the level of the student.
Tawnye Plewes, Ottawa

You always provide so much helpful information; your critique is invaluable, and along with your keen sense of humour, make your classes so very enjoyable.
Sandra Lindsay, Ottawa

The positive comments of your students are an expression of the appreciation of your efforts and work.
Gilles Proulx, Project Leader, Education Programs, Canadian Museum of Nature