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 classes for beginner through advanced levels.

Sketching away in Kerri’s Botanical Art Garden Journal class.

COVID-19 – August 28, 2020 update
The global pandemic continues to impact all our plans. The City of Ottawa offers my botanical classes at the Nepean Visual Arts Centre. My classes are tentatively scheduled for 2021, with registration currently on hold.

Stay well, take good care & continue to create.

Botanical Art: Drawing Basics
Winter provides an intriguing array of botanical subjects, perfect for mastering fundamental art skills! Drawing directly from nature materials, develop your techniques. Practical exercises increase your observational, sketching and drawing skills. Beginners to intermediate levels.

Botanical Art: Drawing & Composition
Take your drawing skills to the next level. Three projects combine an introduction to composition with a focus on advanced drawing techniques. Intermediate to advanced level.

Botanical Art: Garden Journal
Sketching and field studies outdoors add to the enjoyment spring! Create pencil and watercolour studies of wildflowers, spring and summer blooms in your journal. Suitable for all levels.

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