Drawing Plants

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Drawing Plants

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Awakening to Urban Flora in Midwinter

Taught by Mulysa Melco

Observation drawing has a special way of grounding us in the present moment. Meet some intriguing and subtle late winter plants of Portland and learn their stories. Using drawing as a way to explore urban flora, slow down to observe the details that make species unique.

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Saturdays, February 4-25th || 2:00-4:00pm
SE Uplift || 3534 SE Main St
4 weeks, $100 || Limited to 20 students || Scholarships Available

Observation drawing has a special way of grounding us in the present moment and creating a more spacious sense of time. Focusing on weekly happenings in the local ecosystem world can awaken our knowledge of seasonal cycles. 

Meet some intriguing and subtle late winter plants of Portland and learn their stories. Using drawing as a way to explore urban flora, slow down to observe the details that make species unique. And learn some botany terminology and ecology along the way!

Use simple tools—pencil, ink, and paper—to explore the beauty of the nature all around us in midwinter. You’ll leave with a series of works that are a record of your curiosity and observations.

Week 1: Twigs and Buds

Bare winter branches have their own gestures and vocabulary. The key to identifying bare winter trees and shrubs is being able to notice the details that differentiate them.

Week 2: Fern Language

See the patterns of sword, deer, and licorice ferns in a new way with negative space drawings in pencil and ink and learn about their curious spore structures. 

Week 3: Micro Still-life with Moss

Did you know there are over 700 kinds of moss in the Pacific Northwest? Meet a few of them up close for an intimate still life session. 

Week 4: Seeking Signs of Spring

By the end of February Portland is still grey, but softly humming with spring energy. Gathering a variety of fragrant and colorful winter blooms to sketch will reassure that spring is on its way. 

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All levels of art and botany experience welcome.

Materials to bring: Sketch book or white paper, No. 2 pencil, gum eraser, watercolor paintbrush (Round No. 4), black ink or black watercolor. 


Mulysa Melco is an ecological landscape designer, horticulturist and artist with a lifelong passion for plants and exploring our connection with the land.