Drawing Plants: Summer Session


Drawing Plants: Summer Session


Drawing to Celebrate Summer

Drawing has a special way of allowing us to tune in to nature's rhythms. It’s a simple practice that can bring us to a mindful state anywhere we go. In this course, we’ll cultivate an openness to unexpected outcomes as we celebrate the bounty of summer and the high energy of the longest day of the year.

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Dates: Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27
Time:  7pm-9pm
Location: Thicket Nursery || 4933 NE 23rd Ave
$199. Space limited to 15 students.

Using simple materials like pencil, watercolor, and ink, we'll explore the colorful fruits, flowers, and medicine of midsummer. All experience levels welcome!


  • Sketchbook or drawing paper
  • No. 2 pencil
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser.

Optional materials: Color media of your choice (watercolor, colored ink, colored pencils).

Week 1: Floral forms. Explore the lush flowers of early summer with drawing exercises that focus on line and form. We’ll talk about phenology, the timing of natural phenomenon, and how drawing and journaling can help us track and align with the seasons. 

Week 2: Berry bounty. Many fruiting plants are flowering or beginning to bear now, heralding one of the great joys of an Oregon summer. Draw native and garden-variety berries and discuss how botanical artists frame a composition.

Week 3: Midsummer medicine. Summer Solstice is a traditional time for harvesting herbs. Celebrate this time of the season by exploring some of the medicinal plants that are abundant now, and learn ways to represent textures and detail in your drawings. 

Week 4: Fruit families. Experiment with color to take a deeper look at some common and unusual fruits from a permaculture food forest. We’ll draw to understand their structure and look for similarities among some of the main plant families.

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