Abstractions of Nature: A Sketchbook Activity (Draw 10 New Flowers)

Annette Francine, Embrace + Express Creativity

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13 Videos (34m)
    • Welcome

    • Abstract Flower 1

    • Abstract Flower 2

    • Abstract Flower 3

    • Abstract Flower 4

    • Abstract Flower 5

    • Abstract Flower 6

    • Abstract Flower 7

    • Abstract Flower 8

    • Abstract Flower 9

    • Abstract Flower 10

    • Using Your Flowers: Create a Bouquet

    • Thank You + Have Fun


About This Class

Welcome to "Abstractions of Nature: A Sketchbook Activity!"


In this class I share a sketchbook activity I use when I want to draw abstract versions of flowers I see in nature.

Through ten short lessons, we will look at a photo reference, consider what changes we'd like to make, and then sketch out our new flower. Each lesson is under three minutes long.

What do I mean by "abstractions of nature?" This means that we will draw flowers that do not look exactly like the reference photo. We will alter each flower's shape, form, lines, texture, or create gestural marks to represent the flower.

Since this is a sketchbook activity, we don't have to shy away from imperfections. Unexpected outcomes are welcome because we can learn from them and experiment further in the future. 

Overall, we'll be drawing 10 new flowers that we otherwise may have never drawn. 

I will also share one example of how you might use these flowers in future projects. You'll have the option of watching me draw a floral bouquet using three to four of the 10 flowers we create. 


  • The only supplies you'll need are your favorite sketchbook and pencil.
  • If you would like to draw a bouquet, I used colored pencils.

11 of 12 students recommendSee All

I enjoyed this very interesting class in abstracting flowers.
A good exercise for someone (like me!) who tries to reproduce what they see with as much realism as possible. Anne Francine gently leads you to interpret things in different ways.
Thank you for this class. I enjoyed it and it was a great introductory for me. Hope to take other classes with you.





Annette Francine

Embrace + Express Creativity


Hello! I’m Annette Francine, an artist from the midwestern region of the United States. I am a huge proponent of embracing and expressing creativity - in whatever form suits you best.


When creating classes, I have beginners and those returning to an art practice in mind. Whether you would like to complete an art project or develop surface pattern design skills, I believe that the process is as important as the outcome. 


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