Anne Butera

watercolor artist, pattern designer

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My First Skillshare Class: Getting Started with a Botanical Sketchbook

My class is now live!

Are you curious about art-making but hesitant or intimidated to try your hand at it? Have you always wanted to keep a sketchbook but didn't quite know where to start? Do you love plants and flowers and find inspiration in the beauty and magic of nature? 

It took me years to embrace working in sketchbooks, but today they're a big part of my art practice. Over time I realized that they aren't as scary or as intimidating as I once thought they were. I want to be able to share what I've learned along the way.

In this class I'll walk with you through the process of starting a botanical sketchbook. I'll help you choose a sketchbook that will be just right for you. We'll talk about what tools and media to try and how to overcome the fear of the blank page. I'll share some of my favorite ways to use a sketchbook and share examples of different types of pages. Then we'll spend some time discussing where to find inspiration and preparing to get started with the practice of working in a sketchbook. Finally, I'll take you through the step-by-step process of creating a couple botanical sketches.

When you're finished with this class I hope you will be filled with inspiration and excitement that will carry you into a continued art practice.

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The project for this class has three parts.

1. Choose a sketchbook that meets your needs and share a description and/or photo of it.

2. Create a practice page testing out your tools. This can be a page of swatches or a color chart or it can be a page of sketches using different tools. Share a photo of your test page.

3. Create a sketch (can be drawing, painting or other media) of a botanical subject of your choosing. Share a photo of your botanical sketchbook page.

Optional: share photos of your botanical inspiration.

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Video Lesson Outline can be viewed with this link.

And here's my revised intro video: 

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