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Painting Workshop: Vintage Flora in Oil or Acrylic for All Levels

April 14, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

When: April 14 – 15, 2023
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: $240

Before photography was available, botanical illustration was the only way of visually recording the world’s plant life. Illustrations of plant life were used by physicians, pharmacists, botanical scientists, and gardeners for identification, analysis, and classification.  Through the skill of artists, the beauty of botany was shared with the world. While photography has replaced painting as a means of documentation, these floral paintings are an inspiration for artists and those who enjoy their beauty.

 In this two-day painting workshop, Theresa will teach you how to  capture the essence of florals in two methods; wet-in-wet and indirect through demonstration and personal instruction. On the first morning, Theresa will cover materials, paint application and various other topics, and give a demonstration of a wet-in-wet method leaving the afternoon for students to paint. On the second day, in the morning, she will demonstrate how to paint a flower in an indirect method and students will have the rest of the day to paint.

*Please note that this class is limited to eight students

Student Supply List

** If you will be working in Acrylic for this workshop, please use the equivalent and add a retardant**

PAINT- Gamblin, Winsor and Newton, Utrecht, and Dick Blick all have good quality paint and are more affordable. Please do not get Artist Loft Paint from Michaels

  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Indian Yellow Deep
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Cadmium Red
  • Naphthol Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Pthalo Blue
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Raw Umber
  • Titanium White
  • Optional: Whatever other colors you like to use


  • Synthetic sable no bristle brushes
  • Flat size -2,4,6
  • Filbert size 2,4,6
  • Rounds size 1-6 They need to be stiff. Blick Scholastic Wonder White, Princeton Summit, Trekkel Protégé Synthetic Kolinsky, and Trekkel Golden Taklon (short or long handle) are good options.


  • Diamond shaped Palette knife
  • Gamsol or other odorless mineral spirits 
  • Painting media such as Liquin or Gamblin non-solvent gel
  • Palette- I prefer glass. You can buy glass cutting boards with a smooth side in the kitchen supply area of most stores.
  • Container with a lid to hold turpentine into clean brushes (it can be a glass mason jar)
  • Paper towels or rags
  • Two 8 x 10 smooth oil-primed canvas or board. It is not necessary to have oil primed but it is preferable. Please see the link as to where you can purchase them. 
  • Centurion Oil-primed panels. They come in packs. https://www.jerrysartarama.com/centurion-deluxe-oil-primed-linen-panels You can also use panels such as Ampersand which you can buy at most art stores or online.

Supplies can be purchased at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Peterson Art Center, which is a Dick Blick store. You can also shop Dick Blick online, Cheap Joes, and Jerry’s Artarama.


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April 14, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Theresa Otteson
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