Wildflower Walk: 1 Day Workshop

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Wildflower Walk: 1 Day Workshop

  • Tuesday August 14
  • 10am-3:30pm
  • Location: Forêt La Blanche
  • Ages 15+
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Get close and personal with Nature and the bounty found on the forest floor from the tiniest flower to the most dramatic tree fungi. Artist & Botanical Illustrator Crystal Beshara and expert guide John Roadhouse will lead you through an old growth forest and along a babbling brook where we will pause and create lovely illustrations. John will speak to the history and species of our findings and Crystal will take you through a variety of drawing exercises that will help you to, through careful observation and linework, create charming nature illustrations . Return to the STUDIO on site for lunch and an afternoons shading or  (if you’ve brought your watercolours) painting your initial sketches or our findings from the forest floor.

ALL LEVELS welcomed. Please consult list of supplies.

 By Joining this workshop, you will be helping to support the wonderful work of The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) 

By Joining this workshop, you will be helping to support the wonderful work of The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) 




·       Please bring a sketchbook (bigger than 5”x5” but no larger than 11” x14”)  A watercolour “Moleskine” is a good one, Robert Bateman sketchbook,  OR any “heavier”,  smooth surfaced paper (best for pens). 

·       Waterproof  (indelible) pens in a variety of nib sizes: like Staedtler Pigment Liners or Sakura PIGMA pens.

·       Pencils (2H, HB, 2B, 6B)

·       Clips, erasers (kneadable and white vinyl, small mechanical eraser if you wish)

·       Optional: watercolour pencils or coloured pencils – must use heavier paper stock


STUDIO work:

·       All of the above

·       OPTIONAL larger paper 11” x14” max like Stonehenge if you wish for drawings

·       OPTIONAL 140lb, (11” x14” max ) hot pressed paper pad or several sheets with masking tape and a board. This can be one single sheet of Arches Hot Pressed paper cut into ¼’s.

·       You are welcomed to bring WATERCOLOUR pencils or watercolour travel paint set as well a few brushes (#2 round, #4 round, #8 round). if using watercolour pencils  or watercolour: Don’t forget your watercolour accoutrements like: a rag for blotting, palette, masking fluid, water container etc… For studio work only.

·       Please no acrylic or oil.



  • Participants will want good walking shoes/ boots, bug spray, and layers of clothing.


  • $65
  • Minimum 6 people. Maximum 15.
  • Physical activity level. Sure footed folks aged 15+. This is NOT a DEMANDING hike.
  • ARRIVAL: 10am
  • DEPART For Walk & Sketch:10:15
  • LUNCH: Noon
  • DETAILED pieces / painting: 1-3:00pm
  • END TIME: 3-3:30pm

*There may be a carpooling opportunity for those departing from Ottawa. Please email Crystal to inquire.