Botanically Inspired | creative exploration + experimentation

July 6 - July 10


Botanically Inspired | creative exploration + experimentation

Week Two (5-day): July 6 – 10, 2020. Classes run 9 am – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.

Botanically Inspired | creative exploration + experimentation

In an era where computer-generated reprographic processes provide us with technological perfection we physically ‘lose touch’ with the natural world. This workshop examines our relationship to the natural world and the connection with our expressive, vulnerable and feeling nature.

This 5-day course digs deep into the wealth of creativity and inspiration the plant world provides through an extensive range of ‘mark making’ techniques and narration. Following in the footsteps of a fairy tale character, participants will explore and observe nature and collect samples. In addition, students will re-interpret and develop an understanding of line, shape, pattern, colour, movement, contrast, composition, light, contour and character through the world of art and the history of scientific depictions of flora.

Each phase in the workshop will provide a part of a unique visual alphabet which the student will explore in some form of storytelling through ‘mark making’ such as drawing, painting, monotype, and some collage.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $15
  • Course Prerequisites: Intermediate knowledge of drawing, drawing from life and watercolour painting.
  • Course Level: Intermediate


Suana Leah Verelst is an artist/illustrator living and working in Quebec's beautiful Laurentian hills. She has created award-winning children's books and illustrations for clients in North America and Europe. Suana is inspired by the constant change of her natural surroundings, [art] history, and found and recycled objects.

Course Registration will open for Friends of MISSA on January 21st at 12:00pm (PST), and Registration will open for all on January 28th at 12:00pm (PST)

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