Art Workshop: Botanical Illustration—Color in a Desert Garden

Rancho Mirage
Past Event

Part of the Botanical Illustration in a Desert Garden series, Color in a Desert Garden invites participants to explore the beauty and variety of desert landscape plants and follow in the footsteps of botanist-explorers by learning how to observe and document plants through drawing. In this session, participants will learn color matching using colored pencils and how to apply color to natural forms.


  • 9" x 12" sketchbook (or a clipboard with 8 1/2" x 11" printer paper)
  • Drawing pencils (2B, HB)
  • Colored pencils
  • Folding stool or camping stool to use in the garden suggested, but not necessary

Participants who enroll only in this class: Please bring a sketch or sketches of a desert plant, plus color reference photos to use in this session.

No previous art experience necessary. Spaces are limited. 
Reservations are required. Unregistered guests may not attend.
Fee: $10 per person
Purchase tickets HERE.

For information call 760.202.2254. This program takes place outdoors. Sun protection, water, and comfortable closed-toed shoes are recommended.
If you are interested in an art workshop that is sold out, please email your name and phone number to to be added to the wait list.

In each of the Botanical Illustration in a Desert Garden two-hour interactive sessions, instructor Tania Marien will introduce participants to the history of botanical illustration and the fascinating world of plants through the development of sketches, natural forms, color matching exercises and the creation of a printed image.

Saturday, April 6:
Botanical Illustration—Patterns in a Desert Garden
Saturday, April 13:
Botanical Illustration—Color in a Desert Garden
Saturday, April 20:
Botanical Illustration—Prints from a Desert Garden

Guests can choose to attend one, two, or all three sessions.
Registration for each session is separate and participation in all three is not required. All skill levels are welcome.

Tania Marien is the founding editor of The Southern California Botanical Artist, the first newsletter of the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, and the founding editor of Artists' Botany as well as the website ArtPlantae. She has a master's degree in Biology and Student Learning and a professional certificate in free choice learning. She has introduced the public to plants and botanical art at environmental education events, botanical gardens, museums, and science programs to encourage an interest in plants through art, science, and interpretation.