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Botanical Art Series

May 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Adkins Arboretum continues its series of botanical art programs taught by artists Lee D’Zmura and Kelly Sverduk. Ranging from drawing, to painting, to working with colored pencil, the series engages beginning to experienced artists in capturing the natural world. Programs include:

Advanced Painting Workshop: Paw Paw Flower

May 19 and 26 • 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Paint a branch and bloom from one of the Arboretum’s paw paw trees in this workshop taught by Kelly Sverduk. Instruction will focus on drawing, watercolor work and detail work of flower and leaves.

Butterflies and Insects Workshop

September 8 • 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

This program, taught by Lee D’Zmura, introduces the techniques used to document a preserved butterfly or insect specimen. Each participant will receive an insect, draft a detailed drawing of that insect and complete the colored pencil study on Mylar film.

Paw Paw Fruit Workshop

September 29 • 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Discover and paint a native fruit found on the Arboretum grounds. Join Kelly Sverduk to create a small botanical watercolor painting of this interesting and little-known fruit.

Advanced Painting Workshop: Host Plant

October 6 and 7 • 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

This course, taught by Kelly Sverduk, will focus on the relationship between native pollinators and their host plants. Participants will create detailed drawings of their chosen subjects and then bring those drawings to life in watercolor.

Lee D’Zmura is an award-winning botanical artist whose experience as a landscape architect enriches her watercolors. She received her certificate in botanical art from the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration. Her work is in collections throughout the country. She maintains a studio in St. Michaels where she draws inspiration from her neighbors’ gardens and from the Eastern Shore’s native wildflowers.

Kelly Sverduk specializes in watercolor and is passionate about making and teaching art. With a background in both art and natural sciences, she finds the field of botanical illustration to be a perfect combination of her interests. She holds a BA in studio art from Messiah College and a certificate in botanical art from the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration. She lives with her family in Greenwood, Delaware. Program fees vary and advance registration is required. Register at adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847.


May 26, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Adkins Arboretum
12610 Eveland Road
Ridgely, 21660 United States
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