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Botanical Studies: California Poppies with Melanie Lan

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Saturday, July 23, 11:00am - 12:30pm PST

One of the many things I miss about living in San Francisco are the vibrant California poppies! Their shape, color, and plentitude brings so much joy. In this session we’ll be using our observation skills to paint this beautiful flower in the style of old botanical studies, everything from the buds and blooms to the leaves and seed pods. We’ll learn how to color mix to find our preferred oranges, golds, and greens, and hopefully everyone will come away with a poppy portrait that brings them a little bit of sunshine.

Join zoom 15 minutes early (10:45am) for an informal meet and greet with the instructor and other class participants! Session instructions will begin promptly at 11:05am PST so that everyone has plenty of time to join!


  • Water

  • Watercolor paints - primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) if you’d like to learn how to mix your own palette! Otherwise have various shades of yellows, oranges, and greens. If using CFM paints, I love Egg Yolk Yellow, Nicosia, French Pale Green, and CFM Poppy is a fun bonus color here but not at all necessary!

  • Brushes - one smaller for little details and one larger for the petals

  • Mixing palette or enamel tray (if you don't have a fancy mixing palette, a ceramic dish or plate also works!)

  • Watercolor paper

  • Extra paper for swatching colors and sketching on the side

  • Pencil + eraser

  • Optional: real live CA poppies would be wonderful to reference if you've got them, but absolutely not necessary! Reference photos will be provided!



Melanie is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her MFA in painting at the Burren College of Art in Ireland and is interested in the intersection of wellness, mental health, and the creative process. In her free time Melanie is a selenophile who loves painting, cooking, hiking, reading, and learning fun animal acts.

View more of Melanie’s work at and Instagram: @melanie.lan


All workshops are recorded and the replay will be automatically available the day after class to everyone who paid for a spot! The link to the recording will expire 30 days after the date of the session.

*Each class is currently capped at 40 people, but we will be offering 5 free spots per class to people with financial need. Email if you would like to request a spot. Free spots are first come, first serve.

**If you’d like to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can open up the spot! We are only able to refund if we’re notified at least 48 hours prior to the session.

***Links to sessions will be sent via email 24 hours and 15 minutes prior to the session; please check out using the email to which you’d like the link sent. If you have not received the link within 24 hours prior to the session, please check your spam folder first and email