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*Guest Instructor* Botanical Drawing: 3D Illusion with Sam McWilliams

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Friday, October 27, 2:00pm - 3:30pm PST

Learn some tricks of the trade from the world of botanical drawing and illustration. Working from real-life apples or pears, we'll combine watercolor and color-pencil techniques to create plant portraits filled with 3D form, character and vitality. These homages to the natural world are inspired by the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection from the late 1800s/early 1900s. Join me and see if you agree that staring at plants is fun. Suitable for all levels, beginner to experienced.

Join zoom 15 minutes (1:45pm) early for an informal meet and greet with the instructor and other class participants! Session instructions will begin promptly at 2:05pm so that everyone has plenty of time to join!


  • Watercolor paints
  • Brushes, 2 and 6 round, 4 and 8 also fine
  • Water
  • Pencil, H graphite pencil
  • Colored Pencils, *Sam uses Faber-Castell Polychromos but whatever you have is fine!
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Hot Press Watercolor paper (smooth surface)
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Ruler, *Sam uses a Westcott 6” clear plastic ruler but whatever you have is fine!
  • 2 apples or 2 pears, one to paint whole, one to paint cross-section
  • Knife to cut fruit in half
  • Paper towels
  • Resources:



Sam McWilliams is a queer artist, tattooer, botanical art instructor, ocean paddler, and part-time farmer. Born in San Francisco, she holds a BFA in painting and drawing from California College of the Arts. She teaches online and in-person workshops with Draw Botanical and San Francisco Zen Center, and is a member of the Florilegium Artists of the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai. She resides with her wife in Vancouver BC, Canada.

Learn more about Sam's work on instagram @sammcwilliams and



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.

*This class is capped at 50 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


Thank you so much for taking our workshops. We do ask if you are planning on teaching in the future by using anything you’ve learned from us, to please credit Case for Making + the individual instructor where applicable. 

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