Explore Sketching for Fun with Lee McCaffree

Sketching is a fun way to record things, whether it is something in nature or a memory.  Visiting the current Sketchbook Exhibit at the Center will give the class an inspiration.

Participants will use basic black and white tools as we start with simple drawings. The object is to do quick sketches and get something down on paper. There will be opportunities for many sketches without concern for perfection. As the class moves to more complicated subjects, students can add more details. These images can lead to further study or be a memory journal. If desired, color can be added in many ways such as colored pencil, water color pencil, or paints.

All levels of experience are welcome. This will be an outside workshop in the Picnic Grove, so supplies should be basic. Experienced artists may bring the color tools you usually use.

Please bring with you to class:

Sketchbook 5 ½ x 8 ½.  This is a minimum size.  Paper should be white.  Spiral bound or hardbound

Please get a book for “mixed media”(80 lb or heavier weight paper) if you want to use watercolor to enhance drawings. This is optional.

An alternative to a sketchbook is paper attached to a clipboard for a drawing surface.

Paper  for taking notes

Photo — an event or place you want to sketch for a memory

Pencils — 2H, HB, sharpened


Small Ruler  6 inch.

Pens — Micron 01, 03  black permanent markers.

Good ballpoint pen that does not smear.

Adding color is optional. 

If you have some colors, bring them to experiment. Only one type of coloring is needed, any of these options is fun.

Colored pencils — small basic set colors (Optional)

Water soluble pencils — small basic set (12)  (Optional)

Watercolor paints — small basic set of colors. (Optional)

Water Brush — with water in the barrel. Pentel, Niji, and Tombow are good brands, or paintbrushes with water container and rag or paper towels.




Oct 06 2023


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Questions? email info@maringarden.org or call 415-455-5260


Picnic Grove
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA 94957


  • Lee McCaffree

    Lee McCaffree is a botanical artist. She teaches in The Botanical Illustration Certificate Program at Filoli, Woodside as well as many other venues across the U.S. Her paintings have been exhibited across the US and in Europe and are in collections at Kew Gardens, England, Huntington Gardens, Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, Filoli and other Florilegium. She loves to get people interested in seeing the details of the plant world around us.

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