The students of Adult NatureSketch visited Toronto Botanical Garden this week for their second outdoor class. We had Naturalist Sally Girdler join us to talk about the flora found in the garden and nearby ravine. Sally is a gardener who works in the City of Toronto’s Parks and Forestry department.
We spent the day sketching in a few of the lovely gardens and made a series of stops in different locations so Sally could point out noteworthy plant communities, including a spectacular Dawn Redwood tree.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by plants due their complexity, but by breaking them down into simple shape first, you establish a foundation from which to add successive layers of detail, shading and expressive line work. I believe the artists did an incredible job and their resulting sketches are very impressive!
Thank you Sally Girdler for sharing your time and knowledge with the Nature Sketch artists! The next time I'm in the area, I’ll be sure to take a closer look at that rare Cucumber Tree growing along the edge of the trail.
Next class, we’ll be exploring & sketching in Toronto's rare Black Oak Savannah ecosystem.