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Watercolor of Golden Cholla
by Donald Davidson

Explore the Wildflowers of the Mojave Desert
in a One-Day Drawing Field Workshop
with Botanical Artist Donald Davidson

Learn to draw wildflowers trailside, or refine your botanical illustrating skills in a small workshop setting oriented to one-on-one teaching. Spend the day with Mojave Desert artist and teacher, Donald Davidson, during the height of the 2006 blooming season. Workshop covers techniques with pencil, pen and watercolors. Work in plein-air on hand-eye coordination and line drawing, stressing contour, volume and perspective to improve perception and interpretation of botanical form and function.

  The workshop is oriented to aspiring artists and naturalists, and features:
• Discussion of botanical forms and terms, and how they are used to describe and identify flowering plants
• Different stylistic approaches, and their application to drawing and native plant identification
• Development of individual aesthetic talents and scientific knowledge
• Hands-on demonstration of drawing techniques and use of color
• Historical review of botanical illustration styles.

Watercolor of Anemopsis
by Donald Davidson

Eight hour workshop limited to four people for plenty of personalized instruction.

Donald Davidson has been an artist-in-the-park at the Mojave National Preserve as well as dozen other national parks throughout the American West. An art teacher over three decades, he has also taught Botanical Illustration for California State University, The University of Nevada and the University of California. An extensive catalog of his work may be seen on the U.S. Interior Department “Celebrating Wildflowers” website: Davidson’s wildflower watercolors have been featured in solo exhibitions at The Centennial Museum of the University of Texas in El Paso, the Museum of the Big Bend, Sul Ross University, and are currently on display at Death Valley National Park and Amistad National Recreational Area.


One-day workshop dates: Wednesday, April 5
Wednesday, April 26
Thursday, April 27
Sunday, April 30
Wednesday, May 3
Saturday, May 13
Friday, May 19

Private workshops are available on other dates with advance booking: contact

$180 per registrant.
Discounts are available for couples and small groups.

Watercolor of Desert Sunflower
by Donald Davidson

Students must have own vehicle. Supply list provided upon registration. Bring your own lunch or order bag lunch from the Nipton café. Discounted lodging rates for Registrants are available at Hotel Nipton and Nippeno Camp &Conference Center.

Watercolor of Prickly Pear Cactus
by Donald Davidson