Crystal (Soojeong) Shin - Butterflies and Botanicals: Colored Pencil Drawing and Card-Making Techniques (Online); Saturday, June 27, 2020

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM PST (with 1 hour lunch break)
Level: All
Medium: Colored-pencils
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Our live online classes are taught via Zoom. Students have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum where you can share work, comment and ask questions. Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll receive instructions about how to access the class.

To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an IPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.

In this 4-hour mini-workshop, we will make a piece of art with butterflies and botanicals as our subjects! You will learn and practice colored pencil techniques, including layering, blending and building saturation with luminosity, while playing with the vivid colors found in butterflies and flowers. The piece you create can be turned into a beautiful original handmade card by either drawing it directly on blank white stock cards or by scanning and printing copies of your creation to make multiple cards.

If you are new to colored pencils, this is a good opportunity to get a feel for this forgiving and versatile medium. If you are experienced with botanical art,  it’s an opportunity to hone your skills and a fun change, combining two beautiful subjects.

*Note: We will be working from photos. You can download free stock photos online or purchase from Also, feel free to use your own photos of flowers or butterflies if you have them!


Crystal (Soojeong) Shin was born and raised in Korea. In 2013, she moved to Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington’s certificate program in Natural Science Illustration in 2014. She worked as a primary botanical illustrator on the second edition of “Flora of the Pacific Northwest” at the UW Herbarium at Burke Museum from 2015 to 2018, generating 882 new botanical illustrations in pen and ink, gaining knowledge and understanding of botany. She also did freelance illustration for botanists describing new species for their research publications. Crystal has recently been illustrating fossils for a paleontologist at the Burke Museum.



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