Workshops & References

Margaret loves teaching. She has a nurturing style that encourages confidence in beginners. She has also developed a fine-tuned skill of identifying where intermediate and advanced painters need to focus in order to progress to higher technical levels.

Margaret’s educational and professional background as an art teacher ideally qualifies her to offer botanical watercolour and coloured pencil classes—a genre to which she has been dedicated for the past twenty years. She has tutored individuals and small groups, and conducted group workshops in Canada, the U.S.A., Bermuda and South Africa. She has also led destination workshops in the UK, Italy, Morocco, and Spain.

She holds nothing back when teaching, guided by something Annie Dillard said: “The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive.”

Upcoming workshop schedule and booking information:

The following are confirmed events. There will be more pending confirmation of dates and topic details. Please check back periodically or use the contact email form (click here) to ask to be on the mailing list.

April 26th, 2017: Kensington Art Supply and Instruction, Calgary, Canada.  1-day Studio – Graphite, watercolour, coloured pencil. Registration – www.traditionalbotanicals.com

May 6th and 7th, 2017:  Kensington Art Supply and Instruction, Calgary, Canada. Planning a Successful Painting. Registration – www.traditionalbotanicals.com

May 15th, 2017: Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Ontario, Canada.  1-day Botanical drawing in graphite – A Journal Study of the Tulip. Registration: http://dvsa.ca/classes/

May16th, 2017: Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Ontario, Canada.  1-day workshop in watercolour or coloured pencil – Painting a Petal with Realism. Registration: http://dvsa.ca/classes/

May17th and 18th, 2017: Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Ontario, Canada.  2-day “Tulipmania” workshop – Composition and Technique for a Tulip Study. Registration: http://dvsa.ca/classes/

June 16th, 17th, 18th, 2017: Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada. 3-day Workshop: Flowering Plants of Waterton – graphite, watercolour, coloured pencil. Registration/info: www.watertonwildflowers.com

June 25th, 2017 – Kensington Art Supply and Instruction, Calgary, Canada.  1-day Studio – Graphite, watercolour, coloured pencil. Registration: www.traditionalbotanicals.com

July 28th, 29th & 30th, 2017 – Kensington Art Supply and Instruction, Calgary, Canada. A Native Plant Study. Registration: www.traditionalbotanicals.com

August 8th, 2017: Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Ontario, Canada. 1-day Botanical Drawing: Native Trees of Dundas Valley (Carolinian Forest) – Graphite. Registration: https://dvsa.ca/classes/

August 9th, 2017: Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Ontario, Canada. 1-day Studio: Colour Matching to Nature – Watercolour, coloured pencil. Registration: https://dvsa.ca/classes/

August 11th, 12th, 2017: Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Ontario, Canada.  2-day Workshop: A Botanical Study – Native Trees. Registration: https://dvsa.ca/classes/

October 12th and 13th, 2017: American Society of Botanical Artist’s Conference, San Francisco. Registration: http://www.asba-art.org

You can see more about Margaret’s workshops and classes on her Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/MargaretBestBotanical/

Workshop participant references:

“I feel that the 3-day workshop was a complete eye opener. I look at the drawing that I did and know that it is completely different from the staid spray of the plant that I would have produced without you! You have so much knowledge to impart and a wonderful ability to do so.”

– Gwenda Caplan, Johannesburg.

“Thank you so much for a wonderful workshop! I learned a lot and enjoyed the heck out of myself.

– Susan Tomlinson, Lubbock, Texas.

“I enjoyed the course tremendously. It was stimulating both intellectually and creatively. Thank you for your personal encouragement . It does help to motivate and get on with doing and persevering.” – Helene Nel, Pretoria.

“This is my fourth class with Margaret. I so admire her teaching. She’s a world-class educator and well known internationally.” – Margaret Johnson, Sarasota, Florida.

“Thank you so much for your inspiring workshop and your very generous sharing of knowledge and time. Green will never be the same!”

– Julie Wilson, Stilbaai, South Africa.

“Your class has been invaluable and incredible! I have learned more in your class than years elsewhere. Wish we had 10 more days.”

– Barbara, San Francisco.

“You exude a most refreshing and elite style of instruction with such grace and professionalism that is quite inspiring. You are truly gifted and I am grateful for your patience and willingness to share instruction with others. Thank you for all the valuable time and energy that you have devoted to botanical art. I appreciate how you create the most engaging workshops to share your wisdom and insight.”

– Nina Clark Ph.D., New Brunswick.

“Thank you for a very useful class. I wish the class had been longer. Your knowledge and skills have been inspiring and the call has been empowering. I do hope that you do the Filoli again.”

– Peggy Irvine, San Francisco.

“I really enjoyed your workshop. I found the slides where you pointed out examples to illustrate what you were saying, very beneficial . . . another aha moment for me was your explanation of how overworking occurs so easily. I have battled with this forever.”

– Lesley Berry, Mmabolela, South Africa.

“Recently I was lucky enough to take several of Margaret’s classes in watercolour and pencil. I was concerned that I would flounder in a class of more advanced artists, but thanks to Margaret’s teaching skills , I was able to relax, learn and ultimately be pleased with my progress. Margaret possesses a rare combination of talents; not only is she a very accomplished artist , she is an exceptionally competent teacher. She truly enjoys passing on what she knows.”

– Marg Hammond, Bermuda.

“In Margaret’s classes we are clearly in the hands of not only an expert, which is a great feeling, but an expert with wonderful vision and enthusiasm. I feel reinvigorated and confident. I can’t wait for the next class.”

– Myra Sourkes, Toronto.