botanical drawing and painting: designing a flora-booklet

Inititiative by dens, petra dekker

Creative workshop for children, aged 9 - 11 years, but also suitable for younger children.
Experience: Lukida Onderwijs and private workshops.

We collect (dried) plants, fruits, twigs and leaves (mosses and algues). We first research the beauty of these natural forms and we let ourselves be guided by history. We look at botanists like Carl Linnaeus, Maria Sibylla Merian and Anna Atkins (seen as the first photographer). Nowadays we have photography, but in that time everything was drawn in detail and described by hand. We elaborate the shapes in different techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, stamping, drying (herbarium). We choose and edit the images and place them together in a nice layout in a fold-out booklet (leporello): a flora. Everyone will take home a flora booklet.

Product: flora booklet (a leporello) for the children