Cherry blossoms at the Hiroshima Memorial by Barbara Luel.

Sketching Cherry Blossoms

Celebrate the beauty of spring through watercolor.

Online Workshop with Barbara Luel

In this workshop, we’ll explore sketching springtime colors, focusing on cherry blossoms, an ephemeral symbol of renewal. We’ll use trees, greens, and simple houses for additional inspiration. Don’t worry if you don’t have any trees with cherry blossoms around or if you’re on the other side of the world with another season—join us to play with color! All levels welcome.

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What to expect

This is a live workshop that will take place on Zoom. During the workshop, you will have a chance to ask the instructor questions and connect with your fellow classmates. After the workshop, we’ll provide you with a recording to review on your own time.

We’ll be in touch the week of the course with instructions for connecting and additional information. Please remember to set a reminder for yourself, and adjust for your timezone. Tickets are non-refundable, but we may be able to transfer your ticket to another student if there is a wait list.

Curious about tickets, technical details, gifting workshops, or anything else? Please see our frequently asked questions page for more details, and please don’t hesitate to contact us for help.

Recommended supplies

  • A sketchbook with watercolor paper.
  • Brushes: Use what you have and enjoy! Barbara suggests at least one natural hair brush to create splashy marks for the trees and at least one with a fine tip. She also enjoys daggers, such as the Rosemary R12 or R16 brush.
  • Watercolors: when you sign up we’ll send you a dot card with seven of Barbara’s favorite blossom colors: Holbein Shell Pink, Brilliant Pink, Lilac, Cobalt Violet Light, Sap Green, Terre Verte, and Umber.
  • A sharp pencil or mechanical pencil. Optional pink colored pencil.
  • Soft paper towel or tissue.
Barbara Luel sketching among the cherry blossoms.

About Barbara

Barbara is an architect, author and urban sketcher. In her free time she draws and paints. She published a first book with her urban sketches made in Japan last year, and is working on a second book with paintings about arts & crafts in Japan. She’s fascinated by cherry blossoms and watercolors.

You can see more of Barbara’s work on her website, on Instagram, and in this Art Toolkit live demo.