Creating Your Own Field Guide Illustration - Workshop

Event Date: 
September 9, 2017 - 10:00am to September 11, 2017 - 3:30pm

Plants of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Region: Observe, Record, and Create Your Own “Field Guide” Illustration

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt
Dates: September 9 (10:00 AM – 3:30 PM), September 10 & 11 (9:00 AM – 3:30 PM)
Location: Woodland Public Library (250 1st St, Woodland, CA 95695)
Coordinator: Robin Carlson


Celebrate California native plants, especially the plants of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Region! Join professional botanical illustrator Marjorie Leggitt for a three-day workshop that will increase your observational skills, your drawing techniques, and your ability to develop and complete an illustrated “field guide” composition in a medium of choice.

Begin the workshop with a guided field trip introducing native plant communities. After Marjorie demonstrates her field sketching technique for recording botanical data, spend time observing and sketching before collecting a favorite specimen. In the classroom learn step-by-step techniques for developing your sketches into more accurate renderings. Discover the magic of turning these drawings into an artistic and well-designed composition. Introduction to a few simple tools, offers you the option to add scales and labels to your illustration.

One-on-one guidance, instruction, and group input help you in your journey to create a final piece of art.

Note: This workshop emphasizes the process of on-site recording and composition development. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of their medium of choice. 


Register online at: by August 18 and SAVE!
Scholarships are available; see the registration form for details.

Class will be limited to 15 participants.
The field trip will not be strenuous and will be geared to the mobility levels of participants.

For more information, contact: Robin Carlson, robinleecarlson [at] gmail [dot] com


Marjorie Leggitt, a professional science illustrator, started her career at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History dissecting and illustrating Australian land snails. Running her own freelance studio since 1985, she illustrates text and trade books, professional journals, and museum exhibits and interpretive signage. A sought-after instructor, Marjorie has taught core and elective courses at Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration since 1990. Much of her work is botanically based and requires reconstruction of both past and modern day floras using impression fossils and herbarium specimens as models. Acting as lead illustrator, she is currently working on Volume 13: Magnoliophyta for Flora of North America.

Marjorie's artwork has exhibited in numerous Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) juried exhibitions since 1987, a solo exhibit highlighting her works for FNA (2010), the Fungi Pharmacy and Nature’s Partnership exhibits (2013), The Royal Horticulture Society Art Exhibition, London UK (Gold Award - 2017), Edible Plants at the Gardens, Denver Botanic Gardens (2017), The Illustrated Urban Garden, Lafayette (2017).

In February 2017, Marjorie, and her teaching colleagues from DBG School of Botanical Art and Illustration, won the rarely awarded group gold medal at the London Royal Horticultural Society Botanical Art Exhibition. The medal was only the third bestowed upon a group in the event's 100-year history.

A member of the GNSI since 1979, she served on the Board from 2000-2016 and is a recipient of the GNSI's Distinguished Service Award. Marjorie chaired the International GNSI Conference in 2003 and again in 2014.

Additional artwork by Marjorie can be viewed at


There are a variety of hotel options in Woodland and Davis.  The recommended hotels closest to the workshop site are below, but there are many other choices, depending on your budget and transportation.  Please contact the Coordinator if you need more detailed advice regarding accommodations.

Hampton Inn & Suites Woodland-Sacramento Area

Fairfield Inn & Suites Sacramento Airport Woodland

Holiday Inn Express Woodland

Best Western Shadow Inn

Box lunches will be provided during the workshop. Participants are responsible for other meals. We will provide a list of restaurants and grocery stores.


Woodland is 12 miles from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF), 87 miles from the Oakland International Airport (OAK), and 95 miles from the San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Some area hotels provide complimentary airport shuttle service. Another good option for transportation from the airport is the Davis Airporter.

The workshop will be held at the Woodland Public Library, located in downtown Woodland, 250 1st St, Woodland, CA 95695. Public transportation between Woodland, Sacramento, and Davis is provided by Yolobus.

Please contact the Coordinator for further questions regarding transportation.

Marjorie Leggitt and field guide art
Marjorie Leggitt and field guide art/Workshop location