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UVA Clubs: Behind the Scenes - Sketch with Botanical Artist Lara Gastinger

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Behind the Scenes - Sketching with Botanical Artist Lara Call Gastinger (CLAS '98)

Join botanical artist Lara Call Gastinger (CLAS '98) to learn how to observe and draw a fall leaf. Bring a micron pen (size 005), smooth paper and your enthusiasm for this quick drawing exercise. We will learn how to draw the outline, venation and how to create value with a pen.

Lara Call Gastinger has her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in plant ecology from Virginia Tech. She has been awarded two gold medals (2007, 2018) at the Royal Horticultural Society Botanical Art shows in London and her work is in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Her artwork appears in the latest Peterson’s Field Guide to Mushrooms and ASBA’s Botanical Art Techniques Handbook. She teaches online and at the University of Virginia Landscape Architecture Department with a class that unites both plant identification and ways to artistically document plants. She has gained international recognition with the creation of her “perpetual journal” that has inspired naturalists around the world to start their own.

The Zoom link to join us will be sent via email before the event.

For more information on this event, please contact Robin Stafford (PAR '17), Senior Associate Director, UVA Clubs, at

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