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Virtual Visiting Artist Master Course: Rendering Textures in Graphite with Rogério Lupo

With Rogério Lupo, Botanical Artist


Join us in late summer 2023 for a virtual workshop! 


Dates: Wednesdays, August 23, 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27 and October 4
Time: 1:15 - 4:30 p.m. ET each session includes a 15-minute break 

Fee: $315 ($284 for NCBG Members)


Partial scholarships are available for this program. Click here to learn more and apply.


A drawing done purely in graphite can by its very nature provide a spectacular result. But besides that, mastering the graphite technique yields us the tools for a detailed investigation of the subject by doing previous studies, so we can grasp the essentials of light and shade before working with other media such as colored pencils, pen and ink, or even watercolors. This workshop offers the fundamentals for that as well, but focuses specifically on the richness of textures found in nature with all their diversity, and how to represent them artistically either using only graphite on white paper or else graphite plus a light-colored pencil on toned paper.  


All levels are welcome, though it is recommended that students have a good practical understanding of analytical drawing and of the fundamentals for perceiving and representing light and shade. A supply list will be provided upon registration. 




This event is full. Now accepting wait list registrations.

Registration is open through 8/20/2023 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)



About Rogério Lupo

I graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of São Paulo (USP, Brazil), in 1997; attended Art and Drawing Classes at Escola Clássica de Arte (Classical School of Art), with Professor Ángel Martínez in São Paulo, from 1993 to 1998. I work with biological illustrations mostly for academic research, aiming for excellence in a variety of media like graphite, pen nib and ink, watercolors, acrylics, colored pencils, pastel, and scratchboard.

Ever since I began my career back in 1998, I have been giving lectures, teaching intensive workshops, and extensive courses throughout my country, Brazil. I teach at universities, educational institutions, artists' associations, private studios, and online courses.

In 2019, I traveled across several states and cities in the USA, teaching a series of lectures and workshops on graphite and pen nib and ink applied to biological illustrations.

I am the author of many didactic guidebooks that support my classroom courses, some of which are translated into English and all are distributed for free to the general public, just like several of my video lessons which are available on YouTube. I am a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and a founding member of the União Nacional dos Ilustradores Científicos (UNIC – from Brazil, which translates as “National Union of Scientific Illustrators”).

Among my awards, I won twice the first prize in the Margaret Mee National Contest of Botanical Illustrations (Brazil), in 2002 and 2003 (black and white category). I also won twice the first prize in the Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Botanical Illustration (Australia), in 2010 and 2013. In this same contest, I won second prize in 2021, and the 'highly commended' prize in 2006, 2010 and 2017.

In 2016 I took part in one of the most prestigious international events related to my profession, the Hunt Institute Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration (Pittsburgh, EUA), having my artwork acquired for the Institute's collection.


This course will be offered using Zoom Meetings.

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If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment or has been filled prior to receipt of your payment, you will be notified and your payment will be refunded in full. Students who cancel seven or more days in advance of the start of a course will receive an 80 percent refund. Thereafter, the registration fee is forfeited. If there are extenuating circumstances, allowances can be made at the discretion of the Director of Learning & Engagement. The full cancellation and refund policy for adult education programs is available here.