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Beginning Drawing: Virtual

with Kathy Schermer-Gramm, Professional Artist

The registration period has closed for this event. 

Dates: Saturdays, January 14, 21, 28 and February 4

Time: 1:15 PM - 4:45 PM ET
Location: Online class via Zoom

Fee: $210 ($189 Members)



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An introductory level course of drawing for beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. Includes using a sketchbook for line drawing exercises on seeing to draw, quick sketching, mapping for accuracy, and other basic principles of drawing. This is a live two hour Zoom format class divided into a group session for lecture, demonstrations, and group critique with the instructor followed by one on one individual appointments for consultation and problem solving.

Prerequisite for Intermediate Drawing, Beginning Watercolor, and Beginning Colored Pencil. Note: This class involves homework assignments. The amount of time students need to spend on homework varies and usually ranges from five to 15 hours per week.



Remaining Seats: 0

Registration open through 1/13/2023 3:00 PM EST | Refund Policy

About the Instructor

Kathy is a professional artist with a long relationship with NCBG, involved in both the Native Plant Studies and Botanical Art & Illustration certificate programs as both student and instructor. Originally from Southern California, she graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Masters in Illustration, where she taught illustration, drawing, and painting as well as at other colleges in the area before relocating to the Winston-Salem area over 20 years ago. Kathy has had the joy of being a nature educator and an elementary school art teacher before returning to her passion for creating highly realistic watercolor paintings with a focus on plants. Her previous editorial illustrations won awards in the Society of Illustrators Exhibitions. More recently, her paintings have been included in the American Society of Botanical Artists International Exhibition, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Annual Exhibition and the prestigious Birds in Art 2018 Exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Besides teaching at NCBG, she holds workshops and classes at the Sawtooth School for the Visual Arts in Winston-Salem and Florence Art School in West Jefferson. To learn more about her and view her current work follow her on Facebook -, Instagram at or visit her website at


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Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration Credits

Beginning Drawing: Credits - 1


This course fulfills a core requirement in our Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration program.

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This program will be offered online via Zoom.
A meeting link and password will be sent a few days before the program.

Technology and Equipment Requirements

In addition to the instructor-provided supply list, for online courses we require the following devices:


  • A laptop computer, desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet
  • Speakers (built-in or external), or a headset or earbuds
  • A microphone either built-in or external
  • A webcam either built-in or external


Some art classes use Padlet, an online file-sharing and communication website/tool. Participants must be able to access and use Padlet. Some instruction will be provided.


A reliable internet connection (minimum download speed of 20 Mbps and upload speed of 2 Mbps)


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Why is this connection speed required?


To be able to participate in the class with photo/media sharing by sending photos of artwork to instructor during the class without dropping off of Zoom.

To be able share video feed, if necessary, to share artistic process and/or engage with instructor.