Loading Events

« Back to Events

The Maine Forage: Five Days of Maine Forage Drawing with Mindy Lighthipe

September 23 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Maine ForageMonday-Friday, September 23-27, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is filled with natural treasures waiting to be drawn and painted! Join Mindy Lighthipe for this fun five-day workshop as we focus on capturing wild Maine.

 Day 1: All Things Beachy in Graphite: Focus on drawing shells, seaweed, crab claws, horseshoe crabs, and more.

 Day 2: All Things Beachy in Color: Learn to transpose the graphite drawings into full-color illustrations.

 Day 3: Woodlands in Graphite: Focus on drawing woodland creatures, including fur textures of the red squirrel, mushrooms in leaf litter, and more.

 Day 4: Woodlands in Color: Learn to transpose the graphite drawings into full-color illustrations.

 Day 5: The Grand Finale: We will take all our sketches and drawings to create a coastal Maine original composition. 

All levels are welcome. Suitable for teens 14+.

Get the best value by signing up for all five classes. For those who can’t attend all five, you may sign up for individual days. 



Graphite materials list available.

Multi-media materials list available here.

It is not necessary to have everything on the list. You may choose your medium.


Artist Biography:

Mindy Lighthipe

Artist Mindy Lighthipe is passionate about getting out into the natural world and discovering beauty in every rock, stream, and forest. With this passion, she carefully studies her subjects in their environment.

Mindy uses a variety of techniques and media to create her bold imagery. She paints in watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, and pan pastels. It is not uncommon for her to break traditional and classic rules by combining techniques to create her unique and breathtaking style.

Mindy graduated magna cum laude from Kean University with a BFA in studio arts and an MA in art education. She received her 210-hour certification in botanical illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens. After graduating, she went on to teach more than twenty different classes in their botanical art program and developed a 250-hour certificate in natural science illustration.

Mindy has been exhibiting her art since 1998 in juried and solo exhibitions. In 2009, she received a Silver Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society in London. In 2010, she had a solo exhibition at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Mindy currently teaches scientific illustration at the University of Florida. To learn more, visit www.mindylighthipe.com.



September 23
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
$450 – $615
Event Categories:
, ,


Bosarge Family Education Center
Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME United States


Mindy Lighthipe