Creating Botanical Paintings with Impact Using Gouache

Wednesday – Friday, April 11 - 13, 2018
9:30 am – 4:00 pm

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens,
Botanical Education Center, Allied Technical Lab

Cost, BAGSC Members: $300
Non-Members: $350

Maximum Registration: 16 students

Materials Cost:
Gouache paints will be supplied by the instructor for a small fee, to be shared by the participants.

To register: Send a check in the full amount, made out to BAGSC, with Carrie Di Constanzo on the subject line. Please mail the check to: BAGSC, PO Box 50166, Pasadena, California 91115.

Bring your lunch, or purchase lunch at any of the cafés on The Huntington grounds.

Questions about the Workshop? Contact the BAGSC Education Chair.

Workshop Description

In this workshop, participants will learn how gouache is used to create realistic and detailed botanical paintings. We will discuss the benefits of using gouache and the similarities and differences between gouache and watercolor. Demonstrations will include using light washes of gouache, layering of colors with a dry brush, mixing of colors, glazing, and utilizing semi-transparent and semi-opaque gouache. The class will be encouraged to experiment with gouache using small botanical subjects.


This is a BAGSC-sponsored workshop; there is no information about this workshop on The Huntington's website. If you have questions, or need additional information, please contact the BAGSC Education Chair.

The workshop will be held at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in the Botanical Education Center, Allied Technical Lab.

The Huntington is located at: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108.

Parking and Entrance:

Parking is free at The Huntington. Please tell the guard at the front gate you are attending a workshop at the Botanical Education Center. You do not need to go to the front entrance of The Huntington. As you approach The Huntington buildings at the end of the parking lot, turn right and walk along the front of the buildings. Just past another guard gate is the Botanical Education Center. Go straight in and follow the signs to the classroom.

Directions from surface streets, freeways and public transportation are available on their website, in addition to accessibility, hours and dining information. A map of The Huntington grounds is available as a download from their website as well.

Materials List for
Carrie Di Costanzo

Download a PDF of the materials list.

Carrie Di Costanzo

About the Instructor

Carrie Di Costanzo worked as a fashion illustrator before shifting her focus to botanical art. Group exhibitions include the 14th Annual International through the 20th Annual International with the ASBA/HSNY (receiving the Ursus Award in
2013); “Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps” and “Weird, Wild, and Wonderful” and the 14th through 19th Annual Botanical Art Exhibit at Filoli (receiving the Roth Award in 2013 and the Jurors’ Award in 2014). Her work is held in the Botanical Collections at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, and private collections.

Magnolia grandiflora, gouache on paper, © Carrie Di Costanzo

Magnolia grandiflora, gouache on paper, © Carrie Di Costanzo