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Lesley Randall, Asclepias

Mixed Media, © 2024

'A Day at the San Diego Zoo

with Lesley Randall


This is a rare opportunity for BAGSC members to experience a special workshop and plant tour of the San Diego Zoo with Lesley Randall and her horticulture colleagues. Family and friends accompanied by a BAGSC member are welcome to join for this 1-1/2 hour walking tour.

You'll choose between TWO tour options:

Tour A: Basecamp and Orchid House, a FLAT walking tour.  Explore Basecamp and Hummingbird House, along with the Orchid Collection Greenhouse. Basecamp is designed as a children's area, and includes a focus on adaptations to desert, tropical, wetlands, and temperate ecosystems.

Tour B: Africa Rocks and Carnivorous Plants, a walk that includes a (fairly steep) HILL. The Carnivorous Greenhouse is a flat walking tour, while the Africa Rocks area offers views of many Proteas along a walk that includes a long hill.

After the tour, workshop registrants will go to an off-site location for lunch and a mixed media art workshop by Lesley Randall, who was one of our BAGSC artists featured at this year’s Day of Botanical Art in February. Family members and friends may stay at the zoo all day while workshop attendees meet off-site for lunch and learning.


In celebration of our return to in-person workshops, BAGSC is providing funding for BAGSC members and guests for this event at a very special registration fee. BAGSC will cover zoo admission for members (regularly $68/adult), and will also will provide sandwiches for lunch for workshop attendees. Menu selections will be provided after registration.


Workshop and Materials List

Lesley Randall, Paeonia Californica, Mixed Media © 2024

Lesley Randall

"Illustrating Plants in Mixed Media"


Lesley Randall, Asclepias, Mixed Media, © 2024

Mixed media is a fun way to incorporate color into a pen and ink drawing. Ink can be paired with watercolor and/or color pencil to create either bold, dramatic pieces or a more subtle balance of ink and color. As a lover of ink, Lesley will focus on the bolder style in this workshop, but will also demonstrate more subtle techniques with ink. Participants will be encouraged to explore and develop their own style in this short workshop.

Workshop attendees will explore varying line weights, contour line and stippling to create an ink base drawing then add layers of color to finish a small piece of botanical art. Subject selection, inking methods, paper selection and transferring a sketch to final paper will also be covered.

Download a materials list by clicking here.

Information at a Glance



Monday, May 20, 2024

9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Pacific Time)


San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101


Zoo Admission/Tour, Lunch and Workshop
BAGSC Members: $50.00 US

Non-Members: $100.00 US

Zoo Admission/Tour ONLY

BAGSC Members, Friends & Family: $50.00 US

Contact BAGSC Education Committee by clicking here.

Contact BAGSC Media Committee by clicking here.

Schedule (all times Pacific Time)

9:00 – 10:30 am

Horticulture Tours of the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park

10:30 – 11:30 am

Explore the Zoo or Balboa Park

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Lunch at the War Memorial Building in Balboa Park (for workshop registrants ONLY). All others, lunch on your own.

12:00 – 2:30 pm

Mixed Media Workshop at the War Memorial Building .

The War Memorial Building is a 10 minute walk from the Zoo. Information about the Balboa Park Shuttle and on-site parking will be provided with registration.

For those who want to make it a weekend or extend their stay, this link comes from the San Diego Zoo website:

About our Presenter

Lesley Randall has been drawing plants for several decades. She has prepared scientific illustrations for several floras and numerous journals as well as participated in botanical art exhibits in the US and abroad. She works primarily in pen and ink.

While accuracy is the most important aspect of illustration, she finds pen and ink to be an elegant art form. It is a wonderful way to define a characteristic and describe a form.  It is also quite versatile depending on techniques used it can be subtle or bold. In recent years, she likes to pair it with watercolor and colored pencil to create bold vibrant art.

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