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Sketchbook Vegetable Garden /A Virtual Art Workshop

Virtual Art Workshop with CSA artist Ciaran McQuiston on Monday August 10th at 5:00 p.m. E.T. 

Email Ciaran at  to sign up and receive directions on the materials you will need and how to prepare.

SketchBookParticipants will learn basic drawing techniques while celebrating the natural abundance that can be found in the garden! No prior experience or personal garden required, but it is recommended that you have reference images of some of your own favorite garden plants available during the workshop.  

Before the workshop, take a walk or research online and notice the natural beauty of the gardens around you! What plants are most special or visually interesting to you and why? Save some pictures of the plants you love the most and want to try drawing, or even bring a few veggies to class! 

Materials needed: 

  • paper to draw on
  • a hard surface such as a table / desk / clip board
  • your favorite drawing utensils, including at least one graphite pencil
  • eraser
  • a blending stump, if you have one
  • reference images / garden plants

Instructor will email a Zoom link and instructions before the workshop begins. If you choose to attend the workshop, please be sure you know how to turn on your video and audio so that you can participate in the class. 

Ciaran McQuiston is a midwest-based artist living in Pontiac, MI. Her work centers around papermaking, printmaking and drawing with the incorporation of paper, steel and cement sculpture. She also loves to do painted pet portraits! She is currently a resident artist at Talking Dolls in Detroit, and has received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Most recently, she has taught at the Cranbrook Art Museum, the Indianapolis Art Center, and Cat Head Press. Instagram @ciaranmcquiston

Arts Committee Purpose

The Arts Committee was formed in 2015 at the fall Board of Trustees meeting. Its purpose is to encourage and oversee artistic endeavors and the creative spirit for all ages. Our community is rich with painters, writers, actors, musicians, photographers, composers, and others who have much to offer. The Arts Committee will meet throughout the summer to discuss programming and to entertain new ideas for community sharing in a variety of art forms. This new committee looks forward to hearing suggestions and providing new venues to fan the flame of creativity in our community. Questions? Contact comittee chair Jane Taylor at