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Botanical Art + Perpetual Journaling Workshop - 03.13.22, 1 PM - 3 PM


Join us for our Botanical Art & Perpetual Journaling Workshop at the Be Just Classroom in Belmont. Globally-renowned artist, Lara Call Gastinger, will guide participants in basic pen illustration skills using locally foraged flora as the subject. Participants will also learn how to begin and maintain their own perpetual journal; a journaling style designed to "help you become mindful, more curious, and connected to the natural world" (Lara Call Gastinger, This class is ideal for all skill levels!

Participants will receive two hours of instruction and their own Common Modern Fine Artist Sketchbook with their registration fee. Lara will provide pens to use for the duration of the class, as well.


About the instructor:

Lara Call Gastinger is a botanical artist and illustrator in Central Virginia. She was the chief illustrator for the Flora of Virginia Project and a two time gold medalist at the Royal Horticultural Society Botanical Art Shows in London (2007, 2018). She is renowned for teaching how to create and maintain a perpetual journal.

The subjects of her art come from the natural world and her art reveals detailed evidence of change, decay, and processes that occur in nature. She finds great inspiration in a carrot that has gone to flower, a broken seed pod, twisted roots or insect damage to a leaf. She strives to make a plant portrait in such a way that it reveals its character and uniqueness. Her focus is on the small details in nature, down to the small venations in leaves which hopefully inspires others to look a bit deeper and pause a bit longer.

You can learn more about Lara by visiting her website,, or follow along on her Instagram @laragastinger


*Please read before purchasing your ticket:

COVID-19 Protocols: For the safety of our staff and guests, all ticket holders will be asked to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination to attend. Guests must show either a hard copy or digital copy of their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card upon arrival. We are also requiring guests to wear a mask at all times unless actively eating or drinking. We thank you for your understanding and compliance. It is our top priority to bring our community safe, meaningful, and memorable experiences.

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