This asynchronous online class is the first of two courses, and begins the groundwork for observational rendering of natural subject matter in color media. Step-by-step instructions, demonstrations and hands-on exercises provide the framework to explore the principles of color and rendering techniques in colored pencil and watercolor as they can be applied in the depiction of a natural subject’s form, structure, texture and pattern. Lighting is emphasized as a means of heightening the realistic qualities of a specimen. Plants, birds, insects and other animals are the subjects, but the objectives may include creating visuals for children's books and commissioned paintings, as well as publication in scientific journals. Students will need to supply their own natural subjects and specimens, similar to what are shown in demonstrations. Note: Successful completion of "Painting from Nature, Part A" (0626) and "Painting from Nature, Part B" (0627) satisfies the "Painting from Nature" (2286) requirement for the Natural Science Illustration certificate.