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Dried Leaves, Branches, and Seed Pods

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Using a range of different density pencil leads from 8H – 2B, learn how to create compelling compositions and to render finely detailed drawings in graphite. With Carrie Megan’s individual demonstrations and guidance, gain the skill and confidence to create finished pieces. Make sure to collect your favorite specimens before snowfall to be the subjects
of your winter composition of dried leaves, branches and/or seedpods. Advanced beginner and beyond drawing skills required.
Meets 5 Mondays: Feb. 2, 9, 23; March 2, 9; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Snow Date: March 16
Instructor Carrie Megan
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $225 / Non-Members $275
Carrie Megan
Wellesley, MA USA

Nature Studies in Watercolor

Offered by Leslie Watkins

Learn techniques of traditional watercolor as used by the masters.

Develop your skills and add to your portfolio as you paint. This class will provide the student with the confidence and ability to maintain a personal record of the natural world, with the intent to use it as a foundation to create works of art. Elements of painting such as drawing, the movement of light, mass conceptions, depicting form, creating depth, and atmospheric perspective will be taught. Traditional English watercolor techniques will be demonstrated, as used by J.M.W. Turner, Beatrix Potter, Albrecht Dürer, and Pierre Joseph Redouté. Students may bring flowers, fruit, shells and other natural objects to draw from. Bring whatever art materials you already have, a materials lists will be available at the first class.

Meets Wednesdays, 3/4 – 3/25, 10am – 12pm
Instructor Leslie Watkins
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue North light artist's studio
Address 281 Litchfield Road
Contact Leslie Watkins, 860-542-3920, www.lesliewatkins.com
Fee $200. for four sessions
Leslie Watkins
Norfolk, CT USA

Photoshop Elements Demystified

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Bring your laptop and artwork to class and learn how to transform your images into finished reproductions for cards, collages and posters as well as for the web. With guidance from Patricia Buchanan make color adjustments, tidy up edges and backgrounds, add a watermark, type or other enhancements. Solve the mystery of sizing and resolution to meet printing and exhibition submission standards. Scanning procedures will be covered. Mouse skills and a basic computer proficiency are required.
 
Photoshop Elements is a more user-friendly and affordable version of the original Photoshop. The skills you acquire with Elements are transferable to Photoshop. If you don’t already have Photoshop Elements it can be downloaded for a free 30-day trial period. Although this will not cover the entire class period it’s a good way to begin.
Meets 5 Fridays: March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3; 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon; Snow Date: April 10
Instructor Patricia Buchanan
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $150 / Non-Members $195
Patricia Buchanan
Wellesley, MA USA

New England Flora 2015

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Find a natural habitat close to your home and learn how to identify flowers, ferns, shrubs and trees. Follow these plants through the growing season with Carol Govan. Expand your creative botanical art and illustration skills through the close study of natural plant communities and seasonal changes. Between meetings, study independently and create accurate illustrations of your habitat. Gathering data in the field to identify plants helps you render them faster with greater accuracy. Experiment with different media. 

Meets 7 Friday meetings: March 20; April 3; April 24; May 29; June 26; July 24; Sept. 25, 2015
Instructor Carol Govan
Format Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $360 / Non-Members $450
Carol Govan
Wellesley, MA USA

Botanicals by Brush and Pencil

Offered by Florida Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA chapter)

Learn to combine three different media to create rich, luminous paintings on paper. Explore the qualities of each medium and discover creative ways of layering ink wash, watercolor and colored pencil together. You will create a simple botanical composition in class.

Meets Friday, Mar. 20-Sunday, Mar. 22 from 9:30 to 3:30
Instructor Kathie Miranda
Format Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue Center for Arts and Humanity
Address 1226 N. Tamiami Trail
Contact Susan Benjamin (941) 366 0563 rsbenjamin1@verizon.net
Fee $300 FSBA members, $350 non FSBA members
Kathie Miranda
Sarasota, FLorida USA

Drawing with a Botanical Eye: Improving Basic Skills

Offered by Margaret Saylor

Join Margaret Saylor for a full season of botanical art classes at the beautiful Chanticleer in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Explore the captivating world of this art genre in a comfortable learning environment with a deliberate approach to drawing and painting. Each 6-week session will focus on one area of botanical art: a technique, a new medium, a new approach. Students are encouraged to bring work along for discussion. We hope to maintain a friendly, nurturing artistic environment where all levels of experience and ability are welcomed. Each class will comprise of an informal lecture on the topic, with demonstrations by the instructor. Plenty of time will be available for students to paint and ask questions. No grades will be given. Students are encouraged to participate in gentle critiques and to support their fellow artists.

A materials list will be sent to the registrant closer to the beginning of the class.

Class size limited to 12 artists. All levels of experience welcome. To learn about Chanticleer, kindly visit their website at chanticleergarden.org. Prior registration is required. Your payment holds and confirms your place in the class.

Meets Wednesdays, 10am-2pm - 6 weeks April 1 - May 6
Instructor Margaret Saylor
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue Chanticleer
Address 786 Church Road
Contact Margaret Saylor at studio@magaretsaylor.com; www.margaretsaylor.com, or 484-333-3396
Fee $250
Margaret Saylor
Wayne, PA USA

Online Certificate in Botanical Art

Offered by Elaine Searle

Suitable for those who have already mastered the foundations of botanical art and would like to study to a more advanced level. The course deals with some of the most important aesthetic concepts and refinements of approach that can elevate botanical artwork beyond the ordinary.  Less of a ‘How to’, more of a ‘Why’ style will help intermediate botanical artists develop their skills and critical judgement. Applicants will be required to submit scans of their botanical drawings and paintings to demonstrate their current level of ability.  

Self-paced study (could be completed in 12-18months) but requiring a high level of commitment. Delivery is entirely online but makes use of video demonstrations, written critiques and personal tuorials via Skype. Numbers are restricted so that I can deliver very personal tuition.

Meets Online via secure website
Instructor Elaine Searle
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue Online
Contact www.paintbotanical.com
Fee £1750 GBP
Elaine Searle
USA

Watercolor I: Underpainting Method for Botanical Watercolor Painting

Offered by Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh

Students will learn how to create a photorealistic botanical portrait in watercolor by underpainting an initial value study that will be overlaid with surface washes of color. The techniques of wet-into-wet and gradated washes will be emphasized. Class assignments are designed to improve students' abilities to see tonal values and work successfuly in watercolor. The botanical subject for the first assignment will be provided. This is a core course in the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program at Phipps.

Meets Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Instructor Deborah Kopka
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
Address 1059 Shady Avenue
Contact Sarah at 412.441.4442, ext. 3925; http://phipps.conservatory.org/classes-and-programs/index.aspx
Fee $230/members; $265/nonmembers
Deborah Kopka
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Watercolor Painting on Vellum

Offered by Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

This special series brings accomplished artists included in the Weird, Wild, & Wonderful exhibit to the Arboretum in master class format. Vellum is used as a painting surface for many of the pieces in the Weird, Wild, and Wonderful Exhibit, an exclusive touring exhibit. In this class, learn more about this traditional surface with internationally-recognized and acclaimed art instructor. You'll learn her techniques for painting on vellum through demonstrations and discussion of materials, and have focused time for hands-on skill development with a lot of individual attention. You will complete some practice exercises to get a feel for painting on vellum, then paint a small piece of botanical art on vellum. After this class, you will no longer be intimidated by vellum, know more about it and why artists choose to work on it, and be excited and ready to create more vellum paintings at home. Hand-outs and vellum will be supplied. Bring your own lunch or purchase at the Arboretum Restaurant.

Meets Saturday, April 11, 2015 , 10 am-4pm
Instructor Denise Walser-Kolar
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Address 3675 Arboretum Drive
Contact http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/artsclasses.aspx
Fee $99 member/$115 non-members, includes Arboretum admission and vellum
Denise Walser-Kolar
Chaska, MN USA

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme: Graphite Techniques

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Create intricately rendered graphite drawings of your favorite herbs and spices. Carrie Megan will teach you her technique for using a broad range of different pencil densities to create rich values and textures in your thoughtfully designed compositions. Intermediate and beyond graphite skills required.
Meets 5 Mondays: April 13, 27; May 4, 11, 18; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor Carrie Megan
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $225 / Non-Members $275
Carrie Megan
Wellesley, MA USA

Afraid of the Darks?

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Afraid of the Darks? Fear not – the well-appointed dark can take your painting from blah to boom!
 
Turn on the light in your next botanical piece by using your darks effectively with Susan Fisher as your guide. Learn ways to distinguish and describe dark areas, dark colors, and dark subjects. Boost your ability to mix the right dark for every occasion. Practice a variety of concepts for creating appropriate darks and get comfortable with the strategy for placing them effectively in your artwork. Watercolor skills required.
Meets 3 days: Tues., April 14 - Thurs., April 16; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor Susan Fisher
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $350 / Non-Members $440
Susan Fisher
Wellesley, MA USA

Watercolor Workout: Stretching Your Skills

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Exercise your watercolor skills as Susan Fisher sets up common challenges of watercolor and then leads you through the practice of no-sweat solutions. Begin with a warm-up review followed by specific movements designed to increase your expertise in painting. Build skill and proficiency for washes, lines and edges on a range of subjects: light ones, dark ones, turns in leaves or petals, and background components. Follow up the series of repetitions by applying them to a botanical still life painting. With ample time for experimentation as you review past challenges, train your way to improved watercolor fitness. For advanced beginners and intermediate artists.
Meets 3 days: Saturday, April 18 - Monday, April 20; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor Susan Fisher
Format Demonstration, Lecture
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $350 / Non-Members $440
Susan Fisher
Wellesley, MA USA

Unlocking the Mystery

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Be empowered when composing your next piece! 
 
Enjoy this opportunity to indulge your artist’s eye as you browse through images of well-known paintings in this one-day seminar with Susan Fisher. Diagram fine art and become familiar with the various parts that make up the whole. Acquire the tools to enhance your own artistic expression. Class exercises will encourage you to analyze line, shape, value, color and structure. It is fun to diagram paintings and empowering to know how to plan your next piece.
Meets Wednesday, April 22; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor Susan Fisher
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $75 / Non-Members $95
Susan Fisher
Wellesley, MA USA

Finishing Touches

Offered by New York Botanical Garden

Knowing how to "finish" a painting and knowing when it's "finished" is just as important as knowing how to get started. This two-day workshop covers techniques to pepare artwork for juried-level exhibitions. Topics and demostrations cover details, texture, sharpening and cleaning edges, balancing contrast, as well as developing individual criteria for assessment. Students are encouraged to bring paintings in progress for problem-solving discussion, troubleshooting, and completion.

Meets Saturday and Sunday, April 25 & 26, 10 am -- 4:30 pm
Instructor Hillary Parker
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue New York Botanical Garden
Address 2900 Southern Boulevard
Contact http://adulted.nybg.org:8080/cart65/jsp/session.jsp?sessionId=154BIL611&courseId=154BIL611&categoryId=10093
Fee $325 NYBG Members / $359 Non-Members
Hillary Parker
Bronx, NY USA

Botanical Watercolor Workshop

Offered by Linda C. Miller

Linda Miller, Resident Botanical Artist at The Elizabethan Gardens, inspires participants to see, preserve and interpret the beauty of the garden during this unique workshop. The first day begins with a thirty-minute program about botanical art and a walking tour of the gardens to gather specimens. Artists will delight in Miller’s vested interest and skill in capturing the botanical world in watercolor and her ability to impart this mastery with the class.

Please contact Artist for Materials List at botanicalarttoday@yahoo.com

Meets 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Instructor Linda C. Miller
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue The Elizabethan Gardens
Address 1411 National Park Drive
Contact The Elizabethan Gardens 252.473.3234
Fee Two-Day Class: Members/Friends, $100; Non-Members, $120. Three-Day Class: Members/Friends, $150; Non Members, $180
Linda C. Miller
Manteo, NC USA

Scientific Illustration and the Microscopic View with Bobbi Angell

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Preparing illustrations for scientific publications involves keen observation and attention to detail, but techniques used by scientific illustrator and botanical artist Bobbi Angell in working with herbarium specimens and pickled material can be applied at all levels of botanical art.
 
Work with pressed plants and dissect pickled and reconstituted flowers, learning how to measure and depict critical details as viewed through a microscope. Then design a pencil sketch composed of various aspects of an individual species, which can be drawn in pen and ink to become, theoretically, worthy of publication.
 
Along with Bobbi, look at examples of illustrations from botanical journals to see the range of styles used by contemporary and historical illustrators and discuss the integral relationship between botanist and illustrator.
 
Prequisite: Introduction to Botany Through Drawing and some ink pen techniques required. 
Meets 3 Wednesdays: April 29; May 6, 13; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor Bobbi Angell
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $350 / Non-Members $440
Bobbi Angell
Wellesley, MA USA

A Few of Your Favorite Things: Painting Found Botanical Treasures

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Capture warm memories of exotic places, your favorite season, or experiences from your own back yard using those botanical treasures you often gather in hopes of one day painting. Working with watercolor on vellum, Esther Klahne leads you through the nuances of composition and ways to integrate your precious objects of nature into a beautifully cohesive painting. Fee includes project vellum, backing board and handouts. 

 

Meets 3 Saturdays: May 2, 9, 16, 2015; 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor Esther Klahne
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $295 / Non-Members $350
Esther Klahne
Wellesley, MA USA

Painting Yellow: A Studio Focus

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Yellow can be a tricky color to paint in watercolor. Sarah Roche helps you investigate the potential of your palette through exercises and studies. Work to master the techniques of laying down transparent pigment to portray the folds and frills of spring petals.
Meets 4 Tuesdays: May 5, 12, 19, 26; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor Sarah Roche
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $150 / Non-Members $200
Sarah Roche
Wellesley, MA USA

Effective 3-D Shading of Variegated Subjects

Offered by New York Botanical Garden

Achieving realistic shading becomes more challenging when the surfaces display color variations such as patterns or random markings. Practice shading variegated leaves and petals so that the color changes on their surfaces con-form to their three-dimensional forms. First, students will draw a variegated plant subject in black and white, then paint a subject in color over a monochrome under-painting. In the final class, the same subject or a new one will be painted from the outset in color. In each version we will retain a convincing 3-D form while incorporating the beautiful patterns. Students should be accustomed to shading 3-D forms. Please bring lunch.

Meets 3 Tuesdays, May 12 -- May 26, 11 am -- 4 pm
Instructor Adele Rossetti
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue NYBG Midtown Education Center
Address 20 West 44th Street
Contact 800.322.6924
Fee $339 NYBG Member / $379 Non-Member
Adele Rossetti
Manhattan, New York USA

Field Sketching and Painting Native Flora

Offered by New York Botanical Garden

Botanical artists rarely enjoy the luxury of a long-lasting specimen and must learn techniques of capturing a subject quickly for later completion. In this class, students will choose a subject in the Native Plant Garden, spending a few hours capturing information such as lifelike color and poses accurately and quickly using graphite and watercolor, and photographing our chosen subjects. Once field studies are complete, we'll return to the classroom and use them to compose and begin final watercolor paintings of the flora chosen. We'll advance as far as we can in this class and may return to the Native Plant Garden if more information is needed. Please dress for the weather and bring lunch.

Meets Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16, 10 am -- 5 pm
Instructor Carol Woodin
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue New York Botanical Garden
Address 2900 Southern Boulevard
Contact http://adulted.nybg.org:8080/cart65/jsp/session.jsp?sessionId=154BIL307&courseId=154BIL307&categoryId=10094
Fee $325 NYBG Member / $359 Non-Member
Carol Woodin
Bronx, new york USA

Botanical Art In Provence, Southern France

Offered by Lisa Coddington

If you have been dreaming of visiting or returning to Southern France to sketch and paint, this is your time! Come to Arles where Lisa will work with you during scheduled classes to develop, and refine your Botanical Drawing and Watercolor skills. Harriet's extensive tour experience will offer special small group outings that will give you unique opportunities to sketch, and photograph historic sites and more in the blush of Spring.

Beginner, and experienced artists are welcome.

Fee includes: six nights accommodations, tours,  breakfasts, four art sessions, entrance to all sightseeing described in the program, two dinners, picnic lunch, wine and cheese reception

Early registration recommended

For REGISTRATION, questions and itinerary details contact Harriet email and phone:

Harriet@culturalencounters.com

Phone: 505 - 982- 8264

 

Art questions and itinerary details contact Lisa: Lisa@LisaCoddington.com

Cell: 315-256-8639

 

 

Meets May 23, Saturday 2:00 - 4:30 PM , May 24 Sunday 2:00 - 4:30 PM, May 26 Tuesday 2:00 - 4:30 PM, May 27 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Instructor Lisa Coddington
Format Critique, Demonstration, Hands-on, Tour
Venue Southern France
Contact Harriet Harris, phone: 505 - 982 - 8264, Email: harriet@culturalencounters.com or Lisa Coddington Email: Lisa@LisaCoddington.com Cell: 315-256-8639, www.LisaCoddington.com
Fee 06 participants - $3,195.00 USD, 07 - 08 Participants, $2.995.00, 09 -11 Participants, $2,795.00
Lisa Coddington
Arles France

Tonal Drawing Techniques

Offered by New York Botanical Garden

Strengthen your drawing skills with an in-depth study of tonal values and how to apply them using graphite. Revisit the basic shapes and the principals of shading. Learn how to use these fundamental drawing tools to interpret the 3-D forms of subjects, both botanical and natural science. Then, study master drawings and examine how artists incorporated basic shapes as underlying forms for their subjects, how they used light on form, and what decisions they made in selecting the tones that give visual clarity, depth, and power to their art. Please bring lunch.

Meets Friday to Sunday, May 29 - May 31, 10 am -- 3:30 pm
Instructor Carol Ann Morley
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue New York Botanical Garden
Address 2900 Southern Boulevard
Contact 800.322.6924
Fee $339 NYBG Member / $379 Non-Member
Carol Ann Morley
Bronx, New York USA

Drawing to See

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Carol Govan encourages you to become comfortable with drawing through careful observation of plant forms. Gesture and contour drawing exercises help you discover the best way to draw what you see. Learn tips for the correct proportions of an object, how to create a three-dimensional form, and even add a bit of color too. You will draw enough to enjoy drawing anything

 

Meets 3 Saturdays: May 30; June 6, 13; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor Carol Govan & Sarah Roche
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $115 / Non-Members $145
Carol Govan & Sarah Roche
Wellesley, MA USA

Capturing the Beauty of Butterflies & Moths

Offered by New York Botanical Garden

Capture the many textures of butterflies & moths using the medium of your choice. Explore the techniques best suited to these winged creatures: furry, reflective, luminescence, deep darks, subtle shadings, and bright primaries. Each student will receive a ‘papered’ butterfly or moth and will learn an easy technique for spreading. Please bring lunch.

Meets 3 Tuesdays, June 2 - June 16, 10 am -- 3:30 pm
Instructor Kelly Radding
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue New York Botanical Garden
Address 2900 Southern Boulevard
Contact 800.322.6924
Fee $339 NYBG Members / $379 Non-Member
Kelly Radding
Bronx, New York USA

Master Class - Portraits de Fleurs

Offered by Filoli

Join us for an inspirational week of botanical painting with French botanical artist and instructor Vincent Jeannerot. His exquisite work, inspired by nature, is well known to the international botanical illustration community.Through insightful demonstrations and technique exercises you will discover his methods for delicately rendering plants. Using flowers from the Garden at Filoli you will use these techniques to create your own piece of botanical artwork.

Prerequisite: Advanced beginner to itermediate botanical art experience.

 

 

Meets Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Instructor Vincent Jeannerot
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Filoli
Address 86 Canada Road
Contact www.filoli.org or Filoli Ticket Office at 650-364-8300 x 508
Fee $850 members of Filoli; $1,020 non-members. Fee includes a light lunch daily.
Vincent Jeannerot
Woodside, CA USA

Plant Portraits on Vellum: A Studio Focus

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Focus on the delicate plants of late spring, with their ethereal petals and fresh green leaves. With Sarah Roche learn to use the dry brush technique to portray their detail and intricacy on vellum. For Techniques-level students or with permission of instructor.
Meets 4 mornings: Tuesdays, June 2, 9 and Thursdays, June 4, 11; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor Sarah Roche
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $150 / Non-Members $200
Sarah Roche
Wellesley, MA USA

Drawing to See

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Carol Govan encourages you to become comfortable with drawing through careful observation of plant forms. Gesture and contour drawing exercises help you discover the best way to draw what you see. Learn tips for the correct proportions of an object, how to create a three- dimensional form, and even add a bit of color too. You will draw enough to enjoy drawing anything. 

 

Meets 3 Wednesdays: June 3, 10, 17; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor Carol Govan
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $115 / Non-Members $145
Carol Govan
Wellesley, MA USA

Prickles, Thorns, and Spines in Watercolor

Offered by New York Botanical Garden

Through observation and accurate drawing, learn the botanical significance of prickles, thorns, and spines using a variety of rose plants from the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden. Compare and contrast rose specimens, then use techniques such as masking, layering color to create form, and dry brush methods to document these often overlooked, but necessary, parts of the rose!

Meets Saturday, June 13, 10 am -- 3:30 pm
Instructor Betsy Rogers Knox
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue New York Botanical Garden
Address 2900 Southern Boulevard
Contact 800.322.6924
Fee $119 NYBG Member / $129 Non-Member
Betsy Rogers Knox
Bronx, New York USA

Let's Get Started

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Does the white expanse of a beautiful clean sheet of paper fill you with dread? About this one day course Helen Allen says, “I love to draw, compose and prepare my paper carefully before contemplating adding paint. I will demonstrate throughout the day the methods of careful preparation with no fuss, therefore no stress. Move from observations into drawings on tracing paper to composition and transfer of the drawing to watercolor paper.” While this course is for all artists, Helen also adds, “If you are taking either of the following painting workshops with me this should help you get ahead of the game.” (CBA: non-credit)

 

Meets Monday, June 22, 2015; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor Helen Allen
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $135 / Non-Members $170
Helen Allen
Wellesley, MA USA

Dare to be Different! ...and achieve the perfect flower portrait composition!

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Work through the logical stages of a flower portrait to create the best composition and drawing which should then be a JOY to paint. With Helen Allen as your guide, begin with a review of the drawings you have brought in and a discussion of various ways of recomposing the elements to reach a stunning layout – including how to use aerial perspective effectively. Work on quick tonal drawings to evaluate your composition’s balance of line, form and color. Color notes and checks are essential to really know your combinations work and you won’t be left with MUD! Helen’s demos of techniques and how to maximize the drama in your painting help you to finish the painting with confidence.
 
Please note: In preparation for this course please bring with you drawings on tracing paper (vellum style) of your chosen plants and the plant you are depicting. We shall be working on a small composition with the constraints of a margin. The finished size should fit into a 12” square small works frame, with or without a mat. 

 

Meets 3 days: Tuesday, June 23 - Thursday, June 25, 2015; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor Helen Allen
Format Demonstration, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $395 / Non-Members $495
Helen Allen
Wellesley, MA USA

Color Mixing: Approaching your Subject with a Plan

Offered by Margaret Saylor

Join Margaret Saylor for this second session of botanical art classes at the beautiful Chanticleer in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Explore the captivating world of this art genre in a comfortable learning environment with a deliberate approach to drawing and painting. Each 6-week session will focus on one area of botanical art: a technique, a new medium, a new approach. Students are encouraged to bring work along for discussion. We hope to maintain a friendly, nurturing artistic environment where all levels of experience and ability are welcomed. Each class will comprise of an informal lecture on the topic, with demonstrations by the instructor. Plenty of time will be available for students to paint and ask questions. No grades will be given. Students are encouraged to participate in gentle critiques and to support their fellow artists.

A materials list will be sent to the registrant closer to the beginning of the class.

Class size limited to 12 artists. All levels of experience welcome. To learn about Chanticleer, kindly visit their website at chanticleergarden.org. Prior registration is required. Your payment holds and confirms your place in the class.

Meets Wednesdays, 10am-2pm - 6 weeks June 24 - July 26
Instructor Margaret Saylor
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue Chanticleer
Address 786 Church Road
Contact Margaret Saylor at studio@magaretsaylor.com; www.margaretsaylor.com, or 484-333-3396
Fee $250
Margaret Saylor
Wayne, PA USA

Paint Like Arthur Harry Church

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Arthur Harry Church was an English artist and science teacher who made botanical plates showing enlarged sections of flowers to illustrate floral mechanisms. His use of floral diagrams was integral to his work. Study his methods and finished work with Helen Allen as your guide. Although there will be an opportunity to draw using a microscope, Helen will also have some pre-drawn examples that you may like to trace onto watercolor paper. Precision in drawing is key to this exacting and exciting way of creating an interesting piece that is botanically accurate and aesthetically pleasing.
 
Plan your piece within the constraints of a 12” square small works frame, with or without a mat. Your color work will involve working with watercolor in a flat way but showing detail. 

 

Meets 2 days: Saturday, June 27 - Sunday, June 28, 2015; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor Helen Allen
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $265 / Non-Members $330
Helen Allen
Wellesley, MA USA

Watercolor II: Mixed Media

Offered by Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Students will learn how to work beyond the traditional watercolor botanical portrait and enhance photorealistic effects by combining pen and ink, pastel, graphite, and colored pencil with watercolor. Class assignments are designed to help students explore ways to render details, texture, and volume with combinations of media. The botanical subject for the first assignment will be provided. This is a core course in the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program at Phipps.

Meets Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Instructor Deborah Kopka
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
Address 1059 Shady Avenue
Contact Sarah at 412.441.4442, ext. 3925; http://phipps.conservatory.org/classes-and-programs/index.aspx
Fee $230/members; $265/nonmembers
Deborah Kopka
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Liquid Shine: Sculpting Form with Light and Color

Offered by Minnesota School of Botanical Art

Using a vibrant palette and highly reflective subjects, such as peppers, Elaine will demonstrate her approach to capturing 'liquid shine' and show how dramatic lighting can enhance form.  The predominant watercolor technique in this workshop will be 'wet into wet' but with the emphasis on control rather than experimentation.  As a finishing method dry brush will be employed to knit together some of the more freeform passages of color and reate subtle detail.  Whilst the specimens will be vegetable, the approach can build confidence for tackling other high gloss surfaces such as leaves and reflected light on fruits.   

Meets Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9am to 4pm
Instructor Elaine Searle
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue The Minnesota School of Botanical Art
Address 4700 Minnehaha Avenue South
Contact Marilyn Garber, 612.920.2013, marilyngarber@minnesotaschoolofbotanicalart.com
Fee $425
Elaine Searle
Minneapolis, MN USA

Drawing Fruit on Black Paper

Offered by New York Botanical Garden

Working with colored pencils, learn how to achieve a rich glow of colors using multiple overlays of pigments to give fruit an intriguing luminosity. Explore how the colors you think you know change their appearance on black paper. Discover how to control this color switch and what sequencing of colors you need to capture the color and form of fruit to best achieve a vibrant portrait. Please bring lunch.

Meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday, July 20, 22, & 24, 10 am - 3:30 pm
Instructor Carol Ann Morley
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue New York Botanical Garden
Address 2900 Southern Boulevard
Contact 800.322.66924
Fee $339 NYBG Member / $379 Non-Member
Carol Ann Morley
Bronx, New York USA

Butterflies, Dragonflies and Bees -- Oh My!

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Insects play an integral part in the life cycle of plants and can enhance a botanical painting with a dynamic element of scientific accuracy and pure whimsy. Through sketches and more complete full color works, join Kelly Radding to study the form and details that will make the insect come alive in your artwork. Learn techniques to capture the myriad textures and colors and how to integrate an insect into a botanical composition. Advanced skill level. 

 

Meets 3 Wednesdays: July 22, 29; August 5, 2015; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor Kelly Leahy Radding
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $275 / Non-Members $325
Kelly Leahy Radding
Wellesley, MA USA

The Mystique of Carbon Dust

Offered by New York Botanical Garden

Carbon dust has been a mainstay medium for natural science illustrators for nearly a century. The technique combines carbon pencil lines and dust “washes” applied with brushes, resulting in rich, tonal renderings with a strong value range and precise detail. Participants should bring their own natural science subject (e.g. shells or bones) and will explore what has sometimes been referred to as the “carbon dust mystique.” Please bring lunch.

Meets Monday to Wednesday, July 27 - July 29, 10 am - 3:30 pm
Instructor Scott Rawlins
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue NYBG Midtown Education Center
Address 20 West 44th Street
Contact 800.322.6924
Fee $339 NYBG Member / $379 Non-Member
Scott Rawlins
Manhattan, New York USA

Luminous Fruit: Highlights and Reflected Light with Catherine Watters

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Capture the glow of summer fruit by balancing highlights, shadows and reflected light to make your subject luminous. In this seminar designed for artists from advanced beginner to expert, Catherine Watters will teach you how to skillfully observe, measure and draw your subject, followed by careful and accurate color mixing using the Double Primary Color Bias Wheel. You are then ready to paint and capture the elegant shape, bold colors and textures using proper lighting to make your fruit come to life. 
 
Please note: Choose to work on paper or vellum. For those more advanced artists wishing to work on calfskin vellum, Catherine will teach you her vellum dry brush technique. Vellum is not included in the registration fee for this seminar. Contact the WCBG Friends office 60 days ahead to order a piece from Catherine. 

 

Meets 3 days: Tuesday, August 11 - Thursday, August 13, 2015; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor Catherine Watters
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $395 / Non-Members $495
Catherine Watters
Wellesley, MA USA

Seeing Color

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Gain confidence in your perception and rendering of color by creating sketches that could be either a finished product or preparation for another piece. Carol Govan leads you in exercises in seeing the range of color. Get comfortable with darks and lights using color. Experiment with the various properties of different color media and grounds to use alone or in combination. Enjoy seeing what you and your classmates might create with color but keeping within the boundaries of accurate observational drawing. Or not. 

 

Meets 3 Saturdays: August 15, 22, 29, 2015; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor Carol Govan
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $115 / Non-Members $145
Carol Govan
Wellesley, MA USA

Perspective Review

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

In this one-day skill-building class with Carol Ann Morley, develop your toning skills while heightening your artist’s eye. Graphite exercises help you to practice to bring shape and form into your art. Non-credit for CBA. 

 

Meets 1 day: Monday, August 24, 2015; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor Carol Ann Morley
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $75 / Non-Members $95
Carol Ann Morley
Wellesley, MA USA

The Pleasures of Sketching

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

With Carol Ann Morley, enjoy the relaxed art of loose sketching while discovering ways to capture a habitat or landscape expressive of the moment. Try out some sketching techniques on toned paper with mixed media that give pleasing results. This class will work from still life set-ups and photo imagery. Study the works of master artists and discuss how they achieve a compositional balance, point of interest and clarity in their work. Instruction will be given on perspective, drawing in proportion and how to decide what to draw when first looking at a scene. Look at your work in a new way; see how a few lines can be a visual narrative. 

 

Meets 3 days: Tuesday, August 25 - Thursday, August 27, 2015; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor Carol Ann Morley
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center
Address 106 Central Street
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $250 / Non-Members $300
Carol Ann Morley
Wellesley, MA USA

Online Foundation Course in Botanical Art

Offered by Elaine Searle

Well structured, supportive and personal, online learning with lots of video and interactive elements. Includes a number of personal tutorials by Elaine Searle via Skype and written feedback to assigments.  Self-paced but ideally could be completed within a year. Fee includes a starter set of art materials.

Suitable for those with no or little experience of drawing or painting, and for those who wish to build confidence and proficiency in the core skills of botanical art.

Maximum of 8 students in each intake. Course starts twice each year January (now full) and September (enrolment open) 

 

Meets Online delivery via secure website
Instructor Elaine Searle
Format Hands-on
Venue Online
Contact www.paintbotanical.com
Fee £1350 GBP
Elaine Searle
USA

Creating a Living Composition

Offered by Margaret Saylor

Join Margaret Saylor for this third session of botanical art classes at the beautiful Chanticleer in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Explore the captivating world of this art genre in a comfortable learning environment with a deliberate approach to drawing and painting. Each 6-week session will focus on one area of botanical art: a technique, a new medium, a new approach. Students are encouraged to bring work along for discussion. We hope to maintain a friendly, nurturing artistic environment where all levels of experience and ability are welcomed. Each class will comprise of an informal lecture on the topic, with demonstrations by the instructor. Plenty of time will be available for students to paint and ask questions. No grades will be given. Students are encouraged to participate in gentle critiques and to support their fellow artists.

A materials list will be sent to the registrant closer to the beginning of the class.

Class size limited to 12 artists. All levels of experience welcome. To learn about Chanticleer, kindly visit their website at chanticleergarden.org. Prior registration is required. Your payment holds and confirms your place in the class.

Meets Wednesdays, 10am-2pm - 6 weeks September 16 - October 28 (no class Sept 23)
Instructor Margaret Saylor
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue Chanticleer
Address 786 Church Road
Contact Margaret Saylor at studio@magaretsaylor.com; www.margaretsaylor.com, or 484-333-3396
Fee $250
Margaret Saylor
Wayne, PA USA

Advanced Botanical Watercolor

Offered by Botanical Artists for Education & The Environment (BAEE)

This two-week class will concentrate first on gaining intimate familiarity with a plant, which Anne-Marie will select and which will be provided.  Students will sketch it from many different aspects while striving for botanical accuracy. Then, students will practice various arrangements using the individual sketches to make an effective composition. Finally, they will proceed to paint application, using Anne-Marie’s six-step method. It will not be practical to take just one week, as week 2 builds on week 1. 

Students should bring their lunches. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Supplies

Lamp (Ott lights are good) and extension cord  (3 to 6 feet long)

Good quality brushes and paint – whatever you are already using. For those who have not had a class with Anne Marie, she suggests the following:

Sable brushes by DaVinci, Daniel Smith, or Winsor Newton (Sizes 5 and 2 if you use the WN Series 7 miniatures).

Artist’s quality paint: Permanent Rose, Alizarin crimson, Vermillion, Winsor red, Ultramarine, Cerulean, Indigo, Prussian, Winsor yellow, Indian yellow, Gamboges, Raw Sienna, Winsor Violet, Burnt Umber, Viridian (other colors are fine) 

Hot press watercolor paper, preferably Arches, minimum weight 140lbs

Good quality tracing paper or vellum (not the real calfskin)

Sketching paper

HB & 2H pencils

Soft putty eraser

Masking tape

Scalpel (X-acto knife)

Rag or paper towels

Drawing board (Masonite or Gatorboard)

Paper on which to take notes

Meets M-F, 10 am-3 pm
Instructor Anne-Marie Evans
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Columbia Baptist Church, Room 100
Address 103 West Columbia St
Contact Bonnie Driggers,
Fee $1100. $100 deposit now due; remainder due August 1, 2015
Anne-Marie Evans
Falls Church, VA USA

Botanical Watercolor Workshop

Offered by Linda C. Miller

Linda Miller, Resident Botanical Artist at The Elizabethan Gardens, inspires participants to see, preserve and interpret the beauty of the garden during this unique workshop. The first day begins with a thirty-minute program about botanical art and a walking tour of the gardens to gather specimens. Artists will delight in Miller’s vested interest and skill in capturing the botanical world in watercolor and her ability to impart this mastery with the class.  This two-day workshop is open to all artists – beginner to advanced, with optional third day. Price includes admission to The Gardens.

Meets 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Instructor Linda C. Miller
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue The Elizabethan Gardens
Address 1411 National Park Drive
Contact The Elizabethan Gardens 252.473.3234
Fee Two-Day Class: Members/Friends, $100; Non-Members, $120. Three-Day Class: Members/Friends, $150; Non Members, $180
Linda C. Miller
Manteo, NC USA