Offered by ASBA Individual Members & Member Institutions
Bird Feathers and Wings in Watercolor
From coal black crows to iridescent hummingbirds, plumage is a challenging and inspiring subject for those new to bird painting as well as more experienced watercolorists. Achieve accurate representations by studying the anatomy and functions of birds’ wings and feathers. Learn techniques for capturing textures from soft down to stiff flight feathers, as well as approaches to mixing and glazing a range of brilliant, rich hues. Prerequisite: Botanical Watercolor I
ON LOCATION: The Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Coconut Grove, FL
Dried Leaves, Branches, and Seed Pods
Artistic Adventure Tour - Costa Rica
Mastering Texture Using Nuts, Pods, and Seeds
Illustrating nuts, pods, and seeds requires knowing how to create textured surfaces. The challenge comes when defining form, texture, and pattern. These specimens have the advantage of not changing radically over time, so studying their detail can be more relaxed. Illustrate these interesting plant forms using your favorite medium: colored pencil, graphite, or watercolor. Prerequisite: Botanical Watercolor I or Colored Pencil I
Nature Studies in Watercolor
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.
Photoshop Elements Demystified
New England Flora 2015
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.
Botanicals by Brush and Pencil
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.
Online Certificate in Botanical Art
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.
Watercolor I: Underpainting Method for Botanical Watercolor Painting
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.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme: Graphite Techniques
Afraid of the Darks?
Watercolor Workout: Stretching Your Skills
Unlocking the Mystery
Scientific Illustration and the Microscopic View with Bobbi Angell
Painting Yellow: A Studio Focus
Botanical Art In Provence, Southern France
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:
Phone: 505 - 982- 8264
Art questions and itinerary details contact Lisa: Lisa@LisaCoddington.com
Plant Portraits on Vellum: A Studio Focus
Watercolor II: Mixed Media
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.
Online Foundation Course in Botanical Art
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)