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Bird Feathers and Wings in Watercolor

Offered by The New York Botanical Garden

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

Meets 4 Tuesdays, 1/13–2/10 (no class 1/20), 10 am–1 pm
Instructor Mary Christiansen
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue The New York Botanical Garden
Address 2900 Southern Blvd
Contact http://adulted.nybg.org:8080/cart65/jsp/session.jsp?sessionId=153BIL364&courseId=152BIL364&categoryId=10094
Fee $269 NYBG Member / $299 Non-Member
Mary Christiansen
Bronx, New York USA

ON LOCATION: The Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Coconut Grove, FL

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Join Sarah Roche at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Florida and enjoy 5 days of botanical art. Once on location start to draw with easy field sketches on the grounds of the stunning Kampong historic home and garden, where the climate of the southeast shore of Florida affords a natural openair environment in which tropical species flourish. Explore rudiments of form from live specimens as you work in graphite studies. Some plants will be flowering, others will be fruiting and some may have all stages of development visible. Add color with watercolors. Take home a journal filled with field sketches useful for future art works and fond memories of a unique experience. All abilities are welcome!
 
Fee includes class instruction plus 2 half-day visits to local botanic gardens/museums. Travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses not included. Kampong dormitory accommodations may be arranged on a first-come basis. For those arriving on Sunday, Jan. 25, a get-acquainted gathering will be arranged. Contact us for more details.
 
Offered in collaboration with The Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden (www.ntbg.org/gardens/kampong.php)

 

Meets 5 days: Monday, January 26 - Friday, January 30; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor Sarah Roche
Format Demonstration, Hands-on, Tour
Venue The Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Coconut Grove, FL
Address 4013 S Douglas Rd
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $495 / Non-Members $595
Sarah Roche
Miami, FL USA

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

Artistic Adventure Tour - Costa Rica

Offered by Mindy Lighthipe & Holbrook Travel
In this 10 day workshop students will tour the country of Costa Rica. Travel to different locations where the rainforest is our classroom. Learn field sketching, field research, color notation, composition and to use digital photography for reference details. This workshop is for all levels and welcomes photographers as well.
 
Some of the places visited are:
 
Selva Verde Lodge
 
Arenal Volcano
 
Toucan Rescue Ranch

Else Kientzler Botanical Garden

A detail of the itinerary is available at: http://www.botanicalartpainting.com/art-photography-workshop-costa-rica/
 
Any questions? Contact Mindy at: Mlighthipe@mac.com or 352-226-0949

 

Meets 10 day Botanical Art & Photography Tour in Costa Rica
Instructor Mindy Lighthipe
Format Critique, Demonstration, Lecture, Tour
Venue Costa Rica
Contact Mindy Lighthipe, 352-226-0949, Mlighthipe@mac.com, http://www.botanicalartpainting.com/art-photography-workshop-costa-rica/
Fee $3,549 per person $250 discount if registered before August 1, 2014
Mindy Lighthipe
Costa Rica

Mastering Texture Using Nuts, Pods, and Seeds

Offered by The New York Botanical Garden

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

Meets 4 Wednesdays, 2/11–3/4 10 am–1 pm
Instructor Rose Marie James
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue The New York Botanical Garden
Address 2900 Southern Blvd
Contact http://adulted.nybg.org:8080/cart65/jsp/session.jsp?sessionId=153BIL369&courseId=152BIL369&categoryId=10094
Fee $269 NYBG Member / $299 Non-Member
Rose Marie James
Bronx, New York USA

Celebrating Similarities

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Join award-winning contemporary botanical artist Beverly Duncan to create a work of art celebrating similar specimens. Look at and sketch your gathered specimens of a single genus from different views and angles, finding the commonalities and the divergences that occur in nature.
 
Tell the story of your specimens using your creative eye in a media of your choice – watercolor, colored pencil, pen and ink, pen and wash, graphite, etc. Suitable for those who have already made a start in drawing and painting botanical subjects. 
 
Material/specimens to consider are dried seed pods, cones and flowering bulbs; for instance, the seed pods of southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) and sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) or the contrasting cones of white pine (Pinus strobus) and pitch pine (Pinus rigida).
Meets 3 days: Tues., Feb. 17 - Thurs., Feb. 19; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Snow Date: Fri., Feb. 20
Instructor Beverly Duncan
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
Beverly Duncan
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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