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Online botanical art course

Offered by Gaynor Dickeson

The course is suitable for everyone wanting to develop and improve their abilities in this field of art.  You will;

·      Learn to observe botanical detail in plants and know what to look for.

·      Learn to put down on paper what you have seen.

·      Compose and draw plants in an attractive and informative way.

·      Learn about the impact of tonal value and form in painting.

·      Gain more understanding of your chosen media - watercolour or coloured pencil, but also graphite and pen and ink.

·      Complete by the end of the course at least:

o   One botanical picture in graphite.

o   A pen and ink drawing in your chosen style.

o   A botanical picture incorporating graphie and colour.

o   One fruit and vegetable study in colour.

o   Two full compositions of a flowering plant and a fruit and vegetable arrangement.

Each of the six modules in the course is sent via a dropbox link with an assignment at the end of each one. High resolution scans or photographs of the assignments are sent to me and a detailed and constructive feedback is then returned with the link to the next module. 

Each module contains several tutorials and from the second module onwards there are links to some of my videos demonstrating technique. The course is expected to take no longer than 18 months, but can generally be completed in under this time, depending upon the amount of time given to it. However, botanical art is a slow art form and I don't suggest rushing it.

The course is ongoing, but I limit the numbers enrolled at any one time to ensure each person gets individual attention.

Meets Online. Individual with tutor.
Instructor Gaynor Dickeson
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue Online
Fee £460
Gaynor Dickeson
UK

Botanical Basics Online Subscription Program

Offered by DrawBotanical.com

These 30-minute instructional meditations will support a routine of practice with a minimal time commitment. This course is designed to build confidence in your core drawing skills, increase your set of techniques and encourage a relaxed time to create

Read details here: https://www.drawbotanical.com/botanical-basics-course-overview/

Meets Work anytime at your own pace
Instructor Wendy Hollender
Format Demonstration, Discussion
Venue Online Program work where ever you are!
Contact Wendy Hollender
Phone: 917-607-7366
Email: info@drawbotanical.com
Fee $200 yearly or $20 monthly
Wendy Hollender
USA

The Practice of Botanical Drawing - Online Subscription Program

Offered by DrawBotanical.com

Step-by-step guidance and visual instruction using colored pencil and watercolor pencil. Study natures forms, patterns and colors throughout the year using seasonal botanical subjects.

View complete syllabus and enrollment details here: http://www.drawbotanical.com/course/complete-course-the-practice-of-botanical-drawing/

Meets Online program. Work whenever you want. Once a month Monday night webinar group critique
Instructor Wendy Hollender
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion
Venue Online program, where ever you have internet access!
Contact Wendy Hollender
Phone: 917-607-7366
Email: info@drawbotanical.com
Website:DrawBotanical.com
Fee $400 per year or $40 monthly
Wendy Hollender
USA

Scientific Illustration in Graphite

Offered by Scientific Illustration Distance Program

This class is good for beginning and intermediate students. The ten-week course includes: basics, graphite, perspective, proportion, scientific conventions, lighting, textures, transfering, scanning, handouts, tutorials, live video conferencing, email. 
http://www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com/upcoming-classes 

Meets Mondays, 1:00-2:30, on-line, Jan.9-Mar. 13, 2017
Instructor Gretchen Kai Halpert
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue On-line via video conferencing and email
Contact ghalpert@stny.rr.com; www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com
Fee $990
Gretchen Kai Halpert
USA

Beginning Drawing

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

This is the entry course for the Certificate in Botanical Illustration and is designed for a broad audience. Students learn the fundamentals of illustration through contour drawing, negative space, perspective, and tone.

Meets Tuesdays, 1:00-4:30 PM
Instructor Kathy Schermer-Gramm
Format Hands-on
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-007DB5CBCC3541688F939A9DF4CA7FE2
Fee $150 ($135 NCBG members)
Kathy Schermer-Gramm
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Introduction to Botanical Illustration

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

This half-day class covers examples of various types of botanical illustrations and botanical art; explores the history of botanical illustration; describes the coursework for the Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration; and introduces the instructors. It is meant for students beginning the NCBG certificate program and is a required course for new students in the program. No prerequisites.

Meets Saturday, January 21; 1:00—4:00 PM
Instructor Linda Koffenberger
Format Critique, Hands-on
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-27A457BF0D614F02AD21AACEAE88E002
Fee $41 ($37 NCBG members).
Linda Koffenberger
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Introduction to Watercolor: Three Colors

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Join JEANNE KUNZE in an art and plant exploration inspired by the interrelationship of paper, brushes, water, and pigments. By limiting your palette to three fundamental colors, you will more fully understand the process of mixing and applying color. Bring your curiosity and enthusiasm to class and learn techniques to express your inner artist.
Meets 4 Saturdays: Jan. 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 2017 (Snow date: Feb. 18) 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor Jeanne Kunze
Format Demonstration, Discussion, 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 $160 / Non-Members $195
Jeanne Kunze
Wellesley, MA United States

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. Draw on the grounds of the stunning Kampong historic home and garden, where the climate of the southeast shore of Florida allows tropical species to flourish. Explore rudiments of form from live specimens as you work in graphite studies, then add color with watercolors. All abilities are welcome! 
Fee includes class instruction plus 4 lunches and 2 visits to local botanic gardens and/or museums. Travel, accommodations, other food, and expenses not included. Kampong dormitory accommodations may be arranged on a first-come basis. For those arriving on Sunday, January 22, a gathering will be arranged. Contact the Friends office for details.
Meets 5 days: Monday, January 23 - Friday, January 27, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor Sarah Roche
Format Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Tour
Venue The Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Coconut Grove, FL
Address 4013 S. Douglas Road
Contact PH: 781.283.3094; email: wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu; other: www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Fee WCBG Friends Members $515 / Non-Members $615
Sarah Roche
Miami, FL USA

Assorted Vegetables & Herbs: Create a themed "Library Page" using graphite and washes

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Have you ever admired the themed library pages featured at the back of Cook’s Illustrated? Choose related herbs and small vegetables (maybe the ingredients of a favorite recipe!) to illustrate with an undertone of graphite and finished with transparent watercolor washes. CARRIE MEGAN will help you create a beautiful library page of your own!

Meets 5 Mondays: Jan. 23, 30; Feb. 6, 13, 27, 2017 (Snow date: Mon., Mar. 6) 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor Carrie Megan
Format Demonstration, Discussion, 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 United States

Winter Twigs in Tinted Ink Wash

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

Winter twigs with buds and their various textures and details are ideal for learning the technique of ink wash. Instruction includes drawing for botanical accuracy, applying ink wash, combining graphite pencil, tinting ink, as well as using watercolor top glazes. All levels. This course is a non-credit course. Supply fee includes ink, paper and watercolors.

Meets Saturday, January 28; 1:00—4:30 PM
Instructor Kathy Schermer-Gramm
Format Critique
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-A4880B00ABF04070A7FB7572CEA65DCF
Fee $55 ($50 NCBG members)
Kathy Schermer-Gramm
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Foundations of Botanical Drawing and Painting

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
All abilities are welcome! Celebrate the colors of seasonal plants while learning how to realistically depict your subject matter in pencil and then in watercolor with our lead instructor and Education Director, SARAH ROCHE. Through demonstrations and tutorials Sarah will introduce you to the traditional art and science of botanical drawing and painting. Instructional focus includes observational skills, drawing, composition, design, and watercolor techniques.
This course is the core of WCBG Friends’ Botanical Art Program.
Meets 8 Wednesdays: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2017 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor Sarah Roche
Format Demonstration, Discussion, 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
Sarah Roche
Wellesley, MA USA

Acrylic

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

This four-week course gives the student fundamentals in painting with the opaque water media, acrylic. The course offers a survey of various methods of painting in this media and provides instruction in using the media for botanical art and illustration. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing

Meets Thursdays, 1:00—4:30 PM
Instructor Kate Lagaly
Format Critique, Hands-on
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-27A8E7B8907D46AB96DD4841893E2813
Fee $150 ($135 NCBG members)
Kate Lagaly
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Beginning Watercolor

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

In this class, students are introduced to watercolor and learn basics techniques such as washes. Students learn to paint various simple shapes (spheres and cylinders) and a small botanical subject. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing.

Meets Tuesdays, 1:00 - 4:30 PM
Instructor Kathy Schermer-Gramm
Format Critique, Hands-on
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-A473375080F14D28997DA58BAADD29F6
Fee $150 ($135 NCBG members)
Kathy Schermer-Gramm
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Floral Collage: In the Style of Mrs. Delany

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
At age 72, Mary Delany (1700-1788) created nearly 1,000 “botanical mosaics.” In this class with Esther Klahne, you will use washes of color applied to watercolor paper, and then scissors, glue and the drama of a black ground to complete your work. Esther will discuss methods of transferring images, painting washes with subtle gradations of color and intensity, and cutting and pasting for meticulous results. Black board and handouts provided.
Meets 5 Saturdays: Feb. 25; Mar. 4, 11, 19; Apr. 1, 2017 (Snow date: Sat., Apr. 8) 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor Esther Klahne
Format Demonstration, Discussion, 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
Esther Klahne
Wellesley, MA United States

Intermediate Drawing

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

In this class, students learn the skills needed to produce a clear, accurate pencil drawing. Specifics of the course include; contour drawing, values, tonal gradation, rendering plant anatomy, plate composition, and working with microscopes. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members).

Meets Sundays, February 26; March 5, 12, 19; 1:15—4:45 PM
Instructor Patricia Savage
Format Critique, Hands-on
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-751FDF8DF7B24A4B9149EB8C493335AE
Fee $150 ($135 NCBG members)
Patricia Savage
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Botanical Art: Guided Studio Time-Session B

Offered by Mt. Cuba Center

Enjoy drawing and painting in the company of others in a relaxed, supportive environment. Begin a new work of art, continue working on pieces already started, or simply refresh your drawing skills in this dedicated studio time. Explore a variety of techniques and mediums used in creating botanical art while the instructor provides individualized direction. All levels of experience are welcome! 

Bring art materials you are familiar with and are comfortable using: watercolor, graphite, colored pencil.

Meets Five Thursdays; 10 am - 1 pm
Instructor Margaret Saylor
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Mt. Cuba Center
Address 3120 Barley Mill Road
Contact Call 302-239-8807 or register online: https://education.mtcubacenter.org/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=171ART123B
Fee $190
Margaret Saylor
Hockession, DE USA

Natural History Drawing: Techniques Sampler

Offered by Concord Center for the Visual Arts
Hone your skills and powers of observation in this course devoted to drawing techniques that are useful in many applications. Indulge the fun of really looking at a leaf, a shell, a feather, a bone—or any organic subject—while practicing drawing in different media to represent it accurately and in detail. Instruction will include daily demos using graphite, charcoal, and colored pencil on white and toned papers. Some drawing experience helpful. All levels.
Meets Fridays, March 3 – April 14 (no class April 7), 10 AM–1 PM
Instructor Helen Byers
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Concord Center for the Visual Arts
Address 37 Lexington Road
Contact education@concordart.org, (978) 369-2578
Fee $225 M / $275 NM
Helen Byers
Concord, MA USA

Camellias in Color: Choose Your Medium!

Offered by Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Bring your watercolors or colored pencils (or both!) and join Helen to draw or paint camellias during Tower Hill’s inspiring camellia show. Daily demos and personalized instruction will focus on techniques in each medium to render in detail the beautiful textures, forms, and colors of camellia petals, buds, and leaves. Our time will be divided between work in the conservatory and the classroom. All levels.
Meets Sundays, March 5 & 12, 10 AM–4 PM
Instructor Helen Byers
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Address 11 French Drive
Contact education@towerhillbg.org, (508) 869-6111
Fee $130 M / $145 NM
Helen Byers
Boylston, MA USA

Mark Making Techniques: An Introduction to Pen & Ink & Your Inner Doodle

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Jeanne Kunze encourages you to discover “your inner doodle” as a means of expression and learning in this fun, non-traditional approach to interpreting the variety of textures found in plants. Learn to enrich shapes with a variety of marks using Micron pens. It may become addictive!
Meets 3 Fridays: March 10, 17, 24, 2017
Instructor Jeanne Kunze
Format Demonstration, Discussion, 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 $125 / Non-Members $150
Jeanne Kunze
Wellesley, MA United States

Botanical portraits in watercolor

Offered by Community School of Music and Arts Ithaca NY csma-ithaca.org

This advanced level workshop is for practitioners ready to immerse themselves in the minutiae of botanical morphology and eager to explore alternative approaches and techniques beyond their current skills.
A variety of botanical specimens will be provided for a series of exercises aimed at an analytically accurate portrayal with a maximum of visual information. There will be ample time for painting with individual guidance. Before each exercise we will briefly critique/discuss the previous work and conclude each day with a review of new insights and challenges participants faced.


Prerequisite: Intermediate botanical illustration

 

Meets Saturday and Sunday, 2017-03-18 and 19, 10 am to 4 pm
Instructor milly acharya
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue Studio classroom 10 Community School of Music and Arts
Address 330 East State Street
Contact www.csma-ithaca.org or phone: 607-272-1474
Fee $227 non-members $170 members (Deadline Feb 24th)
milly acharya
Ithaca, NY USA

Edibles on Paper: Mushrooms

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

Spend this early spring getting acquainted with mushrooms! Instruction will include drawing for accuracy, painting wet into wet with saturated color, followed by dry brush to bring out the details. This course is a non-credit course No prerequisites, although some watercolor knowledge is helpful. Supply fee included.

Meets Tuesday, March 21; 1:00—4:30 PM
Instructor Kathy Schermer-Gramm
Format Critique, Hands-on
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-8BC7803E36CB4ED2BB880957F1459E3F
Fee $55 ($50 NCBG members)
Kathy Schermer-Gramm
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Ephemerals

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

Celebrate Spring! Students learn about native plants that flower in early spring and receive detailed instructions and demonstrations to complete a small drawing of an ephemeral plant species native to North Carolina. This course is a non-credit course. No prerequisites. Supplies fee included.

Meets Wednesday, March 22; 1:00-4:30 PM
Instructor Linda Koffenberger
Format Critique, Hands-on
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-C22F5615E7F14F0ABE4CAF5569466E86
Fee $41 ($37 NCBG members)
Linda Koffenberger
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Portfolio Preparation: What You Need to Know

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

An artist's portfolio is an edited collection of their best artwork intended to showcase an artist's style or method of work. In this class, students learn how to assemble, label and organize a portfolio (also called a presentation book. No prerequisites. Fee: $75 ($68 NCBG members) Limit 15.

Meets Sundays, March 26; April 2; 1:15—4:45 PM
Instructor Patricia Savage
Format Critique, Hands-on
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-6836BE9D6FE74233983F51C2E46AED8B
Fee $75 ($68 NCBG members)
Patricia Savage
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Scientific Illustration in Pen, Ink and Scratchboard

Offered by Scientific Illustration Distance Program

This class is appropriate for students with basic drawing skills. It includes: pen and ink, crowquill, technique, composition, scratchboard, anatomy, professional practices, final projects, handouts, tutorials, live video conferencing. For more information: www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com 

Meets Mondays, 1:00-2:30, on-line, Jan.9-Mar. 13, 2017
Instructor Gretchen Halpert
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue On-line via video conferencing and email
Contact ghalpert@stny.rr.com; www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com
Fee $990
Gretchen Halpert
USA

Scientific Illustration in Watercolor

Offered by Scientific Illustration Distance Program

This class is appropriate for students with good drawing skills and includes: watercolor techniques, digital options, advanced compositions and projects, final projects, preparation for internships/independent studies, handouts, tutorials, live video conferencing, email.
http://www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com/upcoming-classes

 

Meets Wednesdays, 1:00, 7:00pm EST Mar.29-May 31, 2017
Instructor Gretchen Kai Halpert
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue on-line via video conferencing and email
Contact ghalpert@stny.rr.com; www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com
Fee $990
Gretchen Kai Halpert
USA

Color Mixing for Artists

Offered by Filoli Center
Get color confidence.  Learn a system for combining colors consistently so you won't have to settle for the ones you end up with through trial and error. Lots of exercises, discussions, individual attention and demonstrations will show you how to achieve the broadest possible spectrum.
You'll get answers to many of your questions as we discuss the various properties of paint.  Familiarize yourself with the codes to quality paint and choose pigments that will endure. Although we will use watercolors in class, the principles of this instruction also apply to acrylics, gouache, inks, oil paints and casein.
No experience required.
Meets Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 9:30 to 3:30
Instructor Susan T. Fisher
Format Demonstration, Hands-on
Venue Filoli
Address 86 Canada Road
Contact http://www.filoli.org/education/adult-programs/botanical-art.html#colormixing1
Fee $325 members $390 non-members
Susan T. Fisher
Woodside, California United States

Introduction to Scientific Pen Techniques

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
In this four-week class with Ellen Duarte, you will be introduced to rendering with Micron pen. Through exercises and demonstrations, learn techniques to describe contours, build up form, develop tonal value,show texture, and more. Discover the use of line quality, stippling, and cross-hatching to enhance your drawings and improve your illustrations. A perfect introduction to the pen techniques you will need for a future course in scientific illustration.
Meets 4 Thursdays: March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 2017 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor Ellen Duarte
Format Demonstration, Discussion, 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
Ellen Duarte
Wellesley, MA United States

Spring Flowers Decomposed

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Explore the beauty of a flower in decay: its wilted and falling parts offer a unique perspective for the viewer and artist. CARRIE MEGAN will teach you how to set up and light a specimen to photograph. Working from these photographs, you will create enlarged graphite portraits of your chosen flower.

Meets 5 Mondays: April 3, 10, 24; May 1, 8, 2017 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor Carrie Megan
Format Demonstration, Discussion, 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 United States

Composition: Plan without Pain

Offered by Filoli Center
Does the idea of composition seem dull? Find out why it can be just as much fun as drawing and painting. There is a way to create terrific compositions and make each one unique and visually appealing. This proven method is fun to do and it will always give good results. Raise your enthusiasm and improve your work. The lasting advantage to this two-day workshop is the confidence guaranteed to bring excitement to the planning stage of your artistry.
The material offered in this class is for any artist (not just botanical artists) interested in creating better two-dimensional work.
This course will provide an in-class opportunity to see the impressive Highgrove Florilegium book at Filoli.
Meets Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 to 3:30
Instructor Susan T. Fisher
Format Discussion, Hands-on
Venue Filoli
Address 86 Canada Road
Contact http://www.filoli.org/education/adult-programs/botanical-art.html#composition
Fee $220 members, $265 non-members
Susan T. Fisher
Woodside, California USA

Botanical Notebook: Parts of a Flower

Offered by Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Learn how to create two kinds of botanical study pages that can provide a useful and creative record of your findings. On Day 1, we’ll identify, dissect, and mount flower parts to make herbarium pages.  On Day 2, we’ll make illustrated pages that combine sketches with mounted specimens.  Instructional sketching demos will be offered in colored pencil and watercolor; participants will be welcome to use their medium of choice. All levels.

Meets Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9, 10 AM–4 PM
Instructor Helen Byers
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Address 11 French Drive
Contact education@towerhillbg.org, (508) 869-6111
Fee $130 M / $145 NM
Helen Byers
Boylston, MA USA

Joris Hoefnagel: A Manner of Painting

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

In this workshop students will create and embellish a watercolor bookmark in the manner of 16 century Flemish natural history manuscript illuminator Joris Hoefnagel. His beautiful painting graced manuscripts with miniature animals and plants. Learn about this artist and his art as you “age paper” with paint and make a bookmark of an initial surrounded by small plant and animal studies. Supply fee included. This course is a non-credit course.

Meets Saturday, April 8; 12:30 – 4:00 PM
Instructor Kathy Schermer-Gramm
Format Critique, Hands-on
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-7615E68213A645FCB252FED50D86FE00
Fee $45 (NCBG members $41) ($7/student) Supply fee included.
Kathy Schermer-Gramm
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Pen and Ink

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

In this class, students learn to draw pen and ink using standard techniques and conventions. Students work with both “old-fashioned” dip pens and modern technical pens to create accurate botanical drawings. Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing.

Meets Tuesdays, April 11, 18, 25; May 2; 1:00—4:00 PM
Instructor Kathy Schermer-Gramm
Format Critique, Hands-on
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-439F1A16BFF5422FA2D1826C748A935A
Fee $150 ($135 NCBG members)
Kathy Schermer-Gramm
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Intermediate Traditional Watercolor

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

This course builds upon the knowledge and skills of Beginning Watercolor. Using live botanical specimens, students apply basic drawing and watercolor skills to create detailed, realistic watercolor studies of individual plant structures such as stems, twigs, leaves, petals, flowers, pods, and fruit. Classes cover such topics as creating the illusion of depth and volume and portraying shape, color, and textural details accurately. Prerequisites: Beginning Watercolor, Intermediate Drawing.

Meets Thursdays, April 20, 27; May 4, 11; 1:00-4:30 PM
Instructor Kathy Schermer-Gramm
Format Critique
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-0CB487B5F9294304B8A5927E25DDEC74
Fee $150 ($135 NCBG members)
Kathy Schermer-Gramm
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Color Mixing for Artists

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Susan Fisher teaches you how to mix the colors you want, not the ones you end up with through trial and error. Learn an easy system for combining colors consistently to achieve the broadest possible spectrum for any “wet” medium including watercolor, gouache, acrylics, oils, etc. Price includes color mixing sheets.
Meets 3 days: Friday, April 21 - Sunday, April 23, 2017 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor Susan Fisher
Format Demonstration, Discussion, 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 $450
Susan Fisher
Wellesley, MA United States

Integrating Color Theory & Composition (Color Theory)

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

In this class students learn the basics of color and the techniques for properly mixing pigments to match a specific color. Concepts of the color wheel and analogous/complementary colors are explored through instruction and numerous exercises. The three attributes of color – hue, value and intensity are also covered. Prerequisites: Composition, Intermediate Watercolor.

Meets Sundays, April 23, 30; May 7, 21; 1:15—4:45 PM
Instructor Patricia Savage
Format Critique, Hands-on
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-5DC12AFA24114B37A912AE9B33DA1CAC
Fee $150 ($135 NCBG members).
Patricia Savage
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Study the Masters

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
We often admire the well-known botanical masters of the past without fully understanding their working methods. The process of replicating the painting of a master is a valuable method of artistic study. With Susan Fisher’s guidance, analyze the paintings of well-known botanical masters, scrutinize their work and compose a separate painting with similar subject matter. Through this process, you will practice essential watercolor skills, analyze compositional aspects, and identify significant practical methods to improve your own work. By going back in time, you will move your work forward.
 
Meets 3 days: Tuesday, April 25 - Thursday, April 27, 2017 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor Susan Fisher
Format Demonstration, Discussion, 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 $450
Susan Fisher
Wellesley, MA United States

Pen and Ink Media Exploration

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

This 4-week course is an in-depth exploration of drawing with ink, including exercises in creating texture with pen and ink and scratchboard. It also introduces the student to ink-wash, a bridge between watercolor and ink, stretching a student's grasp of value. New surfaces, such as drafting film and Yupo are introduced. Prerequisite: Pen & Ink. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members)

Meets Tuesdays, May 9, 16, 23; June 6; 1:00—4:00 PM
Instructor Kathy Schermer-Gramm
Format Critique, Hands-on
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-287C118B20484272863934604C55E081
Fee $150 ($135 NCBG members)
Kathy Schermer-Gramm
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Pushing the Boundaries: Composition with Colored Pencil

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Strong composition is essential to creating memorable works of art and this is particularly so in botanical art. Good composition can lift a work from the mundane to the sublime and make your work stand out from the crowd. In this course, Ann Swan will look at what makes a good composition and helps you find ways of improving your own composition. Exercises with colored pencil will help you develop a sense of your own style and give you a framework within which to compose your work. Ann will move you outside of your comfort zone to push the boundaries towards abstraction and get you thinking outside of the box. This course is suitable for intermediate to advanced students of botanical art in any medium.
Meets 3 days: Tuesday, May 9 - Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor Ann Swan
Format Demonstration, Discussion, 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 $365 / Non-Members $450
Ann Swan
Wellesley, MA United States

Vibrant Colors and Tactile Textures with Colored Pencil

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Make your colors leap off the page. Using underpainting and layering into wet techniques, Ann Swan will help you create truly vibrant, rich and clean colors and banish those greys. Learn how to use the neon and fluorescent colors to brighten and enrich your work. When and in what order do you underpaint, blend, use resist or emboss? Ann will demonstrate some of her many tricks and tips for creating realistic textures for bloom, velvety petals, strong highlights, surface patterns, hairy stems and furry leaves. This workshop is for trying out all these techniques which when mastered will add depth, realism and interest to your finished colored pencil work and certainly help you attract an audience for your painting.
Meets 3 days: Saturday, May 13 - Monday, May 15, 2017 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor Ann Swan
Format Demonstration, Discussion, 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 $365 / Non-Members $450
Ann Swan
Wellesley, MA United States

Flowering Trees & Shrubs: Drawing in Colored Pencil

Offered by Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Immerse yourself in the splendors of spring with a detailed drawing technique that combines colored pencil and watercolor. Our subjects will be buds, blossoms, and leaves of trees and shrubs such as rhododendron, wiegela, and magnolia. Daily demos and personalized instruction. All levels.

Meets Saturday & Sunday, May 16 & 17, 10 AM–4 PM
Instructor Helen Byers
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Address 11 French Drive
Contact education@towerhillbg.org, (508) 869-6111
Fee $130 M / $145 NM
Helen Byers
Boylston, MA USA

Drawing and Painting for the Petrified

Offered by Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

All abilities and anxiety levels welcome. SARAH ROCHE encourages your observational skills to grow in this relaxed seminar with plenty of helpful demonstrations. Experiment with line drawings and the accurate representations of botanical forms. Leap into watercolor painting with a series of fun beginning botanical watercolor exercises.

Meets 4 Wednesdays: May 17, 24, 31; June 7, 2017 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor Sarah Roche
Format Demonstration, Discussion, 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 $125 / Non-Members $150
Sarah Roche
Wellesley, MA USA

Butterflies in Colored Pencil

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

This half-day short course is an introduction to drawing with colored pencils, using one of North Carolinas many butterflies as the reference. Students are given step-by-step instruction. Students can purchase drawing materials or borrow them for the course. During the course, information about our native butterflies is also provided. This course is a non-credit course. No prerequisites.

Meets Friday, May 19, 2017; 1:00—4:30 PM
Instructor Linda Koffenberger
Format Critique, Hands-on
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-405C0AC584C44795B8CB73BA81E3BEFA
Fee $41 ($37 NCBG members)
Linda Koffenberger
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Advanced Expressive Watercolor

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

This course builds on Intermediate Watercolor Techniques. Students complete a botanical watercolor painting of native North Carolina plants of her/his own choosing, using the elements learned in Intermediate Watercolor Techniques. Prerequisites: Intermediate Watercolor, Color Theory.

Meets Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, 29; 1:00—4:30 PM
Instructor Kate Lagaly
Format Critique, Hands-on
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-17FEADBAE50249379BF9AA1C393E56DF
Fee $150 ($135 NCBG members)
Kate Lagaly
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Botanicals in Colored Pencil, Watercolor and Ink

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

This class is designed to increase your skills and confidence in the use of the various art media taught at the Garden. The instructor demonstrates techniques to combine watercolor, ink and colored pencils to create vibrant botanical paintings. Students receive one-on-one instruction to evolve their own unique drawing and painting. This course is a non-credit course. Prerequisites: Beginning Colored Pencil, Pen and Ink, Intermediate Watercolor.

 

 

Meets Fridays, June 2, 9, 16, 30; 1:00—4:30 PM
Instructor Linda Koffenberger
Format Critique, Hands-on
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-65F3E13F2A3B4ABB86231DE52F70DB9E
Fee $150 ($135 NCBG members)
Linda Koffenberger
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Focus on Composition: Botanical Drawing in Colored Pencil

Offered by Tower Hill Botanic Garden

What are the elements of an effective composition? It’s a question every botanical artist faces sooner or later, but it doesn’t have to seem daunting. Join Helen to learn (or review) some basic points and practical steps. We’ll begin with thumbnail sketches and work toward a finished drawing. Participants will be invited to choose subjects such as simple flowers, fruits, or vegetables. (Note: This course is designed for returning botanical art students working in colored pencil.  Intermediate & higher levels.

Meets Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4, 10 AM–4 PM
Instructor Helen Byers
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Address 11 French Drive
Contact education@towerhillbg.org, (508) 869-6111
Fee $130 M / $145 NM
Helen Byers
Boylston, MA USA

Depth and Perspective

Offered by NC Botanical Garden

Learning how to “see” depth and perspective frequently flummoxes artists. This 4-week course teaches the student how to create the illusion of depth and informal techniques in sighting perspective. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing.

Meets Sundays, June 4, 11, 18, and (Saturday) 24 ; 1:15—4:45 PM
Instructor Patricia Savage
Format Critique, Hands-on
Venue NC Botanical Garden
Address 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Contact https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-6FD4A5822CA847608A84098D73E7B09A
Fee $150 ($135 NCBG members)
Patricia Savage
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Botanical art workshop holiday

Offered by Gaynor Dickeson

The botanical art holiday will be a mixture of botanical art teaching every morning, with five local trips planned for the afternoons and experiencing the cuisine of the Dordogne area of France.

The holiday includes airport transfers from either Limoges or Bergerac airports to Le Manoir, a marvellously restored manor house in St Sulpice. 

But of course, you will be more interested in the botanical art teaching than you will your surroundings, although they are superb. You will:

  • Choose your own subject,
  • Design your composition
  • Do a clean line drawing of your design
  • Create a tonal study as reference
  • Paint your picture using the medium you prefer.

I will be there to help you all the way.

You arrive on Saturday and early on Sunday you will start on your artwork. The number of students will be restricted, therefore I will demonstrate as necessary at each stage and in your chosen medium - either watercolour or coloured pencil. Where needed, each person will also have periods of individual tuition.

In the afternoons, although excursions are planned, my time will be divided between those who choose to carry on painting and want my guidance, and the trips. 

For more information, please look at my website. 

Meets Daily, Saturday to Saturday
Instructor Gaynor Dickeson
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Tour
Venue Le Manoir
Address 41 Le Bourg
Contact https://gaynorsflora.com/tuition-2/exclusive-botanical-art-painting-holiday-at-le-manoir-in-france/
Fee £2550 non-sharing, £2000 sharing a twin room with another artist willing to share.
Gaynor Dickeson
24800 Saint-Sulpice-d'Excideuil, Dordogne France