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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

Scientific Illustration in Graphite

Offered by Scientific Illustration Distance Program

How do you take a three-dimensional object and translate it on to a two-dimensional plane? This course offers: basic scientific illustration drawing skills in graphite; perspective, proportion; value; textures; introduction to pen and ink; scientific conventions; lighting; transfering and scanning. It includes handouts; tutorials; live video conferencing; and email. Beginning and intermediate students. This is Session I of the Scientific Illustration Distance Program. Students may take a single ten-week session or enroll in the full program. www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com

Meets On-line, Tuesdays, 1:00 or 7:00pm EST
Instructor Gretchen Kai Halpert
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Lecture
Venue Online
Contact ghalpert@stny.rr.com; www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com
Fee 900 USD
Gretchen Kai Halpert
USA

Watercolor

Offered by Leslie Watkins

Learn the techniques of traditional watercolor painting while working directly from natural subjects. Elements of painting such as drawing, depicting form, light and atmospheric perspective will be taught. Bring any materials you already have on hand. Basic supplies are available for purchase in class. Appropriate for beginning through advanced painters.

Norfolk is a beautiful town in NWCT with three state parks, two protected forests and many private gardens. We will paint en plein air at various locations as weather permits and indoors in well equipped studios. There are several great places to stay and many cultural activities. Please call for more information.

Meets Wednesdays or Saturdays, 10am to 1pm
Instructor Leslie Watkins
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue On location when weather permits or in studio.
Address 281 Litchfield Road
Contact Leslie Watkins, 860-542-3920, lesliewatkins@lesliewatkins.com, www.lesliewatkins.com
Fee $200 per month, 4 sessions
Leslie Watkins
Norfolk, CT USA

Botanical Illustration Certificate Program

Offered by Denver Botanic Gardens

Botany, Graphite, Pen & Ink, Watercolor, Colored Pencil. Perspective, Composition, and more.

Meets Tu-Su, 9am-9pm varies class times
Instructor Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski, Randy Raak, Marjorie Leggitt, Constance Sayas, Susan Rubin, Renee Jorgensen
Format Hands-on
Venue Denver Botanic Gardens
Contact Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski
Fee NA
Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski, Randy Raak, Marjorie Leggitt, Constance Sayas, Susan Rubin, Renee Jorgensen
USA

Botanical Drawing (and Painting) in Colored Pencil

Offered by Concord Center for the Visual Arts

How can a botanical drawing also be a painting? You'll find out (if you don't already know)! In relaxed half-day sessions focused on botanical subjects of personal choice—a leaf or blossom, a seedpod, fruit or vegetable—Helen Byers's demonstrations, tips and individualized instruction will guide students in creating detailed botanical studies that combine dry and wet colored pencil. Join Helen to sharpen observational skills, practice accurately recording what you see, and learn how to go from a sketch to a finished illustration. A list of suggested subjects will be sent to registrants. 

Meets Six Thursdays, March 1 - April 12, 10 am - 1 pm. (No class March 15.)
Instructor Helen Byers
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Concord Center for the Visual Arts
Address 37 Lexington Avenue
Contact Markus Haala, 978-369-2578, ext 13, education@concordart.org
Fee $260 (M) / $310 (NM)
Helen Byers
Concord, MA USA

Botanical Art: Guided Studio Time: Section 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, or colored pencil.
Meets Five Thursdays, March 1 to 29, 2018; 10 am - 1 pm
Instructor Margaret Saylor
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue Mt. Cuba Center
Address 3120 Barley Mill Road
Contact 302-239-8807; education@mtcubacenter.org; https://education.mtcubacenter.org/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=181ART123B
Fee $190
Margaret Saylor
Hockessin, DE USA

Fun with Fibonacci: Botanical Drawing

Offered by Helen Byers

What do a pinecone, a seashell, and a galaxy have in common? The Fibonacci spiral! It's one of the wonders of nature, based on a mathematical sequence of numbers. In this course, Helen will guide you in making detailed studies in colored pencil or graphite of a plant subject that incorporates the pattern. It might be a cone, a thistle, a succulent, or a particular fruit or vegetable. A list of recommended supplies and suggested subjects will be sent to registrants. Daily demos and individualized instruction. Intermediate and advanced levels. To see galleries of Helen's work and slideshows from her courses, visit helenbyers.com.

Meets Tuesday–Thursday, March 13–15, 2018, 10 AM–4 PM daily
Instructor Helen Byers
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Address 11 French Drive
Contact Gayle Holland, 508-869-6111, ext. 124, registrar@towerhillbg.org
Fee $200 M / $220 NM
Helen Byers
Boylston, MA USA

Painting Nature in Color

Offered by Gretchen Kai Halpert

This course includes watercolor, colored pencil, digital options, advanced composition and projects, professional practices and preparation for internships/independent studies/or portfolio development. Live video conferencing, email, weekly critiques and assignments, recorded tutorials. Prerequisites: having completed Sessions I and II or the Scientific Illustration Distance Program, or permission from instructor.

Meets Mondays 7:00 pm EDT or email
Instructor Gretchen Kai Halpert
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue The comfort of your home (On-line)
Contact ghalpert@stny.rr.com; www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com
Fee $990
Gretchen Kai Halpert
USA

Drawing Nature in Pen and Ink

Offered by Gretchen Kai Halpert

Pen and Ink is a staple for botanical and scientific illustrators. This class gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself to proficiency. Pen and ink, crowquill, line and wash techniques, composition, scratchboard, working from life, professional practices, final projects, practice with preparing and sending artwork digitally. The course includes handouts; tutorials; weekly live video conferencing; small classes, individual attention. Beginning and intermediate students.

Meets Tuesdays at 7:00pm, or email (online class)
Instructor Gretchen Kai Halpert
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue The comfort of your home (ie on-line)
Contact ghalpert@stny.rr.com; www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com
Fee $990
Gretchen Kai Halpert
USA

Pansies: Botanical Painting in Watercolor

Offered by Tower Hill Botanic Garden

In this two-day workshop, botanical artist Helen Byers will demonstrate the use of watercolor to create a fine portrait of a pansy. Working from live plants, our goal will be to accurately and beautifully depict a given flower's "face," leaves, and growth habit. We will practice painting in layers, using wet-into-wet and dry-brush techniques. A supplies list will be sent to registrants. To see examples of Helen's work and slideshows from her courses, go to helenbyers.com.

Meets Tuesday & Wednesday, April 3 & 4, 2018, 10 am-4 pm
Instructor Helen Byers
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Address 11 French Drive
Contact Gayle Holland, 508-869-6111, education@towerhillbg.org, or https://towerhillbg.thankyou4caring.org/pages/event-registration-form---pansies-botanical-painting-in-watercolor
Fee $150 M / $165 NM
Helen Byers
Boylston, MA USA

Introduction on Creating Botanical Paintings with Impact Using Gouache

Offered by BAGSC

This is an introductory workshop on how to create botanical paintings with impact using gouache. We will discuss the difference between watercolor and gouache, the benefits of using gouache, how to create form and detail, how to layer the paint using dry brush, glazes, and the use of semi-transparent and semi-opaque gouache. We would start practicing with a small study and then move on to work on a painting (or more) over the course of three days. For a small fee gouache paints will be supplied, if you do not have your own supply. 

Meets Wednesday through Friday, April 11 to 13, 2018, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Instructor Carrie Di Costanzo
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens' Applied Tech. Lab, Brodie Building
Address 1151 Oxford Rd.
Contact Teri Kuwahara (310) 850-3782
Fee $300 members/ $350 non-members
Carrie Di Costanzo
San Marino, CA USA

Botanical Art Series: Learning to Draw Spring Wildflowers

Offered by Mt. Cuba Center
Discover the fascinating details of spring wildflowers in this relaxed, beginner-level class. Develop basic drawing skills through observing and sketching a variety of flowers, leaves, and branches from our unique collections. Explore line, shape, and form, and follow up with instructor demonstrations. Plenty of exercises will give you confidence in drawing the first flowers of spring. No previous art experience needed.
 
This course is part of the Botanical Art Series.
Meets Four Thursdays, April 12 to May 3, 2018; 10 am - 1 pm
Instructor Margaret Saylor
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue Mt. Cuba Center
Address 3120 Barley Mill Road
Contact 302-239-8807; education@mtcubacenter.org; https://education.mtcubacenter.org/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=182ART107
Fee $150
Margaret Saylor
Hockessin, DE USA

Spring Blooms in Graphite and Watercolor

Offered by Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Join botanical artist Helen Byers in this two-day workshop to draw and/or paint anemones, daffodils, early tulips, or another spring blossom of your choice. Helen's demos and personalized instruction will cover step-by-step processes of detailed botanical art techniques using graphite in combination with watercolor. (Returning students may substitute colored pencil for graphite, if they wish.) All levels welcome. A supplies list will be sent to registrants. To see examples of Helen's work and slideshows from her courses, go to helenbyers.com.

Meets Tuesday & Wednesday, April 24 & 25, 2018, 10 am-4 pm
Instructor Helen Byers
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Address 11 French Drive
Contact Gayle Holland, 508-869-6111, ext 124, registrar@towerhillbg.org
Fee $150 M / $165 NM
Helen Byers
Boylston, MA USA

Pen and Ink Drawing of the Aristolochiaceae

Offered by BAGSC

* full class description to follow

Pen and Ink Drawing of the Aristolochiaceae that will include a botanical talk on the subject. The Saga Motor Hotel in Pasadena gives a discount to "out of towners" for

BAGSC (626) 795-0431.
 

Meets Thursday to Saturday, May 10 - 12, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Instructor Lesley Randall
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue The Oak Room at the L.A. Arboretum
Address 301 Baldwin Ave. N.
Contact judemwiesenfeld@gmail.com
Fee $300 members/ $350 non-members
Lesley Randall
Arcadia, CA USA

Botanical Art Series: Wildflowers in Color

Offered by Mt. Cuba Center
Bring yourself to the next level with drawing native wildflowers from Mt. Cuba Center’s unique collections. Continue to learn basic botanical drawing skills, such as composition, scale, and perspective, while introducing simple color techniques that add another dimension to your work. A series of step-by step exercises, instructor demonstrations, and one-on-one feedback sessions provide a strong foundation in botanical drawing. Students may work in watercolor or colored pencil.
 
This course is part of the Botanical Art Series.
Meets Four Thursdays, May 10 - 31, 2018; 10 am - 1 pm
Instructor Margaret Saylor
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue Mt. Cuba Center
Address 3120 Barley Mill Road
Contact 302-239-8807; education@mtcubacenter.org; https://education.mtcubacenter.org/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=182ART124
Fee $150
Margaret Saylor
Hockessin, DE USA

Botanical Art Series: Putting It All Together

Offered by Mt. Cuba Center
Continue to refine your botanical drawing and composition skills using color theory and exercises that reinforce botanical accuracy. Explore painterly techniques such as dry brush or watercolor washes that enhance your individual style while remaining true to the tenets of botanical drawing. Sketch, compose, and execute a finished piece applying the skills learned in all three sections.
 
This course is part of the Botanical Art Series.
Meets Four Thursdays, June 7 - 28, 2018; 10 am - 1 pm
Instructor Margaret Saylor
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Mt. Cuba Center
Address 3120 Barley Mill Road
Contact 302-239-8807; education@mtcubacenter.org; https://education.mtcubacenter.org/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=182ART125
Fee $150
Margaret Saylor
Hockessin, DE USA