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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

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

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

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

Drawing and Painting Botanicals

Offered by East End Arts School

Working with colored pencil, learn the techniques to translate live plant material onto paper. A work done in colored pencil can look either like a drawing or a painting. Color theory will be covered and the manner in which colored pencil mixes on paper by painting delicate layers, one on top of the other, to create the hues found in nature.

 

Meets Wednesdays, May 30, June 6, (no 6/13), 20, 27 - 2:00 - 5:00 (4 classes)
Instructor Monica Ray
Format Critique, Demonstration, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue East End Arts School
Address 141 East Main Street
Contact East End Arts, 631-369-2171, education@eastendarts.org, www.eastendarts.org
Fee $ 240 EEA members / $ 288 non-members
Monica Ray
Riverhead, NY 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

Nature Drawing in Color

Offered by Concord Center for the Visual Arts

Take your drawing skills to the next level in this illustration course devoted to close observation and detailed representation of natural subjects. Plant, pet or pollinator, shell, stone or bone—the choice will be yours. Through demonstrations, tips and individualized instruction, Helen Byers will guide students in the delights of drawing from life as well as with the help of magnification and photo reference. We will practice versatile illustration techniques on paper using graphite, colored pencil and watercolor, singly or in combnination, to achieve desired effects of tone, texture, and color. Some previous drawing experience is helpful.

Meets Monday through Thursday, July 9-12, 10 AM-4 PM
Instructor Helen Byers
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue Concord Center for the Visual Arts
Address 37 Lexington Road
Contact education@concordart.org, concordart.org
Fee M: $350 / NM: $400
Helen Byers
Concord, MA USA

Drawing and Painting Botanicals, Session II Colored Pencil Applications

Offered by East End Arts School

Applying the techniques learned in Session I, fine tune your drawing and painting skills to render fruit, vegetables, leaves, bark, and twigs.

Meets Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 2:00 - 5:00 (4 classes)
Instructor Monica Ray
Format Critique, Demonstration, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue East End Arts School
Address 241 East Main Street
Contact East End Arts, 631-369-2171, education@eastendarts.org, www.eastendarts.org
Fee $ 240 EEA members / $ 288 non-members
Monica Ray
Riverhead, NY USA

Summer Blooms: Botanical Studies in Watercolor

Offered by Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Join botanical artist Helen Byers in this two-day workshop to celebrate summer flowers. Analyzing the forms of selected blooms from life and under magnification, we will create detailed watercolor studies of their botanical features and “personalities.” Helen’s demos, tips, and personalized instruction will guide students in the practice of painting in layers, using wet-into-wet, dry-brush, and masking techniques to achieve luminous color, challenging textures, and fine details. Skill level: Intermediate. 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 Saturday & Sunday, July 28-29, 10 AM-4 PM
Instructor Helen Byers
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Address 11 French Drive
Contact education@towerhillbg.org [OR] https://towerhillbg.thankyou4caring.org/pages/event-registration-form---summer-blooms-botanical-studies-in-watercolor
Fee Member $150 / Nonmember $165
Helen Byers
Boylston, MA USA

Advanced Drawing and Painting Botanicals, Session III

Offered by East End Arts School

Using Colored Pencil as the medium, the focus of this course will be on flowers. Learn to accurately render a variety of flower forms using live plant materials. The basic principles of composition, such as focal point, balance, and rhythm will be taught. Different substrates such as black paper, Mylar, wood, and more will be explored. 

PREREQUISITE: Drawing and Painting Botanicals with Colored Pencil I & II

Meets Fridays, August 10, 17, 24, 31
Instructor Monica Ray
Format Critique, Demonstration, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue East End Arts School
Address 241 East Main Street
Contact East End Arts, 631-369-2171, education@eastendarts.org, www.eastendarts.org
Fee $ 240 EEA members / $ 288 non-members
Monica Ray
Riverhead, NY USA