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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

Advanced Drawing and Painting Botanicals with Colored Pencil

Offered by East End Arts School

The focus of this course is accurately rendering a variety of flowers, using live plant materials. We will focus on compositional skills and the utilization of different substrates including black and tinted papers as well as Mylar. Students will further hone the skills developed in Session I and II.

Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting Botanicals with Colored Pencil, I & II: Techniques & Applications.

Meets Wednesday, July 5, 12, 19, 26, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Instructor Monica Ray
Format Critique, Demonstration, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue East End Arts School
Address 133 East Main Street
Contact Phone: 631.369.2171 or education@eastendarts.org
Fee $ 180 EEA members / $ 252 non-members
Monica Ray
Riverhead, NY USA

Botanical Painting for Beginners/Intermediate

Offered by Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton , NY

Learn how to portray flowers and plants in watercolor.  Rose Pellicano will teach the students in a step by step method the traditional techniques of botanicall painting, observational skills and correct color mixing.   Lecture, demonstration and individual attention and reference to the masters of botanical art will be part of the course . 

 Flowers will be supplied by the instructor. A materials list will be supplied upon registration.

Meets Fridays, 10AM-1PM July 7,14, 21,28
Instructor Rose Pellicano
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Southampton Cultural Center
Address 25 Pond Lane
Contact Kirsten Lonnie (631) 287-4377 or pellicanor@optonline.net
Fee $235 plus a $5 materials fee
Rose Pellicano
Southampton, New York USA

Out of the Ordinary - Three Extraordinary Methods of Painting Botanicals

Offered by Florence Art - Studio of Decorative Arts, Florence, Italy

Out of the Ordinary

Three Extraordinary Methods for Painting Botanicals
Florence Art Summer Program at Villa Palmerino, Florence, Italy
July 17 - 21, 2017

Villa Palmerino is an historic villa nestled just below the famous Fiesole hill in Florence. The oldest part of the villa dates back to 1400. This beautiul country house is surrounded by the family gardens and vineyard, a peaceful and quiet oasis, yet minutes by bus to downtown Florence. The Villa's cultural assocation is dedicated to the support of art and artists. The villa hosts artists, writers and researchers from all over the world and many new friendships and creative exchanges are born there.

This workshop is an introduction to creating botanical art and decorative floral motifs in three unique techniques. All three combine historical mediums and supports. While these techniques are distinctly different they do share some common working methods.

Mische Technique - Learn how to combine egg tempera and oil layers to create a luminous botanical portrait.

Drybrush watercolor on vellum – Learn the basics of this classic botanical technique and medium using watercolor in a drybrush style on calfskin vellum.

Casein on gessoed panel – Explore the magical versatility of this ancient medium. Casein is an opaque, water-based painting medium that uses casein (a derivative of milk curd) as a binder and cleans up with water. Alternate: Casein on clay panel – Learn a modern take on fresco painting with casein on archival kaolin clay panels. 

I will also be offering an introduction to silverpoint/metalpoint sometime during the week.

We will spend Monday-Thursday learning the basics of these methods. I will provide drawing templates for typical fruits and flowers that we can expect to find in the gardens, or you can work from your own drawing. We will be referencing live specimens for local color and details. On Friday, you can choose what technique(s) you would like to explore in more detail.

Day 1:

Morning - Intro to Mische Technique. Pick subject, transfer drawing to panel, ink drawing, apply layer of red oil  (or alkyd) paint. I will demo each step.
Afternoon - Intro to dry brush watercolor on vellum - Demonstration. Series of exercises to show techniques.

Day 2:

Morning – Continue with dry brush watercolor using simple subject (perhaps a grape from the Villa's vineyard!)
Afternoon – Mische Technique. Demo and class painting of 1st white egg tempera layer. Apply layer of yellow oil (or alkyd) paint.

Day 3: Morning – Intro to Casein on panel (or clay panel) - Demonstration. Series of exercises to show techniques
Afternoon - Mische Technique. Quick demo/painting of 2nd white egg tempera layer. Apply layer of blue oil (or alkyd) paint

Day 4: Continue with Casein

Morning - Continue with casein using a simple subject
Afternoon – Mische Technique – final egg tempera layer and starting local color in oils (or alkyds)

Day 5: Free to explore any technique(s) more in depth with my assistance.

Florenceart.net website listing of course - http://florenceart.net/courses/summer_radding

Villa Palmerino website - http://www.palmerino.it/index.php?id=3&lang=en

Meets Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Instructor Kelly Leahy Radding
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
Venue Residenza del Palmerino
Address via Del Palmerino 10
Contact info@florenceart.net
Fee €1250 (euros)
Kelly Leahy Radding
Florence Italy

Harvest: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil

Offered by Tower Hill Botanic Garden

How is your appetite for drawing veggies? Join us to create a botanical portrait of a vegetable that "calls" to you. We'll work in layers to achieve accurate proportions, luminous color, necessary values, and fine detail. Daily demos, tips, and personalized instruction. A list of recommended supplies will be sent to registrants. Intermediate level. (Note: Botanical art students with some experience working in watercolor will be welcome to use that medium instead of colored pencil.)

Meets Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, August 29, 30, & 31, 10 AM-4 PM
Instructor Helen Byers
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Address 11 French Drive
Contact https://towerhillbg.thankyou4caring.org/pages/event-registration-form---harvest-botanical-illustration-in-colored-pencil, (508) 869-6111, ext. 124
Fee $180 M / $200 NM
Helen Byers
Boylston, MA USA

Fresh Art-Pencil and Paint in the Garden

Offered by The Botanical Artists of Southern California BAGSC

Recording the beauty and freshness of flora “in situ” is a plein air botanical artist’s greatest desire. In this class, learn to capture the spontaneity of flowers and floral subjects using expressive graphite and watercolor washes. Explore new ways to see and develop perspective with “quick draw” methods. Discover the expansive and harmonious nature of a limited palette when you develop your own Color Palette Exploration Chart. Learn how to enhance and build value-rich form and spatial quality layering transparent color. Experiment with contemporary approaches to composition. With classroom instruction and exercises, and plenty of one-on-one guidance in the field, you will be ready to complete an illuminated chronical of your day in the garden!

Meets Wednesday to Friday, Sept. 6 to 8, 2017. 9:30 am daily to 3:30 pm, except Friday 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Instructor Marjorie Leggitt
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Address 1151 Oxford Rd.
Contact judemwiesenfeld@gmail.com
Fee ASBA members $200 USD
Marjorie Leggitt
San Marino, CA - California 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

Autumn Leaves in Colored Pencil

Offered by Helen Byers

Celebrate the colors of fall by drawing a single autumn leaf in all its glory. Instruction will cover a technique of drawing in layers using colored pencil and watercolor pencil to achieve botanical accuracy, rich color, and fine detail.

Meets Sunday, October 1, 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, towerhillbg.org, 508.869.6111
Fee $70 M / $80 NM
Helen Byers
Boylston, MA USA

Larger Than Life

Offered by The Botanical Artists of Southern California BAGSC

Whilst it's great to have the skills to be able to paint something we have just picked from the garden, as we become more experienced as artists we start to look at the challenge of different ways to portray plants accurately. This three-day course with Martin Allen looks at how to take digital reference photographs and use them to enlarge small parts of plants to create an exciting new image. Martin will cover how to take useful photographs and the practical challenges of translating that photograph into a realistic image on paper using a straight-forward painting technique that can easily be refined with practice.

Meets Tuesday to Thursday, Daily 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Instructor Martin J. Allen
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Address 301 N Baldwin Avenue
Contact judemwiesenfeld@gmail.com
Fee ASBA members $250 USD
Martin J. Allen
Arcadia, California USA

Master Class to Paint Heritage Apples

Offered by Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE)

Anne-Marie Evans returns to Falls Church, VA, for the 10th consecutive year. We have two spots left in this popular and very-well-attended class. We meet in a large room and each student has a full table.

Anne-Marie will guide us in creating a painting of a heritage/heirloom apple. If you wish you may begin drawings ahead of time so you have more time to concentrate on painting. We will provide apples with leaves and some of the branches to those who need them. Virginia is a great apple-growing state and there are quite a few orchards specializing in heritage fruits.

Anne-Marie concentrates on developing a strong composition and then on creating a three-dimensional painting. She constantly roams the classroom, from student to student, helping them resolve their particular problems. She is truly a hands-on teacher and I always feel as if I have had a private class because of the special attention.  Students are rarely able to complete a painting during a one-week class, but everyone learns a lot. 

Contact us for more details, including a supply list.

Meets Mon-Fri, Nov 6 - Nov 10, 10 am to 3 pm
Instructor Anne-Marie Evans
Format Critique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
Venue Columbia Baptist Church, Room 100
Address 103 West Columbia St.
Contact Bonnie Driggers, baee.info@gmail.com, https://botanical-art.baeecorp.org/contact-us/
Fee $650
Anne-Marie Evans
Falls Church, VA 22046 USA

Seedpods and Gourds in Colored Pencil

Offered by Helen Byers

Back by popular demand! In this workshop, gorgeous gourds and dry seedpods will be your inspiration. Join us to draw in fine detail, using layers of colored pencil and watercolor pencil on white or toned paper. Demos, tips, and personalized instruction. Some drawing experience helpful.

Meets Sundays, November 12 & 19, 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, towerhillbg.org, 508.869.6111
Fee $135 M / $150 NM
Helen Byers
Boylston, MA USA