Offered by ASBA Individual Members & Member Institutions
Online botanical art course
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.
Botanical Basics Online Subscription Program
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/
The Practice of Botanical Drawing - Online Subscription Program
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/
Scientific Illustration in Graphite
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.
Assorted Vegetables & Herbs: Create a themed "Library Page" using graphite and washes
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!
Foundations of Botanical Drawing and Painting
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.
Floral Collage: In the Style of Mrs. Delany
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).
Botanical Art: Guided Studio Time-Session B
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.
Natural History Drawing: Techniques Sampler
Camellias in Color: Choose Your Medium!
Mark Making Techniques: An Introduction to Pen & Ink & Your Inner Doodle
Botanical portraits in watercolor
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
Edibles on Paper: Mushrooms
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.
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.
Portfolio Preparation: What You Need to Know
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.
Scientific Illustration in Pen, Ink and Scratchboard
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
Scientific Illustration in Watercolor
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.
Color Mixing for Artists
Introduction to Scientific Pen Techniques
Spring Flowers Decomposed
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.
Composition: Plan without Pain
Botanical Notebook: Parts of a Flower
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.
Joris Hoefnagel: A Manner of Painting
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.
Pen and Ink
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.
Intermediate Traditional Watercolor
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.
Color Mixing for Artists
Integrating Color Theory & Composition (Color Theory)
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.
Study the Masters
Botanical Art Workshop
Learn basic drawing skills and watercolor techniques to create a botanical illustration. Evolve basic drawing skills through studying and sketching a plenty of leaves, vegetables, flowers, and branches from the nature. Suitable for those with no or little experience of painting with watercolor, and for those who wish to improve the skills of botanical illustration. A lot of exercises will give you certitude in drawing the plants.
Maximum of 8 students in take.
I'm looking forward to share all my knowledge about watercolour painting with you.
Pen and Ink Media Exploration
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)
Pushing the Boundaries: Composition with Colored Pencil
Vibrant Colors and Tactile Textures with Colored Pencil
27th and 28th Scientific Illustration Trips to the Amazon
- Furnish the students with fundamental information on the drawing of elements of nature.
- Develop and stimulate observation of the forms, colors and textures of nature and artistic skills of the students.
- Teach basic technical norms applied in Scientific Illustration.
Visit Dulce’s website at: www.dulcenascimento.com
Flowering Trees & Shrubs: Drawing in Colored Pencil
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.
Drawing and Painting for the Petrified
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.
Butterflies in Colored Pencil
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.
Advanced Expressive Watercolor
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.
Botanicals in Colored Pencil, Watercolor and Ink
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.
Focus on Composition: Botanical Drawing in Colored Pencil
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.
Depth and Perspective
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.
Out of the Ordinary - Three Extraordinary Methods of Painting Botanicals
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.
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.
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
Botanical art workshop holiday
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.