Winter is settling in, and it’s a good time to be indoors, painting or drawing! I’ll be teaching at Gage and at the U.W.’s Center for Urban Horticulture again
~~At Gage Academy...register online at www.gageacademy.org or by phone at 206-323-GAGE (4243)
Botanical Drawing, Mondays, 1/13-3/16, 9:30-12:30. Learn to use line to accurately depict plant subjects and then move on to understanding the effect of light on form and how to use shading for three-dimensionality; those who have taken the drawing course already can work on subjects of their choice with ample supervision, and can also learn pen & ink skills.
Botanical Watercolor, Painting the Natural World, Mondays, 1/13-3/16, 1:30-4:30.
Learn the botanical artist’s classic method of dry-brush watercolor to paint all types of natural subjects, from birds to bones to botanicals. Explore the influence of basic dry-brush and wash methods on subjects ranging from winter’s cones and branches to birds, bugs, shells, or bones. The instructor can provide specimens or you may bring your own (so start collecting!) Supplies will be available in small amounts to keep costs low as you discover whether this method is for you.
~~At UW Center for Urban Horticulture...Register by phone at 206-685-8033 or online at https://www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org/Adult-Classes-Workshops-C265.aspx
Botanical Watercolor, Tuesdays, 1/21-3/3, 7:00-9:30.
Learn the basics of classical botanical watercolor painting, which will include techniques in measurement, drawing, and understanding how light reveals form, along with practice in color mixing. The application of controlled washes and dry-brush technique will contribute further, producing an image that is three-dimensional, accurate, and aesthetically appealing–the goal of botanical painting–and equally effective in painting other subjects realistically. Beginners are welcome, and students with previous instruction can take on new subjects under supervision. It is recommended that you take Botanical Drawing as a prerequisite. A list of supplies will be provided with the confirmation email.
If you are looking for a refresher course on botanical drawing, my beginner/intermediate-level drawing class online at Craftsy/MyBluprint can give you shading and drawing basics, including how to do those weirdly un-intuitive but oh-so-useful double transfers! They have sales often, and prices are reasonable. It uses Craftsy’s easy-to-use online format to provide a class you can access any time, as often and as long as you want, post your work & get feedback, and engage in on-going questions and discussions of the class and your work. Maybe you can’t get to a class in person right now, but want to review the methods we worked on in class? Or you haven’t had a botanical drawing class yet and would like to begin with the basics? Check it out at Craftsy.com! (Now MyBluprint.com) There are also some excellent classes with other artists, including those well-known in the botanical painting world, in both watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite.
If you have any questions about classes, don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com.