The Leaves of Autumn Workshop ONLINE at Gage Academy 2 Saturdays, October 31, November 7, 9-1:00; all levels Enroll online at gageacademy.org
It’s now the time I am usually be preparing to get back to the classrooms at Gage and at the Center for Urban Horticulture. And while I am doing just that, it will be winter quarter before I’m actually teaching again at either place, except for the leaf workshop (always fun!) at Gage. Teaching online definitely requires a different approach than in-person, and I’m revamping my class plans and demos to meet the needs of the new format. Botanical artists are finding that the sort of close-up look we’d really like to be able to get while watching demonstrations in the classes we take is actually better online than in person–and I’m enjoying working with my two little cameras to provide students a much closer look (and, I think, little videos I can send them for repeat perusal) at the technique demos. So while we’ll all miss the friendly gatherings of supportive people that I find my in-room classes to be, I’m hoping we can achieve a similar atmosphere through Zoom, along with some facets, such as the demos, that might actually give you a better view! As fall winds down, check at Gage and at the Center for Urban Horticulture to see what’s coming up Winter quarter–my hunch is that there will still be at least some degree of lockdown by then, and being in the “vulnerable” group, I suspect I’ll be maintaining that even longer–and I’ll hope to see you online then!
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.
*it will be under new management with startup in September, so if you already have classes or want to look for some new ones, they should be available.
If you have any questions about classes, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.