Botanical Art

“Papaver somniferum”, by Gloria Acosta, 2017

The natural world provides endless opportunities to create art. In these classes you’ll discover the variety of techniques to create beautiful drawings, working from observation and from photographs. We use objects from nature as subject matter, such as: wild and garden flowers, fruits and vegetables, tree branches, shells, feathers and more… Photo references, books, and slideshows are used as sources for inspiration.

Among the media that will be used are: graphite and colored pencils, watercolors and watercolor pencils, inks, Micron pens, professional art markers, and more. Buying drawing materials for the class is a students’ responsibility. I am always happy to help with the basic supplies and provide a materials list along with the recommendations regarding the needed drawing tools and materials.

I offer the following classes in botanical art in Fall 2018:

Botanical Drawing with pen, inks and colored pencils class is designed for students of all levels. It teaches how to use plants as the subject of art with easy approaches and many visual examples. The basic topics on botany for the artists are covered. The main materials are colored pencils and technical pens, such as Micron or Prismacolor pens. We also use traditional quill pens, liquid inks, watercolors, and watercolor pencils. This class will run on Wednesdays 6:30-8:30.

Drawing Nature: botanicals, birds, animals, and landscapes course is similar to Botanical drawing, but covers a wider array of subject matters, and includes some classes on landscape drawing. This class is mostly based on various Natural History Illustration examples that aim to accurately depict the world around us. The purpose of natural history art is to assist the scientists in their work of identifying, describing, classifying, and naming species. We’ll study the two main trends of natural history art – the Linnaean style and what is known as the “ecological style”. This is a daytime class. Thursdays 10:30-12:30.

You can join the classes that have already started, given there are spaces available, and the payment will be prorated.

Fall 2018 Pricing

  • Session 1 (September+October, 7 weeks) $175
  • Session 2 (November+December, 6 weeks) $150
  • Sessions 1+2 (13 weeks)$308

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