The New England Society of Botanical Artists invites you to join them!
November 6-7, 2015
N.E.S.B.A Sponsored Workshop
Before graphite pencils, artists used metal point, a small rod of metal sharpened to a point, to make marks on a prepared surface. Silver is the most popular metal because it produces an extremely delicate pale gray line – perfect for drawing plant life. Silver is easy to apply and will tarnish over time to mellow browns. The class will include discussions of the historical context of silverpoint as well as a survey of the various studio-prepared surfaces used by the Old Masters. Using plant material as our inspiration, we will treat this old art technique to a modern twist! We will apply a special ground to watercolor paper that easily accepts silverpoint; and enhance our work with the colorful addition of pastel dust. Students are encouraged to bring a small (6 – 8” potted plant) or any related (botanical) reference materials. At the beginning of the first class, we will make a paper sampler with different silverpoint grounds using a simple white watercolor paint and a sumptuous Old Masters recipe provided by the instructor. To economize class time, students are encouraged to come to class with a completed line drawing of their chosen specimen plus any related reference materials (jpegs, prints, or live plant material).
Kathie Miranda is an award-winning botanical artist and educator and recently taught this workshop for the Art League in NYC. She studied at Lyme Academy of Art and at Paier College of Art, and holds a Certificate of Botanical Art and Illustration from The New York Botanical Garden, where she is a highly sought-after instructor in their adult education art program. She serves on the Board of the American Society of Botanical Artists; is Past President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Greater New York Chapter; and maintains active memberships in the Connecticut Watercolor Society, Pencil Art Society, and the Colored Pencil Society of America. She exhibits her work nationally, and is currently researching and illustrating flora of Connecticut for future exhibition and publication.
Friday/Saturday, 2-day workshop 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m daily
Fee: $150 (plus $5 material fee to instructor)
Pre-registration required with fee paid in advance by October 9, 2015.
Please Register Early – Enrollment limited to 12 students
Kathleen Kummer, Treasurer, NESBA.
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