Helen Byers is an artist and illustrator who is active in several genres and mediums. Her professional background includes college-level teaching of fine art and literature, book illustration, art journalism, and a career as a writer and editor in educational publishing.
Since 2005, Helen has taught annually at Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center. She teaches courses in botanical drawing, botanical painting, and field-sketching of high-desert flora and fauna. Since 2012, Helen has also been teaching at Tower Hill Botanic Garden (MA), the Concord Center for the Visual Arts (MA), Fruitlands Museums (MA) and Tin Mountain Conservation Center (NH).
Helen’s botanical work has been exhibited at juried and invitational shows in Washington, Massachusetts, and Florida. Her natural history illustration credits include Coming to Terms with Archaeology & Paleontology: A Dictionary of Artifacts and Old Bones (The Museums at Ghost Ranch: Abiquiu, NM, 2013). Helen is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the New England Society of Botanical Artists, the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists, and Concord Center for the Visual Arts.
This summer Helen will teach two one-week classes at Ghost Ranch. Participants registering for both classes will receive 15% off the total price. Please contact the Registrar directly to receive this special discount.
Botanical Drawing in Colored Pencil
June 12-18, 2016
Practice close observation and drawing for accuracy using a technique combining colored pencil and watercolor pencil. Learn how to work in layers and how to burnish to achieve the desired effects for texture, value and color.
Botanical Painting in Watercolor
June 19-25, 2016
This class will focus on ways to refine the botanical painting process. Participants will learn how to use “wet into wet” techniques and “dry brush” techniques to achieve controlled washes, detail and texture. Color mixing will also be discussed.
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