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Helen Byers is an artist and illustrator who is active in several genres and mediums. She was born in Brazil, grew up in northern California and Mexico, and now lives in Massachusetts. She qualified for the PhD in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara and taught literature and writing at the college level before moving to the Pacific Northwest to work as a freelance literary editor. After moving to Boston in 1988, she embarked on a career as an author, illustrator, and editor for educational publishers.
Since 2013, Helen has turned full-time to her lifelong love of art, teaching botanical drawing and painting in Massachusetts at Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston), the Concord Art Association, and Fruitlands Museum (Harvard). She is also a regular instructor in New Mexico, at Ghost Ranch (Abiquiu), where her courses include a field-sketching workshop focused on high-desert fauna and flora, co-taught with biologist Janet Darrow.
Introduction to Botanical Illustration
Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Albany, New Hampshire
May 23–25, 2015
This exciting new three-day workshop will cover the basics of botanical illustration in graphite, ink, colored pencil, and watercolor. Amid Tin Mountain’s scenic setting in the White Mountains we will explore conventional uses and effects of each medium and technique. Indoors, our plant subjects will be provided; outdoors, we’ll see what we may find! Relaxed sessions, daily demos, and plenty of individual attention. Some drawing experience helpful.
TO REGISTER: email email@example.com or call 603.449.6991
Carolyn writes the Color Curriculum column for the Journal of the American Society of Botanical Artist. She is also on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Botanical Artists and is Founding President of the New England Society of Botanical Artists.
Color Curriculum – Depending on your skill level, you will learn what your instructors know intuitively: how to make a perfect wash, how to tell the differences between biases, how to mix pigments to create that perfect match, how to limit your palette, and much, much more. A materials list will be sent on upon registration. Instruction will be arranged at a time convenient for the student and instructor. Student will receive 18 hours of instruction over a three-day period in New Castle, New Hampshire. Limit: 1-3 students per three-day session. Cost: $450. Contact Carolyn Payzant for more information.