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This summer, artists, gardeners and the curious have the opportunity to learn the traditional painting techniques used by botanical artists. The following information has been added to Classes Near You > New York:

Rose Pellicano

Rose Pellicano’s career as a botanical artist spans 20 years. Her work has been exhibited widely and is in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Learn more about Rose by visiting her profile in the ASBA Members Gallery. Rose is represented by Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works on Paper, LLC in New Jersey.

    Introduction to Botanical Painting (Beginner/Intermediate)
    Wednesdays, May 30 – June 27, 2012 (10 AM – 1 PM)
    Learn the basics in creating an accurate portrait of flowers and plants in watercolor. Rose Pellicano, a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, will conduct painting demonstrations and teach students the techniques and skills of traditional botanical painting using clear stepwise instruction. The focus of this class will be observational skills, drawing and accurate color mixing. Students will receive individual attention and will work at their own pace. This class is suitable for beginning and intermediate students. Location: Southampton Cultural Center. Cost: $205. For more information, contact Rose Pellicano.

    The Southampton Cultural Center is located at the Levitas Center for the Arts in Southampton, NY.

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Botanist and botanical illustrator, Jeanne Debons, will teach small, student-focused painting workshops beginning next month.

The following invitation from Jeanne has been posted to
Classes Near You > Oregon:

Jeanne Debons Studio, Bend

Botanist and botanical illustrator, Jeanne Debons, teaches small student-focused painting workshops at her Oregon studio. Dr. Debons received her Ph.D. in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University. She graduated from the diploma course in Botanical Painting at the English Gardening School in 2005. Dr. Debons invites you to join her painting workshops this Spring.

    Botanical Painting Workshops
    Monday & Tuesday, February 20-21, 2012
    Saturday & Sunday, March 24-25, 2012
    Saturday & Sunday, April 21-22, 2012
    Saturday & Sunday, June 16-17, 2012

    Learn the fundamentals of botanical painting in watercolor or work on specific more advanced skills. Small classes mean we cover what you would like to learn. Either work with the class on a specific skill or progress one of your own. Subjects include: an introduction to necessary supplies, drawing and painting techniques, composition, choosing and mixing colors, creating colors, and more. This is an opportunity to learn the techniques required to capture flowers and other natural objects on paper in a series of straightforward steps. Supplies will be provided for beginners. Cost: $120 for both days or $65 for one day.

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A new course about advanced techniques in botanical illustration has been added to the new certificate program now offered through the Cornell University Department of Horticulture. This new course has a special introductory price of $400 for the upcoming six-week term.

Read more below and at Classes Near You > New York.

Cornell University Department of Horticulture

The Department of Horticulture at Cornell University has expanded their schedule of online courses to include an advanced techniques course in botanical illustration. The Cornell University Department of Horticulture now offers a certificate in botanical illustration through the Office of Continuing Education. This certificate program is composed of the following courses: Botanical Illustration I: Basic Drawing Techniques, Botanical Illustration II: Working with Watercolor and Botanical Illustration III: Advanced Techniques.

    Botanical Illustration I: Basic Drawing Techniques
    January 23 – March 10, 2012. Students will work in pencil and pen-and-ink. Topics include: observing nature, drawing, composition, perspective, foreshortening, and how to use light to give botanical drawings three-dimensional form. Cost: $500. Limit: 15 students.
    View syllabus and register

    Botanical Illustration II: Working with Watercolor

    January 23 – March 10, 2012. In this introductory course about color, students will continue their study of plants. Emphasis will be on simpler subjects such as a single-stem flower, fruit, and vegetables. Cost: $500. Limit: 15 students. View syllabus and register

    Botanical Illustration III: Advanced Techniques

    January 23 – March 10, 2012. In this class, students will explore various media and develop a portfolio of work. Students will develop a proficiency in botanical drawing using pastels, colored pencil, pen and ink, pencil and chalk. Cost: $400. Limit: 15 students. View syllabus and register

After you register, you will receive enrollment guidance within 2 – 3 weeks, enabling you to get access to the site. Courses do not begin formally until January 23rd.

A Botanical Illustration Certificate of Completion from the Department of Horticulture, Cornell University, will be awarded upon the successful completion of all three botanical illustration courses.

View Cornell University’s horticulture distance learning courses

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Hazel West-Sherring appreciates your questions and has replied to your questions and comments.

Thank you to readers who participate in the learning opportunities presented each month with featured guests. These opportunities exist so that you can ask our guests questions directly and so you can connect with each other. Remember that your participation is always welcome. Simply join in the conversation by using the comment box below.

I would like to thank Hazel for her thoughtful replies and wonderful instruction. Hazel has spoiled us with step-by-step instructions for painting stems.

Let’s get right to it!

Reader 1
: Hello Hazel. I have been unable to find courses in botanical art without having to travel thousands of miles and having to spend thousands of dollars. I am unclear where you live, but feel sure that the ASBA (American Society of Botanical Artists), would be able to locate classes locally, since their membership is widespread as well as international. Meeting like-minded people to paint with will save lots of money and is really enjoyable. I have all of the “how to” books on learning botanical art, but seem to have lost the passion or zest or desire to do anymore painting. And doing it on my own just isn’t any fun, at all. It has now been over a year since I have done any painting of any subject (in watercolours or graphite). I think that because there is no support, no teachers, no interest from anyone, that I have lost my interest also.

Hazel: You haven’t lost your interest fully or you wouldn’t be writing! I do agree that botanical art can become a rather lonely occupation. It is hugely helpful therefore to meet others, to view their work, and receive feedback on your own work too. Initially when I first became professional in botanical art, I met with a small group of other amateur and professional painters once a month, over a period of 2 years. We didn’t do much painting, but we inspired and encouraged each other, and discussed exhibitions.

Reader 1
: I hate to give this up because I have invested a small fortune in books, painting supplies, time and talent. I feel absolutely lost. How do I find some interest in this again, or some fellow botanical artists for mutual support? Is there anyone else who has given up?

Hazel: For me, when feeling uninspired to paint, gardening or a visit to a good plant nursery often helps. Visiting galleries and exhibitions is sometimes a welcome relief when feeling confused about direction. Looking through bulb or seed catalogues is inspiring, and (perhaps) allows planning for a series of paintings?!

Start simple with a subject whose colour, texture or shape you absolutely love, and want to ‘capture’…..an apple or pear, a pretty leaf, or perhaps a single flower stem. To bring some fun into your projects, challenge composition and the way that you crop the image, or concentrate on red flowers or just yellow.

Reader 1
: Any suggestions, please?

Hazel: Get those paints out and ‘play’ with colour! Form a wish list of favourite plants, fruits or vegetables, and have a go at drawing and painting what you are inspired to portray.

Reader 2
You mentioned opera rose as an unexpected underwash. What are some of your other favorite colors to use as an underwash. I need to get out of my blue or yellow underwash state of mind.

Hazel: Yellows and blues are always useful as single pigment underwashes! A wash of cerulean or cobalt blue is fantastic on deep green shiny leaves, and raw sienna or gamboges works well for more olive tones. If looking for a startling bright red, an underwash of transparent orange or winsor yellow works well, identifying the underlying tones of the final red.

Reader 3
: The Auricula Collection in your gallery has a peaceful antique look to it. Did you paint your specimens on colored paper or did you paint the background? Did you use gouache or transparent watercolor to paint the deep colors in this collection?

Hazel: The Auricula Collection was painted in watercolour on Arches hot-pressed paper. Depth of colour is built up with subsequent layers of colour wash (i.e not watery but full of pigment), or by using very dry brush and small ‘feathered’ strokes. This collection has no painted background, but occasionally I am asked to paint a weak tea-coloured background in order to promote an antique feel, as in the gooseberries and currants. This was achieved by mixing up a quantity of much diluted burnt umber, applied liberally with a very large sable brush. Once dry, it can be modified if there are areas that are too dark and need lifting.

Reader 4
: What are common mistakes students make when learning how to draw, shade, color, or paint stems? I am hoping you say something that will make me realize what I am doing to make not-so-graceful, not-quite-realistic stems.

Hazel: What a good question! I think that there is much fear in painting stems, with many people fearful of wiggly edges and a thickening of the stem in the wrong places. The plant’s posture and character rely on the stem structure. It will often determine your composition, so the drawing (with good observation of how the stem behaves), must capture this character. Where does it thicken, bend or curve? How do leaf junctions work? What is the cross section? Is there colour interchange or transition of green to magenta for example, as it nears a leaf junction, flower, or roots? What is the texture, and are there additional features such as hairs, prickles or thorns?

Shading is about applying necessary light and shade, to promote 3-dimensional qualities. In general terms, if you think of the stem as a geometric tube or cylinder, and applying the light source from top left for example, break the length of the cylinder into thirds. Tonally, the left light, the center medium and the right dark.

To paint:

  • Taking care to create clean edges, underwash with a light lime green or yellow wash, allow to dry. (This first wash determines the boundaries for the subsequent paint layers to flow within…..try not to paint outside these clean edges.)
  • Paint two-thirds (the centre and right-hand side) in a darker medium tone, allow to dry.
  • With a darker tone still, then paint down the right hand side giving the stem three tones. It will look striped, so carefully blend the edges working the paint from the darker tone into the lighter tone with a damp rounded or flat brush. Where you see possibility of a highlight, use a flat brush to take away a thin area of the first light wash.
  • Use a very dark shadowy tone on the extreme right-hand edge of the stem and up and under the leaf or flower.
  • Most stems will carry colour that will be found in the flower or fruit, often magenta. Carefully observe the texture, spots or flecks, and apply.
  • Finally, use a final dilute green wash to blend it all together!

Reader 5
: When you paint on colored ground, do you paint your subject in white to establish a footprint for your painting or do you paint directly over the colored paper?

Hazel: I don’t work with coloured grounds, although I adore the work done by Mrs. Delaney on her deep black painted ground. The idea of establishing a white footprint is ideal when working with gouache, and results are delightful. A weak watercolour tea wash is about my limit!

Readers, do you have any questions or comments?

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Botanical artist, Heeyoung Kim, will begin teaching a 10-week class in botanical painting in January 2012. Do you live in the Chicago area?

Don’t miss this class by Heeyoung Kim!

Lillstreet Art Center

The Lillstreet Art Center offers adult classes in painting and drawing, ceramics, metalsmithing and jewelry, printmaking, textiles, glass, photography and the digital arts. View a schedule of their classes for first-time artists and for children ages 2 and up here.

    Introduction to Botanical Art & Illustration I
    Mondays, January 9 – March 12, 2012; 10 AM – 1 PM. This class is designed for beginners/advanced beginners. Fundamental watercolor techniques will be introduced, along with an introduction to botanical art history. In this ten-week class, students will also learn basic botany, which is essential for botanical artists to make their work botanically accurate. Two independent projects will be completed by each student.

    For more information, contact instructor and botanical artist Heeyoung Kim at info@PrairiePlantArt.com. Learn more about Heeyoung and view her online gallery at www.PrairiePlantArt.com. To register for this class, contact the Lillstreet Art Center at (773) 769-4226 or register online. Cost: $320 members, $330 nonmembers

This information has also been posted to Classes Near You > Chicago.

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See this new evening workshop at Classes Near You > New Jersey:

Arts Guild New Jersey

A center for the arts located in the Downtown Arts District of Rahway. The Guild hosts exhibitions celebrating the work of New Jersey artists, as well as a diverse selection of classes for adults, teens and children.

    Botanical Watercolor – September 24, 2011; 10 AM – 4 PM. Reproduce the colors and textures of plants in this one-day workshop. Some experience in watercolor helpful, as instruction will focus on the development of botanical images in watercolor. Students will receive a supply list after registering for class. Register online at Arts Guild New Jersey (go to Art Classes > Adult Workshops).

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The Illustrated Garden, A Studio Blog

See Val Webb’s online tutorial, Botanical Drawing with Pencil and Watercolor. Connect with The Illustrated Garden on Facebook!

  • Drawing Small Mammals – Saturday, September 24, 2011;
    10 AM – 4 PM. Create the texture of fur and the expressive eyes of animals living in coastal Alabama using graphite and colored pencils. No experience necessary! All art supplies provided. Location: 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center (on the Causeway). Cost: $50. Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 21, 2011.
  • Mini-Workshop: Drawing Birds – Saturday, October 15, 2011; 2-5 PM. This workshop will be taught in conjunction with a Bird Day scheduled at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Mobile, AL. Details to be announced.
  • Draw and Paint Holiday Botanicals – Saturday, November 12, 2011; 10 AM – 3 PM. After choosing from a selection of flowers and plants associated with the Christmas season, students will select their choice of paper and then receive step-by-step instruction about how to draw and paint their specimen using gouache and colored pencils. Finished designs can be used as gifts or holiday cards. Limit: 12. Cost: $50, art supplies included. Location: Val’s studio cottage in Mobile, AL.
  • Draw & Paint the Kitchen Garden – Weekly Studio Class (see schedule below). This is botanical art with a twist…combine seasonal fall garden subjects (fresh herbs, flowering plants, heirloom vegetables) with tools of the kitchen and garden world. Learn to draw the reflection on a platter, the folds of a tablecloth, the worn surface of an antique eggbeater or the transparency of a Mason jar. Choose your favorite medium (pencil, colored pencil, watercolor or gouache) each week and receive individual guidance. Supplies provided, no experience necessary. Class size limited.
      Val’s Studio in Fairhope: Tuesdays
      September 20 – October 24, 2011; 2-5 PM.

      Val’s Studio Cottage in Mobile
      : Thursdays
      September 15 – October 20, 2011; 2-5 PM.

      Val’s Studio Cottage in Mobile
      : Thursdays
      September 15 – October 20, 2011; 6:30-8:30 PM.

    Registration Info: Contact Val to register at studio@valwebb.com. Payment must be received to reserve your place in class.

This information can also be found at Classes Near You > Alabama.

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