School of Botanical Art & Illustration https://www.botanicgardens.org/education/school-botanical-art-illustration Classes Coming this winter! Registration is now Open!
Introduction to Watercolor Pencil: Discover the versatility of illustrating and painting with watercolor pencils. Tip, techniques on managing watercolor pencil wet or dry when used as a mixed media. A perfect media for developing a botanical illustration, botanical art, great for travel, sketching and journaling. Prerequisites: None Online: February 5 & 12 - 1-4pm February 16 & 23 – 1-4pm March 5 & 12 - 9am-noon March 26, April 2 - 1-4pm
Mixed Media: Watercolor Pencil & Graphite: Explore working with graphite and watercolor pencil in unison. A grisaille application in graphite is an effective bae for painting and layering color with watercolor pencils. Learn complimentary mixed media techniques working with these two medias together. Prerequisites: Introduction to Watercolor Pencil, Pencil I Online: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – 1-4pm
Mixed Media: Watercolor Pencil & Ink:Combine the boldness of ink and incorporating the use of watercolor pencil, using techniques for watercolor pencil whether wet or dry impacting the final outcome of your ‘painted drawing’. Ink provides a wide range of textural and visible possibilities. The use of fine, sketchy, or a uniform line made with the technical pen or a disposable drawing pen, will create added strength to a blended drawing. Prerequisites: Introduction to Watercolor Pencil, Pen & Ink I, Pencil I Online: April 5, 12, 19, 26 and May 3 - 1-4pm
Mixed Media: Watercolor Pencil & Color Pencil: All color pencil (watercolor or regular) are semi-transparent allowing for layering and glazing of one color over another. Build luminosity using under washes and color building methods. Explore textural techniques through exercises and finish with a completed botanical or nature related illustration. Prerequisites: Introduction to Watercolor Pencil, Pen and Ink I Online: April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5 - 1-4pm
Pencil 2: Simple and classic, pencil drawing is a timeless art form. Expand on the drawing skills you learned in Botanical Illustration in Pencil I as you reinforce and refine your knowledge of graphite pencil. Learn additional techniques for shading, texture, perspective, depth and composition. A good drawing is the basis of botanical illustration in any medium. Group instruction and individual attention are tailored to help you complete a botanical plate in this subtle and striking medium. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator. Online: March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28 - 9-noon March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28 - 9-noon May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10 - 1-4pm
Pen & Ink I: Pen and ink is at the heart of botanical illustration. Expand your drawing repertoire as you learn techniques to create line, form and texture in black and white. “Expressive line” and “stipple” become part of your artistic vocabulary as you practice this traditional medium with modern and versatile technical pens. Step-by-step instruction, demonstration and practice will give you the foundation you need to draw any botanical subject accurately and skillfully. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Light on Form, Perspective Online: April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6 - 6pm-9pm
Pen & Ink II: Take your pen and ink skills to a new level of sophistication. Explore the limitless world of color, texture, complex botany and incorporate this information into black-and-white illustrations. Working with both technical pen and traditional quill, learn advanced techniques to make strokes mimic the fuzz on a fern, the down in a milkweed pod or the mottled colors of a variegated begonia. Learn how to layer and manipulate lines and stipples to develop a full range of value, texture and atmospheric perspective. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Light on Form, Pen & Ink I Online: April 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10 - 6pm-9pm
Handwriting Basics & The Artists' Signature: Even in today’s computer driven society handwriting can make the first impression. Learn how to develop and improve your handwriting skills while exploring simple methods to improve your signature. This three-hour workshop gives you some basic tips to sign and label your next botanical illustration without the help of a word processor. Prerequisites: None Online: April 15, 22, 29 - 6pm-9pm
Color Mixing: The first step to painting with watercolor is learning to mix colors. In this course you will learn a system for combining colors consistently to eliminate frustrating trial and error. Exercises, demonstrations and discussion will show you how to achieve the broadest possible spectrum. Learn about paint properties and choosing pigments. Practice mixing colors to match a variety of plant material. You’ll gain confidence and skills and improve all your color work. Prerequisites: None Online: May 5, 12, 19, 26 & June 2 - 6pm-9pm
Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park - Formerly Lakewood Heritage Center Winter Class Offering Registration is Open! Please go to: https://bit.ly/3n2KtPn to sign up, or phone the Registrar at: 303-987-7850 for more information!
Virtual Copperplate Calligraphy for Beginners - 17AV6001 This is an introduction to Copperplate lettering. We will be introduced to skill building techniques as you explore and develop the alphabet in beautiful and enchanting Copperplate. Learn how to mix an ink recipe, how to use stick ink, line your own guide sheets, experiment with color, and best of all begin to write beautifully using the pointed pen!