Botanical Accordion Book Series - Beginner to Advanced
Make a beautiful accordion book (6”x8”) in the first class, and then fill it with beautiful botanical drawings and paintings in the following five classes. All book-making supplies are included in the class fee, including a selection of hand marbled papers by Steve Pittelkow.
Saturdays, September 15, 22, 29, October 6, (skip 13), 20, 27  2018
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Minnesota School of Botanical Art

Drawing I - Beginner     

Learn the fundamental skills of beginning drawing while developing your observational skills and your understanding of botanical art. In this class you will explore shape, form, value, negative space and shading techniques with graphite. It will help you to feel more confident with your tools and how to break down complicated subjects into simpler forms. The skills you learn here will give you a necessary foundation for Drawing 2 and will set you up for success in that course and further painting classes.
Mondays, October 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3  2018
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Minnesota School of Botanical Art



Drawing 2

Learn to draw botanical subjects accurately and build on the skills that you learned in Drawing 1 while observing botanical subjects with both a scientific and an artistic eye. Using graphite emphasis will be placed on drawing to scale, observing how light falls on form and shading forms convincingly; as well as, creating texture, surface details and composition. You will push your drawing abilities further then before and pick up some botanical identification along the way.
Mondays, January 7,14, 21, 28, February 4, 11 2019
9:30 AM - 12 PM

Minnesota School of Botanical Art


Colored Pencil Botanicals on Dura-Lar Film - Beginning to Advance
What is Dura-Lar and what are the advantages of using it as a drawing ground? In this class you will learn about the best kinds of graphite and colored pencils to use, how the surface is different from working on paper and you’ll experiment with how to take advantage of its transparency. Bring your favorite botanical subject to class. 
Mondays, February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1  2019
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Minnesota School of Botanical Art

Cacti & Succulents on Vellum - Watercolor Experience Required
Bring your favorite cacti or succulent to class to use as a model for a painting on a beautiful 6” x 8” piece of Kelmscott vellum. Learn about the different kinds of vellum available and the techniques used to create luminous works of art. This ground was used in antiquity and many botanical arts love it for its vibrancy. 
Please register no later than March 18th as it takes a minimum of three weeks to receive the vellum from London. 
Saturdays, April 20, 27, May 4, 11, (skip 18), 25, June 1  2019
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Minnesota School of Botanical Art

Lichen & Mosses on a Branch -Three-day intensive workshop 

The subtle colors in lichens and mosses on branches make an excellent subject for watercolor. Strengthen your observation, rendering, wet-in-wet and dry brush techniques; as well as your color-mixing skill while we focus on drawing lichens and moss accurately and creating a dynamic composition with emphasis placed on creating maximum dimension. You will be given a presentation to help you understand the botany of the lichen and moss subjects that you will be painting. This class will focus on expression of form, structure, and color. Additional information will be given on how and when to use Ox Gall, Lifting Aid and Gum Arabique to widen your watercolor skill set.
Brushwood Center ( 21850 Riverwoods Rd, Reverwoods, IL 60015) 

April 12, 13 & 14, 2019, 9 am - 4 pm

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