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Students enrolled in the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate program will learn how to draw botanical subjects with scientific accuracy, artistry and mastery of technical methods. Using a basic knowledge of plant morphology, participants will develop the skills needed to document plants in intricate detail, including the root system, upper and lower leaf surfaces, flowers, fruits and seed heads. This program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing art for pleasure and self-satisfaction, and they can choose between two concentrations: watercolor or colored pencil. Beginners, as well as those with art experience, are welcome. Students may repeat most courses in the program at a 10-percent discount; however, a repeat course cannot apply toward certificate credit.

For more details about our programs, or to receive personalized class recommendations from our helpful staff, please feel free to contact us at edu@phipps.conservatory.org.
 

Current Classes

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  • Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger | Saturdays: Sept. 19 and 26, Oct. 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Botanical Drawing I: Foundations | Robin Menard | Saturdays: Sept. 19, 26 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and  1 – 3  p.m. and  Oct. 17 | 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Introduction to Silverpoint | Melissa Fabian | Sundays, Sept. 27, October 18 and 25 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Pen and Ink I | Melissa Fabian | Sundays: November 1, 15 and 22 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. and 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Classes in Progress:

  • Drawing Deciduous Trees | Melissa Fabian | Sundays, Sept. 13, 20 and Oct. 4 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. 

Detailed Listings

Botanical Art and Illustration

Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays: Sept. 19 and 26, Oct. 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 2 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to create a gradual transition of tone and color with colored pencils
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II

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Using different techniques, you can make colored pencil tones look like a drawing or a painting, providing you with the versatility to create a wide variety of surface textures. Develop your color perception and become familiar with colored pencil tools, color applications and color theory fundamentals. Learn to layer colors to achieve different hues and densities and master a variety of techniques, including burnishing, impressed line and sgraffito. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Registration for this class is now closed.

Botanical Art and Illustration

Botanical Drawing I: Foundations | Robin Menard

Saturdays: Sept. 19, 26 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and  1 – 3  p.m. and  Oct. 17 | 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to accurately draw three-dimensional shapes using line and tone, and employ geometric and aerial perspective in drawing botanical subjects
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

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Botanical illustration differs from traditional drawing because it captures a subject with scientific accuracy through observation, form and detail. Learn to identify basic shapes in nature and use a step-by-step process to create the illusion of depth through light, shadow and perspective. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Registration for this class is now closed.

Botanical Art and Illustration

Introduction to Silverpoint | Melissa Fabian

Sundays Sept. 27, October 18 and 25 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1 - 3:30 p.m.

$230 members | $260 nonmembers (price includes kit for silver wire and silverpoint substrate)
Registration will close on Sept. 12. Material kits will be mailed to all participants.
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To practice the various techniques associated with this medium. To create a final project of a botanical subject in this medium
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II

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Silverpoint drawing is a medium used by many of the Old Masters that is experiencing a renewed interest among contemporary botanical artists. Also known as “metal” drawing in which beautiful graphite-like effects can be achieved.

Projects completed in this class will be due approximately 2 weeks after the final class.  A Zoom meeting will be scheduled to review students’ completed work.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Registration for this class is now closed.

Botanical Art and Illustration

Capturing Textures in Graphite I and II | Robin Menard

Saturdays Oct. 24 and 31 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m. and Nov. 7 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

$145 members | $165 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Registration will close on Oct. 10.
Objective: To be able to draw different botanical textures in graphite
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I

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Some of the most captivating botanical illustrations depict textures of the subject, but accurately translating them onto paper can be challenging. Tackle a variety of textures found in nature.  An exercise worksheet will be supplied to each student. Those taking Textures II will work on mastering additional challenging subjects. The final class will be used to review and share student art completed in the class. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Art and Illustration

Watercolor I: Techniques and Color Theory | Brenda Jordan

Sat., Oct. 31, Nov. 7 and 21, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To have control of the brush, pigment and paper while learning to combine watercolor paints to create a rich and varied palette
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II

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Students will learn the basics of transparent watercolor as a medium, and gain a foundational understanding of the brushes, paper, and paints suitable for botanical watercolor. Using a limited palette, students will explore techniques such as washes and glazes, and practice creating a full range of hues, shades and tones using the limited palette. Through demonstrations and exercises, students will produce a series of studies that demonstrate the foundational techniques of transparent watercolor and application of those techniques to rendering plant forms.

For the online classes, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. each day will be devoted to instruction, demos, and working together on initial studies. From 12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m., the instructor will be available to answer questions and assist students with their work. Students may remain on Zoom to work as a group or elect to complete these 3.5 hours on their own time. Assignments for the day will be due by Friday at 5 p.m. of the following week, so that the instructor can put together a power point of all assignments for an in-class critique the next morning. All assignments for the class will be due one month from the date of the last class. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course. 

Botanical Art and Illustration

Pen and Ink I | Melissa Fabian

Sundays: November 1, 15 and 22 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. and 1 – 3:30 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to make tonal and semi-schematic drawings with pen and ink
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II

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Beginning with the fundamentals of pen and ink techniques, learn how to use different strokes to create a compositional balance of black and white tones. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Botanical Art and Illustration

Painting Autumn Leaves and Nuts on Vellum | Visiting Artist Carol Woodin

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and 14 | 9:30 – noon and 1 – 3:30 p.m.

$195 members | $225 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: Students will have a completed or nearly completed painting on vellum at the end of the class.
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite:  Botanical Drawing I and II, Watercolor I (or equivalent experience)

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This two-day immersion into painting in watercolor on vellum will show participants why artists love working with this beautiful but quirky material. With acorns, nuts, chestnuts, and autumn leaves as subjects, artists will build layers, bringing life to browns and neutrals in the nuts and to vibrant colors of fall leaves. Learn to increase color intensity and build form, while developing techniques that take advantage of vellum’s best qualities. After the class is over, students can email photos of their completed paintings for a final critique.  Work in progress can also be emailed so the instructor can help guide students to the next stage. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Elective.

* Space is limited. Please register early.

Image © Carol Woodin

Botanical Art and Illustration

Botanical Drawing II: Volume, Texture and Details

Saturday, Nov. 21, Sunday, Dec. 6  (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 12 (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to apply skills gained in Botanical Drawing I to accurately capture various plant forms, details and textures that are unique to the subject
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I

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Continue to develop your observation and drawing skills to accurately render leaves, stems, roots and flowers in varying positions, capturing details and textures unique to the botanical subject.  Projects completed in this class will be due on a future date (to be announced) rather than within the three weeks of actual class time.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Botanical Art and Illustration

Pen and Ink II and Beyond | Melissa Fabian

Sundays: Dec. 6, 13 and 20 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. and 1 - 3:30 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: Pen and Ink II students will have improved stroke making and wash skills with the introduction of color through various tools and inks. Pen and Ink and Beyond students will advance their skills through an individual plan determined by the student and instructor.

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Create various plant studies and a completed botanical art piece. Projects completed in this class will be due on a future date to be announced rather than within the two weeks of actual class time.  Pen and Ink II is a Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course; Pen and Ink Beyond is a Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective 

Botanical Art and Illustration

Drawing Deciduous Trees | Melissa Fabian

Sept. 13, 20, Oct. 4 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. 

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be proficient in the techniques needed to draw the unique characteristics of trees
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II

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Students will study the various parts of a tree that are used by foresters and scientists to identify trees. Our goal will be to choose a native tree to our area to illustrate for a final project. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective