2017 Class Schedule

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Dear Students,

Welcome to another fun, creative, painterly year. This year we will begin by refreshing our watercolor and gouache skills and techniques, helpful for returning students and beginners. Then we will gather up our brushes and learn how to paint birds, their feathers, wings, and then their delicate architectural masterpieces of fine grasses, rootlets, plant fibers, thistle down, feathers, flower stems, mosses, and lichen, filling their nests with smooth, glossy, or speckled eggs.

We’ll paint leaves with insects and butterflies; study the fine orchid paintings by the English orchid grower and collector, John Day (1824-1888) and Corlelius Durham (1820-1860); study the art of Margaret Mee and Marilena Pistoia; we will also be inspired by the art of Albrecht Durer (1471-1528). We’ll learn how to expertly paint reflective surfaces like metal, glass, and copper. We’ll also learn how to paint rusted metal or iron surfaces. Then learn the art of Trompe L’oeil so we can fool everyone’s eye, including our own.

Our brushes and paints will then take us back into time when one of the most celebrated painters of the eighteenth century, Jan van Huysum (Dutch, 1682-1749) meticulously rendered bouquets of flowers and fruit. We’ll study his work by recreating a small portion from his painting, ‘Fruit Piece’, 1722. We’ll continue painting natural subjects throughout the year, learning as we go to master techniques, persevering despite failures while consuming sheets of paper and quantities of paint, to become satisfied artists, while enjoying this journey we’re on.

Gift certificates for classes or private classes are available. Contact me for more details.

January

January 14,15

BEGIN WITH WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE

This is a quick guide to refresh or start on your artistic journey. We will learn watercolor techniques by painting leaves. When you paint a leaf you will gain enough skills to mastering the techniques of painting in watercolor. We will touch on what materials to choose and basic techniques on applying paint. After learning watercolor painting we will move onto learning how to apply ‘body’ to our paintings with gouache. The masters, Turner, Sargent, and Durer, to name a few, all used gouache to enhance and give body to their work. Watercolor, on its own is refreshing and very transparent. Add gouache, and your painting becomes more permanent and richer in color, the same as oil, or acrylic. Gouache is known as an opaque watercolor, and is the most brilliant of all painting mediums, possessing the greatest degree of opacity and capable of the finest detail work. This is why I love gouache. I love both mediums, and usually combine both in my work. I love quick watercolor sketching in the field, or painting landscapes. I use gouache for detailed paintings of bird nests, insects, botanicals, shells, birds, and their feathers. Learning how to paint with both of these mediums takes more than one session, but I can get you started and send you off on your own journey. Bring to class the following: no.4 round brush, Arche Hot Press board (let me know if you have trouble finding this), Winsor & Newton following watercolors: sap green, cadmium yellow pale, van dyke brown, (all small tubes), a tube of Winsor & Newton Permanent White gouache, pencil, eraser, cloth. I will provide everything else. Cost for class: $160. Lunch is included.

January 21,22

PAINTING ROOT VEGETABLES IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE – STUDYING THE ART OF MARILENA PISTOIA

Marilena Pistoia’s paintings of vegetables, fruit, and flowers are beautiful. Born in Italy, Marilena Pistoia created a large body of work using watercolor and gouache. We will recreate some of her work using watercolor and gouache as she did. Her subjects are all beautifully arranged on the page, especially her florals, which are often curved in soft swaths around the center, and painted in a sensitive and yet decisive way. This is a very good way to learn shadowing and highlights, blending, and dry brushing – all techniques we come across while painting. Pistoia no longer paints, spending her time as a professor at the Accademia d. Belle Arte di Bologna where she teaches etching. Bring your art supplies and Arches Hot Press block or board. Cost for class: $160. Lunch is included.

January 28,29

PAINTING A STILL LIFE IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE USING LITTLE ANTIQUE GLASS BOTTLES

We’ll fill our bottles with either a feather, dry grass, a flower, brush, or pencil, sea glass, or what ever you would like to paint. Then we’ll learn how to paint reflective glass in watercolor and gouache. The ability to expertly render glass as a reflective surface will dazzle everyone, including you. As impressive as the effects are, they are just as easy to paint once you understand the principles, which we will learn in this class. Bring your supplies including your Arches Hot Press block or board. Cost of class: $160. Lunch is included.

February

February 11,12

PAINTING COLORFUL INSECTS ON LEAVES IN WATERCOLOR, GOUACHE, AND COLORED PENCIL

Learn how to paint in detail the many different insects that visit your garden. From bees to dragonflies, butterflies to beetles – we will learn how to capture their natural beauty in color, form, and iridescence, setting them on leaves to enhance their beauty. This is a good learning experience that will help when you are adding insects into your botanical illustrations. Bring all your supplies, including your Arches Hot Press block or board. I’ll have black board in case you want to use black board. Cost for class: $160. Lunch is included.

February 18,19

PAINTING FEATHERS IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE

Learn how to paint the feathers of owls, wild turkey, pheasants, hawks, etc. We will learn how to: layer on colors to make the feathers look soft; how to recreate the barred markings of the feather’s surface; how to fringe the edges of owl feathers that are used to quite flight; and how to recreate the illusion of iridescence without using iridescent paint. When you are finished, you will have a beautiful feather and not know the real from the painted version. Bring all your supplies plus your Arches Hot Press block or board. Cost for class is: $160. Lunch is included.

February 25,26

PAINTING A STILL LIFE USING SHELLS & SEAWEED IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE ON TINTED BOARD

Create your own still life out of shells and seaweed to paint in watercolor and gouache. You will learn how to create textures using blending techniques and dry brushing techniques to create beautiful renditions of shells, large and small. We will then complement our still life by using seaweed to meander around the shells. We will paint on a beautiful light blue tinted board, which I will provide. Bring all your supplies and make sure you have plenty of Winsor & Newton Permanent White gouache. Cost for class: $160. Lunch is included.

March

March 17,18,19

PAINTING A BIRD NEST IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE

If you enjoy painting details of dry botanicals incorporated in the weavings of a bird nest, you’ll love this class. Using the smooth surface of hot press watercolor board, precise brushes, and best quality gouache and watercolor, we’ll recreate an architectural masterpiece made simply by a bird. I will teach you my step-by-step method that I taught myself while working on my book "The Nest: An Artist’s Sketchbook". Bring all your supplies. Make sure you have plenty of Winsor & Newton Permanent White gouache. Bring an Arches Hot Press watercolor block (at least 10 x 14) or board. I will have tinted boards if you wish to paint on them. Cost for class: $240. Includes lunch.

March 25,26

PAINTING A STILL LIFE OF CITRUS ON A COPPER, PUETER, OR SILVER PLATE IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE

Learn how to paint these metals while including them in your still life. Learn how to paint reflections and the illusion of metal. Bring all your art supplies and your Arches Hot Press watercolor block or board. Cost for class: $160. Lunch is included.

April

April 1,2

PAINTING COLORFUL BUTTERFLIES ON LEAVES IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE

Learn how to paint a colorful butterfly on a leaf on tinted board. Capture the beauty of their lovely wings with their markings and different colors. Learn how to accurately draw them in so that each wing matches the other perfectly. Learn how to shadow the wing’s surface to make them look realistic and not flat. Bring all your supplies. I’ll provide tinted board. Cost for class: $160. Includes lunch.

April 8,9

PAINTING ORCHIDS IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE – STUDYING THE ART OF JOHN DAY & CORNELIUS DURHAM

John Day (1824-1888) not only grew orchids, but also painted them from his collections, mostly in watercolor with added white gouache. The archive located at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is used daily by scientists and horticulturists. His paintings are not only gloriously beautiful, but are of scientific value. We will also study the art of Cornelius Durham (1820-1860). John Day hired Durham to paint watercolors of his best plants. He painted over 300 paintings for Day. He also gave several drawing lessons to Day. We’ll be painting from Durham’s spectacular orchid painting, Laeliocattleya schilleriana to learn his techniques in watercolor and gouache. Bring an Arches Hot Press board 10x12 and all your supplies. Cost for class: $160. Lunch is included.

April 15,16

PAINTING A BIRD WING FROM ALBRECHT DURER’S ILLUSTRATION OF THE LEFT WING OF A YOUNG ROLLER IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE

We will study the bird wing art of Albrecht Durer’s (1471-1528). Durer’s study of the upper side of the outstretched left wing of a young Roller is one of his most spectacular, colorful, and infinitely carefully observed studies. The Roller is one of the most colorful of European bird species. They often perch prominently along the roadside on the lookout for large insects. They’re very strong flyers, and while in flight, dramatically show off their contrasting dark and light colors of their wings. In courtship display flight they roll and tumble, and turn somersaults. The Roller’s wing provided Durer with the opportunity to study closely the wonderful range of colors on the feathers, also different characteristics of hard veins and stiffer barbs of the leading dark feathers by contrast with the softer, downy inner feathers. Using superb brush- work, Durer records the structure and shape of this wing as a true record of the beauty of nature. He used his knowledge of bird wings when he painted angels in his religious paintings showing angels equipped with bird’s wings for flight. We will have the joy of painting this wing from Durer’s masterpiece in watercolor and gouache as he did. Bring all your supplies including an Arches Hot Press watercolor block or board. Cost for class: $160. Includes lunch.

April 22,23

PAINTING FERNS IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE

Learn how to draw and paint the Wood Fern and Maidenhair Fern as a study in watercolor and gouache. Ferns make beautiful studies. Learn how to paint all the parts…the lobes, veins, leaflets, main stem, and spore impressions. Also learn how to arrange the ferns on a page inspired by Marilena Pistoia’s botanical arrangements. Paint on either your Arches Hot Press block or board, or tinted board. Bring all your supplies. I’ll provide tinted boards. Cost for class:$160. Lunch included.

April 29

PAINTING ALBRECHT DURER’S FAMOUS PAINTING, ‘THE HARE’ 1502, IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE

For this one-day class we will reproduce Durer’s most famous painting of ‘The Hare’ in watercolor and gouache. This will be a very fun way to study the work of this great painter and how he used watercolor and gouache as body color. Bring your Arches Hot Press block or board and all your art supplies. Cost for class: $80. Lunch is included.

April 30

PAINTING STONES IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE

Learn how to use watercolor and gouache to create stones with fossils, veins, speckles, crevices, textures, multiple colors, and irregular shapes. This is a good class to learn texturing, dry brushing, blending, and how to pleasantly arrange stones on a page. Bring all your supplies and your Arches Hot Press block or board. I’ll provide tinted board. Make sure you have plenty of Winsor & Newton Permanent White gouache. Cost for class: $80. Lunch is included.

May

May 6,7

PAINTING IN PLEIN AIR AT THE MILLS GARDEN.

This is our favorite garden to paint in. Stephanie has created a masterpiece of a garden. There are so many different botanicals to paint from. We will paint in sketchbooks studying colors as well as learning how to quickly paint what we see. We’ll study succulents, roses, olive trees, protea, reeds, and colorful florals. Bring a sketchbook with watercolor paper, preferably spiral bound with a heavy cover, your watercolors, a tube of white gouache, your favorite brushes, pencil, eraser, water container, cloth, folding chair, hat, sun screen, and a bag lunch. We will meet at my studio on first day. The Mills garden if 15 minutes from my house. Cost for class: $100.

May 20,21

PAINTING ROSES IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE

Learn how to capture the beauty of roses using watercolor and gouache. We will learn how to paint leaves and stems as well as the flower itself. The dark shiny leaves make it a good exercise in learning how to shadow and highlight and paint in veins. Learn how to create beautifully blended petals and the soft texture of their ruffled edges that captures light, as well as areas of intense color. Bring all your supplies including your Arches Hot Press watercolor block or board. I’ll have rose colors to share if you don’t have just the right color. I’ll also have tinted boards. Cost for class: $160. Lunch is included.

May 27,28

BOTANICAL ORNAMENT IN GRAPHITE, WHITE COLORED PENCIL, & WHITE GOUACHE ON TINTED BOARD

For this class we will be studying the ornament designs inspired from botanicals for the Musee Des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. From reproductions of the drawings we will re-draw these beautiful images of turned leaves, flowers, buds, stems, and twisting grasses that were used to design ornament for French motifs. Used for French architectural reliefs, inlay work, fabric, light fixtures, and furniture design and other sources. This will improve your drawing skills for botanicals, and anything else related to it. Bring a mechanical pencil 0.5mm with 2H lead and a white color pencil, white gouache, eraser, and eraser shield (found in drawing or mechanical section of art stores). I’ll provide tinted board. Cost for class: $160. Lunch is included.

June

June 3,4

FAUX PAINTING IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE

For this class you will learn how to draw and paint all the different objects that I painted in the Bear Books that I created for Traveling Bear Press. Learn to ‘fool the eye’ with painted brushes, pencils, paper clips, pins, folded paper, tickets, tape…all fun faux! Bring your Arches Hot Press watercolor block or board, and all your art supplies. Cost for class: $160. Lunch is included.

June 10,11

PAINTING BIRDS IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE

Learn how to paint a bird from a specimen. This is the best way to learn because you have the specimen right in front of you to observe. Learn how to paint feather structure, feathers, bill, feet, and how to make the eye look ‘alive’ with color reflection. Bring all your supplies and your Arches Hot Press watercolor block or board. I’ll have tinted board available. Cost for class: $160. Lunch is included.

June 24,25

PAINTING SMALL ANIMAL SKULLS AND BONES ON BLACK OR TINTED PAPER IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE

Besides painting flowers, Georgia O’Keeffe also loved painting skulls. We won’t be painting the ones she did. We’ll be painting the small ones that inhabit my shelves…a fox, raccoon, rabbit, coyote, birds, and small rodents. If you feel inspired by O’Keefe, you may want to paint one of the larger skulls. Bring all your art supplies. Make sure you have enough Winsor & Newton permanent white gouache. I’ll supply the black and tinted boards. Cost for class: $160. Lunch is included.

July

July 8,9

PAINTING SEAWEED IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE

Learn to paint a study of different types of seaweed, either floating on your page or in a still life. I have some beautiful specimens attached to stones, which make beautiful studies. Learn blending of colors, texturing, and transparency. Bring all your art supplies including your Arches Hot Press watercolor block or board. I’ll supply the tinted board. Cost for class: $160. Lunch is included.

July 14,15,16

DUTCH MASTER CLASS IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE

For this 3-day Dutch master class we will study the art of Jan van Huysum (1682-1749). The work of Huysum epitomizes the rich flower and fruit painting tradition of the Netherlands. We will then paint a portion from his painting, ‘Fruit Piece’, 1722. Although this was painted in oil, we will be painting it in gouache. The portion will include peaches with leaves, muskmelon, harebells, purplish plum, pomegranate portion, crisp mallow foliage, and yellow meadow ants. I will have this image transferred onto a hot press Arches board for you to begin your painting. By painting from this piece we will experience the way Huysum devised a complex system of illumination by casting forms into clear relief, which created a powerful sense of reality. Huysum used insects to create liveliness and to ‘fool the eye’. This class is for more experienced painters, and not for beginners. Bring all your supplies. I’m providing the board. Make sure you have plenty of Winsor & Newton Permanent White gouache. Cost for class: $250. Lunch is included.

July 22,23

PAINTING DRY BOTANICALS & SEED PODS IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE

Seed-pods of plants should be given just as careful attention to detail as the rest of the plant. Drying plant stems with spiraling tendrils, dry folded leaves, and interesting seed receptacles can make a lovely illustration, especially on black paper. The twists and turns of dried citrus leaves make for a good exercise in learning how to create 3-dimension and form. You’ll learn how to shadow and highlight for this exercise. If you have a magnifying glass for discerning the forms of some of the tiny seeds and smaller pods, bring it to class. Bring your Arches Hot Press watercolor block or board. Bring all your art supplies. Make sure you have plenty of Winsor & Newton White gouache. I’ll supply black or tinted boards. Cost for class: $160. Lunch is included.

July 28,29,30

PAINTING A BIRD NEST IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE

Refer to nest class on March 17,18,19…this is a repeat of that class.

August

August 5,6

PAINTING A STILL LIFE WITH SHELLS & SEAWEED IN WATERCOLOR & GOUACHE ON TINTED BOARD

Refer to this class listed on Feb. 25,26….this is a repeat of that class.

August 12,13

STUDYING THE ART OF MARGARET MEE

We’ll be studying the art of Margaret Mee (1909-1988), then paint from one of her illustrations. Margaret Mee was a remarkable woman, surviving 15 arduous trips to the Amazon, usually with only local Indian guides. Hers was one of the first warning voices decrying the destruction of the rainforest. Some of the flowers she painted have not been seen again. Their habitat has been destroyed by the relentless advance of slash-and-burn farming, logging, and gold mining. She discovered a number of previously unknown species, of which four are named after her, and she brought back hundreds of valuable plants, which were then cultivated in the Rio Botanical Gardens or by the landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx. Mee’s watercolor and gouache paintings are gorgeous. I was lucky enough to see an exhibit of her work at the Academy of Science in the early 90’s. We’ll be painting her illustration of ‘Nymphaea Ampla’, which is a study of large leaves with flowers in watercolor and gouache. I will be supplying your board. Bring all your supplies. Cost for class: $160. Lunch is included.