Events

Drawing Spring Flowers Workshop – Woodstock, NY

May 20, 2017 – May 22, 2017
Saturday – Monday, 9am – 4pm

Classes are held at:
Woodstock School of Art
2470 Route 212 Woodstock NY 12498
845-679-2388

Learn more and register for this botanical art workshop here.

Botanical Illustration is the art of depicting the form, color, and details of plant species. Studying nature’s forms and colors is a great way to learn about drawing and color to make beautiful realistic color in drawings. Traditionally a technique that was done in watercolor, Wendy Hollender has developed a method of teaching using a combination of colored pencil and watercolor pencils. Colored pencil isn’t just a medium to use, it is also a learning tool. It allows you to teach drawing skills and teach about color at the same time. Understanding form and structure is crucial to this technique.

Students will learn how to use a grisaille technique for undertones in a neutral color and then how to layer color on top to create depth, using watercolor pencils in combination with dry colored pencils. This technique is very immediate and materials are simple, allowing the artist to work easily in multiple locations and it is especially useful for work in the field.

Botanical Drawing starts with an understanding of using a single light source toning technique. Students will become familiar with this basic technique and practice on simple forms. Once an understanding of using this light source combined with toning form in a gradual consistent rendering, color layering will be introduced.

Drawing at actual scale, students will be introduced to basic perspective and measuring to create precise drawings of flowers. Color matching and blending will show students how to create natures subtle color variations. These techniques are relaxing and meditative and give students an opportunity to be intimate with nature and see close up the beauty, complexity and repetition of nature’s structures and patterns. Students will draw spring flowers,  combining watercolor pencils and colored pencils. All levels from beginner to advanced is fine as everyone works at their own level with plenty of guidance from Wendy in this botanical art workshop.

Classes and Workshops at the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference – Almond, WI

June 9, 2017 – June 11, 2017

Classes are held at:
Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference
Camp Helen Brachman
9341 Asbury Dr, Almond, WI 54909

Learn more and register for this conference here.

3-Day Immersion: Plant Exploration Through Botanical Drawing

In this workshop we will learn basic practices used by botanical illustrators to create realistic descriptive drawings of plants in all stages of growth. These techniques first produce a descriptive structural drawing of a plant, then add color with colored pencil or watercolor pencil. We will draw plants in a few important plant families, focusing on understanding the similarities within a plant family. Botanists often describe plant families with drawings rather than with paragraphs of detailed scientific language.  For visual people, getting to know plant families with drawings is fun and empowering.

Main Conference Workshop: Using a Grisaille Technique to Create Three-Dimensional Form

Learn how to use a grisaille technique for undertones in a neutral color and then how to layer color on top to create depth with colored pencils. This technique is very immediate and materials are simple, allowing the artist to work easily in multiple locations. It is especially useful for work in the field and we will practice on simple forms such as fruits or seed pods. These techniques are outlined in the instructor’s book, “Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color.”

Main Conference Workshop: Exploring Flowers: Drawing a Study Page

Working with real flowers, we will learn how to take apart a flower to understand its structure. Then, using basic techniques of perspective in botanical drawing, participants will draw a flower with an understanding of structure and 3-D quality of flowers. Participants will also draw reproductive parts of the flower, possibly add leaves and stems, and add basic color with colored pencils.

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Botanical Drawing Workshop – Accord, NY

June 22, 2017 – June 26, 2017
Thursday – Monday, 10am – 4pm

Classes are held at:
Hollengold Farm
222 Lower Whitfield Rd
Accord, NY 12404

Learn more and register for this botanical art workshop here.

Advance your skills and join in the fun for a weekend of botanical drawing and great food while gaining a deeper understanding of plants. At Hollengold Farm get close to the Earth to observe nature. With colored pencil and watercolor pencil create drawings of the wide variety of indigenous plants and homegrown edibles in the grounds at Wendy’s farm. We may even enjoy consuming the subjects as our lunch!

This is a very unique opportunity to draw in-person with artist & author Wendy Hollender. Students participating in the 2017 online Practice of Botanical Drawing Course* will meet each other, share examples of their work and talk about their learning experiences. The workshops & retreat are open to other artists as well (*it is not mandatory to be enrolled in the Online Course to attend these workshops).

Wendy’s “Grisaille” undertone technique with a top layer of color creates illuminated realistic plant portraits. This satisfying technique requires simple tools which allows artists to wander around the farm yard and explore the fields ‘capturing’ found subjects. The flora and fauna continually change with the seasons, weather and conditions. For advanced artists, layering and resist techniques such as masking and embossing will be practiced.

Explore & Create: Botanical Drawing – Hudson, NY

July 15, 2017
Saturday, 10am – 4pm

Classes are held at:
Olana State Historic Site
5720 Route 9G Hudson, NY 12534
518-828-0135

Learn more and register for this botanical art workshop here.

Learn the art of botanical drawing from Wendy Hollender, renowned botanical illustrator and author of Botanical Drawing in Color. Abridged tour of the Olana’s collection followed by art-making. Materials and refreshments will be provided.

Drawing the Fall Bounty Workshop – Woodstock, NY

Oct 24, 2017 – Oct 26, 2017
Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm

Classes are held at:
Woodstock School of Art
2470 Route 212 Woodstock NY 12498
845-679-2388

Learn more and register for this botanical art workshop here.

Botanical Illustration is the art of depicting the form, color, and details of plant species. Studying nature’s forms and colors is a great way to learn about drawing and color to make beautiful realistic color in drawings. Traditionally a technique that was done in watercolor, Wendy Hollender has developed a method of teaching using a combination of colored pencil and watercolor pencils. Colored pencil isn’t just a medium to use, it is also a learning tool. It allows you to teach drawing skills and teach about color at the same time. Understanding form and structure is crucial to this technique.

Students will learn how to use a grisaille technique for undertones in a neutral color and then how to layer color on top to create depth, using watercolor pencils in combination with dry colored pencils. This technique is very immediate and materials are simple, allowing the artist to work easily in multiple locations and it is especially useful for work in the field.

Botanical Drawing starts with an understanding of using a single light source toning technique. Students will become familiar with this basic technique and practice on simple forms. Once an understanding of using this light source combined with toning form in a gradual consistent rendering, color layering will be introduced.

Drawing at actual scale, students will be introduced to basic perspective and measuring to create precise drawings of flowers. Color matching and blending will show students how to create natures subtle color variations. These techniques are relaxing and meditative and give students an opportunity to be intimate with nature and see close up the beauty, complexity and repetition of nature’s structures and patterns. Students will draw spring flowers,  combining watercolor pencils and colored pencils. All levels from beginner to advanced is fine as everyone works at their own level with plenty of guidance from Wendy.

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