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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

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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.

Botanical Drawing Workshop – Accord, NY

July 22, 2017 – July 23, 2017
Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm

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

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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.

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

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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.

Botanical Drawing Workshop – Hawaii
at the National Tropical Botanical Garden
on the island of  Kauai

February 26 – March 16, 2018

Classes are held at:
National Tropical Botanical Garden
Located near Kauai’s south shore in the inland Lāwa`i Valley

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Hours- 10am to 4pm Monday – Thursday

Study the fundamentals of botanical drawing using the mediums of graphite pencil, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and watercolor. Drawing plants and flowers starts with observation. Under the supervision of Wendy Hollender, Illustrator, Author, and Instructor, students will learn about plant structures and their importance through dissection and comparison. Students will create detailed botanical drawings and sketchbook pages of flowering plants, fruits and seedpods, working directly from the wide variety of tropical plants growing at NTBG. There will be opportunities to work on large compositions and detailed paintings for those with more experience. Lessons in composition will be given to help with the development of larger compositions. We will also study historical botanical illustrations spanning four centuries of the extensive library collection as a way of understanding the tradition and techniques still in use today.

NTBG botanists and staff will be available to help with understanding Botany and other aspects of plants.
No previous drawing experience required during the first week of class.

Instructional classes will be conducted for 4 days each week on Monday – Thursday from 10 am to 4pm on the premises at The National Tropical Botanical Garden. Fridays are for independent study. We have a large indoor/outdoor classroom for our use, with time to draw outside anywhere in the garden students wish. Students can arrive early and stay late if they want to each day.

Instructor is available in the classroom and does daily demonstrations. There will be a drawing in the garden demonstration on a specified day to get students familiar with techniques used outside when drawing. Friday thru Sunday students are free to visit the island, relax at the beach or continue to draw in the garden classroom without instructor supervision.

Botanical Painting and Illustration Retreat –  Pelion Peninsula, mainland Greece

June 8 – June 16, 2018

Classes are held at:
Lagou Raxi Hotel
Lafkos, South Pelion, Magnisia, Greece

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Proposed Itinerary:

Friday, June 8: Arrival. 6pm Meet & Greet. Dinner at the hotel.
Saturday, June 9: After breakfast, a short introduction to the area and a walk. Afternoon by the pool to relax. Dinner in the village square.
Sunday, June 10: 9am-1pm: Introduction to botanical illustration, description of materials. Practice some drawing techniques. Afternoon walk on the kalderimia to collect plant specimens. Evening dinner at hotel.
Monday, June 11: 9am-1pm: Pencil work, toning, and simple plant parts. 4-6pm: Continue with illustration work. Evening dinner at hotel.
Tuesday, June 12: 9am-4pm: Visit to a monastery hidden in a green valley. The hotel will prepare for a picnic on the spot. Pencil work on material found. Dinner free (hotel or village).
Wednesday, June 13: 9am-1pm: More drawing; flowers. 4-6pm: Continue drawing. Evening dinner in hotel.
Thursday, June 14: 9am-4pm: Inspiration from the sea shore (Beach taverna). Pencil studies. Lunch at beach restaurant. Visit to Byzantine site and fisherman’s chapel by the sea.
Friday, June 15: 9am-1pm: Finishing off work. 4pm-6pm: Prepare for exhibition in seminar room of the hotel. 6pm: Exhibition and Farewell Dinner.
Saturday, June 16 : Check out and departure of participants.

Plus – Opportunities to visit Athens/Delphi/Meteora depending on arrival and departure airport.

Hotel charge is 85€* per night for single accommodation and proportionately less for two people sharing a twin (70€ each).  There is also the possibility of a triple for double occupancy which gives more space (78€ each).  If husbands, family, join as non-participating guests we can calculate prices for them as well.  The fee includes a full breakfast and one three course meal per day (half-board). Lagou Raxi pays a lot of attention to ensuring that groups have a balanced diet over the week with both Greek and other mediterranean cuisine.
*This amount does not include the course fee, flight, or transport to and from the hotel.

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