Events and Workshops

May 12 – May 13, 2018 (Sat/Sun) (Mother’s Day weekend!)

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

Learn more and register for this botanical art workshop here.

Bring your mother, sister, daughter, friends! Celebrate Mother’s Day and advance your skills and join in the fun for a week 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 & instructor Veronica Fannin. Veronica teaches 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.

May 19 – May 21, 2018

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.

Saturday–Monday, 9–4

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.

Suitable for all levels; no experience necessary! Ages 19+

June 8 – June 16, 2018

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

Learn more and register for this botanical art workshop here.

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.

July 14 – July 15, 2018 (Sat/Sun)

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 artists & instructors Wendy Hollender and Veronica Fannin. 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.

July 25 – July 27, 2018

Classes are held at:
The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
2950 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10458-5126
718.817.8747

Watson Room 320

Learn more and register for this botanical art workshop here.

Wednesday – Friday, 10am – 3:30pm

The sensual hibiscus flower, a focus of O’Keeffe’s work during her time in Hawai`i, continues to beguile. Practice blending colored pencil and watercolor pencil to capture the tropical stunner’s undulating petals and dramatic reproductive structure.

August 4 – August 5, 2018 (Sat/Sun)

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 artists & instructors Wendy Hollender and Veronica Fannin. 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.

September 22 – September 23, 2018 (Sat/Sun)

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 artists & instructors Wendy Hollender and Veronica Fannin. 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.

October 22 – 24, 2018

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.

Monday – Wednesday, 9–4

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.

Suitable for all levels; no experience necessary! Ages 19+

November 28 – December 13, 2018

Classes are held at:
National Tropical Botanical Garden
Education Headquarters
3530 Papalina Road
Kalaheo, HI 96741
(808) 332-7324
www.ntbg.org

Learn more and register for this botanical art workshop here.

Botanical Illustration Intensive Workshop on Kaua’i (Hawaii)
at The National Tropical Botanical Garden
Instructors: Wendy Hollender & Veronica Fannin

Workshop Dates: November 28-December 13, 2018

Week 1 Classes held – Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. November 28 – 29; December 1 – 2
(Beginners are strongly encouraged to start on Week 1)

Week 2 Classes held – Monday thru Thursday December 3 – 6

Week 3 Classes held – Monday thru Thursday December 10 – 13 (Special Instructor: John Pastoriza Pinol!)

Workshop Description: Colored Pencil and Watercolor Pencil

Hours- 10am to 4pm on class days

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 and Veronica Fannin, 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.

Special Instructor – Week 3 – John Pastoriza Pinol

Workshop Description: Don’t be afraid of Watercolor!

Join renowned Australian botanical artist John Pastoriza Pinol for in-depth watercolor instruction and technique. For intermediate students with some background in botanical art. Through informative demonstrations and personal guidance, discover the intricacies of achieving fine detail with watercolor masking fluid and NEEF ¼ Comb, invaluable tools for contemporary botanical artists to achieve very fine details. In this four day class the instructor will assist you with composition, painting techniques and color theory as you accurately render a specimen from the NTBG garden. As a result, your paintings will be brought to a new level of realism and detail.

April 3 – April 18, 2019

Classes are held at:
National Tropical Botanical Garden
Education Headquarters
3530 Papalina Road
Kalaheo, HI 96741
(808) 332-7324
www.ntbg.org

Learn more and register for this botanical art workshop here.

Botanical Illustration Intensive Workshop on Kaua’i (Hawaii)
at The National Tropical Botanical Garden
Instructors: Wendy Hollender & Veronica Fannin

Workshop Dates: April 3 – April 18, 2019

Week 1 Classes held – Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. April 3 – 4; April 6 – 7
(Beginners are strongly encouraged to start on Week 1)

Week 2 Classes held – Monday thru Thursday April 8 -11

Week 3 Classes held – Monday thru Thursday April 15 – 18

Workshop Description:

Hours- 10am to 4pm on class days

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 and Veronica Fannin, 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.

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