Augusta Arts and Culture: Forage and Draw with Colored Pencil and Watercolor

Sunday – Friday, July 10 – 15, 2022

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College
Elkins, West Virginia
More info: augustaartsandculture.org

Join Wendy to learn the techniques outlined in her book “The Joy of Botanical Drawing” including how to use a grisaille method for creating undertones in a neutral color allowing for three dimensional accurate drawing and clear structure of plants. Students will explore layering techniques that utilize watercolor pencil washes in combination with dry colored pencils creating a painting that has realistic vibrant color and rich depth. Colored pencils allow for more control in adding details. This method delivers quicker results than traditional watercolor or colored pencil techniques, and since the materials used are quite portable, it allows the artist to work in the field or in a variety of settings. We’ll be leveraging the peak of blooms by drawing flowers, fruits, and seed pods found on and nearby to the campus of Davis and Elkins College in the gardens, fields, and woods.

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 colors 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 nature’s subtle color variations. These techniques are relaxing and meditative and give students an opportunity to be intimate with nature and see up close 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 are fine as everyone works at their own level with plenty of guidance from Wendy.

Learn more at https://augustaartsandculture.org/in_person_class/wendy-hollender-botanical-illustration-forage-and-draw-with-colored-pencil-and-watercolor-week-1-full-day/


Cancellation Policy: All cancellations made on or before one month prior to the week of attendance are 100% refundable. (June 10 for Week 1, June 17 for week 2, and June 24 for Week 3). Cancellations made on or before the week prior to classes are 75% refundable (June 11 – July 2 for Week 1, June 18 – July 9 for Week 2, June 25 – July 16 for Week 3). Cancellations made the week prior to attendance are 50% refundable (July 3 – 9 for Week 1, July 10 – 16 for Week 2, July 17 – 23 for week 3). Participants that do not attend and have not communicated with the AHC will be charged the total tuition amount.

AHC reserves the right to review each refund on a case-by-case basis.

Should extenuating circumstances dictate Augusta cancels programming, a 100% refund will be issued regardless of the timing.


COVID Policy: Davis & Elkins College employees and attendees of campus programs outside the scope of the AHC will adhere to the policy set in place by the executive cabinet of D&E at the time of the event. The AHC reserves the right to establish additional procedures for classroom settings. All AHC instructors are vaccinated, and the instructor will determine classroom mask policies at the time of programming unless a campus-wide mask policy is in place at that time. The AHC will communicate its comprehensive policy and the D&E campus policy on or before June 1 to create an approach reflective of the current data and trends at the time of the event. As always, the safety of our community is the top priority of the Augusta Heritage Center.