Brookside Gardens: Exploring Spring Ephemerals with Colored Pencil and Watercolor

Saturdays Mar 20, 27, April 3

Location: Brookside Gardens 

NOTE: All botanical art courses will be taught online using Zoom, a free online application. Students will need access to a computer that has a built-in camera or a smart phone.

The instructors will use a combination of live demonstrations and short pre-recorded videos during the online workshops to demonstrate techniques and review concepts. Students will be able to work on their assignment during the week between each session. During each three-hour session students will have the opportunity to ask questions and submit their artwork via email or share it live during the class for review by the instructor.

Prerequisite: Intermediate courses in botanical art & illustration

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Instructor: Wendy Hollender

Join Wendy to learn the techniques outlined in her new 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. Embossing tools will be used to add fine lines, pattern details and subtle veining. This method delivers quicker results than traditional watercolor or color 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.