Drawing and Painting Summer's Bounty at Olana Historical Site

4:00-7:00pm on Fridays & Saturdays, June 17 & 18 and 24 & 25

While the Olana Historical Site may be known for its famous 19th Century creator, the artist Frederic Church, other creative members of the Church family lived and explored its 250 acres during their lifetimes. Church’s own daughter, Isabel Charlotte “Downie” Church, was an experienced botanical illustrator, engaging in a common art practice of the time period. Downie painted botanical studies since she was a teenager and continued to both paint and grow flowers throughout her life. The Olana collection contains over a hundred examples of Downie’s work, including paintings completed at Olana.

Botanical illustration focuses on depicting the form, color, and details of plant species. During this course designed for participants of all skill levels, students will explore how to depict the form, color, and details of plant species. Just as the Churches used the flora and fauna of the Hudson Valley to inspire their own artwork, this course will encourage a deeper understanding of drawing, color, and the natural world by studying nature’s forms and colors. During this four-part course over four days, teaching artist Wendy Hollender will guide participants to learn more about drawing techniques, qualities of color, and to deepen their understanding of plant forms and structures just like the botanical painters and illustrators of the 19th century.

Wendy Hollender is a botanical artist, illustrator, author, and instructor. Wendy is an instructor of Botanical Art and Illustration at the New York Botanical Garden and leads workshops at her farm in Accord, New York. In 2016, she started a highly successful online botanical drawing program: www.drawbotanical.com. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society and the National Tropical Botanical Garden Florilegium Project.

$200 person, $150 members. Limited capacity; Advanced registration required at OLANA.org. Scholarships are available upon request. For more information, please contact education@olana.org or call (518) 751-6938.