Events and Workshops

May 18 – 20, 2019

Classes are held at:
Woodstock School of Art
2470 Route 212
Woodstock, NY 12498
woodstockschoolofart.org

Learn more and register for this botanical art workshop here.

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+

In an effort to maintain our non-toxic environment, the Woodstock School of Art  does not permit the use of turpentine or mineral spirits in the painting studios. Additionally, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or scents of any kind. Learn more.

$333 ($330 tuition + $3 lab fee)

May 18–20, 2019, Saturday–Monday, 9 AM–4 PM

Please note that for workshops lasting all day there is a one-hour break from twelve noon to one PM. Students are invited to bring lunch and eat at the school or may go to any of the local dining establishments. The school does not provide lunch or refreshments.

May 24 – 26, 2019

Friday – Sunday 10am-4pm
Farm fresh lunch included

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

Advance your skills and join in the fun for one, two, or three days 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. Learn 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, techniques such as watercolor and embossing will be practiced.

June 2, 2019

Sunday 3 – 5pm

Meet the Artist Wine & Cheese Reception:
Lifebridge Sanctuary
333 Mountain Road, Rosendale, NY 12472.
Sunday June 2, 2019, 3 – 5pm

 

Lifebridge Foundation celebrates

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

“Unusual and Common”

Plants that Nourish our Body and Soul

by Wendy Hollender

with a focus on SDG #15: Life on Land and 2020, The International Year of Plant Health

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Wendy Hollender is a botanical artist, author, and instructor. Her illustrations have been published in The New York Times, “O,” The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple and The Observer (UK). Her work was included in the 13th International Exhibition at Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, exhibitions at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and the Smithsonian National Museum for Natural History. She is the author of Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color, and Botanical Drawing, A Beginner’s Guide. She is most known locally for her collaboration with herbalist, Dina Falconi with their award winning book, Foraging and Feasting.

ARTISTS’ STATEMENT

I first learned botanical-illustration techniques twenty years ago. The moment I understood those techniques, a door opened for me, and I immediately fell in love with the practice of botanical drawing. Since that day, it feels like the plants are leading me along a path that I steadily follow.

When I study and draw from nature, I feel a presence of something that never fails to take my breath away. I “undress” the plant to study the mystery within, exploring plants and flowers on a micro level, almost the way an insect does.

My original drawings/paintings are life-size, which means they are often very small. I like to enlarge my images digitally and print them big, so the details that we might not otherwise notice become visible. The enlarged prints are bright and colorful in a bold way, and my intention is to transform them into contemporary images for people to notice and enjoy.

These are Giclee digital fine art prints, use archival inks and acid free paper or canvas. I create these prints and do the printing in my studio.

THE OPENING RECEPTION

Those interested in viewing the show are welcome to attend the Meet the Artist wine and cheese Reception Sunday, June 2, 2019, 3 – 5 PM. This is a unique opportunity to meet Wendy and view her exhibit. The installation will hang through July, 2019. Wendy may be reached at www.wendyhollender.com Additional viewing by appointment.

The goal of GALS, Gallery at Lifebridge Sanctuary is to maintain a space where professional artists who are aligned with the foundation’s mission, promoting the concept of one humanity and the interconnectedness of all life, can exhibit their work. Encouraging original and colorful work evocative of natural beauty, GALS features art exhibits that reflect the themes of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Lifebridge Foundation operates Lifebridge Sanctuary, a 12,000 sq ft, green facility on 95 acres of forest on the Northern crest of the Shawangunk Ridge. Lifebridge Foundation is an NGO associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations. For more information contact Lifebridge Foundation: 845.658.3439, info@lifebridge.org or visit www.lifebridge.org

June 19 – 23, 2019

Wednesday – Sunday 10am-4pm
Farm fresh lunch included

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

Advance your skills and join in the fun for one, two, or five (!) days of intensive 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. Learn 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, techniques such as watercolor and embossing will be practiced.

July 26 -28, 2019

Friday – Sunday 10am-4pm
Farm fresh lunch included

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

Advance your skills and join in the fun for one, two, or three days 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. Learn 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, techniques such as watercolor and embossing will be practiced.

August 2 – 4, 2019

Classes are held at:
The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
Watson Room 320
2950 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10458-5126
718.817.8747

When coming to class, please enter via Mosholu Entrance, located at 2950 Southern Boulevard, at all times. And ask for the Watson Building.

 

Learn more and register for this botanical art workshop here.

Practice layering watercolor, colored pencil, and watercolor pencil to create rich color, detail, and form under the expert guidance of Wendy Hollender. You’ll experiment with a dynamic blend of botanical drawing and painting techniques while focusing on the structure of daylilies in bloom. Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I

August 25 – 31, 2019

Classes are held at:
Snow Farm Craft School
5 Clary Road Williamsburg, MA 01096
413.268.3101
www.snowfarm.org
info@snowfarm-art.org

Learn more and register for this botanical art workshop here.

Study nature’s forms and colors to create beautiful plant drawings. Using a combination of dry and watercolor pencils, combine undertones and layers to create depth and become familiar with basic techniques through practice on simple forms such as fruits, nuts, and flowers. Enjoy the versatility of these portable and immediate techniques and simple materials. All levels welcome. Work at your own pace with plenty of guidance.

Workshop Fee:
$630
Materials Fee:
$100

October 8 – 21, 2019

Classes held at:

The Mediterranean Centre for Art, Gardens, Plants, and Design
Lagou Raxi A.E.
Lafkos 37006
South Pelion, Magnesia, Greece
+(30) 24230 65144
mail@lagouraxi.com
lagouraxi.com

**In order to attend this workshop, you must stay at the Lagou Raxi Hotel.

Study the fundamentals of botanical drawing using the mediums of graphite pencil, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and watercolor. This is a unique opportunity to study and draw plants adjacent to  a beautiful nature preserve on a remote peninsula in Greece! 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 Mediterranean plants growing near the Lagou Raxi Hotel. There will be opportunities to work on detailed paintings for those with more experience.

November 17 – 19, 2019

Classes are held at:
Woodstock School of Art
2470 Route 212
Woodstock, NY 12498
woodstockschoolofart.org

Learn more and register for this botanical art workshop here.

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. 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 progress to more complex forms such as flowers, fall leaves and pine cones, 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+

In an effort to maintain our non-toxic environment, the Woodstock School of Art  does not permit the use of turpentine or mineral spirits in the painting studios. Additionally, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or scents of any kind. Learn more.

$333 ($330 tuition + $3 lab fee)

November 17–19, 2019, Sunday–Tuesday, 9 AM–4 PM

Please note that for workshops lasting all day there is a one-hour break from twelve noon to one PM. Students are invited to bring lunch and eat at the school or may go to any of the local dining establishments. The school does not provide lunch or refreshments.

December 9 – 19. 2019

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

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 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. 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.

February 24 – March 12, 2020

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

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. 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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