Botanical Drawing and Painting- Watercolor- ONLINE
Instructor: Ellen Duarte
Day: Wednesdays (4 classes). Class begins on June 17
Cost: Members $100 | Non-Members $140
At this time of year, nature floods us with countless beautiful and fascinating plants to enjoy. Join Ellen Duarte in learning to accurately depict the plants you love in this introductory course in botanical drawing and painting. Learn to observe, draw and paint plants using specific steps and techniques. Classes will consist of demonstrations, discussions, and critiques. Everyone can have success! And while exploring new methods and techniques, learn things about plants and their habitats you may not have known before. Great for beginners. Excellent review for more experienced botanical art students. This is predominantly a watercolor class, but I will accommodate mixed media interests as well.
Sketch/drawing pad (9×12 or greater) white, spiral, or what you prefer
Drawing pencils of choice
Eraser (white plastic)
Tracing paper (if you have it)
White, hot press watercolor paper (140 lb or greater)
Watercolor paints- bring your usual palette*
Watercolor brushes (two size 4 or 6 pointed round)*
Cup or jar for water
Foam board (a size larger than your sketch pad)
*If you are a beginner, or don’t have the proper brushes, or can’t get the materials listed in time, don’t panic.
Hot press watercolor paper is not typically available at chain art supply stores. Fine art stores sometimes sell it by the sheet.
Ellen Duarte has been creating a Christmas card almost every year since taking up botanical illustration more than a decade ago, when she began her studies at Wellesley College Botanic Garden. She earned her Certificate of Botanical Illustration in 2015. Ellen grew up in Maine and raised her family on Cape Cod. She currently resides in Centerville and is still frequently visiting Maine. She and her husband enjoy three grown children and many grandchildren.