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Botanical Art & Illustration

Botanical art and illustration have played a crucial role in human and natural history and cultural development, whether as exploration record, scientific artifact, or commercial and artistic endeavor.

Join in a fascinating field of discovery, and learn to sharpen your artistic skill, attention to fine detail, and technical botanical knowledge.

Botanical Studies in Colored Pencil

Dates: Saturday, Jan. 3 and 10 (Snow date: Jan. 24)
Time: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jeanne Perrier
Objective: To further develop colored pencil drawing skills for creating botanical art
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Colored Pencil I or equivalent
Fee: $ 120 members; $160 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

In this class, students will have the opportunity to complete a botanical rendering of a plant using an actual specimen as a reference. The session will begin with plant material observation, plant family research and composition development. Next, participants will work on their colored pencil renderings, utilizing many of the techniques learned in prior classes to create a botanical piece.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Mastering Color

Dates: Saturday, Jan. 31; Feb. 28; March 28; April 25
Time: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Amy Lindenberger
Objective: To develop a working knowledge of color perception, hue, value, intensity and temperature for application to personal colored pencil renderings
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and Colored Pencil I
Fee: $ 240 members; $275 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Designed to demystify the complex subject of color through an in-depth study of its four major aspects — hue, value, intensity and temperature — this course aims to show students how to develop their own working strategies for color perception, analyzing, matching and mixing as they relate to colored pencil. Each student will work on color-related exercises at his or her own pace within a group setting and should bring any color exercises completed in the Colored Pencil class to aid the instructor in determining appropriate individual starting points.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Drawing III: Volume and Texture

Dates: Saturday, Feb. 7, 24, 21 and 28
Time: Feb. 7 and 28 | 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Feb. 14 and 21 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Instructor: Robin Menard
Objective: To continue to develop drawing skills, particularly volume and texture, when rendering a botanical subject
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II
Fee: $ 215 members; $250 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Building on skills acquired in Drawing I and II, students in Botanical Drawing III will engage in exercises and plant studies in pencil to further refine their botanical illustration skills. As part of the course, participants will learn how to begin with vigorous and accurate drawings, create stronger overall tonal 2 forms, and, while maintaining overall form, confidently render complex surfaces, textures and superficial shapes. Homework will be assigned and students are encouraged to bring lunch to both all-day sessions.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Artist Tile Exchange: Just for Fun

Dates: Saturday, Feb. 14 (Snow date: Feb. 21)
Time: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jeanne Perrier
Objective: To be able to complete one or more tiles (6” square artworks
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II, plus either Colored Pencil I or Watercolor I
Fee: $ 60 members; $72 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this class will create one or more tiles (6”-square artworks) using paper, wood, scratchboard, sanded paper, tiles or other materials. The subject matter is flora or fauna and projects can be made by employing any medium, mixed or otherwise. At the end of the experience, all artists will give brief descriptions of the techniques they used, followed by a lottery through which finished works will be exchanged among participants. Every individual will leave the class with a piece of original art completed by another artist for every piece that she/he completes. Outside-of-the-box thinking is encouraged!

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

This class does not count toward certificate core course or elective credits.

Two-Day Painting on Silk Workshop

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8
Time: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jamie Kirkell
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 195 members; $220 non-members; $65 material fee
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

In this fun, exciting introductory workshop, students will explore how to paint on silk, with a focus on botanical themes, learning easy design and color techniques within an open, relaxed and collaborative environment. Each participant will complete three scarves and the class will end with a fashion show.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

This class does not count toward certificate core course or elective credits.

Watercolor I: Underpainting Method for Botanical Watercolor Painting

Dates: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 10, 11 and 12
Time: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Deborah Kopka
Objective: To learn how to create botanical portraits using various watercolor painting techniques
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II
Fee: $ 230 members; $265 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students will learn how to create a photo-realistic botanical portrait in watercolor by underpainting an initial value study that will be overlaid with surface washes of color. The techniques of wet-into-wet and gradated washes will be emphasized. Class assignments are designed to improve students’ abilities to see tonal values and work successfully in watercolor. The botanical subject for the first assignment will be provided.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course