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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.

Phipps Flora Project: Bee Beneficial Natives

Dates: Saturday, June 28; July 19; Aug. 30; Sept. 27; Oct. 25; Sunday, Nov. 16
Time: First session 5 - 7 p.m.; other sessions 4 - 6 p.m.
Instructor: Christina Neumann
Objective: To take a painting from start to finish, and document bee beneficial native flora
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II, Watercolor I or Colored Pencil I
Fee: $ 100 members; $140 non-members
Location: Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Students who engage in this year-long project will learn how to research and produce a watercolor or colored pencil rendition of a native plant from start to finish. The year’s project focuses on the plants in our landscape that are most important to bees. This list features plants that are mid to late season bloomers - providing nourishment throughout the year, outside of the frenzy of spring flowers. All plants available for selection this year can be found on-site at Phipps Conservatory. Original work will be hung at Phipps Garden Center, and a copy will be catalogued for future educational or marketing uses. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

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 I: Foundation Techniques

Dates: Saturday, July 12, 19 and 26; Aug. 2
Time: First and last sessions, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; second and third sessions, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Robin Menard
Objective: To be able to accurately draw three-dimensional shapes and textures using line and tone, geometric and aerial perspective, measurement and other botanical drawing conventions
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 220 members; $260 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this course will learn how to accurately observe and record a chosen subject, and then clearly render it, creating the illusion of depth through light, shadow and perspective. Participants will also engage in several creativity exercises and learn some helpful tricks used by professionals. Bagged lunches are strongly encouraged. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

This class is no longer accepting registrations. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions.

Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Botanical Art in Pastel II

Dates: Saturday, Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23; Sept. 13 and 20
Time: Noon - 3 p.m.
Instructor: Amanda Zimmerman
Objective: To be able to properly use materials to create two or more pastel botanical compositions
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 215 members; $255 non-members
Location: Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Students in this course will delve into the world of chalk pastels — a vibrant, user-friendly medium for creating bold and exhilarating masterpieces — by first engaging in how-to exercises, and then practicing new skills by working on two compositions: a plant/flower close- up study and a larger grouping of flowers. Participants will also discover how to add interesting elements to works of art while developing plein-air skills. An extended version of Botanical Art in Pastel, this class has two parts: The first three sessions cover the basics for students unfamiliar with the medium, while the next three focus on developing technique through hands-on projects. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Students who have taken Botanical Art in Pastel previously may register for the final three sessions only: $105 members, $135 nonmembers.

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

Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Watercolor I

Dates: Saturday, Aug. 16 and 23; Sept. 6 and 13
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Donna Edmonds and Sue Wyble
Objective: To be able to control brushes, pigments and paper while combining a limited number of paints to create rich and varied palettes
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II
Fee: $ 220 members; $260 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park and Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Sept. 6 class only)

Students in this course will learn to take a systematic approach to painting plants in the manner of classical botanical traditions, as well as engage in a review of materials to determine which brushes, papers and paints will best serve their needs. Developing a foundation for controlled, consistent watercolor application, the class will also give students the opportunity to refine their brush skills and create a full range of complex hues by overlaying thin glazes of primary colors. As the class progresses, students will apply newly acquired brush and color knowledge to paint basic plant forms. Bagged lunches are strongly encouraged. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

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