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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

This class has been canceled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 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

This class has been canceled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions.

Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Botanical Drawing II: Applications

Dates: Saturdays, Oct. 4 and 18; Oct. 11 and 25
Time: Oct. 4 and 18, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Oct. 11 and 25, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Robin Menard
Objective: To be able to understand variations in vegetative and reproductive plant forms, and apply skills acquired in Botanical Drawing I to accurately draw those forms
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I
Fee: $ 198 members; $238 non-members
Location: Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Oct. 4 and 25); Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park (Oct. 11 and 18)

In this class, students will apply basic drawing skills to accurately render plant structures such as leaves, stems, flowers, fruit and roots. Students will also learn to tone the basic plant structures and represent overlapping planes to create depth. Participants are encouraged to pack lunches for full-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

Colored Pencil II: Applications

Dates: Saturday, Nov. 8, 15 and 22
Time: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Amy Lindenberger
Objective: To be able to take a methodical approach to botanical painting by using colored pencils and building on experience gained in Colored Pencil I
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II, Colored Pencil I
Fee: $ 198 members; $238 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Building on the foundation of colored pencil techniques and layering principles established in Colored Pencil I, this course focuses on advanced layering and blending techniques for creating a variety of surface textures; exercises designed for continued improvement of color perception skills; and advanced color theory, enhancing students’ knowledge of hue, value, intensity and temperature. Participants are encouraged to pack lunches for all 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

Developing Foreshortening and Perspective Botanical Drawing Skills

Dates: Saturday, Dec. 6, 13 and 20
Time: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Melissa Fabian
Objective: To be able to develop foreshortening and perspective botanical drawing skills
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I
Fee: $ 165 members; $195 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Understanding foreshortening, various perspectives and shadow placement can make the most challenging botanical drawing a success. During this three-session course, students will work from various botanical forms, including twining vines, contorted branching, and cup- or trumpet-shaped blooms. The drawing exercises presented will supplement Botanical Drawing I and II concepts and allow further focused practice. Participants are encouraged to pack lunches for all sessions.

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

Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Calligraphy

Dates: Saturday, Oct. 11, 18 and 25
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Christine Hutson
Objective: To be able to use calligraphy skills with a flat pen or flat brush
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 66 members; $96 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

This beginner’s class will focus on flat pen or flat brush calligraphy in both traditional and modern lettering styles. One lettering style will be taught, though students can try others if they wish. The purpose of this class is to help students who may want to incorporate fine lettering into their illustrations and art projects and would like to get a start in basic calligraphy.

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

Botanical Art and Illustration elective