Learn Botanical Drawing and Painting in Three Sessions at Audubon

Both beginners and seasoned artists and naturalists can improve their observation skills and their drawing and watercolor techniques at a three-session workshop at Audubon Community Nature Center. The class will be Saturday mornings, October 7, 14, and 21, 2017.

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Audubon Community Nature Center

Audubon Community Nature Center is offering a unique opportunity to learn “The Art of Botanical Drawing and Painting.”

In three Saturday morning sessions presented by two artists on staff, you can learn the basics of nature drawing and painting from observation.

Ruby Miller and Kim Turner will tag team instruction from 9 a.m. to noon on October 7, 14, and 21, 2017. Deadline for registration is Monday, September 25.

Artists and naturalists alike can benefit from this workshop. Beginners and seasoned artists are invited to hone their observation skills while developing drawing and watercolor techniques.

The sessions will progress each week, culminating with a finished watercolor painting of a botanical study. The methods used throughout the workshop are inspired by Agathe Ravet-Haevermans’s book, The Art of Botanical Drawing: An Introductory Guide.

Miller completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. She works in several different media including sculpture, printmaking, and illustration. Turner received her Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University Bloomington and has taught art to all ages. She works primarily through drawing, small sculptural work, and photography. Their portfolios are heavily influenced by nature and concepts of collecting.

The fee for all three sessions is $92 or $69 for Nature Center members.

Materials fee is $25. If you prefer to supply your own materials, you will need: 3 paint brushes, 6 tubes of watercolor paint, 12 pans of watercolor paint, 3 watercolor pencils, 1 graphite pencil, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 eraser, 1 mixing tray, watercolor paper and sketch paper. For clarification on materials, you can call (716) 569-2345.

Enrollment is limited. Paid reservations are required by noon on Monday, September 25, 2017: Call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or reserve online at the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

While not required for the class, The Art of Botanical Drawing can be purchased in Audubon’s Blue Heron Gift Shop.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.