2017 Spring classes

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Composition

    

Black and white value studies, marker. © Patricia Savage.

Class Size Limit: 15

Date: Sundays, Jan 8, 15, 22, 29

Time: 1:15-4:45pm

Location: Joslin Classroom, 1 (C107); UNC Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Medium: Pencil

Class Size Limit: 12

Cost: $135 members and $150 non-members

This course is a broad study in the elements that formulate a good composition. Students learn how to make visual choices and determine how parts of a plant are arranged on the page to balance botanical accuracy and artistic sensitivity. No prerequisites. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members)

Contact: You may register in person at the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Education Center or call the Garden at 919-962-0522, weekdays 8 – 5, to verify space availability. You may also go online and register at http://ncbg.unc.edu/certificate-programs/

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New! Spiders

Watercolor. © Patricia Savage.

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am

Location: NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Naturalist Center, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 121 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603

Age: 12+

Medium: Pencil

Prerequisite: None

Class Size Limit: 12

Cost: $30 (non-member), $25 (member)

Some spiders look really creepy and some look really friendly. Students will study the basic anatomy of spiders and learn some basic drawing skills using really cool specimens from the Museum collections as their subjects. Museum will provide supplies.

Contact: Debbie Huston, 919.707.9840, debbie.huston@naturalsciences.org,  http://naturalsciences.org/calendar/event/drawing-spiders/ – ne and register at http://ncbg.unc.edu/certificate-programs/

 

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New! Snakes

Black and white version of watercolor. © Patricia Savage.

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am

Location: NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Naturalist Center, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 121 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603

Age: 12+

Medium: Pencil

Prerequisite: None

Class Size Limit: 12

Cost: $30 (non-member), $25 (member)

Snakes locomotion can befuddle the budding artist. Students will study the basic anatomy of this slithery reptile and learn some basic drawing skills using wonderful specimens from the Museum collections as their subjects. Museum will provide supplies.

Contact: Debbie Huston, 919.707.9840, mailto:debbie.huston@naturalsciences.org, http://naturalsciences.org/calendar/event/drawing-snakes/

 

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Intermediate Drawing

Black and white version of watercolor. © Patricia Savage.

Date: Sundays, Feb. 26, March 5, 12, 19, 2017

Time: 1:15 – 4:45 pm

Location: Joslin Classroom, 1 (C106); UNC Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Medium: Pencil

Prerequisites: Beginning Drawing

Class Size Limit: 12

Cost: $135 members and $150 non-members

In this class, students learn the skills needed to produce a clear, accurate pencil drawing. Specifics of the course include; contour drawing, values, tonal gradation, rendering plant anatomy, plate composition, and working with microscopes.

Contact: You may register in person at the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Education Center or call the Garden at 919-962-0522, weekdays 8 – 5, to verify space availability. You may also go online and register at http://ncbg.unc.edu/certificate-programs/

 

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New! Salamanders

Watercolor. © Patricia Savage.

Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am

Location: NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Naturalist Center, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 121 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603

Age: 12+

Medium: Pencil

Prerequisite: None

Class Size Limit: 12

Cost: $30 (non-member), $25 (member)

From the mountains to the coastal swamps, North Carolina has an abundance of salamanders. Students will study the basic anatomy of these amphibians and learn some basic drawing skills using live and preserved specimens.

Contact: Debbie Huston, 919.707.9840, debbie.huston@naturalsciences.org,http://naturalsciences.org/calendar/event/drawing-salamanders/

 

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Portfolio Preparation: What you Need to Know for NCBG Graduation

Date: Sundays, March 26, April 2, 2017

Time: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Location: Joslin Classroom, 1 (C106); UNC Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Prerequisite: None

Cost: $40 (non-member), $35 (NCBG member)

An artist’s portfolio is an edited collection of their best artwork intended to showcase an artist’s style or method of work. In this class, students learn how to assemble, label and organize a portfolio (also called a presentation book).

Contact: You may register in person at the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Education Center or call the Garden at 919-962-0522, weekdays 8 – 5, to verify space availability. You may also go online and register at http://ncbg.unc.edu/certificate-programs/

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NEW! Moths

Graphite Pencil, © P Savage

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am

Location: NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Naturalist Center, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 121 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603

Age: 12+

Medium: Pencil

Prerequisite: None

Class Size Limit: 12

Cost: $30 (non-member), $25 (member)

Moths look like butterflies but there are subtle anatomical differences. Students will study the basic anatomy of moths and learn some basic drawing skills using beautiful specimens from the Museum collections as their subjects. Museum will provide supplies.

Contact: Debbie Huston, 919.707.9840, mailto:debbie.huston@naturalsciences.org, http://naturalsciences.org/calendar/event/drawing-moths/

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Integrating Composition and Color Theory

Kaffir Lily

Chalk Pastel. © Patricia Savage.

Date: Sundays, April 23, 30, May 7, 21, 2017

Time: 1:15 – 4:45pm

Location: Joslin Classroom, 1 (C106); UNC Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517l

Medium: Watercolor

Prerequisite: Composition, Intermediate Watercolor

Cost: $125 (non-member), $115 (NCBG member)

In this class students learn the basics of color and the techniques for properly mixing pigments to match a specific color. Concepts of the color wheel and analogous/complementary colors are explored through instruction and numerous exercises. The three attributes of color – hue, value and intensity are also covered. Prerequisites: Composition, Intermediate Watercolor.

Contact: You may register in person at the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Education Center or call the Garden at 919-962-0522, weekdays 8 – 5, to verify space availability. You may also go online and register at http://ncbg.unc.edu/certificate-programs/

 

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New! Sea Shells

Scratchboard and pen and ink. © Patricia Savage.

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am

Location: NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Naturalist Center, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 121 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603

Age: 12+

Medium: Pencil

Prerequisite: None

Class Size Limit: 12

Cost: $30 (non-member), $25 (member)

Summer is almost here and along with summer are visits to the beach. Learn some basic skills to draw the shells you find in the sand using shells from the Museum collections as your subjects. Museum will provide supplies.

Contact: Debbie Huston, 919.707.9840, mailto:debbie.huston@naturalsciences.org, http://naturalsciences.org/calendar/event/drawing-seashells/

 

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Depth and Perspective

Chalk Pastel. © Patricia Savage.

Date: Sundays, June 4, 11, 18, Saturday, 24, 2017

Time: 1:15 – 4:45pm

Location: Joslin Classroom, 1 (C106); UNC Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Medium: pencil/pen

Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing

Cost: $125 (non-member), $115 (NCBG member)

Learning how to “see” depth and perspective frequently flummoxes artists. This 4-week course will teach the student how to create the illusion of depth and informal techniques in sighting perspective.

Contact: You may register in person at the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Education Center or call the Garden at 919-962-0522, weekdays 8 – 5, to verify space availability. You may also go online and register at http://ncbg.unc.edu/certificate-programs/

 

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Creating Subtle and Luminous Muted Color

Chalk Pastel. © Patricia Savage.

2017 Guild of Natural Science Illustrator’s Annual Conference

July 26-August 2, 2017. Details forthcoming.

Muted, harmonious color should be the majority of a painting. These colors provide the eye with restful passages. Properly done, saturated color can then brilliantly vibrate against these subtle hues. Students will initially explore the relationships between warm and cool hues and then progress to complementary color using the triadic palette. Muted colors can be quite frustrating to mix. Artists often find that when mixed, their paints create muddied tones that don’t work. Our goal is how to produce clear, clean browns, and grays and greens that are luminously nuanced.