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IMPORTANT: This is a hybrid class. Read the entire description for information on how the class will be conducted.

It can seem watercolor painting needs only water + watercolor paint. Mix them together, apply to paper with a brush and voila! It’s not quite that simple. It helps when you can identify the physical properties of paints and pigments plus understand how to read paint labels. Learn why all these characteristics–and more–matter to creating a successful botanical painting. The goal is to decode the basics of color theory and mixing watercolor paint with hands-on exercises. Stephey Baker guides you through the process step-by-step. Hone your color mixing skills in a relaxed and inspired environment through creative discussion and testing/evaluating of watercolor paints. Color matching accuracy, artistic expression and establishing a personal creative process are emphasized.

NOTE: This is a hybrid class, with beginning and end in-person sessions. Students are expected to work on their own and post progress regularly. The instructor will be available for individual check ins during the online portion of the class. A mandatory orientation session for the online portion is included. See details below in the linked syllabus.

Some materials are provided. Click on the link below for additional required materials.

Our Garden continues to follow CDC recommendations and state guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Properly worn masks are strongly recommended for indoor class participants regardless of vaccination status. The Garden reserves the right to implement additional safety measures. Any updates will be communicated prior to class, if possible.

All programs are subject to change.

Register Member $250

Register Non-Member $294

Thursday, May 4, 2023 - Thursday, May 25, 2023
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Event Details

Color Mixing with Stephey BakerGES: BI, 20, required*

*This class provides 20 hours of required credit for the Botanical Illustration Certificate Program.  Required pre-requisites are Introduction to Drawing, and Intermediate Drawing.

This course takes place over 4 weeks as follows:

  • The first day of class is in-person at the Garden on Thursday, May 4, 10 am – 3:30 pm.
  • On Friday, May 5, 10 am – 12:30 pm, there is an online orientation via Zoom.
  • The last day of class is in-person at the Garden on Thursday, May 25, 10 am – 3:30 pm.
  • In between the first and last day of class, there will be virtual coursework. A new lesson and exercise will be posted on Thursday of each week.

Click here to view and print the syllabus.

Click here to view and print the class supply list.

About the instructor

Stephey Baker is an artist specializing in pen and ink, watercolor, color theory, and graphic design for the professional artist community. Her lifelong connection to nature led her to botanical illustration, with a special interest in pollinating insects and the plants that nurture them. Stephey obtained her botanical illustration certificate at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. She believes in cultivating a curious spirit and finds joy in teaching others how to easily connect to their artistic side. Stephey lives in Church Hill with her rescued cats and dogs and tends to an urban garden full of life. In her favorite dreams, she can talk to Bumble Bees. Learn more at markedbythemuse.com