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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. Day 1 is in the classroom, with distribution of materials, a beginning lecture, demos and detailed information on how to access Stephey Baker’s private network and how the two weeks of online instruction will function. Weeks two and three are conducted online via Stephey’s private network where pre-recorded videos are available 24/7. In this forum, students may ask questions, and share comments and observations with the group at their own pace. During these two weeks, Stephey schedules mini one-on-one check ins and tweaks lessons for individual needs. Students come to the final class with their color library and exercises. On that day, work is reviewed and a color matching exercise is conducted in person.

Our Garden continues to follow CDC recommendations and state guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Properly worn masks are required for indoor class participants regardless of vaccination status. Non-vaccinated participants are also required to wear masks when outdoors and unable to maintain 6 feet of social distancing. The Garden reserves the right to implement additional safety measures. Any updates will be communicated prior to class, if possible.

Register Member $210

Register Non-Member $252

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - Wednesday, October 6, 2021
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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:

  • Wednesday, September 15, 10 am – 3:30 pm in person
  • September 16 – October 5, online 24/7, individual check-ins with instructor
  • Wednesday, October 6, 10 am – 3:30 pm in person

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