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Intermediate Watercolor

Proper lighting reveals structure, form, and texture. Color cards (from the Color Mixing course) help to identify leaf colors. Complete three detailed paintings of individual leaves on watercolor paper, and a final painting of multiple leaves on a vine. Pre-requisite: Introduction to Watercolor for Botanical Illustration. Instructors: Hazel Buys and Patrice Mason Hobbs.

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Register Non-Member $300

Saturday, September 9, 2023 - Saturday, September 30, 2023
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Event Details

Botanical Illustration Techniques for WatercolorGES: BI, 20, required*

This class takes place over 4 Saturdays:

  • September 9
  • September 16
  • September 23
  • September 30

This class is required for the Botanical Illustration Certificate Curriculum. Introduction to Watercolor is a pre-requisite for taking this class. Class may be repeated for 20 hours of elective credit.

*This class provides 20 hours of required credit for the Garden Education Series: Botanical Illustration Certificate. This course is only open to certificate students. To join the certificate program, please find more information here.

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Please note that students are responsible for supplying their own materials for this course.

About the Instructors

Hazel Buys has a certificate in Botanical Illustration from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and is lead instructor in the certificate program at the Garden. Her work is included in collections in Europe and in the United States.

Patrice Hobbs retired after 40 years working as an electron microscopist at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, with a focus on fish pathology and harmful algal bloom species. She has been a life-long artist, studying art in high school and as an undergrad at Virginia Tech while earning a B.S. in Biology. She has done scientific illustrations for the Virginia Sea Grant, The Beach Book: Science of the Shore written by her husband, Dr. Carl Hobbs, and illustrated multiple children’s historical fiction books written by Emilee Mason. An intense interest in the diversity in plant structure led to enrollment in the Botanical Illustration certificate of competence program at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which she completed in November of 2021. She is currently a member of the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region and the American Society of Botanical Artists. She plans to focus her work on indigenous plants.