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Intermediate Watercolor

Students in this course will continue to build on fundamental skills acquired in Intermediate Drawing, Color Mixing, and Intro to Watercolor. Through hands-on experiences, artists increase their understanding of color. These experiences are designed to develop an “educated eye” capable of identifying hues, color temperatures and coordinating values with increased accuracy. Artists are guided step-by-step to complete watercolor studies (both within and outside the classroom) utilizing traditional watercolor techniques crucial to creating depth, form, and the illusion of three-dimensionality. Slow, methodical work is emphasized, as is the need to record and document observations accurately using the scientific method. Artists must demonstrate a thorough understanding of the entire painting process, from the preliminary work to the final product. This is done by visually documenting their planned approach from beginning to end. Pre-requisite: Introduction to Watercolor for Botanical Illustration.

All programs subject to change. Please note that the dates that were originally published for this course have changed. This now course begins in November 2023.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden strives to be a Garden for all and we are committed to offering diverse adult learning opportunities that are inclusive and accessible to all learners. If you would like to request an accommodation to support your participation in an adult learning opportunity at the Garden, please contact [email protected] or call 804-262-9887 x328 and we will make our best effort to help.

Register Member $250

Register Non-Member $300

Saturday, November 4, 2023 - Saturday, December 2, 2023
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Event Details

GES: BI, 20, required*

This course takes place over 4 Saturdays:

  • November 4
  • November 11
  • November 18
  • December 2

This course will skip Saturday, November 25th due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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

*This course 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.

Drawing Bumble Bees with Stephey BakerAbout 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