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Introduction to Drawing
FOR BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION

This class explores drawing materials (papers and pencils), line quality and expressiveness as well as basic aids to drawing (types of rulers, compass and stencils). Students study the basics of proportion, perspective and composition in addition to simple approaches to rendering form with tone. The class works with botanical subjects appropriate to the season. Students complete one or more drawing(s) of a simple botanical subject of their choice, practicing the core concepts taught in the class. Accuracy is emphasized as well as artistic expressiveness.  A list of recommended materials is sent after registration.  Lunch is on your own each day. Instructors:  Hazel Buys, Claudette Baker and Tom Case

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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.

Register Member $285

Register Non-Member $342

Dates:
Saturday, January 28, 2023 - Saturday, February 18, 2023
Time:
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Event Details

Introduction to Drawing for Botanical Illustration Hazel BuysGES: BI, 20, required*

This class takes place over 4 Saturdays:

  • January 28
  • February 4
  • February 11
  • February 18

*This is the first required course in the sequence of classes for the Botanical Illustration Certificate Candidates.  This course is also open to non-certificate students.

Fee includes course workbook and $50 of consumable supplies.

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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.

Claudette Baker comes from a long lineage of artists and has lived her life as a student and teacher of various artistic practices. She taught art to children, served as a guest artist at the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, and is a graduate of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s botanical illustration program. Claudette’s favorite medium is pencil, both color and graphite. She is a free spirit who accepts all with open arms. As a teacher, she encourages students to learn the basics as the first step in their journey to find their own style and voice. You can follow her on Instagram @claudette_baker.

Tom Case is an artist and teacher who enjoys exploring the natural world through the lens of Botany. After retiring from teaching public school, he completed the Certificate of Botanical Illustration at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. His interests include drawing and painting, as well as botany, garden history, and landscape design. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied painting, printmaking, and ceramics.

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