Cost: $30/member, $40/nonmember per class

$275/member, $375/nonmember for the entire series/10

January 10 - Charcoal, Lines & Trees: This class will explore basic drawing and observation techniques. Plants from the UT Gardens’ collection will be our models, as we apply the 

January 24 - Black & White Conifers: Here we will focus on the forms, textures and mass of conifers. We will work to interpret and express those qualities through the observation of  light and value using only black & white, dry & wet media.

February 14 - Late Winter Color: In this class we will explore the gardens in search of colorful winter interest specimens. We will then explore the basic principles of color theory as we observe and render our cut specimens using colored pencils.

February 28 - Color & Depth: Using acrylic on wood, we will work to observe and render cuttings of a unique and colorful winter interest specimen. We will begin pre-study drawings and exploring composition.


Paintings created by class participants.

March 14 - Spring Still-Life: With 15th & 16th century Flemish and Dutch masters in mind, we will cut, arrange and draw our own still-life masterpieces. We will use pastels and various mid-range colored to black drawing papers to help us break through the standards of the color wheel and understand the less exalted realities of the color spectrum.

March 28 - Spring Flower Portraits: This class will focus on the selection, placement, observation and rendering of a single cut spring flower. Using watercolor on watercolor paper, we will explore mixing colors, timing and patience when working with fresh spring models cut from the gardens.

April 11 - Pastels in the Gardens: Here we will turn to basic techniques of drawing and observation as we work outside. We will use pastels and various papers as we explore and express single specimens, beds and vistas in the gardens.

April 18 - Sketching with Watercolor: We will observe landscape watercolors by masters, then go out into the gardens to find our own vistas to sketch with watercolors and to help us to discovery the boundaries and nuances of the medium, as well as the artist’s need to edit.

May 16 - Drawing for Botanic Realism: We will work with pencils and erasers to explore and strengthen observational techniques, as well as accurate rendering of species within the UT Gardens’ collection using line, value and texture.

May 30 - Painting Iris: One goal in this class will be to produce an accurate likeness of a specific iris cultivar in the gardens’ collection using dry-brush watercolor technique. The other, will be to create a loose, expressive painting of a mass of iris or other flowers using watercolor, pastels or charcoal through direct outdoor observation.



Paintings created by class participants.

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