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Watercolor Orchids (Four-Week Series)

Saturdays, January 10–31, 1–4pm

The Orchids exhibition serves as inspiration for creating beautiful watercolor works of art. Photograph and sketch in the biomes before studio painting time. Step-by-step lessons, handouts, and one-on-one instruction provided for beginners. Led by Mindy Newman.

Jan. 10: The Vignette – A botanical study of a single orchid. Learn drawing skills such as contour line and watercolor basics including taping down paper, making and laying washes, holding brushes, and wet-into-wet and dry brush techniques. 

Jan. 17: Traditional Still Life – A study in comparison, with vase and table, of the orchids through use of the horizontal line, understanding of overlap and perspective drawing. Explore various techniques of dimensional painting.

Jan. 24: Composite Design/Abstract with Realism – Rearrange orchid photographs with abstract forms. Circles, squares and triangles bring together color fields to enhance and convey patterns of line and form.

Jan. 31: Orchids in their Environments – learn to work directly from sketches, followed by painting in the studio; light weight drawing boards, pencils and erasers required. 

$40 members; $50 non-members (for series) 
$18 members; $20 non-members (per class)

Watercolor Gardens (Four-Week Series)

Saturdays, February 14–March 7, 1–4pm
Use the living subjects in Conservatory biomes or outside in Franklin Park as inspiration while learning various painting techniques each week. Supplies list provided upon registration. Led by Mindy Newman.

Feb. 14: Heart of My Heart – For Valentine’s Day, explore the colors of emotions with a graphic design full of playful hearts.

Feb. 21: What’s in a Name? – Use your name to create an abstract design in color and composition. Explore the alphabet as letters become circles, squares and triangles. 

Feb. 28: What I Did on My Summer Vacation – Bring in photos of your favorite garden spot from vacations past. Reminisce of warm weather as you recreate a memory of summer. 

Mar. 7: Shamrocks, Leprechauns & Anything Green – Play with the green palette by creating monochromatic painting for St. Patrick’s Day. Great class for beginners.
$44 members; $50 non-members (for series)
$18 members; $20 non-members (per class)

Orchid Beauties (Colored Pencil)

Saturday, March 21, 10am–3pm
Saturday, March 28, 10am–3pm
Explore the wonders of orchids and illustrate their rare beauty with colored pencils on pastel paper. Pack a lunch or visit the Garden Café. Supplies list provided upon registration. Led by Mindy Newman.
$35 members; $40 non-members