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.