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Ongoing Art Classes at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGISTER FOR CLASSES AT FAIRCHILD: Click Here

 

 

 

2016 WINTER/SPRING

WATERCOLOR II – WASHES, GLAZES, TEXTURES AND DETAILS

Whether you have taken Watercolor Basics with Hillary Parker or have previous watercolor experience of your own, this class is a great way to practice your watercolors skills and develop successful habits with washes, glazes, textures and details. Students gain confidence and ease as they have fun creating studies and small paintings inspired by the natural beauty of Fairchild.

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mondays, January 11 – February 29 (eight sessions)


 

NATURE’S SKETCHBOOK: DRAWING AND PAINTING

This class is a great opportunity for everybody who is inspired by the Garden and enjoys being outdoors to capture the beauty of nature and create first sketches of the marvelous surroundings. This class is open to novice and experienced artists alike who are interested in joining us as we explore, sketch and paint the various gardens and picturesque vistas at Fairchild. Students create hand bound art journals while working at their own levels “plein air style” at various locations, learning to comfortably and effectively use graphite, pen and ink, colored pencils and watercolors. Time will be evenly spent outside and in the classroom studio.

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, January 19 – February 9 (four sessions)


 

WATERCOLORS I: THE BASICS

Enjoy your Saturday mornings with this fun and informative course that will cover the basics of painting with watercolors. Join us as we explore the range of the four tools used in this medium: paper, pigments, brushes, and water. Students will learn basic skills and practice building confidence thru exercises and watercolor studies from the beautiful subjects found in nature that surround us here on the glorious grounds of Fairchild.

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Saturdays, February 6 – March 19* (six sessions)

*No class on March 12


 

FUN WITH FERNS AND FIDDLEHEADS IN GRAPHITE AND WATERCOLORS

Students learn the basics of a fern’s life cycle and ecology, along with the components that make up its structure, including the fronds, rhizomes, roots, sporangia and spores. With field notes thru keen observation and sketches, this class focuses on creating delicate botanical studies in graphite and watercolors of a few of the 13,000 species that have been growing on our planet for over 300 million years.

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Mondays, March 7 − 14 (two sessions)


 

DRAWING FOR WATERCOLORS

Creating a drawing in preparation for a painting in watercolors is very different than drawing something for any other purpose. Students will have fun gaining confidence in their ability to develop the skills of keen observation and effective drawing in preparation for the water and pigment on watercolor paper, with the awareness of line, form, light, texture and details.

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, April 19 – May 24 (six sessions)

 

 

DRAWN TO NATURE KIDS ART CAMP

Join naturalist and artist, Hillary Parker as we observe, explore, discover and create beautiful works of art that are inspired by the natural beauty of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. This art camp is for kids (8–11years of age) who love art and nature and want to develop and build strong art skills while having fun working in a studio environment and outside on location, “plein air” style. Using colored pencils, watercolors, collage, pen and ink and mixed media, students will learn lifelong art skills while creating works of art inspired by famous artists and our lush tropical surroundings. Supply fee of $10 payable to instructor on first day of each camp.

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Section A: Monday-Friday, June 13 – 17

Section B: Monday-Friday, June 20 – 24

Section B: Monday-Friday, June 27 – July 1

 

 

 

 

2015 SUMMER/FALL

 

OCTOBER 5- NOVEMBER 30 (no class Nov 16)

1:30pm-4:30pm

 

WATERCOLORS II: WASHES, GLAZES, TEXTURES, AND DETAILS

 

Whether you have taken Watercolor Basics with Hillary Parker or have taken her Watercolors II class before, this class is a great way to continue to practice and build upon your watercolors skills by deveoloping successful habits with washes, glazes, textures and details. Students gain confidence and progress individually at their own levels as we create studies and small paintings, inspired by the natural beauty of Fairchild Gardens.

 

 

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

 

9:30am-12:30pm

 

WATERCOLOR FINISHING TOUCHES WITH HILLARY PARKER

 

Knowing "how" to finish a painting and knowing "when" it's finished are skills that are just as important as knowing how to get started. This informative workshop with Hillary Parker covers finishing techniques to prepare artwork for juried level exhibitions. Topics and demonstrations cover details, texture, sharpening and cleaning edges, balancing contrast, as well as developing individual criteria for assessment. Students are encouraged to bring "paintings in progress" for problem solving discussion, trouble shooting and completion.

 

*Previous botanical watercolors experience is recommended

 

 

 

OCTOBER 26, 2015

 

9:30am-12:30pm

 

WATERCOLOR TEXTURES AND DETAILS WITH HILLARY PARKER

 

Join Hillary Parker in this fun and informative watercolor workshop to identify, articulate, draw and paint the textures and details found in nature such as rough, ridged, smooth, fuzzy, glossy, crackeled, peeling, frayed, torn, bristled, etc...texture is everywhere!

 

*Previous botanical watercolors experience is recommended

 

 

THURSDAY JULY 30, 2015

 

10am-2pm

 

TROPICAL FRUITS IN WATERCOLORS WITH HILLARY PARKER

 

This one day workshop with Hillary Parker focuses on painting the edible tropical fruits grown at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and throughout South Florida. Students have fun engaging all of their senses while sampling and painting delicious watercolor fruit studies that focus on mastering those elusive washes to show seemless form and brilliant color as well as layering in dry brush techniques to depict realistic texture and detail.

 

*Basic botanical watercolor skills recommended.

 

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