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International Botanical Watercolor Workshops

 

2018

 

JULY 2-6 and 9-13

COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS – BOOTHBAY MAINE

NATURE ILLUSTRATION CAMP FOR KIDS
Does your child love to draw and have an appreciation for birds, bugs and/or butterflies? Naturalist and international award winning botanical watercolor artist, Hillary Parker, will be returning this summer to teach two weeks of theme-based Nature Illustration Camps (see theme descriptions below). Setting out daily to sketch and paint on location throughout the Gardens, students will develop a strong foundation of observation, drawing, and painting skills while creating a portfolio of botanical studies and natural science illustrations using pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, and watercolors. On the last day of camp, family and friends will be invited to an art reception where our young artists will share their work and present their experiences as naturalists, botanists and artists! All art supplies are included with this camp.
CONTACT: www.mainegardens.org

 

JULY 16-18

COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS – BOOTHBAY MAINE

CAPTURING BUTTERFLIES IN WATERCOLORS
Join naturalist and international award winning botanical artist Hillary Parker for a fabulous 3-day watercolor workshop, offering a unique opportunity to observe, draw, and paint the mysterious beauties, living in CMBG's new butterfly house!  Open to all artists with basic drawing and watercolor experience, students will develop, buils upon and master effective graphite and watercolor skills, including washes and dry brush detail techniques, to create and compose delicate, informative studies that include stages of transformation, host & feeder plants, and accurate anatomy of a butterfly.

CONTACT: www.mainegardens.org

 

JUNE 6-8
THE BASCOM: CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS – Highlands, North Carolina
GONE WILD! Smokey Mountain Wildflowers in Watercolors

Be inspired by the  colorful wildflowers of the Smokey Mountains and come join international award-winning naturalist and botanical watercolor artist Hillary Parker for her 3- day workshop focusing on nature's wild beauties! This fun and challenging workshop is open to all skill levels for students with previous drawing and watercolor experience. Students explore Bascom’s Nature Trail observing, sketching and collecting wildflowers in bloom to focus on back  in the studio, creating  informative, delicate botanical studies in graphite and watercolors. Demonstrations, discussions, and individual instruction will challenge students to develop, build upon, and master essential skills in observation, drawing, composition and watercolor techniques such as washes, glazes and dry brush detail work. 
CONTACT: www.thebascom.org or call (828)526-4949



2017

NOVEMBER 8-9

WATERFOWL FESTIVAL – EASTON MARYLAND

FLIGHTS OF FANCY

Join Hillary Parker, naturalist and international award-winning watercolor artist, for her fun and

comprehensive workshop that takes a closer look at the indigenous waterfowl of the area, as

students focus on painting delicate feathers, intricately woven nests, and a variety of eggs. This is

an excellent opportunity for all watercolor artists to fine tune and master their skills in a detailed

and controlled approach to watercolors. Through lively discussions and step by step

demonstrations, Hillary challenges her students to develop and master watercolor techniques in

form, texture, and detail, while working individually with each artist to guide and encourage them

to capture their subject’s beauty with scientific accuracy.

CONTACT: www.waterfowlfestival.org

 

OCTOBER 2-6
ART ASSOCIATION OF JACKSON HOLE – JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
THE ART OF NATURE: AN AUTUMN BOTANICAL & NATURLA HISTORY WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP

Join international award winning botanical watercolor artist and naturalist, Hillary Parker, for a fun and engaging 5 day workshop that focuses on the colorful autumn flora and fauna living throughout the Grand Tetons! This comprehensive workshop is open to all levels of drawing and watercolor experience, as Hillary uses her passion for art and nature to encourage and guide her students to develop and strengthen their keen observation skills, effective drawing skills, and detailed watercolor techniques. Students will be creating beautiful nature studies in graphite and watercolors of indegenous treasures such as local plants, wild flowers, pumpkins, autumn leaves, feathers, wildlife, etc. The majority of this informative workshop will take place in the studio, with an exciting field trip to Grand Teton Natoinal Park that will be scheduled for one of the days, offering students an opportunity to explore, sketch and paint on location, plein air style.
CONTACT: www.artassociation.org or call (307)733-6379


SEPTEMBER 22-24
ACADEMY ART MUSEUM – WYE MILLS, MARYLAND
BOTANICAL WATETRCOLOR WORKSHOP 

Hillary Parker returns this fall for an exciting 3-day workshop, that explores the foundations of botanical watercolors.  Whether you are a novice looking to get started, have taken her workshop last fall,  or are already an experienced artist looking for a unique and different approach, this fun and comprehensive  course uses the abundant resources of local and indigenous plant life for inspiration. Students are challenged to strengthen and reinforce their keen observation and drawing skills as they focus on developing, building upon, and mastering watercolor painting techniques that include washes, glazes, textures, and fine line detail work.
CONTACT: www.academyartmuseum.org or call (410)822-2787


SEPTEMBER 18-20
BALTIMORE WATERCOLOR SOCIETY – BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
BOTANICAL WATETRCOLOR WORKSHOP
 
Join Hillary Parker for an exciting 3-day workshop exploring the concepts, skills and techniques for a controlled and detailed approach to  painting botanical watercolors. Whether you are a novice or experienced artist looking for a refresher, this effective and informative course allows everyone to paint at their own skill level with the guidance of Hillary’s demonstrations and individual attention. Students will focus on the process of building 3-D form and accurate colors using washes, glazes, fine line work, and dry brush detailing to effectively create delicate, accurate botanical studies.


JULY 17-18
COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS – BOOTHBAY MAINE
GONE WILD: MAINE WILDFLOWERS IN WATERCOLORS

Be inspired by Maine's bounty of wildflowers and come join award-winning naturalist and botanical watercolor artist Hillary Parker for her 2- day workshop focusing on nature's "roadside beauties"! This fun and challenging workshop is open to all skill levels for students with previous drawing and watercolor experience. Students will create informative and delicate botanical studies using graphite and watercolors, while also being challenged to develop, build upon, and master skills in observation, drawing, composition and watercolor techniques such as washes and dry brush detail work.


JULY 3-14
COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS – BOOTHBAY MAINE
NATURE ILLUSTRATION CAMP FOR KIDS

Does your child love to draw and have an appreciation for birds, bugs and/or butterflies? Naturalist and international award winning botanical watercolor artist, Hillary Parker, will be returning this summer to teach two weeks of theme-based Nature Illustration Camps (see theme descriptions below). Setting out daily to sketch and paint on location throughout the Gardens, students will develop a strong foundation of observation, drawing, and painting skills while creating a portfolio of botanical studies and natural science illustrations using pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, and watercolors. On the last day of camp, family and friends will be invited to an art reception where our young artists will share their work and present their experiences as naturalists, botanists and artists! All art supplies are included with this camp.
Week 1, July 3-7: Bugs, Blooms and Butterflies - Students will put their investigative skills to work as they collect, study and illustrate some of the smallest critters living in our gardens and the flowers and plants they depend on. Students will also get up close and personal with the Monarch butterflies we are raising at the Gardens.
Week 2, July 10-14: Birds at the Gardens - From songbirds to seabirds and everything in between, students will spend the week becoming familiar with and learning to illustrate the birds that frequent our gardens, forests and tidal river. Using real life bird specimens, such as feathers, bones, skulls and even feet, students will also illustrate some of the unique traits that birds depend on for survival. A special visit from three live owls will provide further inspiration for the week.

 

JANUARY 14, 2017

WELLESLEY COLLEGE BOTANIC GARDENS – WELLESLEY, MA

MASTERING WASHES

This one-day intensive workshop is ideal for students at every level of watercolor painting skill and experience and covers the most important and fundamental watercolor technique, WASHES! Knowing instinctively how much water and pigment to apply, as well as where and when, eliminates anxiety and frustration as students have fun creating layered washes, rolling washes, and practice building form, texture and details thru washes. Hillary’s demonstrations, analysis & trouble shooting, as well as individual guidance throughout the day, offers students the opportunity to strengthen foundations skills and find ease and confidence as they master the ever-elusive wash.


 

JANUARY 10-12, 2017

WELLESLEY COLLEGE BOTANIC GARDENS – WELLESLEY, MA

EXPRESSING YOUR ARTISTIC VOICE THROUGH COMPOSITION

This comprehensive workshop is ideal for students with intermediate to advanced drawing skills and takes a look at composition as a process that begins before the first stroke of the pencil ever touches the paper. Through fascinating exercises and assignments that challenge thinking in a more abstract way, students engage their keen observation skills and effective drawing skills to interpret the plant’s true nature and capture its vitality with scientific accuracy, freeing them from the limits of merely imitating their subject. This approach allows new opportunities for students to identify and express their individual artistic voice through their work.


 

January 12, 2017

 

WELLESLEY COLLEGE BOTANIC GARDENS – WELLESLEY, MA

WINE AND WATERCOLORS – A Social Sip and Paint Art Event with Hillary Parker

This event is for everyone, including those closet artists wanting a little “liquid courage” to pick up a paint brush for the first time! Grab your friends, bring your spouses and come join international award-winning botanical watercolor artist Hillary Parker for one of her social and educational art parties! With contagious enthusiasm and a passion for painting and teaching , she encourages her guests to enjoy some wine, meet new friends, and have fun learning some easy basics to creating simple and successful watercolor paintings. 


2016



NOVEMBER 9-10

 

WATERFOWL FESTIVAL – EASTON MARYLAND

FLIGHTS OF FANCY

Join Hillary Parker, naturalist and international award-winning watercolor artist, for her fun and comprehensive workshop that takes a closer look at the indigenous waterfowl of the area, as students focus on painting delicate feathers, intricately woven nests, and a variety of eggs. This is an excellent opportunity for all watercolor artists to fine tune and master their skills in a detailed and controlled approach to watercolors. Through lively discussions and step by step demonstrations, Hillary challenges her students to develop and master watercolor techniques in form, texture, and detail, while working individually with each artist to guide and encourage them to capture their subject’s beauty with scientific accuracy.

CONTACT: www.waterfowlfestival.org

 

 

 

 


SEPTEMBER 24-25 2016

 

ACADEMY ART MUSEUM - EASTON, MARYLAND

SEASONAL BOTANICALS

Capturing our "Indian Summer" harvest of botanicals in fruit and bloom is the theme for this workshop. Students have fun foraging to collect local flora to create delicate botanical studies in graphite and watercolors with scientific accuracy and detail. Focusing on the area's indigenous late summer flowers, woodland ferns, autumn leaves, and abundant harvest of apples & pumpkins, students enjoy learning to adapt, adjust, and problem solve using an effective repertoire of techniques, while applying seasonal color palettes and skills to each unique subject.

CONTACT: Academy Art Museum (410) 822-2787

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 8-11 2016

 

SOUTHERN VERMONT ART CENTER – MANCHESTER, VERMONT

 

THE ART OF NATURE: A BOTANICAL AND NATURAL HISTORY WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP

 

Join international award winning botanical watercolor artist and naturalist, Hillary Parker, for an exciting and engaging 4 day workshop that focuses on the colorful autumn botanicals of New England along with its abundant bird and animal life. Students will begin each day exploring along SVAC’s Botany Trail while identifying and gathering subjects to take back to the studio. Thru unique, skill building excercies, Hillary uses her passion for art and nature to encourage and guide her students to develop and strengthen their observation skills, effective sketching and drawing skills, and detailed watercolor techniques. Students will be applying their new skills as they create beautiful studies in graphite and watercolors of subjects such as plants, wild flowers, pumpkins, autumn leaves, feathers and nature’s treasures found throughout the forest floor of the Green Mountains.

 

CONTACT: S.V.A.C. (802)362-1405


 

 

JULY 11-15 2016

 

COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS – BOOTHBAY, MAINE
NATURE ILLUSTRATION CAMP

 

Does your child love to draw and have an appreciation for all things natural? Join us for a weeklong nature/art camp with naturalist and international award-winning botanical watercolor artist, Hillary Parker, who will be returning again this summer to share her knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for art and nature with young artists. Setting out daily to collect, sketch and paint on location throughout the Gardens, students will be armed with magnifying glasses and a variety of art supplies to become Botanical Art Explorers, as they spend the week discovering and learning more about this year’s CMBG theme, “The Relationship Between Plants and People”. By investigating the links between humans and plants thru medicine, folklore, traditions, mythology and diet, students gain a better understanding of their own connection to nature while having fun creating pictographs, painting with plant dyes, following the transformation from plant to product, sampling an edible spectrum, and recording, sketching and illustrating art journals of their discoveries throughout the week. On the last day of camp, family and friends will be invited to a fun and engaging artist reception where our young artists will share their journals and present their experiences as naturalists, botanists and artists!

CONTACT: www.mainegardens.org
(207) 633-4333(207) 633-4333


 

 

APRIL 23-24 2016

 

NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN

 

FROM IMITATION TO INTERPRETATION

 

Join award-winning watercolorist Hillary Parker for an inspiring weekend workshop! Challenge yourself to move beyond the strict approach of imitating a subject in nature. Instead, engage your keen observation and effective drawing skills to interpret your subject's true nature, while still capturing its vitality with scientific accuracy.
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I
 

CONTACT: New York Botanical Garden (718) 817-8700(718) 817-8700

 www.nybg.org

 

 

APRIL 25, 2016

 

NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN

 

PAINTING OUTSIDE THE BOX

 

When a standard sheet of watercolor paper just can't contain your enthusiasm or your subject, you need to "think outside the box." Creating a large-scale piece opens up a host of problems to solve, beyond creating enough work space and buying and managing large paper. In this presentation and discussion, get inspired by Hillary Parker's experience with tremendously large works.
 

CONTACT: New York Botanical Garden (718) 817-8700(718) 817-8700  

www.nybg.org


 

 

APRIL 8-10 2016

DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS

DELIBERATE COMPOSITION MASTERCLASS

From Imitation to Interpretation

This intensive master class looks at composition as a process that begins before the first stroke of the pencil ever touches the paper. Through fascinating exercises and assignments that challenge their thinking in a more abstract way, students engage their keen observation skills and advanced drawing skills to interpret the plant’s true nature and capture its vitality with scientific accuracy, freeing them from the crutch of directly copying their subject. This approach allows new opportunities for students to identify and express their individual artistic voice through their work. Fee: $310 member, $370 non-member. Prerequisites: Composition for Botanical Illustration

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


 


 

2015

 

OCTOBER 16, 2015

 

ASBA ANNUAL CONFERENCE –

 

FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDENS – CORAL GABLES, FL

 

FRUITS OF OUR LABOR: Washes, Textures & Detail
 

Inspired by the tropical fruits grown at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and throughout South Florida, students engage all of their senses while  painting delicious watercolor studies with an intensive focus of mastering those elusive washes to show seemless form as well as layering in dry brush techniques to depict realistic texture and detail.
 

CONTACT: www.asba.org

 

 

SEPTEMBER 17-20, 2015
 

PHILADELPHIA SOCIETY OF BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATORS
 

FROM IMITATION TO INTERPRETATION
 

This course invites students to move beyond the approach of imitating a subject in nature. Thru fascinating exercises and assignments that challenge their problem solving skills in a more abstract way, students engage their keen observation and effective drawing skills to interpret their subject’s true nature and learn how to capture its vitality with scientific accuracy, freeing them of the crutch of having to directly copy their subject. 
 

CONTACT: www.psbi-art.org

 

 

JULY 23-26, 2015
 

THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY & ART COLLECT AND BOTANICAL GARDENS – SAN MARINO, CA.
 

BOTANICAL ART SYMPOSIUM 
American Society of Botanical Artists & Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California  present an exhibit tour of the traveling botanical exhibit, Weird Wild, and Wonderful, workshops, lectures, portfolio sharing and Techniques Showcase.

 

CONTACT: www.bagsc.org


 

JULY 13-17, 2015

 

COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS – BOOTHBAY, MAINE

 

DRAWN TO NATURE – ART WORKSHOP 
 

Join naturalist and international award winning botanical watercolor artist Hillary Parker for a comprehensive week of fine art fun! Inspired by famous Maine artists and our beautiful gardens, students will enjoy developing a strong foundation of observation, drawing and painting skills while creating a portfolio of  landscapes, botanical studies, and natural science illustrations of birds, other animals and insects. We will be responding artistically to nature while working “en plein air” throughout the Gardens as well as in the studio experimenting and refining techniques using a variety of mediums including graphite, colored pencil, pen & ink, and watercolors. 
 

CONTACT: www.mainegardens.org
(207) 633-4333
(207) 633-4333

 

JULY 6-10, 2015
 

COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS – BOOTHBAY, MAINE
 

NATURE ILLUSTRATION CAMP
 

Does your child love to draw and have an appreciation for all things natural? Join us for a weeklong nature/art camp with naturalist and international award-winning botanical watercolor artist, Hillary Parker, who will be returning again this summer to share her knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for art and nature with young artists. Setting out daily to collect, sketch and paint on location throughout the Gardens, students will be armed with magnifying glasses and a variety of art supplies to become Botanical Art Explorers, as they spend the week discovering and learning more about this year’s CMBG theme, “The Relationship Between Plants and People”. By investigating the links between humans and plants thru medicine, folklore, traditions, mythology and diet, students gain a better understanding of their own connection to nature while having fun creating pictographs, painting with plant dyes, following the transformation from plant to product, sampling an edible spectrum, and recording, sketching and illustrating art journals of their discoveries throughout the week. On the last day of camp, family and friends will be invited to a fun and engaging artist reception where our young artists will share their journals and present their experiences as naturalists, botanists and artists!
 

CONTACT: www.mainegardens.org
(207) 633-4333
(207) 633-4333


 

JUNE 15-19  AND  JUNE 22-26, 2015

 

FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN
 

DRAWN TO NATURE ART CAMP AT FAIRCHILD (AGES 8-11yrs) 
 

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 who love art & 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 & ink and mixed media, students will learn lifelong  art skills while creating works of art inspired by famous artists and our lush tropical surroundings.
 

CONTACT: www.fairchildgarden.org

 

APRIL 25-26, 2015
 

NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN
 

FINISHING TOUCHES
 

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 2-day  informative course 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. 
 

CONTACT: New York Botanical Garden (718) 817-8700(718) 817-8700  

www.nybg.org

 

APRIL 18-19, 2015
 

GLYNN VISUAL ARTS – ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA
 

BOTANICAL WATERCOLORS WORKSHOP
 

Join Hillary Parker for an exciting and informative 2-day workshop exploring the foundations of botanical watercolors.  Whether you are a novice looking to get started or an experienced artist looking for a unique and different approach, this fun and innovative course uses the abundant resources of plant life here on the Golden Isles for endless inspiration. Students are challenged to strengthen and reinforce their keen observation and drawing skills as they focus on developing and refining painting techniques that include washes, glazes, textures, and fine line detail work.
 

CONTACT: Glynn Visual Arts (912)638-8770(912)638-8770

www.glynnart.org


 

FEBRUARY 25-26, 2015
 

UNIVERSITY OF DELEWARE
 

LANDSCAPE FIELD SKETCHING 
 

Engaging keen observation and effective drawing skills, students collect plant specimens and create scientifically detailed botanical studies in graphite with watercolor accents.

 

 

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