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Ongoing Art Classes at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2018 WINTER/SPRING

WATERCOLOR SHADES OF GRAY WITH HILLARY PARKER

Mixing and painting neutral colors is a fun challenge and the focus for this class geared to students with previous watercolor experience.  Join Hillary in the studio and learn how to create just the right shades of gray to paint the delicate colors and textures of the beautiful dried seed pods, coconut shells, bird nests, dried leaves and branches found throughout the garden.

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

Mondays, January 22, January 29, and February 5 (three sessions)

 

 

FAIRCHILD'S BIRDS IN WATERCOLORS WITH HILLARY PARKER

Identify, observe, sketch, and paint the many different types of beautiful local and migratory birds found here at Fairchild.  This is a wonderful class and great opportunity for artists of all levels who love birds, to learn more about their lifestyles and also develop and practice important drawing and watercolor techniques including washes and dry brush detail work.  Students will create beautiful bird studies that also include feathers and nests of birds that call Fairchild home.

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

Mondays, March 5, March 12, and March 19 (three sessions)

 

 

ORCHID BLOOMS IN WATERCOLORS WITH HILLARY PARKER

Join us as we delve into the mysterious world of orchids and as we get to know the stories behind the pollinators and discover their roll in the unique fashion, form, and function of an orchid bloom.  Focusing on the tropical orchids at Fairchild and the orchids of the high elevation cloud forest.  Students with basic drawing experience will enjoy this class as we create delicate studies of orchid blooms in graphite and watercolors.

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

Mondays, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23, and April 30 (five sessions)

 

 

ABC's OF DRAWING AND WATERCOLORS WITH HILLARY PARKER

Whether you are just getting started, want a review from one of Hillary's previous drawing/painting classes, or already have drawing and watercolor experience and are looking for a fresh new approach, this class is for you and offers a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor when it comes to learning the basics of how to draw and paint with watercolors.  The focus will be on using line, form, and light to create drawings specifically in preparation to paint with watercolors.  Students will also learn comprehensive foundation skills with the 4 basic variables of watercolors: paper, brush, pigment, and water.  Come join the fun!

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

Tuesdays, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13, February 20, and February 27 (six sessions)

 

 

MARVELOUS MUSHROOMS IN WATERCOLOR WITH HILLARY PARKER

What a great opportunity for artists with previous experience to explore the mysterious and delicious worls of mushrooms!  Students will create a palette with a wide range of neutral browns and grays to show form and texture as we create delicate studies of various mushrooms.  Be ready to forage along grounds in the shady areas of the gardens, following a tropical shower in search of Farichild's mushrooms.

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

Tuesdays, March 6, March 13, and March 20 (three sessions)

 
 

LOTUS AND WATER LILIES IN WATERCOLORS WITH HILLARY PARKER

Let's make a splash as we delve into the underwater world of aquatic plants in the ponds at Fairchild!  Students will explore, observe, and sketch on location throughout the grounds of the garden and then return to the studio to create beautiful botanical studies in graphite and watercolors of the lovely lotus and water lilies.  This class is just right for those with previous watercolor experience and will focus on combining washes and dry brush to define texture and details of their plants.

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

Tuesdays, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24 (four sessions)

 
 

SATURDAYS IN THE STUDIO WITH HILLARY PARKER

Foundations in Drawing & Watercolors

Whether you are just starting out fresh, have taken this class before, or already have experience drawing and painting with watercolors, these 4 classes are for you and are fun and informative!  Through unique exercises, demonstrations, and personal guidance, each student progress and works independently at their own level, while building upon a strong foundation of skills in both drawing and watercolors.

9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Saturdays, January 13, February 10, April 28, May 5 (four sessions)

 
 

 

2017 FALL

AUTUMN LEAVES IN WATERCOLORS

This is a wonderful class for students with any previous experience working with watercolors. Come join the fun as we observe, sketch and paint freshly picked autumn leave flown in from New England and Wyoming, using the gorgeous fall palette of colors! Developing and refining skills and techniqes using washes, textures, and dry brush for details will be the focus, while painting maples, red oaks, aspen leaves and more!

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

Mondays, October 9 – November 6 (four sessions)


 

BASIC FOUNDATIONS IN WATERCOLORS

Using the natural beauty of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens for subject matter, this fun and fascinating class defies the myth that watercolors are “hard and unforgiving” and explores the basic tools, skills, and techniques needed for a realistic approach to painting with watercolors. Paper, water, pigment, and brushes are the tools to learn the basics of color theory, washes, glazes, and dry brush application. This effective class offers a basic and comprehensive understanding of this medium and is ideal for beginners looking to get started as well as for those with previous watercolor experience, looking for a review or a fresh new approach to developing a strong foundation of watercolors skills and techniques.

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

Tuesdays, October 10-24 (three sessions)


 

GOING WILD! WATERCOLOR NATURE STUDIES WITH HILLARY PARKER

Join is as we explore the abundance of Fairchild’s flora and fauna, taking a closer look at the importance of the symbiotic relationship between the plants, birds, reptiles, fish, and insects. Students will create beautiful and delicate nature studies as they observe, draw and paint the indegenous plant and wildlife with graphite, pen and watercolors.

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

Tuesdays, November 7 – December 5 – No class November 21 (four sessions)


 

A SATURDAY STUDIO WORKSHOP WITH HILLARY PARKER : Foundations in Drawing & Watercolors

Whether you are just starting out fresh, have taken this class before, or already have experience drawing and painting with watercolors, this class is for everyone! Through unique excercises, demonstrations and personal guidance, each student progresses and works independently, while building upon a strong foundation of skills in both drawing and watercolors.

9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 18 (one session)


 

CRAZY FOR COCONUTS: WATERCOLOR FUN WITH HILLARY PARKER

This is an ideal opportunity for those watercolor artists looking to develop, practice or refine their techniques to create strong 3-D form, mass, color, textures, and details. Come paint with us as we observe, draw and paint coconuts, while learning about the various stages of development up to sprouting seedings and sample some of the delicious milk and meat of nature’s edible art!

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

Mondays, November 27 – December 4 (two session)


 

 

 

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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