Classes & Workshops
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
Reading, PA

WInter Observations: Classes coming soon

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Richmond, VA

Beginning with Vellum:

Small Autumn Objects from Nature

Four Tuesdays: October 13-November 3,, 2020

9:30 am – 11:30 am ONLINE

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Unlike the stark white of paper, vellum has a warm color ranging from pale off-white to a rich honey. Additionally, the surface variation present in vellum results in a uniquely textured finished product. Learn basic tips and techniques for painting on vellum, starting with simple exercises on small scraps. Margaret discusses how paint and vellum work together and demonstrates how to build color and form. Explore simple drawings on vellum. This is ideal for botanical artists wanting an introduction to vellum or those wanting a refresher course in painting on this unique medium.

Mt Cuba Center
Hockessin, DE

Paint Like a Wyeth!

Thursday, October 29, 2020

10 am - 12 pm ONLINE

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Andrew Wyeth was a consummate nature artist, creating extra-fine, highly realistic textures using egg tempera as well as drybrush watercolor techniques. Mary Cronin, Dean of Education and Public Programs at Brandywine River Museum of Art, will discuss Wyeth’s family background and the artist’s use of nature as an inspiration for his work, using examples such as Blackberry Branch and Buttonwood Leaf. Botanical artists Carrie Di Costanzo and Margaret Saylor then present contemporary examples of botanical art using egg tempera and demonstrate how it is applied to a gessoed panel. Learn what it’s like to paint like a Wyeth!

Guided Studio at Mt Cuba Center

Five Thursdays: Nov 12 - Dec 17 ONLINE

(no class Thanksgiving Day)

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Enjoy drawing and painting in the virtual company of others in a relaxed, supportive environment. Begin a new work of art, continue working on pieces already started, or simply refresh your drawing skills in this dedicated studio time. Explore a variety of techniques and mediums used in creating botanical art while the instructor provides individualized direction. All levels of experience are welcome!
Select art materials you are familiar with and comfortable using: watercolor, graphite, or colored pencil.

Fleisher Art Memorial

Philadelphia, PA


Botanical Art

Eight Mondays: Sept 21 - Nov 9 

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm ONLINE

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Contemporary botanical art is a thriving genre! Explore this captivating world with a deliberate approach to drawing and painting. We’ll focus on botanical art through the ages, take a look at what current artists are creating, and examine basic drawing and painting skills through the lens of botanical art. Learn techniques to accurately draw or paint subjects from the natural world. We’ll start with graphite and move on through to a dry brush watercolor technique. Each class will feature a demonstration, question and answer period, and time to create botanical art.

Botanical Art in Winter: Fungi, Branches, and Woodland Objects

Eight Mondays: Jan 4 to Mar 8

10 am - 12 pm ONLINE

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Registration opens Monday, November 02, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

Botanical Art is not just about green plants…let’s not forget fungi, branches, and the odd thing you find on the ground! Mushrooms are having a moment and you can be in on the fun. Learn how to draw and paint gilled mushrooms, shelf fungus, polypores, and boletes. Or choose an interesting branch — something with peeling bark, something smooth. Or on your next walk in the woods, look down. Winter gives us a plethora of objects to draw: seed pods, nuts, dried leaves, berries, and more. You bring the subject and we’ll work through the steps to draw it successfully. You can add it to your sketchbook via graphite, pen, or watercolor in this relaxed artistic environment.

Wayne, PA

Botanical Art for All

Spring and Fall Sessions Cancelled

for 2020

© Margaret Saylor