Friday, February 8, 2013

Painting Workshops at the Garden this spring

Watercolor Painting Workshops
at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens – 706/542-1244
Watercolor Painting Inspired By Nature

Saturday, February 23 (10-4) and Sunday, February 24 (1-4)
Visitor Center, Gardenside Room , $160
Kie Johnson -

The natural world with its endless variety will be the focus of inspiration for this two-day workshop.  This workshop is designed for students with a variety of experience levels. Students should have basic knowledge and experience with this medium.  After developing initial drawings, students will explore using value studies as important building blocks to a successful painting. There will be demonstrations during each class, plus individual work time during classes with one-on-one instruction.

Roadside Flower + Exotic Blossoms + Watercolor = Magic

Monday, March 11, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Visitor Center, Gardenside Room, $75
Margaret Walsh Best -

Margaret will lead you through her process of making a special plant the star of a painting, while at the same time giving it a background which makes it look at home in its landscape. In this one-day workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn about the history, anatomy, medicinal or culinary uses of specific plants before painting them. There will be plenty of demonstrations on techniques, accompanied by individual work with each participant. All skill levels welcome.

Botanical Watercolor Illustration

Saturday, May 11, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Visitor Center, Gardenside Room, $75
Dorset Trapnell, Plant Biology Department, UGA

Learn the gentle art of botanical watercolor illustration.  Using a flower of your choice selected from the Garden, learn how to compose, sketch, and paint a botanical watercolor illustration.  The class will focus on techniques and materials for execution of a lasting rendition.  The workshop is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced artists. 
More information on each workshop is available at

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