2019/2020 School Year


SESSION 1: September 9 - October 19, 2019

Lichen&Mosscollage
Photo by Linda Medved Lufkin

Woodland Lichen & Mosses - Advanced
Lichens and mosses are abundant in most woodland areas, however they are often overlooked as botanical art subjects. Their variety of colors and interesting shapes offer the artist the opportunity to look closely and capture their intricate beauty. Join Linda Medved Lufkin as you explore this micro world and create an interesting botanical painting.
Mondays, September 9, 16, 23 30, October 7, 14
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
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Fee: $225
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IMcEwen Leaf

Autumn Leaves Large - Beginner to Advanced
The crisp fall air brings beautiful autumnal leaves floating from the trees. We'll take a lesson from Rory McEwen and explore composition and color to capture their beauty. We will enlarge leaves, mix subtle colors and use both wet-on-wet and dry brush techniques.
Mondays, September 9, 16, 23 30, October 7, 14
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
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Fee: $225
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DickGeranium 2
Drawing by Ronda Dick

Botanical Drawing I
(Please note the Saturday track of classes offer students the opportunity to take classes in a progression of subjects that build on knowledge and techniques from session to session.)
Learn the fundamental skills of beginning drawing while developing you observational skills and your understanding of botanical art. In this class you will explore shape, form, value, negative space and shading techniques with graphite. It will help you to feel more confident with your tools and how to break down complicated subjects into simpler forms. The skills you learn here will give you a necessary foundation for Drawing 2 and will set you up for success!
Saturdays, September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Ronda Dick
Register by August 30 and save!
Fee: $225
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Kathy Creger

NEW!
PROJECT CLASSES - Advanced
Are you stuck on a painting or drawing and would like a concentrated period of time to receive feedback and work on it? Then this might work for you! Each session will begin with a 30 minute demonstration on a technique and subject of choice by the instructor. Students will then receive individual critiques and input on a drawing or watercolor painting you are working on.
Wednesdays, September 18, October 9
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructors: Marilyn Garber (September 18)
Kathy Creger (October 9)
Fee: $85 per day
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Mukhomori
Painting by Alexander Viazmensky
MASTER CLASS WORKSHOP
Alexander Viazmensky
Mushrooms!
November 22, 23, 24


Hunting mushrooms is a national pastime in Russia and it is the subject of the botanical work Alexander Viazmensky. His works have been exhibited in many important institutions including the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, the Millesgarden Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Lindley Library in London, and the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew, London. Sasha lives in St. Petersburg, Russia, so don't miss the opportunity to learn from this visiting master artist. Reserve your space now! Priority placement will be given to current students of the School.
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SESSION 2: October 28 - December 14, 2019


PineLLMSM2
Painting by Linda Medved Lufkin

Holiday Cards - Beginner to Advanced
Create small botanical paintings that can be reproduced and used for your holiday cards. Choose a subject that fits your skill level, including winter fruits, berries, pine needles and cones. Learn about composition through card design.
Mondays, October 28, November 4, 11, 18 (skip Nov. 25) December 2, 9
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
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Fee: $225
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Redoute - Pineapple

Painting by Pierre Joseph Redoute

Fibonacci and The Pineapple
Fibonacci, the 12th century mathematician, discovered a series of numbers that are often apparent in nature, from the five-petaled wild rose to the 89 petals in some asters. This theory explains the spiral we often see in plants. In this class you will learn a bit about the Fibonacci numbers and you will observe this in the pineapple as we draw and then paint this subject in watercolor.
Mondays, October 28, November 4, 11, 18 (skip Nov. 25) December 2, 9
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Kathy Creger
Register by October 14 and save!
Fee: $225
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Agapanthus
Painting by Pierre Joseph Redoute
Watercolor I - Beginner
CLASS FILLED
Learn essential techniques used in traditional English botanical watercolor painting. Brushes, papers and paints will be explained. Students will choose a painting by P. J. Redoute to transfer and paint a copy. Learn how to properly load a brush with color for flat washes, graded washes and dry brush. The history of botanical art will be discussed. No experience necessary.
Saturdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23 (skip Nov. 30) December 7, 14
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
Register by October 14 and save!
Fee: $225
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Linda Medved Lufkin

NEW!

PROJECT CLASSES - Advanced
Are you stuck on a painting or drawing and would like a concentrated period of time to receive feedback and work on it? Then this might work for you! Each session will begin with a 30 minute demonstration on a technique and subject of choice by the instructor. Students will then receive individual critiques and input on a drawing or watercolor painting you are working on.
Wednesdays, November 6, December 4
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructors: Linda Medved Lufkin (November 6)
Ronda Dick (December 4)
Fee: $85 per day
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SESSION 3: January 6 - February 16, 2020


Pat InkWC
Painting by Patricia Schmidt

Botanical Tessellations I
Tessellations I will introduce mechanical methods for building beautiful decorative botanical design. You will learn abut tessellations (tilings) and their importance in the decorative arts through time. The exciting work of M.C. Escher will be used as examples and the springboard for your own beautiful botanical designs. This is a two-session class. Please register for both sessions. (See Session 4).
Mondays, January 6,13, 20, 27, February 3, 10
9:30 AM - 12 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Patricia Schmidt
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Painting by Ronda Dick

Kitchen Herbs
Herbs have been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes for centuries. Bring your favorite herb to class and make a watercolor painting suitable for hanging in your kitchen or dining room. This class is geared to your individual level so bring either a single herb or combine several different herbs to compose a more complex picture.
Mondays, January 6,13, 20, 27, February 3, 10
1:30 AM - 4 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Ronda Dick
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Fee: $225
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Illustration painted by Scott Stapleton

Color Theory
Explore color through a series of exercises that will familiarize you with this complex subject. The history of color and color wheels, color terminology, color harmony, colors in nature, clear and neutral colors, mixing greens, creams and browns will be covered. You will complete a series of worksheets that will be useful for future reference.
Saturdays, January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15
9:30 AM - 12 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
Register by December 27 and save!
Fee: $225
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Scott Stapleton

NEW!

PROJECT CLASSES - Advanced
Are you stuck on a painting or drawing and would like a concentrated period of time to receive feedback and work on it? Then this might work for you! Each session will begin with a 30 minute demonstration on a technique and subject of choice by the instructor. Students will then receive individual critiques and input on a drawing or watercolor painting you are working on.
Wednesdays, January 15, February 5
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructors: Patricia Schmidt (January 15)
Marilyn Garber (February 5)
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SESSION 4: February 24 - APRIL 4, 2020

PatLavendar
Illustration by Patricia Schmidt

Botanical Tessellations II - Advanced
Botanical Tessellations 2 will push your designs from the first class in new and exciting ways! We will manipulate the designs by extending, warping, and deepening elements, changing up perspective and form. While mechanical methods will be explored, digital possibilities will be introduced. There are so many possibilities! Will you join us? This is a two-session class. Please register for both sessions. (See Session 3).
Mondays, February 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Patricia Schmidt
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Fee: $225
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Tendril

Twigs & Tendrils
Use graphite and watercolor to draw the new growth emerging around us this spring. Subject matter may include twigs, buds, and tendrils of sweetpeas, wisteria, wild grape vines and other climbing plants. This class will hep you to hone your drawing skills and to look more closely at detail.
Mondays,
February 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Kathy Creger
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Fee: $225
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Drawing by Linda Medved Lufkin

Advanced Graphite Techniques
Fine tune the details! Each artist has different techniques. Some of us have a lighter touch while others may really pound in the graphite. Likewise, each set of pencils has its own qualities. The best way to know which of your pencils are perfect for shading your drawings is most importantly closely observing what is happening on the paper. This course offers you a good foundation so you aren't staring blankly at your pencils and wondering what to pick up. It will also push you out of the habit of using the same pencils for every part of your drawing. You will get to know what the full range of your wood pencils, lead pointers and mechanical pencils can do by making gradation swatches, practicing building continues tone, and various mark making techniques and applications.
Saturdays, February 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4
9:30 AM - 12 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
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Ben Lander
NEW!

PROJECT CLASSES - Advanced
Are you stuck on a painting or drawing and would like a concentrated period of time to receive feedback and work on it? Then this might work for you! Each session will begin with a 30 minute demonstration on a technique and subject of choice by the instructor. Students will then receive individual critiques and input on a drawing or watercolor painting you are working on.
Wednesdays, February 26, March 18
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructors: Kathy Creger (February 26)
Linda Medved Lufkin (March 18)
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SESSION 5: April 13 - MAY 23, 2020

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Lynne Gildensoph, Instructor

Botany for Artists I - Leaves, Stems, and Roots
This is the first of a two-course sequence (presented back-to-back). This course is designed to acquaint those drawing and painting flowering plants with their many varied structures and will also go over the basic characteristics of many plan families. We will go over terminology relating to plant morphology (structure) and discuss the physiology (function) of each part. We will dissect living plants - leaves, stems, and roots, becoming familiar with differences that exist in nature. We will also use dissecting microscopes and magnifying glasses/loupes to get a good look at microscopic structures in order to draw and label them in a scientifically correct manner.
Mondays, April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Lynne Gildensoph
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Fee: $225
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Textures in Watercolor Sampler
Plants have many textures and rendering them can be challenging. In this six-week class you will focus on a different texture each week, from slick glossy petals to hairy or thorny stems
Mondays, April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Kathy Creger
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Azalias
Painting by Linda Medved Lufkin

Watercolor II - Spring Flowers
Put into practice the techniques you learned in Watercolor I. Working with simple plant subjects, students will be shown step-by-step demonstrations in making a contour drawing and then a realistic watercolor painting. This class will focus on realistic expression of form, structure, and color. Additional emphasis will be placed on flat wash, graded wash, glazing, wet-on-wet and dry brush watercolor techniques.
Saturdays, April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 30
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
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Fee: $255 includes $30 Vellum Fee
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JanetDiploma
Janet Goltz received Advanced Certificate in Botanical Art
NEW!

PROJECT CLASSES - Advanced
Are you stuck on a painting or drawing and would like a concentrated period of time to receive feedback and work on it? Then this might work for you! Each session will begin with a 30 minute demonstration on a technique and subject of choice by the instructor. Students will then receive individual critiques and input on a drawing or watercolor painting you are working on.
Wednesdays, April 23, May 13
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructors: Ronda Dick (April 23)
Patricia Schmidt (May 13)
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SESSION 6: June 1 - July 21, 2020




LynneFlower
Botany for Artists II - Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds
This course follows Botany for Artists I and completes the students' knowledge of plant structure and function. This course is designed to acquaint those drawing and painting flowering plants with their many varied structures and will also go over the basic characteristics of more plant families. We will go over terminology relating to plant morphology (structure), discuss the physiology (function) of each part. We will dissect living plants - flowers, seeds (and seedlings), and fruits, becoming familiar with differences the exist in nature. We will use dissecting microscopes and magnifying glasses/loupes to get a good look at microscopic structures in order to draw and label them in a scientifically correct manner.
Mondays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Lynne Gildensoph
Register by May 15 and save!
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Fibonacci's Golden Spiral
Composition
Botanical art is characterized by extreme attention to detail and technical finesse. But to move beyond an accurate representation of a subject and produce an engaging work of art, something more is required. Most artists have an intuitive sense of design and placement which can be developed and refined through a study of composition. A harmonious and balanced composition can direct the eye to move around a painting, sorting the elements into a visual hierarchy with vitality and rhythm. In this class we will be introduced to basic principles of composition including structure, positive and negative space, focal points, balance, movement and unity. We'll cover concepts such as the Rule of Thirds, the Golden Section and the Fibonacci sequence, and we'll experiment with creative ways to break all the rules.
Mondays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, (skip July 6) July 13
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Ben Lander
Fee: $225
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Study by Marilyn Garber

Leaves, Greens & Drybrush
Expand your knowledge on the many shades of nature's most prominent color - green. Leaves are complex and this class will refine your leaf drawing and painting skills. You will learn about leaf morphology and hone observational skills. Emphasis will be placed on drawing foreshortened, turning leaves with accurate veins.
Saturdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 (skip July 4), July 11, 18
9:30 AM - 12 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
Fee: $275 includes $50 for Book Making Materials
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Nancy Berlin
Nancy Lizette Berlin

NEW!

PROJECT CLASSES - Advanced
Are you stuck on a painting or drawing and would like a concentrated period of time to receive feedback and work on it? Then this might work for you! Each session will begin with a 30 minute demonstration on a technique and subject of choice by the instructor. Students will then receive individual critiques and input on a drawing or watercolor painting you are working on.
Wednesdays, June 3, June 24
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructors: Linda Medved Lufkin (June 3)
Marilyn Garber (June 24)
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