2021 Class Schedule
On Line Live Zoom Classes
Before you register, you must be familiar with taking pictures and sending them through text messages or email and have some experience with Zoom.

Prior to each class you will receive a list of materials and a Zoom invitation. Some classes will be working from photographs provided by the instructor.



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Stages of Painting by Marilyn Garber
Zoom Class:
Watercolor I

Learn essential techniques used in traditional English botanical watercolor painting. Brushes, papers and paints will be explained. Students will learn how to properly load a brush with color for flat washes, graded washes and dry brush. A presentation about the history of botanical art is included. You will practice techniques and then begin painting of cherries. No experience is necessary.
Click this link for an instructional pre-video for this class:
https://youtu.be/rc16LMPO7JU
Dates: Mondays, January 11, 18, 25
Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
Fee: $170
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Photo by Ronda Dick
Zoom Class:
Botanical Drawing I
Botanical drawing is a combination of careful observation and copying what is seen. Since drawing is the "bones" of a good painting, this class is a good place to begin if interested in pursuing botanical art OR if you are interested in revisiting and improving your drawing skills. In this three week class we explore supplies, practice techniques, and sharpen our observation skills through numbers exercises. We will be focusing on four of the seven elements of art: line, shape, form and value. To gain the most from this class there will be some homework encouraged.
Dates: Mondays, January 11, 18, 25
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Instructor: Ronda Dick
Fee: $170




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Painting in Process by Kathy Creger
Zoom Class:
Blue Chicory
Join Kathy in an adventure of painting the color blue. Chicory is a common wildflower that grows in disturbed areas, commonly found in ditches. It's a member of the Asteraceae family, cultivated for salad greens and the roots are used as a coffee substitute. You will be painting from a photo reference. Learn the subtle shades of blue in this interesting subject.
Click this link for a pre-video for this class.
https://youtu.be/FX7F1Mf21xQ
Dates: Saturdays, January 16, 23, 30
Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Instructor: Kathy Creger
Fee: $170






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Drawings by Patricia Schmidt
Zoom Class:
Botanical Tessellations

Investigate mechanical methods for building beautiful decorative botanical design. For this class, you will learn about 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.
Dates: Saturdays, February 6, 13, 20
Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Instructor: Patricia Schmidt
Fee: $170




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Painting by Marilyn Garber
Zoom Class: Watercolor II

We'll put into practice what you learned in Watercolor I by painting a picture of an artichoke. You will learn about the Fibonacci spiral, and will practice watercolor washes, merely moist and dry brush techniques. We'll observe and paint shading and overlapping bracts.
Dates: Mondays, February 8, 15, 22
Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
Fee: $170



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Drawings by Ronda Dick
Zoom Class:
Botanical Drawing II
This drawing class will pick up where Botanical Drawing I left off, refining what we previously learned, but also working with two new elements of art: texture and space. ( This class would also be good for those who would like to brush up on their skills and who are already comfortable with their supplies.) Botanical art is very representational, in other words, we want our work to look just like the subject matter. To help us attain that goal, we will be working with all seven elements along with sharpening our observation and technical skills. Again to gain the most from this class, there will be some homework encouraged.
Dates: Mondays, February 8, 15, 22
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Instructor: Ronda Dick
Fee: $170




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Painting by Marilyn Garber
Zoom Class:
Spring Flowering Bulb & Roots


The promise of spring is in the air! In this class we will use tulip or hyacinth bulbs for our subject. The emerging green leaves, the papery quality of the tunic and the creamy white roots offer us an opportunity to work on different colors and textures. Emphasis will be placed on creating dimension. Students will provide their own specimens or may work from a provided photograph.

Dates: Mondays, March 8, 15, 22
Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
Fee: $170


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Painting by Kathy Creger
Zoom Class:
Orchid Flower Portrait


Orchids are one of the most fascinating flowers to illustrate. Their grace and subtle beauty offer the artist a challenging yet rewarding experience. In this class you will focus on a single pink and/or purple flower head of a Phalaenopsis or "Moth" orchid. These are readily available at this time of year at floral stores or supermarkets. Students will provide their own specimen. Painting from life is preferable. A flower or two and a bud photo will be provided along with some diagrams. Kathy Creger is a judge for the American Orchid Society and expert on the morphology of orchids.

Dates: Mondays, March 8, 15, 22
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Instructor: Kathy Creger
Fee: $170



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Photo by Lynne Gildensoph
Zoom Class:
Botanical Structure 1 & 2

Starting April 2021
Section 1: Flowers, Fruits, Seeds
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 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 that exist in nature. We will use magnifying glasses/loupes to get a good look at microscopic structures in order to draw and label them in a scientifically correct manner.

Section 2: Leaves, Stems, Roots
This course follows Section 1 of Botany Structure 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 many plant 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 magnifying glasses/loupes to get a good look at structures in order to draw and label them in a scientifically correct manner.


Lynne Gildensoph is Professor Emerita of Biology at St. Catherine Univeristy, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1993. She regularly teaches plant biology and plant physiology courses, and has recently jointly designed and taught a class, call the Art of Biology, with an art colleague. She has been taking classes at the Minnesota School of Botanical Art for a number of years in order to connect more closely with plants and to gain an art perspective on the subjects of her research.

Section 1 Dates: April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10
Section 2 Dates: June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 12, 19
Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Instructor: Lynne Gildensoph, PhD
Professor Emerita, Biology
St. Catherine Univeristy, St. Paul, MN
Fee: $225 total per section


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Painting by Ronda Dick
Zoom Class: Collections

Do you find yourself collecting interesting objects from nature when walking, hiking or gardening only to find you are not sure what to do with them? Join this 3 week zoom class and take those treasures and create a “collection” that is personal. The “collection” may tell a story, record a memory or be arranged into categories. The first week we will work on creating a cohesive and interesting composition by focusing on the negative space between our objects. The last two weeks will be painting your collection in watercolor or rendering a final drawing in graphite.
Dates: Saturdays, April 10, 17, 24
Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Instructor: Ronda Dick
Fee: $170

We are taking a brief break as we plan classes for the coming year. Please watch for details here!