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The picturesque surroundings of Filoli make a wonderful venue for art and artists, providing inspiration, a range of valuable resources, and unique class offerings.

In addition fine art and decorative arts classes, Filoli offers botanical art courses. Botanical art combines the observational skills of a scientist with the sensibility of an artist. The result is a rendering of a plant that is both accurate and beautiful. Botanical art courses include the study of artistic skills and concepts, basic botany, and a variety of mediums.

No experience needed! Unless a prerequisite is noted, all of Filoli’s classes are open to students with no experience.

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Apr
3
Fri
Botanical Art: Watercolor Essentials – Composite Flowers – POSTPONED
Apr 3 @ 10:00am – 4:00pm
Botanical Art: Watercolor Essentials - Composite Flowers - POSTPONED

Illustrating flowers in the sunflower family is challenging. Careful planning will make this task easier when watercolor is applied.  Emphasis will be on the complex arrangements of the overlapping petals and their representation by how light affects their color. Portraits will be completed by looking at stems and leaves.

Students will need to bring materials to this class. CLICK HERE for Materials List

Prerequisite: ‘Watercolor I’ or equivalent experience

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable. Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

This class takes place on the second floor of the historic House. Access to this class is by stairs only. For questions about accessibility, please contact the Education office by email at classes@filoli.org or by phone at 650-364-8300 x 263.

MEETING LOCATION DETAILS

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

Image courtesy of Lee McCaffree
Apr
4
Sat
Paper Flower Bundles – POSTPONED
Apr 4 @ 10:00am – 3:00pm
Paper Flower Bundles - POSTPONED

Crepe paper flowers can be combined with long-lasting live greens to create naturalistic semipermanent bouquets. Students in this class will learn how to make two different types of flowers to be combined with live eucalyptus, making small bouquets. Fee includes all materials.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable. Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

This class takes place on the second floor of the historic House. Access to this class is by stairs only. For questions about accessibility, please contact the Education office by email at classes@filoli.org or by phone at 650-364-8300 x 263.

MEETING LOCATION DETAILS

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

Image courtesy of Ali Walker
Apr
17
Fri
Introduction to Watercolor – POSTPONED
Apr 17 @ 10:00am – 4:00pm
Introduction to Watercolor - POSTPONED

This class is SOLD OUT. Please contact Filoli at 650-364-8300 (option 1) to be added to the waitlist.

MULTI-DAY CLASS: Friday & Saturday, April 17 & 18, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Are you new to watercolors or do you need to build confidence? Then this class is for you. Through step-by-step instruction, learn how to control the medium and how water, paper, and pigment react to each other. Leave with a finished floral image and newfound confidence! Fee includes all materials.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.  Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable.  Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

This class takes place on the second floor of the historic House. Access to this class is by stairs only. For questions about accessibility, please contact the Education office by email at classes@filoli.org or by phone at 650-364-8300 x 263.

MEETING LOCATION DETAILS

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

Image courtesy of Guy Magallanes
Apr
25
Sat
Botanical Art: Studio Time for Artists – POSTPONED
Apr 25 @ 10:00am – 1:00pm
Botanical Art: Studio Time for Artists - POSTPONED

Bring your work–in–progress or homework assignment to get instruction and guidance with your botanical art drawing and painting techniques. Space is limited – the small class size allows the instructor ample time with each student. Class is open to all botanical art students.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable. Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

This class takes place on the second floor of the historic House. Access to this class is by stairs only. For questions about accessibility, please contact the Education office by email at classes@filoli.org or by phone at 650-364-8300 x 263.

MEETING LOCATION DETAILS

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

May
30
Sat
Plein Air Painting In the Nature Preserve – POSTPONED
May 30 @ 10:00am – 4:00pm
Plein Air Painting In the Nature Preserve - POSTPONED

MULTI-DAY CLASS: Saturday & Sunday, May 30 & 31, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Capture the beauty of the Santa Cruz mountains and it’s flora using Filoli’s Nature Preserve as a subject. This is an oil painting class for beginning and intermediate artists. Strengthen your composition through simplified shapes and learn how to create a strong focal point. Students should bring their own materials for oil painting.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable.  Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.

MEETING LOCATION DETAILS

Proceeds from your purchase support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years. Thank you!

Image courtesy of Ellen Howard