Botanical Art Classes

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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. Filoli’s botanical art classes offer an in-depth study of botanical art through challenging and comprehensive courses. The courses include the study of artistic skills and concepts, basic botany, and a variety of mediums. All classes are open to all students; however some classes require prerequisites.

For the Class Catalog, please visit the Adult Classes Overview page.

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Apr
27
Sat
Studio Time for Botanical Artists
Apr 27 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm
Studio Time for Botanical Artists

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, not just those enrolled in the certificate program.

Only one session of Studio Time counts as an elective for the Botanical Art Certificate program.

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.

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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
3
Fri
Graphite II: Textures
May 3 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm
Graphite II: Textures

Extend techniques practiced in Graphite I to draw variously textured spring flowers and leaves. Learn to render shiny, bumpy, velvety or fuzzy surfaces in small botanical studies using samples from Filoli’s Garden.  Prerequisite: Graphite I.

This is an elective class for the Botanical Art Certificate program.

Image courtesy of Maria Cecilia Freeman.

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.

Image courtesy of Maria Cecilia Freeman.

Program Details and Materials List

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
16
Thu
Color Mixing for Artists
May 16 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm
Color Mixing for Artists

MULTI-DAY CLASS: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 16, 17, 18, 9:30am – 3:30pm

In this class, you’ll learn to mix the colors you want, not the ones you merely end up with through trial and error. Learn an easy system for combining colors consistently to achieve the broadest possible spectrum for any “wet” medium including watercolor, gouache, acrylics, oils, inks, alkyds, and egg tempera.  A Michael Wilcox Color Mixing Palette is included in the price of the class.

This is a required class for the Botanical Art Certificate program.  Students enrolled in the Botanical Art Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each class.

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.

Program Details and Materials List

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
Thu
Mixed Media Exploration
May 30 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm
Mixed Media Exploration

2-Day Class: Thursday & Friday, May 30 & 31, 9:30am – 3:30pm 

Enhance watercolor with graphite, pen and ink, colored pencil and/or gouache to build form and refine details. Use the techniques to quickly and accurately record information about a subject in the field, and develop a finished work in a more formal studio setting.

This class counts as an elective for the Botanical Art Certificate program.

Recommended: experience with watercolor, pen and ink, and colored pencil.

Image courtesy of Charlotte Ricker.   
 

Program Details and Materials List

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.

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!

Jun
1
Sat
Scratchboard
Jun 1 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm
Scratchboard

Scratchboard is a form of direct engraving where the artist scratches off dark ink to reveal a white or colored layer beneath. This technique allows the artist to use both additive and subtractive methods to create black and white pieces with rich contrast and depth. Students will be given choices of a botanical subject from Filoli’s Garden that will shine in this unique media. Fee includes scratchboard.

This class counts as an elective for the Botanical Art Certificate program but is open to all Art and Botanical Art students.

Recommended: experience with pen and ink or graphite

Image courtesy of Charlotte Ricker.   
 

Program Details and Materials List

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.

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!

Jun
11
Tue
Watercolor II
Jun 11 @ 9:30am – 4:00pm
Watercolor II

MULTI-DAY CLASS: Tuesdays, June 11, 25, 9:30am – 4:00pm, July 23, 9:30am – 12:30pm

In this intermediate class, further develop your skills in washes, layering, and mixing colors. Receive instruction on highlights, shading of simple and complex forms, and painting white flowers and transparent subjects. Watercolor I is a prerequisite. Students are given homework assignments in each session.

Image courtesy of Lee McCaffree

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.

Program Details and Materials List

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!

Jun
20
Thu
Master Class: Carol Woodin, Orchids in Watercolor
Jun 20 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm
Master Class: Carol Woodin, Orchids in Watercolor

3-Day Class: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, June 20, 21, 22, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Combine the special botanical characteristics of orchids and the unique qualities of vellum. Create rich color through multiple layers of watercolor dry brush to capture the shaded form and surface qualities so characteristic of orchids. Using vellum’s special surface artists will gain comfort in working with this beautiful and translucent material. The instructor will also demonstrate the process of stretching vellum over a panel. Those preferring to work on watercolor paper can do so; these dry brush techniques apply to either paper or vellum.

Prerequisite: Intermediate botanical art experience.

Image courtesy of Carol Woodin.

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About the Artist: Specializing in rare plants, mainly orchids, in watercolor on vellum, Carol Woodin’s work has been exhibited around the world, recently at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Gardens, United Kingdom, Museo della Grafica, Pisa, Italy and UBS Gallery, New York.

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.

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!

Jul
18
Thu
Drawing II
Jul 18 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm
Drawing II

Formerly called Techniques: Drawing in Depth 

Refine your observation, drawing, and foreshortening skills. A variety of exercises and tips will be presented.

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.

Program Details and Materials List

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!

Jul
20
Sat
Studio Time for Botanical Artists
Jul 20 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm
Studio Time for Botanical Artists

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.

Program Details and Materials List

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!

Jul
25
Thu
Introduction to Pen and Ink
Jul 25 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm
Introduction to Pen and Ink

MULTI-DAY CLASS: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, July 25, 26, 27, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Introductory pen and ink techniques are taught through lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises. Begin your studies with a historical overview of the medium followed by a demonstration of the basic techniques. Then, create a tone scale using stippling and line drawing, illustrate a leaf using hatch and crosshatch, and make three small drawings of a variety of textured subjects using texture techniques.

Image courtesy of Bruce Wilson.

Program Details and Materials List

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.

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!