Evening Botanical Drawing

All of our 3-hour evening classes are designed to provide an opportunity to improve both observation and drawing skills. The focused practice opportunities under Margaret’s expert guidance will build awareness of the history of this art form and what it takes to progress. We firmly believe regular drawing practice with a wide variety of subjects is the only way to ensure a positive direction for confidence building and skill development.

 For beginners in botanical art, Margaret will direct exercises to develop keen observation skills and promote a deeper understanding of fascinating plant structures.  The classes will serve to achieve a heightened awareness of the subtleties of shapes and textural details. Expressive sketching followed by controlled drawing ensures the development of a more instinctive connection with a subject of nature. It results in a smoother flow with graphite on paper and the satisfying achievement in accuracy of proportion and perspective. It also paves the way for success in later studies in colour.

 For the more experienced participants Margaret will focus on Drawing with Dimension – the development of advanced skills in continuous tone and understanding of value placement in graphite.  All of the drawing classes will facilitate the creation of plant studies that may be developed into colour works.  Not only will the practice improve drawing skills but it will ensure that maximum time can be spent on the building of strong technical skills in weekend workshops. Carefully rendered tonal studies will enhance understanding of the impact of a single-point light source on the placement of highlights and shadows on all plant forms – flowers, fruit, stems, leaves, bulbs roots, pods  and more.

Locations: Most evening drawing sessions will run form 6.00 PM to 9.00 PM and will be located at Peartree Studios, 714 - 716, 7th Avenue NE, Calgary.

Transportation: If you need a ride to any of the workshops, please email Margaret via her web site at www.bestbotanical.com . An attempt will be made to arrange a ride with another participant.

Payment and Cancellation: Payment can be made securely by credit card or Paypal on this site or by contacting Michael Best at 403 616 7086 or michael.best@screenflex.ca to pay by cheque or credit card. The choices are presented at the checkout. If, due to unforeseen circumstances, you have to withdraw from an Evening Botanical Drawing Workshop, we will refund 75% of the pre-paid fee if we receive written notice 24 hours before the starting time of the workshop (email via Margaret's web site at www.bestbotanical.com is fine). If we have to cancel a workshop, you will be advised by email and/or telephone and will receive a 100% refund of the pre-paid fee. 


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