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Botanical art and illustration is the well-established tradition of portraying plants for scientific purposes, recording vanishing species for historical record, or rendering the beauty and inspiration we experience in the flora of God's world around us. The botanical art program is designed to offer a comprehensive series of classes to render accurate and useful depictions of the plant world with a focus on detail. Beginners will acquire knowledge and skills while experienced artists will refine techniques and find fresh directions for their work.

 

Class room space is limited; to sign up early would be advised. You require professional grade materials. No student grade material is used in the teaching of these courses, please secure and bring to class the required material in order to work in tandem with the instructor.

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2017 class schedule

Classes:
Dates Time Class
Botanical Illustration Art
June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pencil 3
July 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Water Color Pencil
September 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Ink 1
October 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Ink 2
Break for family time Nov and December
New schedule starts Jan 17, with Mixed Media 1, 2, & 3

The following courses are offered in the recommended sequence listed below:

 

 

 
 

GRAPHITE

Pencil 1: P1, Prerequisite: None
Core Class

Join us for a 1 ½ hour Power Point presentation introducing you to Botanical Illustration. This foundation develops the skills observation and techniques of drafting sound work, Be introduced to graded pencils, assorted erasers, lifters, and sharpeners. Learn to draw in a way that will change your approach to art with basic drafting skills developed over many years. Assistance in learning your pencils personality and four ways to hold a pencil creating just the values you are seeking. Fun exercises that bring into play composition as well as perspective while you develop interesting pictures with impact as you are learning the basic skills of building a picture

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Pencil 2: P2, Prerequisite: P1
Core Class

Increase your chances of getting that really great professional looking picture by learning the art of “Foreshortening” – “Shadows of Value” – “Sprinkles of Light”. Learn value of “Observation” – and “Thumbnails” as well as “Atmospheric Perspective” in your planning stage. Become familiar with “Standard Light” in the world of botanicals. Here you will experience the development of key components in the world of botanical art, Composition and Perspective. Create with new skills using professional grade pencils and paper, all aiding your artistic quest.

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FRANK ANDRUS
Graphite detail
 
 
     
 

COLORED PENCIL

Color Layering: CL, Five three hour classes / Prerequisite: None
Core Class

The basic characteristics that you learn during this block of instruction can carry over to any medium you may choose to work in. Learning the characteristics of translucent color pencils, how they react and in effect other colors. Teaching you how to never use a black pencil but to create “Chromatic Blacks” that lean toward the picture tone. Much is learned about color theory, the color wheel while records of color layering supports future work. Fun exercises that create color records to be used as you continue your skills improvement.

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Color Pencil 1: CP1, Prerequisite: P1&2, CL
Core Class

Start learning to use color pencils the right way. First, choosing the right color pencil is the most important step of all. Become aware of plant structure and how flowers are all different yet all somehow much alike. Again observation skills are sharpened with the building of record boards and color matches to your flower. How to use that pencil within your cartoon working from light to dark. Easy exercise with demonstrations and complete handouts provided. Deeper understanding of “Atmospheric Perspective” using color is visited along with a battery of details and how they are achieved.

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Colored Pencil 2: CP 2, Prerequisite: P1&2, CL, CP1
Core Class

You have learned the basics; each pencil knows you and you are ready for serious work. In class practice with all our tools and equipment has opened new levels of understanding for you. A leap forward is “Under Painting” this will again add strength to your artistic ability The introduction to using Hot Pressed Water Color paper as your final plate results in stunning pictures that mimic oil paintings. All this intended to open doors to your artistic world expanding your knowledge of studio work as well as working in the field. This level of work is intended to produce pictures worthy of your name. This class fills quite fast, space is limited so early sign up is suggested. Material list and Syllabus of all five classes content is provided at signing

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Colored Pencil 3: CP 3, Prerequisite: P1&2,CL, CP1&2
Core Class

Now that the color eye is working and botanical art techniques are part of you, we take a giant step together into professionalism. Changing our surfaces finding new grounds to work on opens many doors that work well with the oil based colored pencil. Here we step into more advanced learning using film rather than paper. Further learning will be combining skills of Under Painting with colored papers such as black, shades of tan, and shades of green. Perfecting the use of your color knowledge and use of your tools opens doors of endless possibilities.

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FRANK ANDRUS
Colored pencil detail

 
 
     
 

INK

Ink 1: I1 Prerequisite : P1&2, CL
Core Class

The strong contrast of ink and the permanence of the medium require some new skills while planning takes a much more important position, so does forward thinking. We reach back to the “Nib” while teaching the basic strokes used in art. The importance of Line becomes glaring important; while some say a dot is but a line yet created we learn how simple dots can develop lovely values. Some brush handling skills will be introduced as ink wash becomes part of our training. Black ink and Walnut ink will be the color of choice combining other mediums begins to lead us to Ink 3 Mixed Media.

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Ink 2: I2 Prerequisite: P1&2, CL, I1
Core Class

Continuing now the process of learning strokes used by professional artist making them our own. Drawing with the Multiline Pen we step close to creating fine art compositions where the addition of color creates dynamic works of art. A complete study of textures simulating nature is exciting. We will work toward completion of a botanical art illustration with our base medium of Ink while each student will choose to wash or apply color.

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FRANK ANDRUS
Pen and ink detail

 
 
     
 

MIXED MEDIA

Mixed Media: Prerequisite: P1&2, CL, I1&2
Core Class

Dramatic pictures with combining all your color knowledge with your Ink base result in stunning pictures that speak of professionalism. Our paper will range from Smooth, Vellum, and Film offering you the greatest learning process focused on botanical art illustration. Never do we stray from our Standard Light or basic skills. Combining demands techniques of complex planning where a dedicated artist can demonstrate their excellence in art. Using a watercolor base combined with other mediums offers the achievement of life like flowers using Hot Pressed water color paper.

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Color Mixing: Prerequisite: P1&2
Core Class

This is the day we attempt to tame the beast. If you are terrified of watercolor this is the class that will help you learn all about water plus color and how to manage a brush. All lessons are basic techniques on Hot Pressed watercolor paper of quality. This is a medium you must learn to love so all classes are focused on you gaining experience and confidence. Personal attention by the instructor makes sure you are growing from class to class.

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FRANK ANDRUS
Mixed Media detail

 
 
     
 

WATERCOLOR

Watercolor 1: WC1, Prerequisite: P1&2, CM
Core Class

Combining the techniques of wet on wet and dry brush we round out the process of achieving excellent works of color. A look into the paper of watercolor and difference found in Hot Pressed, Cold Pressed, Blocks and the weights we should work with. We continue to diagram the flower to become familiar with various parts that make up the whole. Each will be working with the flower of their choice searching first for color matches then structural nuance along with composition and perspective. You will be creating a more informed drawing as your observation skills enhance the drawing process.

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Watercolor 2: WC2, Prerequisite: P1&2, CM, WC1
Core Class

Mastery of color following Tints, Tones, & Shades as suggested by “The School of Color” we learn unique paths to success making watercolor a favorite medium. Using limited pigment we explore the many colors of nature as well as how to include the small details in flowers. The flower used in this class will be a wildflower you have found in the field, made record of and now employing all of our skills we learned, a coloring process using color pencil over a water color base producing remarkable detail with strong values sets your work apart in any gallery. Our goal will be to produce a complete detailed botanical rendering, something you will be proud to place your name on as the author/artist.

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FRANK ANDRUS
Watercolour

 
 
 
 
 

Artist Learning Opportunity
Working presentations designed for Artist organizations. Take advantage of three learning opportunities available to your Artist group.

  1. 3 days for a total of 18 hours of progressive instruction tailored to the advanced skill level in art focusing on Colored Pencil skills on Film, addressing Atmospheric Perspective, Value of Values, Composition Sizing, and Mixing of Media, all delivered in a fast paced presentation. Comprehensive handouts included.
  2. 2 days for a total of 12 hours of direction in Graphite. Solving problems you will have, understanding the personality of your pencil, as well as the regiment that takes guess work out of your work all while producing a picture of value.
  3. 1 day for a total of 6 hours packed with product knowledge, organization, observation, and production skills. Planning through a picture keeping your focus & balance.

Contact Frank Andrus for contract information.

Further Information:
To discuss a proposal, of dates, fees, logistics, and where your organization fits in the learning curve of “Artist”, “Accomplished Artist”, or “Master Artist”. An important consideration is the number of members or attendees are anticipated. To receive a “Syllabus” of classes offered and a “Material List” corresponding with the teaching agenda please communicate with Frank through the contact page in this web site.

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