Botanical Drawing: 2-Day Workshop with Elena Maza in Front Royal, VA

Learn and practice the art of botanical drawing with local artist and instructor Elena Maza.

On day 1, Elena will discuss the basics of botanical drawing, arrangement of subject (composition), materials and media commonly used, as well as types of leaf and flower shapes. Elena will demonstrate botanical line drawings, then students will work on their own line drawings with instructor assistance as needed. There will be a brief share and discussion of student work at the end of class.

On day 2, Elena will discuss how to create the illusion of 3-D through contouring and shading, and discuss light and shadow studies versus value studies (and the difference between each). Following a demonstration by Elena, students will work on light and shadow studies, and value studies. There will be a brief share and discussion of student work at the end of class.

Materials required: Students are to bring a 9” x 12” good quality paper sketchbook, 9” x 12” pad of tracing paper, graphite pencils or leads in 2H, HB, 2B, sharpener, kneadable eraser, and vinyl eraser. These materials will also be available for purchase at Art in the Valley. Plant material will be provided by the instructor, using florist flowers.

This is a two-day weekend workshop, November 17-18 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm each day. Only 6 spaces are available, sign up early to reserve your space.

Workshop is held at our studio: 205A E. Main Street, Front Royal, VA 22630

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