Natural History Arts

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Botanical Drawing

Friday afternoons, May 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2019 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

$225 Early registration special:  Register by April 13 for only $195

Last day to reserve your spot is April 26

Enrollment is limited to 6 students: 2 spots left


Learn to draw your favorite plants

The practice of botanical drawing offers a perfect way to hone your drawing skills, learn patience with yourself and with your work, and increase your observation abilities. It’s a useful working method to have in your technique arsenal, no matter what your artistic interests are.

This repeatable class will give you a foundation in the basic techniques of contemporary botanical drawing. First-timers will work on drawing simple plant materials, and students who are repeating the class will receive individual help with subjects of their choosing. We will work on composition, value, and observation, and you’ll gain not only drawing practice, but a greater appreciation for the natural world around you.

Prerequisites: This class is suitable for anyone who has either taken Yes, You Can Draw! Level One, or who has equivalent drawing experience. Contact me if you have questions about whether the class is a good fit for you.


Botanical Painting — Late Spring Session

Saturday afternoons, May 4, 11, 25, and June 1 and 8, 2019 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

$325 Early registration special:  Register by April 13 for only $295

Last day to reserve your spot is April 26

Enrollment is limited to 6 students: 4 spots left

Learn to paint your favorite plants

Botanical painting is a relaxing, meditative way of working that helps you gain control over watercolor and develop patience with yourself and with the paint.  This practice sharpens your observation skills and opens you up to a whole new understanding of the natural world.  If you love watercolor, learning this technique will help you feel more confident with the medium, even if you normally work in a different style.

This repeatable class will give you a foundation in the basic techniques of contemporary botanical painting, with an emphasis on color, value, and composition.  First-timers will work on simple subjects while practicing basic watercolor technique, and students who are repeating the class will receive individual help with subjects of their choosing. 

Prerequisites:  Drawing skills at the advanced beginner level (either my Yes You Can Draw Level Two class, or Botanical Drawing, or the equivalent).  Some watercolor experience is helpful, but not required.  Questions about whether this class is a good fit for you?  Don’t hesitate to contact me.   


Mother & Daughter Summer Art Class

Mothers, grandmothers & aunts — this class is just for you and a special girl

Enjoy some creative summer fun with your daughter, granddaughter, or niece.  This unique class will welcome you into a professional artist’s studio, where you’ll work together to make and decorate your very own journals. 

We’ll talk about how women artists have made a big impact on our culture and lives, and learn about several contemporary women painters from a variety of cultural backgrounds.  Inspired by their work and with helpful prompts, each participant will do some sketching and writing in her new book to celebrate her own creative identity and life story.  Make some time for art this summer, and join us for this welcoming class! 

Prerequisite:  None.  Girls must be between the ages of 9 and 12. 


Three sessions to choose from:

June:

Saturday afternoon, June 29, 2019, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

$150 per mother/daughter pair.  Class fee includes materials.

Early registration special!  Register by June 1 for only $135

Last day to reserve your spot is June 15 — 5 spots left


July:

Saturday afternoon, July 20, 2019, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

$150 per mother/daughter pair.  Class fee includes materials.

Early registration special!  Register by June 25 for only $135

Last day to reserve your spot is July 5 — OPEN


August:

Friday afternoon, August 16, 2019, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

$150 per mother/daughter pair.  Class fee includes materials.

Early registration special!  Register by July 25 for only $135

Last day to reserve your spot is August 5 — OPEN

Enrollment in each session is limited to six mother-daughter pairs.  Appropriate for girls ages 9 to 12. 

Drawing Immersion

Are you struggling with drawing?

There’s no better way to improve your drawing skills than by doing lots of drawing!  In this special summer intensive class you will receive individual help with the skills you most need to practice:  line, value, proportion, texture — whatever you need to further develop your confidence and artistic eye.  Our time together will be relaxing and fun, and is designed to advance your individual progress.    

Prerequisite:  Some drawing experience is helpful, but beginners are welcome.  This class is great for anyone who needs a refresher!   


Two Sessions to Choose From:

June:

Thursday and Friday, June 13 and 14, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

$225

Early registration special!  Register by May 25 for only $200

Last day to reserve your spot is June 5

Enrollment is limited to 6 students


July:

Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

$225

Early registration special!  Register by June 25 for only $200

Last day to reserve your spot is July 5

Enrollment is limited to 6 students

Value Boot Camp: A Workshop for Watercolor Painters

Four days, June 19 - 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

$450 Early registration special:  Register by June 1 for only $425

Last day to reserve your spot is June 10

Enrollment is limited to 6 students: OPEN

Make sure nobody ever says, “Value, value, value,” to you again

Strong values make beautiful paintings.  If you’ve struggled with value without success, this intensive workshop with acclaimed artist Terri Wentzka will help you take your skills and vision to the next level.

Designed especially for watercolor painters, this unique workshop will help you to really, finally, understand how to create paintings with eye-catching values.  We’ll work hard, but our time together will be relaxing, fun, and designed to push limits and advance your progress as an artist.  Leave your preconceived notions at the door, and be ready to come out as a better painter.

Prerequisites:  Painters with any level of watercolor experience are welcome, however this class will not cover beginning technique. 



All classes are held at Studio 300, Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. N.E., Minneapolis, MN

Space in all classes is limited — reserve your spot now
Class schedules subject to change

Weather Cancellation Policy:

If the Minneapolis or St. Paul Public Schools are closed due to weather, my studio classes will be cancelled that day. I will work with students to reschedule for a date and time when all can attend. There is no refund for missed classes.