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1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
The Anatomy of Shadows: Form and Cast in Watercolor - Zoom Short Course
Spaces Remaining: 6
Have you spent time on a sunny day studying shadows and the patterns they create? Have you looked at the soft subtle shadows as a subject turns from the light? Shadows are an important and useful tool for artists to create form as they accurately render their subjects. Shadows can be used creatively to enhance compositions. Join Kate to study and paint shadows in watercolor. The subject and drawing will be provided, students have the option of using their own subject matter. The course will consist of presentations, demonstrations, handouts, and student work time.
1:00 PM - 5/8/2021 3:00 PM
Visualizing Trees, A Photographic Journey Through the Artist’s Lens
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course is designed for nature-lovers, image-makers, and those interested in creative expression. All cameras are appropriate from iPhone to pro level. Conceived distinctively for out-door nature photography, Barbara will lead a visualization journey into the gardens of the Coker Arboretum. Students will experiment with the technical aspects of photographing trees, including the use of specific lenses, perspective and distortion control, depth of focus, and exposure management. Students will explore the artistic characteristics of various tree species with attention to the design elements including tonality and contrast, textural attributes, compositional arrangement, ambient light and shadow values.
10:00 AM - 6/1/2021 12:00 PM
Virtual Visiting Artist Master Course: Creating the Wow Factor in Botanical Artworks
Spaces Remaining: 10
In this Visiting Artist Master Course, learn how to employ layered composition and aerial perspective techniques to add depth and drama to botanical artworks. Take your work to the next level with great wall appeal! Demonstrations will be watercolor but the principles covered are applicable to artists using other media to create botanical artworks in color.