Herb Drawing Classes
Join us in the herb garden for this series of drop-in drawing classes with visual artist Harmony Pillon, BFA. Choose a plant to explore and get to know more deeply through the medium of drawing. Harmony will offer guidance in these self-directed classes, and give you tips to enhance your drawing technique.
It all begins by looking… Look at your herb closely, notice its posture, study its curves, follow the contours of its veining, squint to see it shapes, angles, and the repetition of its leaves or flowers. Now…. you are ready to draw.
This three week series ~ OBSERVATION, DEPTH, & COLOUR ~ is a introduction to botanical drawing through realtime observation, tactile plant experience and creative exploration. These three classes together aim to create a holistic drawing framework of the basic elements of design while encouraging a fluid and fun interpretation of the characteristics and personalities of our herbal allies.
Each class of the series will include a step by step demonstration from start to finish of a botanical drawing, illustrating the themes of each class and incorporating techniques sequentially. Classes may be taken as a series or individually.
Herb Drawing 1 will focus on observation; line, shape, and size. Beginning the journey of botanical drawing with detailed observation and a tangible gathering of plant characteristics of a plant of choice from the garden. There will be a basic overview of the fundamental elements of drawing, a guided plant observation with technical eyes as well as contour exercises to heighten the participants ability to “see”.
Herb Drawing 2 will focus on depth and dimensionality; value, tone and texture. With a emphasis on creating dimension and enhancing realism, we will be learning & practicing various shading techniques (hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, feathering etc.) and applying them to create value, tone and texture.
Herb Drawing 3 focuses on colour; tint, hue, and intensity. Adding colour is fun….and challenging! We will be building on the concepts from the previous class with a splash of hue. To further enhance our botanical investigation, we will be cultivating the depth of our tonality and value through the addition of colour. Through reviewing various techniques and materials commonly used in botanical illustration we will practice the artistry of colouration.