Saturday, October 16
1 – 4 p.m.
SVAC Member: $45; Non-member: $55
Explore the incredible colors of fall in this watercolor painting workshop with botanical artist and instructor Corry Buckwalter.
As the Victorian artist and art critic John Ruskin wrote, “If you can paint one leaf, you can paint the world.” Learning how to paint leaves offers an extraordinary training in understanding shape, color and perspective. Step-by-step, you will learn the skills to layer washes of watercolors to create bright paintings of fall leaves. Through direct observation, learn to draw and paint curling leaves, with inspiration from botanical artists throughout history.
Techniques include mixing paints, creating washes, painting wet-into-wet, and more. An additional leaves workshop may be offered during the week of October 18th depending on interest.
Watercolor Supplies List:
- Hotpress watercolor paper block, 9” x 12”, 140 lb, 20 sheets, Blick or other brand.
- Sketchpad for drawing and taking notes.
- H and HB pencils.
- Kneaded eraser.
- Artist-quality (Winsor & Newton, Grahams, etc.) tubes of watercolor paints in the following colors: Naples Yellow, Aureolin, Green Gold, Alizarin Crimson, Scarlet Lake, Permanent Magenta, Perylene Maroon, Ultramarine Blue, Indigo, Raw Umber, Sepia. These are good colors for painting fall colors and other botanical painting projects. If you can’t find all of these colors before the class, don’t worry!
- Palette to mix colors, and/or old white china plates are excellent.
- Synthetic rounds watercolor brushes, sizes #2, #6, #10, a very small brush for details such as size 3/0 or other, a flat brush size 3⁄4” or so, Princeton SNAP! Series 9650 Golden Synthetic Brushes are reasonably priced and available at Blick’s or another brand.
- Papertowels and water jars supplied by SVAC.
Corry Buckwalter is an art instructor, artist, author, and landscape designer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She learned the craft of painting from established realist painter Elaine S. Wilson, and is committed to teaching observational drawing and painting techniques in a systematic process for artistic confidence for each student. Corry studied botanical illustration with botanical artist Ann Swan and at the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanical Gardens. She regularly teaches drawing, painting and botanical art classes for adults and teens at the Ann Arbor Art Center and is on the visual arts faculty at Washtenaw Community College in Michigan. Corry has shown and sold her paintings in local juried exhibitions for more than 10 years. In addition to teaching art classes, she designs residential landscape projects in Southeast Michigan. Corry has written feature articles about urban design, the environment and city planning for numerous magazines since 2007. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Cornell University and grew up spending her summers in Manchester, Vermont. Corry is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and ASLA. Visit www.climateconsciousdesign.com to learn more and follow Corry on Instagram @corrybuckwalter_studio