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Dear friends,

I have made a resolution for the coming New Year: to spend at least one day of every month on nature/botanical field sketching excursions. My destinations will include Blakely State Park, Weeks Bay Estuarine Reserve, Mobile Botanical Gardens, the Mississippi Sandhill Crane Reserve and Bellingrath Gardens. Grab a sketchbook, pack a lunch and come join me! Nothing nourishes your spirit like spending a day drawing outdoors. Dates will be posted here at the beginning of each month.

Here are my studio classes for January and February 2011:

 

Realistic Watercolor 101 (Tuesdays beginning January 11 from 6:30-8:30pm, 8 weeks)   Step-by-step, learn to create light, shadow and texture in transparent watercolor. Use wash, glazing and dry brush techniques to create realistic landscapes, plants and animals. Includes simple color theory and “reverse painting”.  No experience necessary – work in a relaxed, encouraging atmosphere. Some materials provided; a short supply list will be emailed when you sign up.     $120

Drawing the Details (Wednesdays beginning January 12 from 6:30-8:30pm, 8 weeks)  This popular drawing class focuses on a different technique, medium and subject matter every week. Explore graphite, charcoal, Conte’ pencil and pen-and-ink while learning foundation principles of drawing in a fun, ever-changing format. Suitable for every level of experience – all are welcome. This class always fills up quickly. All art supplies included.  $120

Botanical Drawing: A Winter Garden (Thursdays beginning January 13 from 2-5pm, 6 weeks) Draw and paint coastal cool-season plants working from live specimens: camellias, daylilies, winter jasmine and the many heirloom vegetable plants that thrive in Alabama’s cold months.  We’ll use traditional scientific drawing methods to create realistic botanicals in pencil, ink, colored pencil and gouache. No experience necessary, all art supplies provided.  $140

Payment may be made by check or credit card, and must be received to hold a place in class. For information, email me at studio@valwebb.com or facebook users may visit The Illustrated Garden facebook page. See you soon!