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Botanical Art

Adult Education at Filoli: Floral Design ClassesNarcissus Tetee Tete by Dorothy Hunter, 2014 Certificate Program Graduate.©

The Botanical Art program at Filoli has long been an essential part of our mission to interpret and preserve the history of this country estate. Whether it's through one of our two–to–five day classes, the Certificate Program, the Filoli Florilegium or the annual exhibit, artists continue to be inspired by the plant collections at Filoli.

Our students say it best:
“Excellent class in every way. Thank you!” From Introduction to Botanical Art

“Class was wonderful, positive, and organized – a joy!” From Drawing Plants in Perspective.

“Nina is a very good instructor – positive, encouraging, relaxed, and skillful.” From Colored Pencil I.

“Open and friendly instructor; always willing to help Susan Fisher is awesome!” From Color Mixing for Artists.

“Bruce is a wonderful instructor – all class participants had good success.” From Pen And Ink.

“I like Martha’s friendly attitude and help…great handouts…I gained confidence.” From Graphite Pencil I.

Students talk about our primary instructors:
Catherine Watters — “Catherine is an excellent teacher and makes even a beginner feel good and able to finish projects.”
Lee McCaffree — “Lee’s class was wonderful, positive, and organized. A joy! She’s great with the newbies.”

2016 Classes

How to Register

Use the link below each class to register or call 650–364–8300, ext. 508, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Refund Policy

Click here for our Education Programs Refund Policy.

Filoli offers a broad variety of botanical art classes for all levels of experience. It is not necessary to enroll in the Botanical Art Certificate Program to participate in these classes; however, prerequisites must be completed.

Class materials lists are available upon registration or can be downloaded in advance under the class description. Biographies for all instructors are available under each class title and will toggle open when you click on the instructor’s name and then close when you click a second time.

Unless otherwise indicated, these classes take place in the Roth Room on the second floor of the historic House. Access to this classroom is by stairs only. For questions about accessibility, please contact the Education Office by email to classes@filoli.org or by phone at (650) 364–8300, ext. 263.

With the exception of Introduction to Botanical Art, all classes listed below are part of the
Botanical Art Certificate Program and are noted by month using the following key:

R Required Courses

E Elective Courses

JanuaryJune

There are no Botanical Art classes scheduled this month.

Vines R
Textures, Patterns, and Details I R
Studio Time R
Colored Pencil: Roses R
FebruaryJuly
Watercolor Essentials: Washes and Glazes E
Studio Time E
History of Botanical Art R
Techniques: Understanding Foreshortening E
Drawing Plants in Perspective I R
Pen and Ink: MagnoliasE
Citrus E
Watercolor I R
Watercolor II R
Colored Pencil II E
Studio Time E
Watercolor Essentials: Painting Leaves Veins to Edges R
MarchAugust
Graphite Pencil I R
Studio Time E
Techniques: Mastering Composition E
Introduction to Botanical Art
Camellias E
Colored Pencil: Daffodils E
Color Mixing for Artists R
Pen and Ink I R
Scientific Illustration I E
Techniques: Drawing Complex Flowers E
Watercolor Essentials: Dry Brush and Finishing E
Textures, Patterns, and Details II R
Introduction to Botanical Art
Colored Pencil: Fruit from the Orchard E
AprilSeptember
Color Mixing for Artists R
Studio Time E
Colored Pencil I R
Watercolor I R
Wildflowers E
Watercolor Essentials: Highlights and Reflective Light E
Studio Time E
Drawing Plants in Perspective I R
Graphite Pencil II E
History of Botanical Art R
Watercolor III R
Portfolio: Presenting Your Artwork R
Labeling, Matting, and Framing R
MayOctober
Techniques: Field Studies E
Botany Through Drawing R
Peonies E
Studio Time E
Master Class: Capturing Light R
Master Class: Amazing FruitE
Pumpkins and Gourds E
botanical art piece by Lee McCaffree

Primula by Lee McCaffree.©

Watercolor Essentials: Washes and Glazes E

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Most botanical works use washes as a base. Students will work to understand and implement the flat washes, graded washes, and color change washes as they apply to natural subjects. By practicing washes, the role of water in the brush, in the pigment, and on the paper can determine the wanted results. Learn to identify the reason for why or why not the washes are successful. Glazing in layers will give more color variation and depth to a painting. Good practice for novices.

Fee: $80 for members; $95 for non–members

additional class time

Lee McCaffree provides guidance during studio time.

Studio Time R

Friday, February 12, 2016, 9:30 am–1:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

This studio format is for students who would like to get the extra help they need. Bring your work–in–progress and/or homework assignment to get instruction and guidance with your drawing and painting techniques.

Fee: $50 for members; $60 for non–members

antique botanical art print

Canavalia rosea from the Banks’ Florilegium.

History of Botanical Art R

Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

This class is an in–depth study of the rich history of botanical art from its early beginning through the 20th century, including its recent revival and the important role it plays today. Participants will view a collection of originals, copper plate engravings, and books focusing on major botanical artists such as Maria Sybilla Merian, Georg Ehret, and P.J. Redouté. Historically significant events, such as the Age of Exploration, and important Florilegiums will be presented. Students enrolled in the Botanical Art Certificate Program are required to write a paper on their favorite historical botanical artist.

Fee: $65 for members; $80 for non–members.

apples

Sacred Lotus Seed Pods by Catherine M. Watters.©

Techniques: Understanding Foreshortening E

Friday, February 19, 2016, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Learn how to apply basic techniques of perspective to make your plants look real in your initial drawing. Students will practice foreshortening by using basic shapes to draw a variety of leaves and flowers. Your work will come alive with the three–dimensionality. Students may bring their artwork for critique.

Fee: $80 for members; $95 for non–members

a botanical art student begins a drawing

 

Drawing Plants in Perspective I R

Saturdays, February 20 and March 5, 2016, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm, and
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

This foundation course teaches students to accurately draw plants by observing basic botanical shapes and structures and illustrating them in great detail with botanical accuracy. Each of the three sessions focuses on one shape to emphasize and develop observation and foreshortening skills. Students learn to interpret hidden edges to achieve a believable drawing and work on shading skills through value contrast to create three–dimensional shapes. Students enrolled in the Botanical Art Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session.

Fee: $235 for members; $280 for non–members

pen and ink drawings

Sida fallaz study by Lesley Randall.©

Pen and Ink: Focus on Magnolias E

Thursday, February 25 through Saturday, February 27, 2016, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Instructor: Lesley Randall

This class will combine pen and ink techniques with a botanical lesson on the magnolia, an ancient and unusual plant group. The distinctive flowers and fruits of this group are wonderful subjects for botanical art. After learning about the diagnostic and special characters of magnolia, students will work towards producing a detailed scientific illustration in pen and ink. Students will have the opportunity to explore various pen techniques to create shading and texturing. Methods of preparing sketches, transfer to final paper, and inking will be covered.

Fee: $240 for members; $285 for non–members

Olives by Martha Kemp

Olives by Martha Kemp.©

Graphite Pencil I R

Wednesday, March 2, Thursday, March 3, and Saturday, March 12, 2016,
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Martha Kemp

From crisp details to flawless continuous tone, it's all about control. This workshop will explore the use of a lead holder and 2mm lead (actually, graphite) for exercises in rendering the texture, details, and volume of leaves, flowers, and everyday specimens from the grocery store’s produce department. It's almost like sculpting on paper.

Fee: $275 for members; $330 for non–members.

additional class time

Lee McCaffree provides guidance during studio time.

Studio Time R

Friday, March 4, 2016, 9:30 am–1:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

This studio format is for students who would like to get the extra help they need. Bring your work–in–progress and/or homework assignment to get instruction and guidance with your drawing and painting techniques.

Fee: $50 for members; $60 for non–members

Rosa rugosa by Catherine M. Watters

Poppies by Catherine M. Watters.©

Techniques: Mastering Composition E

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Learn the principles of composition that will give balance and harmony to your painting and capture the viewer’s attention at first glance. Discussions about the many elements of composition including movement, rhythm, focal point, and negative space will further your knowledge of composition.

Fee: $80 for members; $90 for non–members.

Pear

Red Ruffled Azalea by Lee McCaffree.©

Introduction to Botanical Art

Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Have you admired botanical art but questioned whether you could do it? If so, this is just the class for you. This two–day hands–on workshop introduces traditional botanical art skills such as plant observation, drawing, color mixing, and watercolor painting using leaves, flowers, and fruit as models. No previous art experience is needed.

Fee: $180 for members; $215 for non–members. Fee includes all materials.

White Camellias by Catherine M. Watters.

Camellia japonica ‘Snow Chan’ by Catherine M. Watters.©

Camellias E

Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Camellias are graceful beautiful subjects to illustrate with their deep glossy green leaves and colorful satiny blooms. Filoli has an extensive collection of camellias, some over 70 years old. Learn how to carefully observe, accurately draw, and mix the right colors for these amazing subjects.

Fee: $160 for members; $190 for non–members. Fee includes all materials.

daffodil from the Filoli garden

 

Colored Pencil: Daffodils E

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Nina Antze

Daffodils lead the way at Filoli each spring. Whether planted in a flower bed, naturalized in a field, or grown in a display pot, these flowering beauties signify the rebirth of the garden. Through step–by–step instruction, learn how to accurately render these fun, brightly–colored flowers.

Fee: $80 for members; $95 for non–members.

Learn how to get the colors you want

Learn how to get the colors you want.

Color Mixing for Artists R

Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Susan Fisher

Color mixing is a necessity for all artists. This class teaches students to mix the colors they want, not the ones they end up with through trial and error. Learn an easy system for combining colors consistently to achieve the broadest possible spectrum for any “wet” medium, including watercolor, gouache, acrylics, oils, inks, alkyds, and egg tempera. This understanding will help students move to a much higher level of achievement. Students enrolled in the Botanical Art Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each class.

Fee: $325 for members; $390 for non–members.

Learn how to get the colors you want

Learn how to get the colors you want.

Color Mixing for Artists R

Tuesday, April 5 through Thursday, April 7, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Susan Fisher

Color mixing is a necessity for all artists. This class teaches students to mix the colors they want, not the ones they end up with through trial and error. Learn an easy system for combining colors consistently to achieve the broadest possible spectrum for any “wet” medium, including watercolor, gouache, acrylics, oils, inks, alkyds, and egg tempera. This understanding will help students move to a much higher level of achievement. Students enrolled in the Botanical Art Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each class.

Fee: $325 for members; $390 for non–members.

Studio time with Catherine M. Watters

Catherine Watters provides guidance during studio time.

Studio Time R

Saturday, April 9, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

This studio format is for students who would like to get the extra help they need. Bring your work–in–progress and/or homework assignment to get instruction and guidance with your drawing and painting techniques.

Fee: $50 for members; $60 for non–members

Colored Pencil Drawing by Nina Antze

Red Onion by Nina Antze.©

Colored Pencil I R

Thursday, April 14 through Saturday, April 16, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Nina Antze

This workshop focuses on learning and practicing colored–pencil techniques while making study pages for future reference. The first day of the workshop will include a lesson on the different types of pencils and papers, color theory (including a color wheel to learn about color bias) and hands–on learning of basic colored pencil techniques such as building–up color and blending. Continue your studies on day two by drawing, creating, and modifying greens, using grisaille techniques for shading and forms. Complete your three–day study by adding a flower or seasonal fruit from the Filoli Garden and practice finishing techniques like burnishing and clean–up.

Fee: $275 for members; $330 for non–members

Angel Trumpet by Catherine Watters

Angel Trumpet by Catherine Watters.©

Watercolor I R

Thursdays, April 21 and May 5, 2016, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm,
and Thursday, May 26, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Transparent watercolor is the traditional medium of botanical art. This beginning course serves as the foundation for painting in watercolor. It covers the basic materials such as papers, brushes, and paints. Students learn techniques through exercises using different washes and application of paint on wet and dry paper. Dry brush work used for accuracy and detail is covered. These methods are applied to basic plant forms as students develop their skills. Students enrolled in the Botanical Art Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session.

Fee: $235 for members; $280 for non–members

Ranuncula

American Persimmon by Catherine M. Watters.©

Watercolor Essentials: Highlights and Reflective Light E

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm;
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Capture the glow of your subject by balancing highlights, shadows, and reflected light to make it luminous. Find out how to skillfully observe, measure, and draw your subject, followed by careful and accurate color mixing. You are then ready to paint and capture the elegant shape, bold colors, and textures using proper lighting to make your subject come to life.

Fee: $80 for members; $90 for non–members

painting of wild poppy by Lee McCaffree

Wild Poppy by Lee McCaffree.©

Wildflowers R

Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9:30 am–1:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Spring is a time for wildflowers and Filoli has them, too. Use this opportunity to paint or draw them with accuracy but with an informal composition that reflects their nature. Bluebells, columbines, iris, redbud, poppies, violets, buttercups, monkey flowers, paintbrush, wild hyacinth, or rose may be in bloom. Plant availability is determined by the season.

Fee: $160 for members; $190 for non–members

artist in the garden

 

Techniques: Field Studies E

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Observational sketches used as studies for future paintings are very important when working in the field. Students inspect plants by looking at the parts and posture, both of which are important when making an accurate painting or drawing. Color notes will be made by matching colors to a plant on location in the Garden. The documenting of a plant’s information enables students to create a record of details while allowing them to really get to know the plant.

Fee: $80 for members; $90 for non–members

Botany through Drawing

Students enjoy studying the anatomy of flowers.

Botany through Drawing R

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 9:30 am–4:00 pm;
Wednesdays, May 25, June 1, and June 8, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Studying botany increases your understanding and ability to be a successful botanical artist. By understanding the structure of stems, leaves, flowers, and roots, an artist can be more creative in arranging an accurate plant portrait. Each class will explore a different aspect of plant structure and growth, as well as plant families and nomenclature. Students exhibit what they have learned through a series of drawings. Those enrolled in the Botanical Art Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each class.

Fee: $235 for members; $280 for non–members

bright pink peony

Peony by Catherine M. Watters.©

Peonies E

Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm;
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Capture the graceful beauty of peonies. After observing and drawing this intriguing flower, you will mix vivid colors and learn painting techniques to successfully paint this beautiful subject.

Fee: $160 for members; $190 for non–members

additional class time

Lee McCaffree provides guidance during studio time.

Studio Time R

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 9:30 am–1:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

This studio format is for students who would like to get the extra help they need. Bring your work in progress and/or homework assignment to get instruction and guidance with your drawing and painting techniques.

Fee: $50 for members; $60 for non–members

Incense Passifliora by Akiko Enicide

Incense Passifiora by Akiko Enokido©

Master Class: Capturing Light R

Thursday, May 19 through Saturday, May 21, 2016, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Instructor: Akiko Enokido

Learn to use light and shadow to give your drawings lively, three–dimensional expressions. In this class, you’ll work on understanding how light hits an object; how it helps to show its form and texture. This class focuses on each element of the plant —flowers, leaves, and, perhaps, some seedpods from the Garden. It provides an opportunity for students to learn one of the most critical watercolor techniques in a relaxed, shared learning environment.

Fee: $445 for members; $535 for non–members

Pipevine

Pipevine by Lee McCaffree.©

Vines R

Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4, 2016, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Vines create an added composition challenge. How are you going to fit a plant that covers a large area on a piece of paper? Discover the growth patterns and the bright colors of clematis, morning glory, or other vines. One flower or many flowers can represent a vine. Come take on the beauty and challenge.

Fee: $160 for members; $190 for non–members

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Fall Maple by Lee McCaffree.©

Textures, Patterns, and Details I R

Saturdays, June 11 and June 25, 2016, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm;
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

This class continues to explore botanical painting skills to illustrate plants with more accuracy. Patterns of color, textures, and other plant surfaces are practiced using color, washes, negative space, and dry brush work. Representation of highlights, hairy and fuzzy surfaces, airy plants, shiny surfaces, and succulents are challenges when maintaining the form of the plant subject. Using more advanced techniques gives the artist the confidence to try more complicated plant portraits. Students enrolled in the Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session.

Fee: $235 for members; $280 for non–members

Dark pink rose from the Filoli garden

 

Colored Pencil: Roses R

Thursday, June 23, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Nina Antze

Filoli’s rose garden has more than 600 plants, including hybrid teas, grandifloras, floribundas, shrub roses, and modern English roses. A wide selection of flowers will be available for you to choose from. Through thoughtful instruction, learn how to accurately render these garden delights.

Fee: $80 for members; $95 for non–members

additional class time

Lee McCaffree provides guidance during studio time.

Studio Time R

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 9:30 am–1:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

This studio format is for students who would like to get the extra help they need. Bring your work–in–progress and/or homework assignment to get instruction and guidance with your drawing and painting techniques.

Fee: $50 for members; $60 for non–members

display of lemons

Eureka Lemon by Catherine M. Watters.©

Citrus R

Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Master the texture, light, and shadow of citrus to bring your subject to life! By mixing rich colors and successfully balancing light and shadow, you will capture the glow of your fruit.

Fee: $160 for members; $190 for non–members

Angel Trumpet by Catherine Watters

Angel Trumpet by Catherine Watters.©

Watercolor I R

Tuesday, July 19 and August 2, 2016, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm,
and Tuesday, August 16, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Transparent watercolor is the traditional medium of botanical art. This beginning course serves as the foundation for painting in watercolor. It covers the basic materials such as papers, brushes, and paints. Students learn techniques through exercises using different washes and application of paint on wet and dry paper. Dry brush work used for accuracy and detail is covered. These methods are applied to basic plant forms as students develop their skills. Students enrolled in the Botanical Art Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session.

Fee: $235 for members; $280 for non–members

student painting a specemin

Rosa rugosa by Cathering M. Watters.

Watercolor II R

Wednesdays, July 20 and August 3, 2016, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm;
Saturday, August 20, 2016, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

This intermediate class further develops students’ skills in mixing colors, washes, and layering. Students work on highlights, shading of simple and complex forms, and painting white flowers and transparent subjects. Students enrolled in the Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session.

Fee: $235 for members; $280 for non–members

brightly colored flowers and textured leaves

 

Watercolor Essentials: Painting Leaves, Veins to Edges R

Saturday, July 23, 2016, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Leaves form the background for most paintings. It is essential that you spend the time to make them accurate or they will distract from your focal point: a flower or fruit. We will work on their form, texture, and veining with shadows, highlights, and different colors. Students will use washes, as well as dry brush and lifting, as well as leaving veins unpainted.

Fee: $90 for members; $95 for non–members

additional class time

Lee McCaffree provides guidance during studio time.

Studio Time R

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 9:30 am–1:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

This studio format is for students who would like to get the extra help they need. Bring your work–in–progress and/or homework assignment to get instruction and guidance with your drawing and painting techniques.

Fee: $50 for members; $60 for non–members

Crabapples by Nina Antze

Crabapple by Nina Antze.©

Colored Pencil II E

Thursday, July 28 through Saturday, July 30, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Nina Antze

Apply the techniques you have learned in Colored Pencil I to a variety of natural subjects, including fruits, leaves, and flowers. Try out new surfaces and papers and expand your repertoire into watercolor pencils and their possibilities as background and surface texture. We will continue our color explorations and apply them to live specimens, developing study pages focusing on value, detail, and composition.

Fee: $275 for members; $330 for non–members


Pen and Ink Drawing

Fics semivestiva by Bruce Wilson.©

Pen and Ink R

Thursday, August 4 through Saturday, August 6, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Bruce Wilson

The basics of pen–and–ink techniques are taught through an engaging curriculum of lectures, demonstrations, and hands–on exercises. Begin your studies with a historical overview of pen and ink followed by a demonstration of the basic techniques and creation of a tone scale with stippling technique and line drawing. Continue your studies on day two through technique exercises, including hatch and crosshatch, while illustrating a leaf using these techniques. On day three you will learn texture techniques while selecting a variety of textured subjects and making three small drawings.

Fee: $300 for members; $360 for non–members

Pen and Ink Drawing

Ficus wamanguana study by Bruce Wilson.©

Scientific Illustration I E

Tuesday, August 9 and Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Bruce Wilson

This class is a basic introduction to Scientific Illustration as it can be applied to botanical subjects. Students will go through the process of preparing a plate from initial drawing through composition and the application of the ink to the film surface. Several other traditional mediums will also be demonstrated such as carbon dust and step-by-step walk–through of a project done for a botanist.

Fee: $160 for members; $190 for non–members

red ruffled azalea

Spicebush Flower by Lee McCaffree.©

Techniques: Drawing Complex Flowers E

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Botanical paintings start with a good drawing. Students will work in graphite to create a basic flower drawing that can be adapted to a painting. Complex flowers will be broken down into simple parts to understand growth pattern and perspective. This is an opportunity to practice more drawing for all levels.

Fee: $80 for members; $95 for non–members

Pinus Silvestri by Lee McCaffree

Pinus silvestri by Lee McCaffree.©

Textures, Patterns, and Details II E

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

In this follow–up class to Textures, Patterns, and Details I, you will explore several unusual textures and learn the techniques to paint them with stunning realism.

Fee: $95 for members; $115 for non–members.

Fern by Catherine Watters

Fern by Catherine M. Watters.©

Watercolor Essentials: Dry Brush and Finishing

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm;
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Bring life to your subjects by mastering the finishing touches! Dry brush techniques are essential to capture the fine details of your botanical subjects.

Fee: $80 for members; $95 for non–members. Fee includes all materials.

strawberry by Catherine Watters

Strawberry by Catherine M. Watters.©

Introduction to Botanical Art

Tuesday, August 23 and Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm;
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Have you admired botanical art but questioned whether you could do it? If so, this is just the class for you. This two–day hands–on workshop introduces traditional botanical art skills, such as plant observation, drawing, color mixing, and watercolor painting using leaves, flowers, and fruit as models. No previous art experience is needed.

Fee: $180 for members; $215 for non–members. Fee includes all materials.

Crabapples by Nina Antze

Crabapple by Nina Antze.©

Colored Pencil: Fruit from the Orchard E

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Nina Antze

The orchard at Filoli covers 6.8 acres and contains heirloom fruit varieties of both familiar and uncommon fruits. With over 620 trees, it’s an eclectic connoisseur’s collection of European and American varieties of fruits. Select your subject from a wide variety of fruit then, through insightful instruction, learn to accurately render it.

Fee: $80 for members; $95 for non–members


additional class time

Lee McCaffree provides guidance during studio time.

Studio Time R

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9:30 am–1:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

This studio format is for students who would like to get the extra help they need. Bring your work–in–progress and/or homework assignment to get instruction and guidance with your drawing and painting techniques.

Fee: $50 for members; $60 for non–members

Pear

Pear by Catherine Watters.©

Drawing Plants in Perspective I R

Saturday, September 10 and Thursday, September 29, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

This foundation course teaches students to accurately draw plants by observing basic botanical shapes and structures and illustrating them in great detail with botanical accuracy. Each of the three sessions focuses on one shape to emphasize and develop observation and foreshortening skills. Students learn to interpret hidden edges to achieve a believable drawing and work on shading skills through value contrast to create three–dimensional shapes. Students enrolled in the Botanical Art Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session.

Fee: $235 for members; $280 for non–members

Graphite Drawing of Anenomes

Anemones by Martha Kemp.©

Graphite Pencil II E

Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15, and Saturday, October 1, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Martha Kemp

This class is for those with experience in using the lead holder and will focus on creating crisp details and flawless continuous tone, plus developing total control of the drawing tools. Subject matter will include dry leaves, cones, nuts, and grocery store produce items. The goal is to demonstrate competency in using the lead holder to render realistic forms and textures.

Fee: $275 for members; $330 for non–members.

antique botanical art print

Canavalia rosea from the Banks’ Florilegium.

History of Botanical Art R

Saturday, September 17, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

This class is an in–depth study of the rich history of botanical art from its early beginning through the 20th century, including its recent revival and the important role it plays today. Participants will view a collection of originals, copper plate engravings, and books focusing on major botanical artists such as Maria Sybilla Merian, Georg Ehret, and P.J. Redouté. Historically significant events, such as the Age of Exploration, and important Florilegiums will be presented. Students enrolled in the Botanical Art Certificate Program are required to write a paper on their favorite historical botanical artist.

Fee: $65 for members; $80 for non–members.

By Lee McCaffree

Fall Maple by Lee McCaffree.©

Watercolor III R

Tuesday, September 20 and Saturday, October 1, 2016, 9:30 am–4:00 pm
Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

This advanced class continues the development of watercolor skills while focusing on painting complex forms. Students enrolled in the Botanical Art Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session.

Fee: $235 for members; $280 for non–members

labeling, matting and framing

Portfolio: Presenting Your Artwork R

Friday, September 30, 2016, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

How you present yourself and your artwork is very important. This class includes instruction on how to write a biography, a resumé of exhibitions, and an artist statement. Photographing and reproducing artwork are also discussed. Please bring your portfolio and artwork for class activities. This class prepares students for the Botanical Art Certificate Program portfolio presentation.

Fee: $50 for members; $60 for non–members

labeling, matting and framing

Labeling, Matting, and Framing R

Friday, September 30, 2016, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Labeling, matting, and framing are all essential elements in completing and presenting your artwork. This class teaches students the various ways to label their botanical artwork and demonstrates matting and framing techniques in a range of styles from the traditional to the contemporary. Mats and frames will be available for practice. Please bring one completed painting and a digital camera for class activities.

Fee: $50 for members; $60 for non–members

coconuts

Coconuts by Beverly Allen.©

Master Class: Amazing Fruit R

Wednesday, October 5 through Saturday, October 8, 2016, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Instructor: Beverly Allen

Working with one subject, this class leverage individual instruction to help build your skills through demonstration of techniques from initial washes to dry brush finishing. There will be an emphasis on close observation, accurate drawing, and using light and the subtleties of color to create a three–dimensional painting. A variety of amazing fruit from Filoli’s orchard will be available to choose from.

Fee: $600 for members; $720 for non–members

pumpkins and gourds

 

Pumpkins and Gourds R

Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, 2016, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Learn to use the colors of fall and apply them to pumpkins or gourds. These eye–catching subjects are good to use to improve your washes and glazes—and they stay around until you finish them.

Fee: $160 for members; $190 for non–members

Botanical Art Certificate Program

Botanical Art Certificate Program image

Dendrobium Orchid by Susan Oldfield, 2014 Certificate Program Graduate.


The Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program offers a unique, in–depth study of botanical art through challenging, integrated, and comprehensive courses. The curriculum includes the systematic study of artistic skills and concepts, basic botany, and botanical art history. A certificate will be presented upon successful completion of coursework (180 classroom hours plus homework) and presentation of a portfolio and final project. This program is for the serious student who wishes to develop knowledge and skills in botanical art.

Enrollment in the Certificate Program is not necessary to participate in these classes; however, prerequisites must be completed. To enroll in the Certificate Program, please complete the enrollment form. Credit hours for each class are indicated under the class description.

Certificate Program enrollment includes a student handbook and course material binder, classroom materials and handouts, and instructor consultation time (up to four thirty–minute conferences annually).

Program details and materials lists can be downloaded in advance under each course description. The primary instructors and curriculum developers are Lee McCaffree and Catherine M. Watters. Biographies for all instructors are available under each class title and will toggle open when you click on the instructor’s name and then close when you click a second time.

R Required Courses

E Elective Courses