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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

From Pencil I to Limited Palette

Illustrating a gladiolus with a limited palette (colored pencil by Lesley MacGregor) 

Majority of our students do not have any art background when they enroll in their first 15-hour illustration course (Pencil I) in our school. 
After the entry level class most students continue with Light on Form-class which is like Pencil I b, a class where the students learn about light and shadow, and the basics to create a three-dimensional drawing. If you follow this link you can see some examples from a recently completed Pencil I weekend class and also some examples from a Light on Form workshop.
Entry level graphite (Pencil I) by Natalia Alarik

Realism in Botanical illustration follows  James Gurney's book Color and Light. The students learn about gamut mapping and limited palettes while focusing on botanical subject matter. Several  students from that class requested it to be a required one for the foundational certificate.  


Tulips from a Light on Form class by Susan Martin


Monday, September 16, 2019

Japanese Silk Embroidery in Cafe Botanique

Rozashi: The Art of Japanese Silk Embroidery
Margaret Kinsey, Deltona, FL

Rozashi is an ancient form of Japanese needlework that originated in China. It uses silk gauze, thread and metal thread to create designs featuring geometric forms, birds and flowers. Originally called Kyoto Nobles Rozashi, the technique was practiced by the ladies of the court and passed down from one woman to another.

Margaret Kinsey teaches for both national embroidery organizations in the U.S. and for the Embroidery Association of Canada. She was the keynote speaker at the 2012 New Zealand Embroidery Guild Conference in Christchurch, NZ and has chaired three EGA International Embroidery Conferences. She is the 2020 recipient of the National Academy of Needlework’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Margaret is an Embroiderers’ Guild of America certified teacher in silk and metal thread techniques and is the U.S. teacher for the Kunimitsu Rozashi Studio.

Wednesday, September 18, 6:30-8 p.m.  |  Gates Hall
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Monday, September 9, 2019

Colored Pencil and Watercolor Pencil



Focus on Foliage in colored pencils by Ellen Ittelson


Watercolor pencil is probably the youngest among the different media that we include in our curriculum. They are suitable for mixed media exercises and blend well with almost any other media.  
Please click here to see selection of illustrations from our entry level watercolor pencil class, you can also see works from our Focus on Foliage class on which the students studied different leaf shapes, textures and color – all in colored pencils.


Entry level watercolor pencil complemented by colored pencil by Susan Willis