Louise has been teaching botanical art for over fifteen years at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Gage Academy of Art, and elementary schools, among other venues. She will join the faculty at the University of Washington Natural Science Illustration certificate program this spring.



Introduction to Botanical Watercolor

Saturdays, May 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27 from 10 am - 1 pm.

Douglas Classroom, Center for Urban Horticulture
Fee: $220; Pre-Registration Required
Instructor: Louise Smith, award winning botanical artist and seasoned instructor

This introductory course in botanical watercolor is the first half of a two-part class. Through a series of skill building exercises and paintings of simple botanical subjects the class intends to ease students into accomplishment in watercolor and eradicate the common fear of watercolor painting. All work will be done in one neutral color focusing on the techniques of dry-brush, gradated, and smooth washes. There will be a strong education in the principles of light and shadow, the groundwork to all realistic artworks. The class is appropriate for the rank beginner and the more seasoned watercolorist interested in techniques that are compatible with finely rendered realistic paintings and drawings.

This course will be followed by another session to introduce factors of color and more complicated subject matter.