Classes

Revealing the beauty, diversity and wonder of the plant world TM


2017 Classes Now Open for Registration!

Gift Certificates Available -HERE-

One Day Workshops - Try Botanical Art 

No experience necessary. Select Saturdays 10 am - 5 pm; try your hand at botanical drawing and painting in these one day workshops. Work from life. Depending on what’s in season - subjects might include orchids, cacti, tulips, daffodils, magnolias, lilacs, peonies, iris, roses, lilies, mushrooms, pine cones, seed pods, fruits, vegetables, fall leaves, pumpkins, gourds,  poinsettias and more. Advance registration required. 

January 28, February 4 or 18, March 11 or 25, April 8 or 22, May 13 or 20, June 10 or 24, July 15 or 29, August 12 or 26, September 9 or 23, November 4 or 18, December 2 or 16. 

One-Day Workshop: $75 per workshop (includes materials!) 


Comprehensive 3-Day Botanical Art Workshops

By Appointment - Friday/Saturday 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday noon - 4 pm. Students will be introduced to the genre of botanical art and learn a repeatable approach to observing a botanical subject, creating a compelling composition, completing contour and tonal drawings, basic color theory and watercolor painting techniques.  Seasonal subject matter. Open to all levels, beginning to advanced - no experience required. For all with an interest in plants, pens, pencils & paint. Group & individual instruction in a small class setting. 


Comprehensive 3-Day Workshop: $200 (includes materials!)

Ongoing Botanical Art Instruction:  

Open to all levels, beginner to advanced - no experience necessary. Personalized instruction.  Begin any time. Register for six 3-hour sessions during one of the following days/times (you may mix days/times and schedule your sessions over as little as two days or long as two months): 
  • Tuesday Afternoons, 2 pm - 5 pm
  • Wednesday Mornings, 10 am – 1 pm
  • Wednesday Afternoons, 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Wednesday Evenings, 6 pm – 9 pm
  • Thursday Mornings, 10 am – 1 pm
  • Thursday Afternoons, 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Thursday Evenings, 6 pm – 9 pm

Beginners will learn the basic skills used for botanical drawing and painting through demonstrations and personalized instruction.  More advanced students will improve their skills and increase their confidence taking on increasingly challenging subjects. An overview of the genre, materials, selecting and composing a subject, contour & tonal drawings, perspective, color theory and practice, and watercolor painting techniques are covered. 

Materials list will be sent upon registration.

Six-Week Sessions of Ongoing Instruction: $150

Friday Focus Workshops:  

More in-depth instruction on specific topics of interest to the botanical artist and photographer. 

Select Fridays 10 am – 5 pm.  Sign up for individual workshops to address current challenges or a series to form a foundation for pursuing botanical art studies.

February 17 - Composition: for botanical artists and photographers.
Explore and practice a variety of approaches to composition. Class includes lecture and hands-on activities to build your confidence and creativity. $75

March 24 - Botany from an Artist’s perspective:  which means “no big words”.  
Learn about plant parts, plant families, what to observe, and what to record in reference sketches and photographs  to enable you to create a beautiful and accurate piece of botanical art as well as recommendations for helpful reference sources online and off.  $75

April 21 - Contour Drawing: for botanical artists. 
Explore and practice a number of techniques for observing and drawing accurate and realistic line drawings of plant subjects in preparation for subsequent paintings or finished drawings. $75

May 19 - Tonal Drawing: for botanical artists.
Explore and practice shading (pencil) to give three-dimensional form to your botanical subjects as a preliminary study for subsequent paintings or as finished drawings. $75

June 23 - Before You Buy: essential supplies for the botanical artist. 
Purchasing art supplies is a big investment. Learn what to look for and what to look out for when buying watercolor paints, paper, brushes and more. Try out a variety of products. $75 

July 28 - Color Theory & Practice: for the botanical artist and watercolor painter. 
Learn about hue, saturation and lightness, mixing vibrant colors and achieving rich neutral tones, effective color schemes and more.  $75 (includes materials)

August 25 - That’s a Match! : color mixing for the botanical artist and watercolor painter. Learn to utilize a 6-color palette to mix and match virtually every color found in your subject. A variety of botanical specimens from saturated hues to dull grays will be available to try your hand at matching by mixing and layering just 6 colors.  $75 (includes materials)

September 22 - Mastering the Wash: the fundamental technique for watercolor painters and botanical artists. 
Learn and practice different techniques for doing flat and graded washes, achieving hard and soft edges, blending colors and avoiding dull overworked areas. $75 (includes materials)

November  17 - Keeping Things in Perspective: for botanical artists.
Explore and practice a variety of techniques for achieving realistic and accurate perspective in your drawings and paintings. $75

December 15 - Creativity: in Art & Life  

Fun experiential activities to expand your creative side. $75

All classes are geared to adults. Serious students under the age of 18 should contact Jody prior to registering.

For More information contact Jody Williams

Online Registration: CLICK HERE

To Register by Mail: send check payable to "Botanical By Nature" to Jody Williams - Studios 2 &3, The Foundry Art Centre,  520 North Main Center, St. Charles, MO 63301. Please indicate the class(es) and session(s) for which you are registering and provide you name and contact information. Materials lists will be sent to students upon registration.