Putting Life into Your Drawings
Join Frances Topping, naturalist and artist, for the first in her two program series Botanical Drawing. This program focuses on using color and volume to make a 3D specimen on a 2D paper seem alive. Participants will work on some color mixing, watercolor application and foreshortening to create form. Mixing greens and neutrals, which can be extremely varied, using some simple principles can get you there. Shading can be done in many ways too. Bring your own materials and simple specimens if you have them. We will also provide some specimens and materials if you need. Participants will work primarily in watercolor but the principles work in other media too.
•Pencil or waterproof pen, kneaded eraser.
•Brushes -medium and small brush that holds a point
•Water container x2 –one for clean and one for dirty water
•A mixing palette e.g. plastic plate or ceramic saucer
•Paints- A small watercolor paint box or a tube of a cool and warm of each primary color -red, blue and yellow. e.g Ultramarine blue and Cerulean or Phthalo/Winsor blue, Alizarin red and a scarlet red, a deep yellow and a lemony one. Others optional.
•Paper – Hot or cold press 140 lb or multimedia paper.
•Paper towel – Viva brand without pattern preferred.
Frances Topping holds a Certificate of Natural Science Illustration for the Rhode Island School of Design and a degree in Geography, Botany and Zoology as well as in Graphic Design with Illustration and Photography. Among other places, her drawings are featured on RIWPS native plant sale posters. The second program in her Botanical Drawing Series, Field Sketching to Aid Plant Identification or Begin a Painting, will be held sometime in May.
Enjoy Frances’ recent article Nature Sketching and Journaling: A Way of Experiencing Nature in WildFloraRI.
This program is limited to 12.
Fee: $15.00 for RIWPS members, $30.00 for non RIWPS Members.
Preregistration is required. See form below.
Location: Rhode Island Natural History Survey, URI East Farm, East Farm Rd. Kingston RI. Click here for google driving directions which include showing the location of the RINHS building and parking lot. (Note. For some reason google lists the location as being in Wakefield.)