Skip to main content
22 - Oct
(Nearby Event: Family)
Where:U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First Street SW, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20024

Jean Brinton Jaecks, artist
The USBG's rich collection of flowers and plants, as well as insects, shells, and pods, will be the subject matter for this watercolor and gouache workshop on vellum. Since antiquity the beautiful grain and luminesce quality of vellum (animal skin) has been a preferred support for artists. Students will learn the art of gold leaf to be used as a border or embellishment to their design. Fundamental techniques in rendering objects and basic techniques in working on several types of vellum will be explored. Joris Hoefnagel, the 16c artist who created the miniature paintings for Nature Illuminated, will be our inspiration. The works of Garzoni, Durer, and Redoute will also be explored. Please note: A materials fee of $60 is included in the cost of the workshop. This fee covers the cost of gold leaf and a 6 x 8 botanical finish sheet of vellum and images of early medieval manuscripts, to be provided by the instructor. A materials list for student-provided items can be found here. Please bring a lunch.

DATE: Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23
TIME: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Conservatory Classroom
Pre-registration required

nibh to top