Painting from Plants: Flowers as a Source of Expressive Color and Form

Painting from Plants Adult Classes NYC

Painting from Plants Course NYC

Cost: $450.00

In this course we will examine and discover color, form, and pattern found in flowers and other plant material. Using acrylic paint on paper or canvas, students will observe forms and colors found in nature.

In this course students will make finished paintings of vivid and intricate plants and flowers. We will examine composition, color theory and color interaction. Students will become familiar and confident with mixing colors. Students will explore the variety of possibilities acrylic paint has to offer as a material, and will become familiar with observational painting as source material for making work. While this is an observational class focused on painting from plants, we will also delve into more expressive and interpretive uses of color and form in the paintings.

This course will mainly be composed of in-class work, one on one discussion, critique along with slideshows of contemporary and historical painting and a field trip to look at paintings in person. We will explore painting in a fun, relaxing and supportive atmosphere.

Additional Information:
Please bring a $40 materials fee, payable to the instructor, to the first class.

Meets Weekly: Tuesdays, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm


Students MUST enroll 5 business days prior to the course start date. Registration for this workshop will open Thursday, January 3rd.

Students MUST enroll 5 business days prior to the course start date, The final day to register is February 2nd., students enrolling after this date will pay a $15 late fee.

Course Code: 157255

Instructor(s): Annabeth Marks

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