Flowers-Between Worlds: Painting, Drawing & Collage

Josette Urso Flowers
Josette Urso Flowers
Josette Urso Flowers

Cost: $315.00

REGISTER ONLINE (Registration will open January 4, 2023)

4 online sessions. 

CLASSES WILL TAKE PLACE OVER ZOOM. You will need a computer or device and we recommend that you download the latest version of the Zoom app. 

Sundays, March 26–April 23, 2022 (Skip date April 9)

11:00 AM–2:00 PM

Instructor: Josette Urso

"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment." Georgia O'Keefe

Flowers have been an inspiration and point of departure for artists across centuries. In this online workshop, we will continue and extend this tradition using a familiar subject as a catalyst for our own explorations into unfamiliar territory where the flower can perform simultaneously as figure, still life and landscape.

Each week we will look at examples from art history, focusing on a different aspect or theme while working across mediums and sensibilities - painting/drawing/collage as well as representation/abstraction. Universal and personal themes will be explored while also seeing the flower as an arena for discussions about line, form, composition, color and texture. 

Our goal will be to see flowers with fresh eyes, through a wide angled lens into unfolding worlds within worlds.

This class is ideal for anyone from the beginner to the more advanced student who wants to explore subject, meaning and materials. 


Drawing Tools  - your choice

Painting Tools  - your choice

Brushes  - your choice based on medium

Collage Materials - your choice

Possibilities: previously abandoned paintings, drawings, color tests, telephone doodles, to-do lists, magazines, fabric, etc.

Scissors and Optional - X-acto knife

Ruler and cutting matt or cardboard to protect your table

Glue - your choice (it is handy to also have an old brush on hand for glue)

Possibilities: Jade Adhesive (neutral PH/polyvinyl glue), Glue Stick,

SOBO Glue, Gloss or Matte Acrylic Medium (polymer)

General Purpose Drawing or Watercolor Paper (11 x 14” or larger, medium weight, smooth and white.)


Paper Towels and water containers

White or off-white Drafting or Nichiban Tape

A few sheets of tracing paper, Mylar or clear plastic

Pencil, sketchpad and/or scrap paper

Magazine from your recycling bin

A computer with a reliable Internet connection

A clear table area with your materials ready before the start of class

Course Code: FLO23

Instructor(s): Josette Urso

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.