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  • Sketching & Drawing Plants

    Instructor: Amber Stucke
    Fridays (4 -week class); July – December 2018
    9am-12pm
    Cost: $175/per student (minimum 8; maximum 15)

    Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623

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    Level of Class
    Intermediate and interdisciplinary; appropriate for adult students with some to no drawing experience and encourages people from different disciplines such as naturalists, biologists, botanists, and scientific illustrators.
    Minimum age is 18 years old.

    Learning Outcomes & Course Description
    This is an Intermediate and interdisciplinary course in drawing with a specific focus on plants held in various garden locations on the grounds of the arboretum and botanical garden. Every month, we will emphasize practice in observation and perception utilizing sketchbooks, short-term and long-term drawing methods. We will work together to broaden your understanding in composition and space through line, shape, form, and value. Knowledge and history of certain plants will be addressed through resident botanists at the arboretum, long periods of observing and drawing in one spot, and freedom to choose mediums of your choice for observations. The classes will allow for personal style explorations from the more illustrative to the more expressive approaches in drawing and sketching. It will also bring to attention how keen observation explores visual detail, positive and negative spaces and making comparisons between different shapes, proportions and texture. One-on-one instruction within class dynamics will occur. Classes will be outside in different garden locations; bring water and dress appropriately for weather conditions.

    Course Objectives

    1. Develop skill in composing and organizing visual space through drawing media. To become familiar with various drawing techniques: gesture, line and its uses, value and form, identify properties of light, mass and weight, structure, linear/atmospheric perspective, additive and subtractive methods
    2. Creative/Critical skill development-To encourage and recognize growth in critical/creative thinking skills in understanding elements and principles of Art through drawing, and to gain beginning insight to communicating content and subject matter.
    3. Develop discipline and integrity with respect to professional habits, to develop focus, and to realize these goals through a drawing practice that requires maintaining a sketchbook.

    Critiques
    Several critiques throughout the class will explore and determine both successful work and determine problem areas within personal drawings

    Recommended Supplies
    Pencils (graphite): 2H, H, HB, F, B, 2B, Ebony
    Kneaded Erasure
    Pencil Sharpener
    Sketchbook: 11×14” or 14×17” (should be able to take water media if you use watercolor)
    Good Paper of Your Choice if Needed
    Drawing Board if Needed
    Tape (painters tape) for Drawing Board
    Pen, Ink, and Water Mediums are Allowed (Make Sure to have Your Own Supplies of Water & Towels)
    Charcoal (Hard, Medium & Soft) – mainly for sketches


    ROCKLER: The Beauty of Wood Demonstrations

    6 Saturdays / 1:30pm-3:00pm / Gift Shop Patio
    2nd Saturday of Each Month: July 14 – December 15
    Free for Arboretum Members / Free with admission

    Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623

    September 8: Grill Tools with Bet Sharry

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    Come join us to learn how to turn a set of custom grilling tools long enough to keep your hands out of the heat, and beefy enough to tackle the thickest cuts from the butcher. We will also show you how to complete a set of handles by hand if you don’t have a lathe. Use some of that found wood from your garden to make an extra special gift for someone.

    Bet has been woodworking for 40 years and enjoys sharing her knowledge to inspire others. She has worked for Rockler Woodworking for 14 years.

    October 13: Making a Gardener’s Knife, with Michael Workman

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    A good knife is an essential tool for any gardener.  Michael will show you how easy it is to make your own utility gardening knife, and how you can use the material of your choice, including woody plant material from your own garden, to make a custom handle that’s sculpted to perfectly fit your hand!

    November 10: Planting Boxes with Lou Barceló

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    Learn how to build sturdy and environmentally friendly planter boxes for growing delicious herbs and veggies using only basic hand tools.

    Lou has more than 20 years of experience as a woodworker, furniture maker, teacher and finisher and is currently the manager of the Torrance Rockler store. Lou also enjoys growing herbs and vegetables for use in the kitchen.

    December 15: Building Comfy Adirondack Chairs, with Don Chafey

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    Using just a couple of common carpentry tools, Don will show how to cut wood to size and assemble it into an attractive and amazingly comfortable Adirondack style chair.

    Having worked many years in the film industry (with credits in The Shadow (1994), Malice (1993), and Hook (1991); Don now turns his expertise to making his own works of art and teaching others how to do the same, using the materials and inspirations at hand.


    Art Workshop

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    8 Mondays, 9:30-11:30am / Oak Room
    $40 members / $50 non-members (includes Arboretum Admission)
    Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623

    August 27 – October 15
    October 22 – December 10

    This is a self-directed workshop (no official instructor) that provides a supportive, encouraging environment for those who wish to pursue their artistic endeavors in watercolor, graphite, pastels, etc. Both beginning and experienced artists are welcome. It is a wonderful opportunity to develop at your own speed in your own media while being in the company of those with like interests.


    Botanical Art & Illustration

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    Instructor: Cristina Baltayian
    4 Tuesdays per session per month
    10am-2pm (includes lunch break) / Oak Room
    $275 Arboretum members per month / $295 non-members per month (includes Arboretum Admission)

    Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623

    September      NO CLASS
    October           2, 9, 16, 23
    November       6, 13, 20, 27
    December       4, 11, 18 (only 3 classes – $205/$225)

    These classes will be exploring color pencil, graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor on various papers, vellum and other surfaces. The emphasis will be on plant observation, drawing, composition, color theory and matching, and medium techniques. In conjunction with the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, students will be studying and portraying many of the Arboretum plant introductions from the last 50 years. The goal is to build a collection of paintings that will celebrate and document the invaluable contribution of the Los Angeles Arboretum to the state of California.


    Garden Night Photography

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    Instructor: Frank McDonough
    7:30pm – 10:00pm / Rotunda /on Grounds
    $30 members / $40 non-members
    Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623

    Saturday, October 6
    Saturday, December 8

    Night offers unique photographic opportunities in the garden so come join us for this special session. Share your night photography techniques with other photographers. Special emphasis will be placed on the ‘Painting with Light’ technique, so bring your ‘big gun’ flashlights.


    Oil Painting

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    The classes are taught by Ron Pettie, Master Artist and Art Coach.  He encourages in bringing out the inner artist in all of us.
    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

    Ron the Art Coach will share with you the keys to painting success, including the Secret-Skin Formula.  You can start a painting with Sketching, the Grid System, or Photo Projection on Canvas.  You can choose your painting subject from our photo library.  A small class allows for individual instruction.  We have weekly, short art seminars and skill handouts to keep. 2-3 paintings can be completed.  All artists from other mediums, including past Oil Painting classes, are welcome.

    Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623

    Fun with Oil-H20
    September 8 – October 13 (6 weeks)
    Beginner 9:00am-12:00pm; $69/$79
    Intermediate/Advanced 12:30-3:30pm; $89/$99

    Fun with Oil-H20
    October 27 – December 15 (6 weeks) ***NO CLASS 11/24
    Beginner 9:00am-12:00pm; $69/$79
    Intermediate/Advanced 12:30-3:30pm; $89/$99


    Holiday Art Show & Sale

    November 24 & 25; 9:00am-4:00pm
    Entrance to the exhibition is free with Arboretum admission. Members free.

    Join Master Artist Ron Pettie’s Oil & Acrylic Painting Class for a weekend of Art, performance, & special prizes!  The artists will be on hand to welcome the public and to share their knowledge and love of their art.


    Old Fashioned Wreath Workshop

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    Instructor: Marla Carter & Mary Hampton
    Wednesday, December 5, 2017
    10:00am – 12:00pm
    $35 Members / $45 non-members (all materials included) and includes Arboretum Admission.
    Meet in Ayres Hall. Preregistration required

    Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623

    Using fresh greens (both the traditional and the unusual) from the Arboretum grounds, PLUS an incredible variety of greens from the LA Flower Mart, make a wreath to welcome in the holidays. All wreath materials, frame and wire will be provided.

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