In this introductory workshop, students will use careful observation as well as pencil and watercolor to create a detailed, full-color illustration of a natural history subject. After beginning with a brief overview of the basic history, principles, and conventions of scientific illustration, students will work one-on-one with specimens to create studies that include careful notes and sketches of the anatomy, shapes, colors, and other details of their subjects. Students will use these studies to then create an accurate and finished watercolor on hot-pressed paper. This class is open to anyone age 14 and up. No experience is necessary. All materials except paint brushes will be provided.
Karen Talbot is an award-winning conservation artist known primarily for her lifelike, fine art paintings of fishes, birds and botanicals. “Conservation through Appreciation” is the tagline of Karen’s business, and she aims to educate through her artwork. She holds a master’s degree in education and brings 16 years of classroom teaching experience to the studio. She currently teaches classes in her studio in Rockland, Maine, and also for institutions such as the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Karen’s work can be found in her Rockland Gallery, as well as the National Museum of Marine Biology in Taiwan, various books, magazines, and clients’ homes.
Cost: $60, $50 members (includes $10 materials fee.)