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Thursday September 13

10:00 AM  –  1:30 PM

Thursdays: Sept. 13, 20 and 27, Oct. 4, 11 and 18 | 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (includes a half-hour break)

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to learn or improve limning style techniques and create detailed illustrations
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Watercolor I (or equivalent watercolor experience). This pre-requisite is a requirement to enroll in this course. If you feel you have alternate botanical art training that would satisfy these requirements, contact Phipps at Phipps will require you to supply samples of your work. Please allow a minimum of two weeks for review.

Limning, a traditional painting method dating back to the Renaissance, has been used by botanical artists and scientific illustrators for centuries. For this technique, tiny brushstrokes are used to build up a highly detailed image and are still favored by those who need to portray their subjects with great precision. Limning can also be incorporated into larger paintings to bring crisp detail to small areas or it can be employed by itself to create an entire painting. It is a very useful drybrush method too, perfect for sensitive substrates such as vellum or fine art papers. Receive step-by-step instruction on this watercolor technique and practice it, using high-quality photos of plants and flowers that you select as references. The first two sessions will cover the basics for those unfamiliar with limning, and the next four will focus on developing technique through a hands-on project. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective