Ricardo Aberle

Fairchild is pleased to have Ricardo Aberle lead this two-day, fast-paced watercolor workshop. As one of Ricardo’s students, you will explore the principles of drawing, point of interest, basic composition and space divisions. You will also review the different techniques of manipulating your watercolors and learn how to mix colors in an entirely new way. Ricardo’s unique palette comes from his personal mixes (he uses no green paint, instead blending his colors to create a variety of different greens). The properties of color, color mixing techniques and composition will be stressed in Ricardo’s morning demonstrations and critiques. Working from inspiring botanical still-life subjects, his individual guidance will aid you in your creation of good drawings and good paintings. As you begin to master the process and apply the principles that you have learned, you will appreciate the scope and depth of this workshop. So bring an open mind and a blank canvas and see what you are able to create. Drawing and basic watercolor experience are required. A supply list will be provided upon registration. Class is limited to ten students.

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.-SOLD OUT
Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13(two sessions)
Registration deadline: Friday, December 2
Fee: Members, $195; Non-members, $285

Maida Yap Jimenez

Ms. Yap’s class provides basic instruction in surface preparation, composition and color mixing. You will work with new water-mixable oils that are friendly to the environment and to you. They are genuine oil colors that can be thinned with water and cleaned with soap and water, thus avoiding the use of turpentine or harmful solvents. During this course, you will unravel the mystery of flowers, discover their intricate details and learn to capture all their colorful beauty on canvas. Students already knowledgeable in regular oils are welcome to join too. Materials list provided upon registration.

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Section A:
Tuesdays, January 15 – March 19* (eight sessions)
*No class on February 5 and March 5
Registration deadline: Thursday, January 10
Fee: Members, $195; Non-members, $225
Section B: Tuesdays, April 2 – May 14* (six sessions)
*No class on April 23
Registration deadline: Thursday, March 23
Fee: Members, $160; Non-members, $190

Dan Bondroff

Students at all levels are welcome to learn the fascinating art of pastels. Discover how to paint in soft pastel, considered by many to be the purest of painting mediums. Soft pastel is bright, colorful and easy to learn. Award-winning Miami artist, Dan Bondroff will teach students how to create tropical landscape paintings in soft pastel from concept to completion. Classes are conducted “workshop-style,” starting with a live demonstration and continuing with the students painting with Dan’s professional guidance. Classes will be conducted in a classroom. Materials list provided upon registration.

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Section A:
Tuesdays, January 15 – February 12 (five sessions)
Registration deadline: Friday, January 11
Section B: Tuesdays, February 19 – March 19 (five sessions)
Registration deadline: Wednesday, February 6
Section C: Tuesdays, May 7 – June 4 (five sessions)
Registration deadline: Wednesday, May 1
Fee per section: Members, $130; Non-members, $195

Dottie Greene

It’s time to enjoy painting your favorite subjects in a new environment: the studio. Dottie Greene, your instructor of transparent watercolor painting, will guide and encourage you as you take your work to a new level of excellence. Using a limited palette, instruction will be given in color, value and design; critiques will be a part of every class. All participants will be responsible for bringing their chosen subject reference materials to class—materials such as photographs taken in the Garden, natural plants or other objects of interest. Basic knowledge of watercolor painting is required. Materials list provided upon registration.

9:30 a.m. to noon
Section A:
Wednesdays, January 16 – March 13 (nine sessions) SECTION A IS SOLD OUT
Registration deadline: Thursday, January 10
Fee: Member, $225; Non-Member, $285
Section B: Wednesdays, April 3 – May 1 (five sessions)
Registration deadline: Thursday, March 21
Fee: Member, $125; Non-Member, $185

Donna Torres

This class for the beginner and advanced student focuses on the representation of tropical plants in watercolor and graphite. Students will draw and paint using fresh plant material collected at Fairchild (provided). Drawing from traditional botanical illustration techniques and contemporary interpretations of flora, this class encourages expressive freedom while still honoring the beauty inherent in its plant subjects. Beginners will learn the basics of botanical art; advanced students will be encouraged to explore new combinations of media and techniques. Materials list provided upon registration.

1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Section A:
Wednesdays, January 16 – February 6 (four sessions)
Registration deadline: Friday, January 11
Section B: Wednesdays, March 20 – April 10 (four sessions)
Registration deadline: Tuesday, March 12
Fee per section: Members, $115; Non-members, $175

Maida Yap Jimenez

Creating an image with a palette knife is like sculpting with paints. In this class you will be mesmerized by the texture, movement and flow that can only be achieved using a palette knife. This unique painting technique will allow the beginner and more experienced artist to paint with a freedom and freshness previously thought impossible. Strokes of paint will seem to appear as if they were flowing directly out of your mind and heart. Ms. Yap will give basic instruction and frequent demonstrations on how to handle the different knives, mix colors and apply various techniques. Prepare yourself to have lots of fun in this fast-paced, exhilarating class. Ms. Yap will instruct in a variety of subjects from fruits and vegetables to still life and landscapes. In this class students will be using regular oils or water mixable oils. Please note that students already knowledgeable in the use of acrylics are welcome to join this class.

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. BOTH SECTIONS SOLD OUT
Section A:
Thursdays, January 17 – February 28* (six sessions)
*No class on February 7
Registration deadline: Friday, January 11
Section B: Thursdays, April 4 – May 16* (six sessions)
*No class on April 25
Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 20
Fee per section: Member, $170; Non-Member, $200

Lynda Wellens

Students who were introduced to elements of art and the principles of design in the Beginning Watercolor class have the opportunity to expand their understanding of composition. Through guided practice and independent painting, students will focus on developing a well composed painting. Basic knowledge of watercolor painting is required.

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Thursdays, January 17 – March 21* (eight sessions)
*No class on February 21 or March 14
Registration deadline: Thursday, January 10
Fee: Members, $180; Non-members, $235

Helen Burgos

Our talented Helen Burgos is back for her eleventh year teaching this popular beginner class. Commanding basic drawing techniques can be a goal in itself or a tool for use in other art mediums, like watercolor or acrylic. Learn the technical skills needed to translate three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional drawings. Assignments demonstrating the basic principles of design will give beginners the skills they need to try new approaches. In terms of enhancing their work, watercolor students will find this class very beneficial. Materials list provided upon registration.

10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Section A:
Fridays, January 18 – March 1* (six sessions) SECTION A IS SOLD OUT
*No class on February 8
Registration deadline: Friday, January 11
Section B: Fridays, April 5 – May 10 (six sessions)
Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 27
Fee per section: Members, $125; Non-members, $155

Marcelle Zanetti

Here’s your chance to put power behind your oil or acrylic brushes and create a small and simple masterpiece from start to finish. No matter what your skill level is, this class will cater to your individual needs. All levels of experience are welcomed in this special winter series where artist/instructor Marcelle Zanetti will lead you on an exploration of composition, color and paint application techniques. Ms. Zanetti will do a demonstration to inspire the flow of your creative juices. This class fills quickly.

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Section A:
Fridays, January 18 – March 22* (eight sessions) SECTION A IS SOLD OUT
*No class on February 8 or March 8
Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 9
Section B: Fridays, April 5 – May 31* (eight sessions)
*No class on April 12
Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 27
Fee per section: Members, $245; Non-members, $325

Helen Burgos

This popular drawing instructor has mentored numerous students during her eleven years of teaching at Fairchild. Helen’s class of intermediate drawing is intended for students who already have some drawing experience and wish to work with their own themes and concepts– taking the drawing beyond an assigned class exercise. Students may work in the drawing medium of their choice (graphite, charcoal, ink, colored pencils or a combination of media) and should come to class with a plan for a personal project and any supporting reference material, such as photos, books, objects, etc.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Section A:
Tuesdays, January 22 – March 19* (eight sessions)
*No class on March 12
Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 16
Section B: Tuesdays, April 2 – May 21 (eight sessions)
Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 27
Fee per section: Members, $175; Non-members, $220

Dottie Greene

Dottie Greene and her students have been welcomed back by the Montgomery Botanical Center to offer this special series of watercolor landscape painting classes. Students will be able to paint this 120­acre living laboratory of tropical palms and cycads, rare fruit and flowering trees, lakes and sinkholes. “Nell’s House,” the charming original residence of Colonel Montgomery, founder of Fairchild, will complete a landscape painter’s dream. Experience is necessary as there will be no basic instruction given. A map and materials list will be provided upon registration. Don’t miss out on this special class.

10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursdays, January 24 – March 14 (eight sessions)
Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 16
Fee: Members, $200; Non-members, $265

Monica Lima Mirones

Fairchild is pleased to have Ms. Mirones bring her talent of calligraphy to the Garden. Have you ever marveled at the elegant script writing of the Victorian Era? Do you love the gracefully flowing lines and expressive swirls of this beautiful style of calligraphy? As our digital world consumes us, the writing of this bygone era has evolved from a practical necessity to a rare and cherished fine art. You can learn to create this amazing script. Learn the fundamentals of using a flexible nib or “pointed pen” to create Copperplate (also known as Engrosser’s Script). This technique originated in Europe and came to be one of the most striking, important and widely used forms of lettering in the Western World. Today it is frequently used for formal dedications, certificates and wedding stationery ensembles as well as in modern advertising for logos, headlines, etc. Learn about the fascinating history, materials, terminology, basic strokes and letter forms (both upper and lower case). Material fee collected by instructor.

10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Section A:
Mondays, January 28 – March 4* (five sessions)
*No class on February 18
Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 22
Section B: Mondays, March 11 – April 15* (five sessions)
*No class on March 25
Registration deadline: March 4
Section C: Mondays, April 22 – May 20 (five sessions)
Registration deadline: April 16
Fee per section: Member, $135; Non-member, $185

Donna Torres

This class in botanical illustration will focus on the accurate representation of orchids. Learn the basics of botanical illustration while painting from many varieties of interesting orchids that Fairchild will provide as your subject matter. The introduction of the American Orchid Society to Fairchild has provided a unique opportunity to learn about this interesting and extensive plant family. Basic instruction in watercolor will be given; however, students may elect to work only on pencil drawing if preferred. Participants are encouraged to bring their botanical artwork to the workshop for discussion and critique. Materials list provided upon registration.

1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, February 13 – 27 (three sessions)
Registration deadline: Tuesday, February 5
Fee: Members, $95; Non-members, $145

Donna Torres

By taking this one-session class, you will learn an easy way to make the striking compositions you’re seeking in your work. In addition to learning a great technique, this class allows you the freedom to experiment with multi-layered imagery. We will use simple materials of pencil, marker and tracing paper. This technique goes a step farther than traditional thumbnail sketches and allows you to change scales and subjects quickly and without trouble. A good composition will go a long way in making your paintings and drawings easy to complete. A sound composition saves time, effort and money when changes have to be made using expensive materials. This class is suitable for students of all levels.

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6 (one session)
Registration deadline: Thursday, February 28
Fee: Member, $40; Non-Member, $65

Maida Yap Jimenez

Calling all sunflower lovers! Students will be introduced to the work of Vincent Van Gogh and the expressionism. You will become acquainted with the various techniques of water-base oil painting to recreate sunflowers with a great deal of emotion, energy and color. The idea is not to paint how the sunflowers look, but to express how they make you feel. Van Gogh painted them with an “outburst of joyful gratitude.” Sunflowers will be provided. Students should also bring a light lunch. You must have some basic knowledge of painting prior to enrolling in this class. Materials list provided upon registration.

9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Thursdays, March 14 and 21 (two sessions)
Registration deadline: Monday, March 4
Fee: Members, $95; Non-members, $130

Lynda Wellens

Back by popular demand! Let’s have fun, “fashionistas,” as we learn how to design and create one-of-a-kind silk scarves that reflect the abundance of colors found in the Garden. In this two-day workshop you’ll have the opportunity to create two unique pieces of fashion that demonstrate your creativity and flair, as well as your love of nature. Learn how to use various dyes, paints and other materials as you sponge, spray or paint your wearable artwork. You can even sprinkle salt on your creation to add texture to the design. Embellish the color with iridescent paint sticks, copper tjaps (stamps) and forms for rubbings. Fairchild will provide the supplies for two 11” x 60” scarves, while you provide the inspiration during these two days of fun. Materials list provided upon registration.

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Section A:
Wednesday/Thursday, April 3 and 4 (two sessions)
deadline: Friday, March 22
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Section B:
Wednesday/Thursday, May 22 and 23 (two sessions)
Registration deadline: Tuesday, May 14
Fee per section: Members, $75; Non-members, $100

Lynda Wellens

Have you always dreamed of painting in watercolors but never had the chance to do it? If you would like to paint in watercolors but have little or no formal training in art, this class will help prepare you for the exploration of this medium. Using natural and man-made objects as models, students will learn to identify and utilize the elements of art. Classroom activities, including, but not limited to, drawing and painting will provide students with a hands-on approach for exploration and demonstration. Materials list provided upon registration.

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Thursdays, April 11 – May 16 (six sessions)
Registration deadline: Wednesday, April 3
Fee: Members, $135; Non-members, $175

Dottie Greene

Accomplished instructor, Dottie Greene, will instruct a small group of students as they take watercolor painting to a new level with the understanding of color and light. Using transparent watercolor as the medium and working with a limited palette, students will distinguish the behavioral differences of pigments and explore the nuances of color while painting white objects. Participants should come to class with supporting reference materials of white objects (student photos that include some white objects, white flowers, etc.). Materials list provided upon registration. Bring a light lunch.

9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, May 28 – 30 (three sessions)
Registration deadline: Monday, May 20
Fee: Members, $135 Non-members, $175