Botanical Illustration Classes

 

Art can change your life…

Experience the joy art can bring to your life today, even if you’ve never drawn before!

The Mary L. Harden School of Botanical Art provides Mary’s unique, innovative and comprehensive curriculum
which addresses not only the highest technical skills acquisition but also the development of the total creative individual.

©2011 Mary L. Harden

CLASSES AND SCHEDULE

Advanced & Master Class
©2011 Mary L. Harden

This class combines the acquisition and practice of advanced skills in watercolor with the application of mastery to exhibition quality compositions. The ongoing projects include the completion of works-in-progress, the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest plants, and the Intoxicating Plants projects. Focus will be on the continued mastery of finishing techniques including, sharpening, increased depth, textural effects, tonal variation, and complex coloration to resemble plant pigments within cellular structures. We will look closely at petal structures this session, with special attention to tubular and urn forms.

Permission of the instructor required.

Mondays,  January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3
9:45AM – 1:30PM

Class meets in Miraloma Park Clubhouse at 350 O’Shaughnessy Blvd, San Francisco, CA
with private parking lot.

$225 class registration fee
$10 materials fee per student to be paid to instructor on the first day of class

For more information or instructor permission, email Mary at info@maryhardendesigns.com

To enroll please email Mary at: Mlharden5@aol.com


Master Class
©2011 Mary L. Harden

This Master Class continues the exploration of advanced techniques in texture and structures of plant forms in watercolor. Completion of exhibit pieces for the upcoming Intoxicating Plants spring exhibit at UCSF will be our goal this session. We will work on the compositions for the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest exhibit at the SF Arboretum in the fall. Our continued work on plant structure will focus on petal forms of the urn and tubular shapes.

Permission of the instructor required.

Tuesdays, January 14, 21, 28; February 4, 18, 25; March 4, 11
10:00AM – 1:30PM

Class meets in Miraloma Park Improvement Club located at 350 O’Shaughnessy Boulevard, San Francisco, CA

$225 class registration fee
$10 materials fee per student to be paid to instructor on the first day of class

For more information or instructor permission, email Mary at info@maryhardendesigns.com

To enrol please email Mary at: Mlharden5@aol.com



Master Class - Botanical Illustration

©2011 Mary L. Harden

The Winter Session of the long standing Master Class will focus on the completion of exhibition quality compositions for the upcoming 2014 exhibits. Mesoamerican Cloud Forest Plants and Intoxicating Plants will keep our attention for much of the year with plant research, painting, and presentation. We will continue to build our technical skills with particular emphasis on flower forms including the urn shape and tubular forms. Designed for the serious painter, light source, plant structures, density, and composition will continue to occupy much of our work time together.

Permission of the instructor required.

Wednesdays, January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5

10:00AM – 1:30PM

Class meets in Miraloma Park Improvement Club located at 350 O’Shaughnessy Boulevard, San Francisco, CA

$225 class registration fee
$10 materials fee per student to be paid to instructor on the first day of class

For more information or instructor permission, email Mary at info@maryhardendesigns.com

To enrol please email Mary at: Mlharden5@aol.com

ABOUT MARY:


©2011 Mary L. Harden

Mary L. Harden is a passionate artist and a gifted educator.

Among Mary’s accomplishments is her work to inspire and motivate artists to “give back”and to build public awareness about the beauty and fragility of our plant kingdom. Curating educational exhibits for the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture at Strybing Arboretum and for the SF Conservatory of Flowers have furthered this work.

The creation of her highly original and successful Botanical Illustration Curriculum, which to date numbers 11 different courses of sequential curricula, began with her work for the  SF Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum.  The Mary L. Harden School of Botanical Art is now a project of Neighborhood Parks Council.

Mary began teaching Watercolor classes for the Sharon Art Studio in Golden Gate Park after retiring from 32 years of teaching for the SFUSD. As a teacher of great versatility she instructed in Gifted and Talented classrooms as well as Dropout Prevention Programs.

The creation and development of art curriculum is the cornerstone of Mary’s engaging and highly successful classes. Her personal drawing and painting practice reflects dedication to this process.

A lifelong gardener and an interest in botany led her to field studies and botanical illustration. Forever inspired by local artist Chantel Decleve, printmaking became a focus for Mary’s artistic exploration.

With extensive coursework in printmaking, design, and art history, and a voracious appetite for new ideas about the creative process, Mary displays her ability to teach with a broad interdisciplinary brush.

Mary holds a BA in Sociology and American History, a Lifetime California Teaching Credential, a CELTA Certificate from Cambridge, and Certificates in Surface Design and Landscape Garden Design.