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Jul 29 2019 - Jul 31 2019


9:00 am - 4:00 pm



Salsa Time in Watercolor with Kathy Schermer-Gramm

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Salsa and summer. What better way for an introduction into botanical art than to create your own study of those farm fresh heirloom tomatoes, peppers, garlic, and onions in watercolor. In this workshop you will explore the process of developing a detailed botanical study from life. Each day will focus on a different topic such as drawing accurately using layers of tracing paper, how to capture the vibrant color and smooth skin of tomatoes and peppers, as well as how to paint the pale translucency of garlic and onion skin. Kathy, a professional botanical illustration instructor will demonstrate how she creates her detailed realistic images from sketch to finished painting. Instruction will cover techniques traditionally used by botanical artists such as measuring for accuracy, using cross-contour lines in depicting garlic and onions, creating a clean contour line transfer drawing, mixing and matching colors, using a limited color palette, painting controlled wet on wet washes, using dry brush for fine details, and top glazing to unify the painting. Activities include sketching from life, creating a preparatory drawing, mixing color reference swatches, and painting one or more individual studies with lots of one on one guidance. You should come away with instructional material, preparatory sketches, color samples and one or more individual watercolor studies of your salsa ingredients. All Levels. Some watercolor experience helpful.*

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  • Kathy Schermer-Gramm

    Kathy is a professional botanical artist with a focus on edibles and NC native plants using watercolor, ink wash, colored pencil or graphite to create highly detailed images on paper. After graduating with a MA in illustration from California State University, Fullerton she has worked as a freelance magazine illustrator while teaching drawing and illustration before moving into botanicals. Currently, Kathy is on the faculty of the Botanical Art and Illustration Certification Program at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens at UNC- Chapel Hill, teaches at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art of Winston-Salem and out of the Botanically Inclined Studio in Historic Bethania not far from her home in Tobaccoville, NC. Her work has been exhibited in the prestigious American Society of Botanical Artists International Exhibition in NYC.

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