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Birds in Botanicals – a Workshop with Kelly Radding

July 24 @ 9:00 am - July 26 @ 4:00 pm


Birds depicted with botanical subjects enjoy a long historical tradition. From the works of
Mark Catesby in the mid-1700’s, through John James Audubon in the 1800’s right on up to
contemporary works of art. Compositions that include birds tell a broader story of the life of
a plant and add a lively element to energize a painting.

In this workshop, we will explore the relationship between birds, plants and habitats. We will
learn techniques for including them in a botanical painting and/or drawing including determining
the correct proportions, how to find and draw the ‘perfect’ gesture and how to create
a dynamic composition.

We will start with drawing, using careful observation & interpretation to familiarize
ourselves with the distinctive features of birds. A good drawing is always the foundation
of a successful painting. After exploring the basic shapes of bird groups and their
unique features, we will learn how to add color and textures using different watercolor
techniques and a limited color palette. We will complete a small painting during the
workshop. Join me in celebrating the wonderful world of birds and botanicals through art!

July 24, 25, 25

3 full day classes, total cost $400

For more information and to register, Contact SBG at 208-726-9358


July 24 @ 9:00 am
July 26 @ 4:00 pm
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Sawtooth Botanical Garden


Sawtooth Botanical Garden
11 Gimlet Road
Ketchum, ID 83340 United States
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