Botanical Drawing with Helen Byers

  Cones & Conifers in Graphite

  Botanical Drawing with Helen Byers

  NEW DATES:  Feb 6-7: 10 AM – 4 PM
   Tin Mountain Conservation Center
   1245 Bald Hill Road, Albany, NH

   Tin Mountain Member $115, Nonmember $130

Treat yourself to a two-day workshop at Tin Mountain—just off the scenic Kangamangus Highway in the White Mountains—honing your drawing skills as you study the forms and features of cones and conifers. Through demonstrations and indivdualized instruction, Helen will guide you in techniques using graphite to achieve a fll range of textures and values. Draw studies of assorted cones, bark, and foliage, or work up a portrait of a single subject in all its glory. (Coulter pine, anyone?) An inspiring array of specimens from near and far will be provided. All levels welcome; some drawing experience helpful. A supplies list will be sent to registrants.

Tin Mountain offers a beautiful timber-framed nature center (where we will work), a library, a kitchen, and nature trails. There are abundant accommodations nearby (please request a list).

(by 1/30): Email OR call 603.447.6991

HELEN BYERS is an artist and educator who is active in several genres, including botanical drawing and painting, natural history illustration, field sketching, and plein-air landscape painting. She teaches botanical drawing and painting regularly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Massachusetts and annually at Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in New Mexico. Her affiliations include the American Society of Botanical Artists, the New England Society of Botanical Artists, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and Concord Art of Massachusetts.

Visit to see galleries of Helen’s work and slideshows from her courses.

February 6-7 (10 AM-4 PM).  Would you be able to change those dates for me on the flyer that’s up on the NESBA site?  You might also add: (NEW DATES) or some such wording (maybe in red, or green?), and change “by 12/7” to “by 1/30” after “REGISTER.”

NESBA sponsored workshop, 'Botanical Patterns in Silverpoint & Pastel Dust' with Kathie Miranda

Kathie Miranda
Before graphite pencils, artists used metal point, a small rod of metal sharpened to a point, to make marks on a prepared surface. Silver is the most popular metal because it produces an extremely delicate pale gray line – perfect for drawing plant life. Silver is easy to apply and will tarnish over time to mellow browns. 
Applying the Ground
The class included discussions of the historical context of silverpoint as well as a survey of the various studio-prepared surfaces used by the Old Masters with a modern twist. We made a paper sampler with different silverpoint grounds using a simple white watercolor paint and a sumptuous Old Masters recipe provided by the instructor.

After discovering the special qualities and challenges of drawing with silver, we added color with pastel dust.

Kathie Miranda is an award-winning botanical artist and educator who recently taught this workshop for the Art League in NYC.She exhibits her work nationally, and is currently researching and illustrating flora of Connecticut for future exhibition and publication. See some of her work on, Gallery/silverpoint.

The workshop was held at the beautiful Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton, Massachusetts.