Documenting Fall and Winter
Nov
2
to Nov 30

Documenting Fall and Winter

Come see an overview of Lara Call Gastinger’s botanical watercolor paintings from the past decade. This show features selections from her two gold medal exhibits at the Royal Horticultural Society plus paintings of specimens and natural observations she has made throughout the Piedmont and Blue Ridge of Virginia. Chroma Projects is located in downtown Charlottesville on Water Street.

The First Fridays art opening will be November 2nd, 5-7. See you there!

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RHS Gold medal - July 2018
Jul
11
to Jul 12

RHS Gold medal - July 2018

In July 2018, I received a gold medal at the London Royal Horticultural Society Botanical Art show for my collection of paintings, Seeing Plants: A Year in Virginia. Gold medals are awarded to botanical artists who have reached the highest standard of botanical accuracy, detail and technique in their collection. This was my second gold medal - the first was awarded in July 2007.

Click here to see the entire collection.

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Spring Field sketching class
May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Spring Field sketching class

  • G.R. Thompson Wildlife Management Area (map)
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Come join me at the G.R. Thompson Wildlife Preserve (we will meet first at the Paris Apothecary) to explore the beautiful spring ephemerals, especially the trilliums. This class will work on how to create and maintain a field sketchbook over years as plants and seasons change.  This is a great class to get to know your surroundings and start a journal. Contact the Paris Apothecary to register. FULL

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McGuffey Art Center Spring Botanical Watercolor class series
Apr
12
to Apr 17

McGuffey Art Center Spring Botanical Watercolor class series

This is a 6 week botanical watercolor morning class focusing on Spring specimens. We will learn dry brush techniques such as brush control and color mixing. The classes are for all levels and will be held from 10-12 am at McGuffey starting April 12 through May 17. Paints will be provided but students will be expected to get other supplies. Sign up here. $250

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Drink and Draw - Pen Illustration Workshop
Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

Drink and Draw - Pen Illustration Workshop

Learn basic botanical illustration techniques that Lara used for the botanical labels at Vitae Spirits and Distillery. We will use pens (instead of a paintbrush) to learn to draw and stipple illustrations of plant specimens. $40 includes supplies and a cocktail. Sign up here.

- February 21 (FULL)

- March 21st

- May 2nd

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Spring Field sketching class
Mar
21
9:30 AM09:30

Spring Field sketching class

Come join me Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens to explore the gardens to document our observations. This class will work on how to create and maintain a field sketchbook over three months in Spring as the plants emerge and bloom.  This is a great class to get to know your surroundings and start a journal. Wednesday mornings (March 21st, April 18th, May 23rd), 9:30-12. Contact Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens to register.

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Virginia Tech - Pen Illustration Workshop and Flora of Virginia Seminar
Mar
15
10:30 AM10:30

Virginia Tech - Pen Illustration Workshop and Flora of Virginia Seminar

Lara will give a seminar 10:30-11:30 about her experiences as a botanical illustrator and artist in the morning followed with a pen workshop 12:30-2:30. Learn basic botanical illustration techniques that Lara used in the Flora of Virginia. We will use pens to learn to draw and stipple illustrations of plant specimens.  Register via Virginia Tech.

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Fall Botanical Watercolor class
Sep
21
to Oct 26

Fall Botanical Watercolor class

This is a 6 week botanical watercolor evening class focusing on Spring specimens. We will learn dry brush techniques such as brush control and color mixing. The classes are for all levels and will be held from 6:30-8:30 at McGuffey starting March 23rd through May 4th (no class on April 6th). Contact Lara to sign up. $250. Paints will be provided but students will be expected to get other supplies. FULL

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