This is an introductory class to botanical art using watercolors. We will learn dry brush techniques such as brush control and color mixing. The class is for all levels. Paints will be provided but students will be expected to get other supplies. Sign up here.
This is an opportunity for semi advanced students to work with your own wild specimens found in the forests, hills and meadows in an unspoilt part of Transylvania, in a class of just five students. Classes shall take place in POD, a studio classroom filled with northern light. Each student will have their own desk and slant board. Classes will explore the process of creating using subject matter gathered by you on foot. We shall explore this unspoilt landscape together and in the company of a local guide, learning about the plants and finding samples on which to work inside.
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In this 5 week class, we will examine different techniques that I use as a botanical artist to create a final painting.
Week 1 (EXPLORE) - using pen and watercolor, we will learn some basic skills to drawing and observing plants
Week 2 (REFINE) - using sepia paint, we will learn watercolor skills to work on botanical details such as stems, leaves, and petals
Week 3 (COLOR) - learn about mixing colors
Week 4 (COMPOSE) - sketch and decide how to put together a composition/
Week 5 (COMPLETE) - start/finish a final painting
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Come see several of my original sepia paintings in this group show revering plants. I will be exhibiting alongside other wonderful artists - including oil painters and sculptors. The opening will be on March 22nd at 5:30 and the show will be up until the end of April.
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.
RICHMOND - Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens - Wednesday mornings 9:30-12 (March 20th, April 17th, May 15th). Contact Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens to register.
CHARLOTTESVILLE - McIntire Park - Friday afternoons, 12:30-2:30 (March 15, April 19th, May 10th). Sign up here.
Join Lara as she talks about being a botanical artist. She will explain her work in the Flora of Virginia, in her perpetual journals and detailed watercolor paintings from 9-10. Following this, there will be two workshops available that will focus on drawing and painting mosses.
Pen illustration 10-12
Watercolor workshop 12:30-3
This two part workshop will take place at Mud Dauber Pottery, Suzanne Crane’s studio and gallery in Earlysville, Virginia (4225 Earlysville Road). In the first session, Lara will teach how to identify and illustrate a Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) with a pen. We will learn how to stipple to create value and the final drawing will be matted to go home.
In the second session, Suzanne will talk to participants about how she incorporates botanical impressions in her stoneware pieces, and then will lead the group in how to make a 6” botanical tile. Each participant will create a 6” tile impressed with a Christmas fern and a border. The tiles will be bisque fired when dry and can be picked up at Mud Dauber two weeks later. For an additional fee, Suzanne will glaze and fire the bisqued tiles. $80 FULL
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This one-day painting workshop will introduce you to the process of drawing and composing a botanical sketchbook page using winter/spring nuts, berries, seed pods, and other exquisite natural specimens to pick from. We will be learning pen illustration techniques, page composition and basic watercolor skills. All will be incorporated onto one sheet of paper to show your discoveries. Register via BSS here. FULL
January 24- February 28, (Thursday mornings), 10-12 - McGuffey watercolor painting class
February 22 or April 12- 9-12 - pen illustration workshop - McGuffey Art Center
March 9 - 9-3, learn a combination of pen with watercolor techniques - Beverly street studios
March 20, April 17, May 15 (Wednesday mornings) 9:30-12 - Lewis Ginter sketching classes
May 4th - 9:30-3:30 - learn how to paint a leaf - McGuffey Art Center (details to come)
May 30th - 9:30-3:30 - introductory painting workshop at Monticello
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!
I am honored to be exhibiting this July in London at the RHS Botanical Art Show. Follow along with me on Instagram or please come visit!
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.
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
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
As a fundraiser for SSG, the Gallery Rally is a fun event as you watch numerous Charlottesville artists create for one hour and each piece is sold immediately for just $50. A great way to suppor SSG and purchase original art. My session will be 4:30-5:30 and I will aim to paint two small leaves in sepia paint.