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 10-12 am at McGuffey starting January 24th through February 28th. Details in link. $250.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.