One day painting/sketching workshop (Beverly Street Studios)
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

One day painting/sketching workshop (Beverly Street Studios)

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

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Ferns with Pen and Clay
Mar
10
12:30 PM12:30

Ferns with Pen and Clay

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

Sign up HERE.

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Virginia Tech - Botanical Art presentation, Drawing/Painting Moss workshop
Mar
13
9:00 AM09:00

Virginia Tech - Botanical Art presentation, Drawing/Painting Moss workshop

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

  Register via Virginia Tech.

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Spring Field sketching classes (Richmond, Charlottesville)
Mar
20
to May 15

Spring Field sketching classes (Richmond, Charlottesville)

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Florilegium Exhibit
Mar
22
to Apr 25

Florilegium Exhibit

  • Eleventh street Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Botanical Art Techniques Classes
Apr
18
to May 16

Botanical Art Techniques Classes

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

Sign up HERE.

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Winter classes
Dec
2
to Dec 31

Winter classes

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

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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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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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