Learning Opportunities at Corcoran College of Art & Design

BG1600: Special Topics in Botanical Art:  Drawing the Tropics
Instructor: Carol Beach

Dates: Monday to Friday,  July 14 – July 18, 2014   ( 5 sessions)
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: US Botanical Gardens 
Cost:  $1031.   (1.0 credits)
Registration: Corcoran College of Art and Design website

Inspired by the United States Botanic Garden’s permanent collection, this art workshop will concentrate on a variety of tropical plants that can be found throughout the world. Palms, hibiscus and pineapples are some of the many beautiful specimens that provide inspiration for this course. Working with watercolor and colored pencil techniques, students will have the opportunity to illustrate tropical plants from the both the planted gardens of the Conservatory and specimens provided from the collection at the Production Facility. During the last two sessions the instructor will guide students in matting and framing their artwork. A select number of student artwork will then be hung in the Classroom gallery of the USBG for the remainder of the summer and into the fall.

Students who wish to be considered for the exhibition must register for the class for credit through the Corcoran College of Art and Design website. Those who are not interested in the exhibition, but would still enjoy the course, are encouraged to sign up through the USBG. Please note: A materials list can be found with the online listing. Please bring a lunch.

For more information, visit  the Corcoran College of Art & Design website.

PT1400: Introduction to Botanical Painting in Watercolor
Instructor:  Carol Beach

Date:  Saturday,  May 31- August 9, 2014 (1o sessions)
Time:  10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Georgetown 104
Cost:  $1485.   (1.5 credits);   Audit: $740.
Registration:  Online Corcoran College of Art & Design

For beginning students. This course is an introduction to the techniques of transparent watercolor using live plant material. Students will learn to apply paint and render the precise characteristics of specific plants, paying close attention to form, detail and color accuracy. Beginning with a simple plant form, students will move quickly to more complex plant portraits. Those with botanical drawings may proceed immediately to finished paintings. Drawing experience helpful.

At times this course may be cross-tallied at a more advanced level as PT2400: Intermediate Botanical Painting in Watercolor. Students with prior experience may wish to register for the more advanced section.

For more information, visit  the Corcoran College of Art & Design website.


PR24o0: Intermediate Botanical Painting in Watercolor
Instructor:  Carol Beach

Date:  Saturdays, May 30 to August 9, 2014 (10 sessions)
Time:  10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Location:  Georgetown 104
Cost:$740 (Audit)  $1485 (1.5 credits); plus $60 lab fee
Registration:  Online Corcoran College of Art & Design

This course is a continuation of PT1400 or PT211 Introduction to Botanical Painting in Watercolor. This course is a continuation of the techniques of transparent watercolor using live plant material. Students will learn to apply paint and render the precise characteristics of specific plants, paying close attention to form, detail, and color accuracy. Beginning with a simple plant form, students will move quickly to more complex plant portraits. Those with botanical drawings may proceed immediately to finished paintings.