April 6,13,20 &27, 1-4 pm – Introduction to Botanical Drawing and Painting: Woody Plants

Study techniques for depicting the finer details of trees and shrubs – budding boughs, newly unfurled leaves, and blossoming twigs with artist Ruth Ann Wetherby-Frattasio.  Learn to see like an artist in an encouraging atmosphere. A simple drawing method will be demonstrated followed by instruction in painting techniques, including the color mixing necessary for achieving the neutrals of bark, the mossy greens of leaves, the whites of emerging buds, and the delicate pinks, violets, reds, and yellows of flowers. Beginners will start with a technique for placing an image on paper. Continuing students will develop their skills further. During this class, botanical works of artist Esther Heins will be on display in the lecture hall, providing inspiration. List of materials required will be sent upon registration.  Four Mondays, 1-4, in the Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain.   Offered in collaboration with Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture. $130 members of the Arnold Arboretum or the Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture, $155 non-members. For more information, call 781-283-3094, or log on to www.wellesley.edu/WCFH.