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Fairchild Garden Offers Painting Classes with Award-Winning Watercolor Artist Hillary Parker


 
PRLog - Aug. 14, 2014 - CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation, will debut four painting classes this fall with international award-winning botanical watercolor artist Hillary Parker from September 17 – December 10, 2014. They are:

·      Art Gathering: Wednesday, September 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

·      Watercolor Basics: Mondays from September 22 – November 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Classes will not be held on October 20 and November 10.)

·      Cornerstones of Botanical Art: Tuesdays from September 23 -- November 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

·      A Social Evening of Wine and Watercolors: Wednesday, December 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For the Art Gathering, students are asked to bring in a piece or two of their work to share with Parker. She will also display her botanical art. This event provides a good opportunity to meet fellow art students and learn more about her classes. Light refreshments will be served.

Watercolor Basics is a fun and informative course that covers the basics of painting with watercolors. Students will explore paper, pigments, brushes and water. They will learn basic skills and practice their technique through exercises and watercolor studies from the beautiful tropical plants found throughout Fairchild Garden.

Cornerstones of Botanical Art is a comprehensive workshop designed to identify missing building blocks in a student’s artistic development. Parker will target the student’s stumbling block and help improve essential skills by observing and guiding each student from the conception of an idea to the completion of a painting. She will use her cornerstone method of teaching, which consists of keen observation, effective drawing, deliberate composition and proficient watercolors.

A Social Evening of Wine and Watercolors is Parker’s final painting class at Fairchild this fall. It is a relaxing way to learn basic skills in painting and meet new people. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about all of Parker’s painting classes and pricing, visit https://nc.fairchildgarden.org/art-classes.

A naturalist and member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, Hillary Parker has enjoyed a dual career of teaching and painting for more than 25 years. At Fairchild Garden, she has created botanical illustrations of mangos, which have been exhibited in the United Kingdom.

Parker works on public and private commissions ranging from the contemporary to the very traditional as well as juried exhibitions, international workshops, solo and group shows. Her detailed watercolors cover a vast range of subjects in nature, combining beauty with scientific accuracy.  Parker is often asked to paint subject matter indigenous to a particular area of the world. Her paintings can be found in Singapore, El Salvador, Canada, Japan, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, South Africa, Bahamas and the United States.

About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres (33 hectares) in Miami, Fla., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, Orchid and Edible Garden Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. For more info, call 305-667-1651 or visit www.fairchildgarden.org. Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fairchild-Tropical-Botanic...), Twitter (https://twitter.com/fairchildgarden), Instagram (http://instagram.com/fairchildgarden) and Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/fairchildgarden/).

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