Painting the Dry Garden- Cacti 

M/T

All Levels With Susan Helmer

s_helmer@comcast.net

Learn how to paint the wonderful world of dry garden plants - cacti and friends, from agaves to barrels and nopales. Learn how to approach each shape, from different ways to attack the spines to mixing the greens for variety, authenticity and vivacity. Each student will become comfortable with painting desert plants. Students will interpret a plant photo or drawing to complete a painting that reflects their style and ability level.

Susan was a classroom teacher for 37 years and has been a silk painter for more than 20 years. From her studio in California, she produces paintings that have been shown in many areas of northern California and as far away as Portland, Oregan. You can visit her website to see more of her desert plants at www.susanhelmer.com.

Workshop Title                                         

 Painting the Dry Garden - Cacti M/T - All Levels

Workshop Dates                                       

 10/04/2021- 10/05/2021

Workshop Description

 Learn how to paint the wonderful world of dry garden plants - cacti and friends, from agaves to barrels and nopales. Learn how to approach each shape from different ways, to attack the spines to mixing the greens for variety, authenticity and vivacity. Each student will become comfortable with painting desert plants. Students will interpret their photo or drawing to complete a painting that reflects their style and ability level.

 

Materials provided Photos and drawings of dry garden plants, Resistad, dilutant and applicators

Cost of materials provided

 

$20

What students are required to
bring to workshop                          

  • frame with feet for stretching silk with attachments (at least 18"x28")
  • 14 mm crepe de chine
  • dyes (approximately 7 different colors including 3 primary plus green and brown)
  • brushes in a variety of sizes from #6 to 1"
  • your favorite resist (I will have Resistad in the classroom)
  • palette for dyes or an ice cube tray
  • small spray bottle
  • blue painter's tape
  • marking pencil to transfer the design to silk 
  • rag
  • plastic bag for finished work
  • disposable gloves
  • apron