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September 08, 2019
September 08, 2019

About This Event

Join us at The Foster for a unique opportunity to explore Tony Foster's botanical details with scientific illustrator Mattias Lanas, our former Managing Director who travelled with Tony through Chile's Atacama Desert.  After focusing on Foster's approach to rendering complex botanical forms in the galleries, you will have the opportunity to put your observations into practice with a hands-on exploration of watercolor. Using cut flowers and photographs as subjects, we will delve into techniques such as creating the illusion of depth, color mixing, underpainting and glazing, and reinforcing values with graphite. We hope that you will leave this program with a deeper understanding of Tony Foster's work as well as new tools and techniques to play with on your next adventure outdoors or in studio. This is an intermediate-level workshop where some familiarity with watercolor paints is helpful. That being said, beginners willing to jump in and learn on the fly are welcome to join. Please feel free to bring a photo of a plant, flowers, or botanical thicket to work with if you are already inspired. Otherwise, you may choose to work from the class materials and live subjects provided.  The $60 ticket price* includes painting materials which are yours to take home, to continue your botanical explorations after class. About Mattias: Mattias Lanas grew up in Santiago, Chile, where family visits to the seashore fostered a love for natural history. After graduating with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Earth Systems from Stanford, he completed the Science Illustration Certificate Graduate Program at California State University, Monterey Bay. Today he enjoys teaching art classes, leading field sketching trips, and working on illustration commissions related to the field of conservation. When not in the studio Mattias can be found "botanizing" and searching for rare plants, reading about insects, or doing pottery. *An additional 8.8% Eventbrite processing fee is applied during checkout.

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