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Celebrating Spring Flora: A Plein Air Approach with Robert Fionda

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June 5, 2014
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park Visitors Center
1490 Red Drive
Traverse City, MI United States
(231) 941-9488


Artcenter Traverse City

This workshop held in conjunction with Art and the Garden.

This is an informal, two-day workshop that explores painting flora “in the moment,” and what better way to paint flowers than with a plein air approach during the springtime.  The goal is to paint the suggestion rather than the pure fact; emphasis is on a strong composition with brush techniques that suggests the essence of a floral or specific garden environment, while incorporating color formulas that are pleasing as well as dramatic.

This workshop will explore accessing and visualizing subject matter in a plein air environment; bold, suggestive, and sensible brush techniques; color as an expressive element; and the process or steps that lead to a successful painting.

This plein air workshop is grounded in brief classroom introductions and lessons that will practice outside.

Sessions are geared for beginners who have painted at leas 10 yards of watercolor paper, and intermediate students with basic knowledge of watercolor techniques and some experience painting outdoors.

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Robert Fionda considers himself a “romantic realist” painter of landscapes, nature, and still life.  He is intrigued with painting the textured and rusted patinas of utilitarian objects we use in everyday life, and believes each piece has a story to tell.  Over the years, Robert’s painting style has evolved, as has his perception of the world and how he views it; he is more “optimistic” when it comes to subject matter, and his watercolor compositions are designed to emphasize what he sees or feels. 

A resident of Michigan, Robert maintains a studio in Armada Township.  He has been an art educator for 40 years and has won numerous national and international awards and exhibits.  www.robertfionda.com

Jun 04 – Jun 05
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park – Visitors Center

Artcenter Member – $200
Non-Member – $220
Early Bird/Artcenter Member – $180
Early Bird/Non-Member – $200
Now thru March 24