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Floral Fantasies in 3 Styles

Draw and Paint Flowers Like Never Before

Dive into Techniques that Make You a Floral Artist!


Floral Fantasies in Three Styles is a 4-week online workshop from April 29 to May 24, 2019. Dive into the minds of graphic illustrators, intuitive watercolorists, and old master painters! Each approach feeds the next one, so you are leveling up your skills and expression week by week.

Students say:

“I have a better understanding of how to practice combining my intuitive creativity with the actual making of art. I have been able to relax more and just let feelings flow into the colors and shapes. I was worried about feeling so much the amateur that I would be discouraged from continuing. Instead, I am excited and ready to continue!”

Catherine Cale, USA

“I found a way of working which I didn’t expect at all. And it gave me the confidence to trust myself in art. The class gave me the opportunity to develop myself as an artist and learn new skills.”

Marion Berkhout, The Netherlands

“For years I have been in awe and admiration of the old masters and their beautiful work. I now feel, with practice I will be able to get to grips with the technique and maybe one day have a piece worthy of hanging on the wall. The course gave me the confidence and tools to try new styles of art and I loved learning more about them.”

Tina Mitchell, Nicaragua

Your Teacher: Paivi Eerola from Finland

Paivi Eerola, visual artist, Finland

Paivi is a full-time artist who has moved first from technology to design, then from design to art.

“I fully enjoyed this course! You are a wonderful teacher Paivi. I love seeing art through your lens and through your personal experiences. It most definitely adds depth towards my creative process by exploring various styles and techniques.  I have learned so much from your input of all of our art pieces, and enjoy the support of all these lovely women.”

Christy Tattersall, USA

 
“I’m so glad I found you long time ago, but I’m even more happy that I dived into your classes. I think the love that I always had for painting finally got materialized when I took your classes. I think you gave me hope in this new path.”

– Susana Trew, Canada

Grow Your Skills in Four Weeks

For each week, there are a quick step-by-step project and guided challenges. Beginner? Focus on the quick projects!

Week 1: Less is More – Flowers as Designs

A detail of Paivi Eerola's artwork. She teaches these techniques in her class Floral Fantasies in Three Styles.

In the first week, you step into the role of an illustrator and learn to simplify without killing the liveliness and the playfulness of flowers.  You get inspired by the 20th century’s illustrational styles: Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern, and Scandinavian Retro.

– Technique: Hand-drawn collage.
– Quick Project:  Building a floral design inspired by a flower photo.
– Challenges: Imaginative floral patterns or illustrations.

– Supplies: Pencil, eraser, drawing pen, scissors, gel medium or paper glue, drawing paper for the elements, thick paper or an art journal for the final collage, felt-tipped pens or your favorite coloring supplies. 

Week 2: Loose is More – Flowers as Tool of Expression

A detail of Paivi Eerola's art class Floral Fantasies in Three styles.

In the second week, you are an intuitive watercolorist. What you see and feel is part of your painting process. You get inspired by any expressive art, from Claude Monet’s impressionist paintings to Joan Mitchell’s messy abstracts.

– Technique: Watercolor painting without sketching.
– Quick Project: Getting inspired by the light and shadows in a flower photo.
– Challenges: Painting flowers with watercolors layer by layer with very little control.
– Supplies: Watercolors. Brushes in various shapes and sizes. Watercolor paper.

More is More! Week 2 also has an extra module for creating still lives without any reference photos. You will learn to paint glass vases, build a color palette, and grow your confidence in watercolor painting.

Paivi Eerola painting a floral still life with watercolors. Check out her class Floral Fantasies in Three Styles.

Weeks 3-4: Depth is More – Flowers with the Eyes of Old Masters

A detail of Paivi Eerola's acrylic flower painting "Four Seasons".


In weeks 3 and 4, you travel back in time and learn old masters painting techniques. Layer by layer, you build depth and glow. You get inspired by Renaissance masterpieces, Flemish floral still lifes and today’s fantasy art.

– Technique: Acrylic painting with translucent layers. An adaptation of the old masters painting techniques.
– Quick Project: Using a flower photo as a reference without producing stiffness.
– Challenges: Painting flowers in the old world style.
– Supplies: Charcoal, kneaded eraser, fixative. You can also use a pencil instead. Round brushes in various sizes. Small canvas or thick paper. Glazing medium. Acrylic paints in white, umber, and in other colors of your liking.
The teacher uses Golden Heavy Body acrylic paints. (A short list of colors if you don’t have any yet: titanium white, burnt umber, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, alizarin red, quinacridone red, yellow ochre, warm and cold cadmium yellow.)

“The old masters portion was earth shaking for me. Really good material I’ll use all my life. I feel like I am turning a corner in my artistic growth.”

Paula Snyder, USA
Roses in three styles. From Paivi Eerola's floral art class Floral Fantasies in Three Styles.

Bonus: Membership for Art Community Bloom and Fly for 2019!

With the class, you will also get a basic membership for the Facebook group where you can share your work and discuss with fellow artists. This membership is for 2019, so you can continue drawing and sharing for the rest of the year.

Technology Needed + Refund Policy

All the information and services are provided in electronic format. You will need Internet access and a personal email account. The document is in PDF format, and the videos are offered as a streaming service. You can access the material as long as you want if you download them to your computer within six months after the purchase. If you download videos, you will also need an application to view and download MP4 videos. You have to be over 18 to join the Bloom and Fly community. All sales are final.

Watercolor brush. Painting with watercolors.

Floral Fantasies is not just a one-truth class about flowers
but a class about finding what you love in them and how you want to paint them.

Now I feel the need to paint every day.

Patricia Bush, Canada
A detail of a floral watercolor painting.

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Price: 109 EUR (approx. 123 USD)

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