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Floral Fantasies in Three Styles

Floral Fantasies in Three Styles: a 4-week workshop for growing your skills and imagination

Registration will open in March

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Dive into Techniques that Make You a Floral Artist!

Draw and paint flowers like never before!

Floral Fantasies in Three Styles is a 4-week online workshop, starting April 29 and ending May 24, 2019. You dive into the minds of graphic illustrators, intuitive watercolorists, and old master painters to express the spirit and substance of flowers in three ways. 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

“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

Your Teacher: Paivi Eerola

I am a full-time visual artist from Finland who has moved first from technology to design, then from design to art.

Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet and her flower painting called Blooming Centuries.

As a former engineer, I develop simple formulas so that you can easily experiment with various visual styles.
As a former designer, I help you to communicate visually so that people can connect with your art.
As a current working artist, I help you to use techniques so that you will not only grow your skills but your imagination as well.

I am very active in the workshops that I lead. I make suggestions and lead discussions. It’s the part of teaching that I enjoy the most and that I am most praised for.

“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 truly appreciate the way you teach! Your feedback is like a treasure to me. 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

Create Flowers in Three Styles and Techniques

Floral Fantasies in Three Styles guides you to use flower photos for growing your technical skills and imagination. For each style, there’s a quick step-by-step project and a challenge that you can create more freely. The class also has a private discussion group on Facebook where you can share your work and get helpful feedback. In the last week, we will celebrate the art created during the class in a separate live session!

Week 1: Less is More – Flowers as Designs
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.
– Challenge: An imaginative floral pattern or illustration.

– 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. 

Watercolor painting for an online art class Floral Fantasies in Three Styles. By Peony and Parakeet.

Week 2: Loose is More – Flowers as Tool of Expression
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.
– Challenge: Painting flowers with watercolors layer by layer with very little control.
– Supplies: Watercolors. Brushes in various shapes and sizes. Watercolor paper.

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

Questions and Answers about Floral Fantasies in Three Styles

I am a beginner/advanced in drawing and painting. Is this class for me?
This class suits most skill levels. If you are more of a beginner than advanced, you can focus on the quick projects rather than on the challenges. Otherwise, you can challenge yourself by applying the styles and techniques to a more complex imaginative work. The focus of this class is not on the basics of using art supplies. The class is about growing your technical skills and developing your imagination with the help of flower photos.

I want to buy acrylic paints. Do you have any recommendations?
The teacher uses Golden Heavy Body acrylic paints. A short list of colors: titanium white, burnt umber, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, alizarin red, quinacridone red, yellow ochre, warm and cold cadmium yellow.

What technology do I need to have to enjoy the class fully?
All the information and services are provided in electronic format. You will need Internet access and an email account. You will also need basic programs to view (and download) MP4 videos and PDF files. Usually, these are already on your computer. If you want to participate in the Facebook group, you will need a Facebook account. To upload your artwork, you will need a camera or a scanner, at least a phone camera.

How long is the class material accessible?
The documents and the videos are available at least 6 months after the class ends. You can access them as long as you want if you download them onto your computer.

Registration will open in March

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