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.
“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, withTina Mitchell, Nicaragua
practiceI 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.”
Your Teacher: Paivi Eerola from 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
– Susana Trew, Canada
“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.”
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
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
– 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.
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.
– 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 oldPaula Snyder, USA
mastersportion was earth shakingfor me. Really good material I’ll use all my life. I feel like I am turning a corner in my artistic growth.”
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.
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Now I feel the need to paint every day.Patricia Bush, Canada
Floral Fantasies will be back in 2020!
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