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Botanical artist, Linda Heppes Funk, to teach a 3-day class in botanical illustration at Woodlawn

Posted June 17, 2013, at 11:37 a.m.
Botanical artist, Linda Heppes Funk, to teach a 3-day class in botanical illustration at Woodlawn in July
Botanical artist, Linda Heppes Funk, to teach a 3-day class in botanical illustration at Woodlawn in July

Monday, July 22, 2013 9 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Location: Woodlawn, 19 Black House Drive (Rte 172), Ellsworth, Maine

For more information: Woodlawn; 207-667-8671; woodlawnmuseum.org

Linda Heppes Funk will be teaching an intensive 3-day botanical illustration class at Woodlawn from July 22 to the 24 from 9 am to 4 pm. Funk is the recipient of the coveted Award for Excellence in Botanical Art presented by the American Society of Botanical Artists.

The class is offered to students at all levels of accomplishment, with basic drawing experience preferred, covering all aspects of the traditional art of botanical drawing. Using live plant materials, instructional focus will include composition, observational skills and sketch development, and drybrush watercolour technique. Students will be encouraged to practice the skills and discipline required to produce drawings combining scientific precision and artistic beauty. There will be an emphasis on process, not product, and on developing the individual’s unique abilities, although students will work toward producing a finished drawing. Exploring the meditative aspects of drawing from one’s focused center, to capture the life and spirit emanating from nature, is an underlying foundation of this course. Enrollment is limited to eight students to provide for individual attention. The cost for the 3-day class is $480 for Woodlawn members/$500 for non-members. Lunch and refreshments will be served every day and is included in the fee. The class will conclude on Wednesday the 24th with Woodlawn’s famous high tea served at 3 pm in Woodlawn’s garden. As space is limited, pre-registration is required by calling Woodlawn at 667-8671. A list of materials to bring will be provided upon registration.

Linda Heppes Funk is an artist with thirty-eight years of experience in design and illustration. Working from live plant specimens only, specializing in pencil, drybrush watercolour, gouache, and metalpointe drawing, she tutors private students at her studio in Maine, and for many years has taught at various venues, including The New York Botanical Garden; College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine; The Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; and in Massachusetts, at the Creative Arts Center, Chatham; South Shore Art Center, Cohasset; and Wellesley College, Wellesley. Her work is exhibited widely and appears in many publications. In addition to work as a fine artist and decorative painter, Ms. Funk designs furnishings fabrics and ceramic dinnerware. To learn more about Ms. Funk, please visit www.lindafunkbotanicals.net.

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