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How is an Conifer Cone like an Artichoke?

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How is an Conifer Cone like an Artichoke?
Janet Parker
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10:00 - 4:00
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March 10, 2020

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Workshop Overview

In this class you will learn how to draw a Douglas fir cone, which is one of the more complex pinecones in nature. Working from life, we will go slowly, step-by-step, first capturing an outline of our subject, then finding and recording its interior patterns. We will pause to learn about the Fibonacci sequence, a predictable numeric formula and type of pattern found throughout the natural world. Then we will move on to adding value and light-on-form to create a sense of three-dimensionality in our subjects, possibly adding color as well.

About the Instructor(s)

Janet earned the NY Botanical Garden's Botanical Art certificate in May 2015. A 1989 graduate of Parsons School of Design, she has worked as an editorial art director and graphic designer for many magazines and book publishers, including Newsweek, Workman Publishing and until 2012, Tin House. A few years after a move from New York to Portland, Oregon in 2009, she discovered fellow botanical art lovers in the area and helped form Oregon Botanical Artists, now an active group there ( She currently teaches Botanical Drawing classes at Oregon Society of Artists in Portland.

Materials List: Students Bring

• Drawing board - a smooth, sturdy surface to work on. In order to tilt the board when working I recommend bringing a medium sized bath towel rolled up and secured with a couple of rubber bands - or a table easel if you prefer.

• I'll provide all the art supplies and subject matter.

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Range of graphite pencils

• Small selection of colored pencils

• Erasers

• Eraser shield

• All the paper we'll be working with

• Tape

• Mounting putty

• Handouts, etc.

• Conifer cone subjects

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