If you’re comfortable with the basics of digital photography and are ready to move up to the next level, then this course is for you. In this course we will explore the use of camera controls such as metering (spot, matrix, center weight), exposure and exposure compensation. Youll learn how to use the RAW function on your camera and how to edit using Photoshop Elements 11. We will take an In-depth look into manual focus and using fill flash and flash modes as well as reflectors. Students should be familiar with there cameras and bring a tripod if you have one (some tripods will be available for student use) and the camera manuals as well. We will be using these techniques in the gardens so bring your equipment and be ready for a full day of photographic training.
Saturday, June 03, 2017 – Sunday, June 04, 2017, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Member $135, Non-member $150
Instructor: Helen Byers
What are the elements of an effective composition? Its a question every botanical artist faces sooner or later, but it doesnt have to seem daunting. Join us to learn (or review) some basic points and practical steps. Well begin with thumbnail sketches and work toward a finished drawing. Participants will be invited to choose subjects such as simple flowers, fruits, or vegetables. (Note: This course is designed for returning botanical art students working in colored pencil.) To see examples of Helens work, go to helenbyers.com.
Students will create their own piece of pottery starting with a raw piece of clay. The clay slab will be molded into a one of a kind bud vase for the wall by the students and designed using texture either by adding clay or sgraffito (scratching/scraping away). Once the sculptural component is complete, the students will then paint their piece using underglazes. The pieces are then brought back to the artist’s studio where they are bisque fired, clear glazed and then fired again. Upon completion, the pieces can either be picked up at Tower Hill or the artist studio in West Boylston. The ceramic process can take between 4-6 weeks, sometimes much less.
Spring, summer, winter, or fall, macro photography opens the door to a wonderful new world of photo opportunities. With instructor Steve McGrath as your guide, this course will show you ways to use your existing camera gear to make spectacular macro photographs. After a short lecture, class will move outside to practice technique.
Working either from photos, real life set-up or outside in the gardens, we’ll be concentrating on achieving beautiful color and a lively surface to our pastel paintings. Flowers were an important theme for many of the impressionists and classical painters. A master pastelist, awards-winning artist and very popular instructor, Robert will show and discuss various approaches. Please bring photo reference or flowers/vase.
Nature photographer Neil Tischler will reveal his techniques for capturing the often hidden details of the beautiful flora and fauna right outside your door. After an interactive presentation of many of his own images, Neil will review basic camera settings and then youll head outdoors for hands-on practice. The workshop will conclude with demonstrations of how to crop images for artful impact and ready them for printing. Bring your camera.