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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:30

Botanical watercolor class in Highlands

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art botanicalA botanical watercolor workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Highlands Biological Station.

Artist Fayne Ansley will teach the workshop. Students will work from fresh seasonal cuttings of native plants, and the instructor will provide an array of accessible supplies. All levels are welcome, and beginners are most welcome. Just bring yourself to enjoy and depict nature’s end-of-summer bounty. Continuing students are welcome to bring their own supplies, though the instructor strongly recommends that beginners purchase a $30-starter kit from her at the beginning of class, containing carefully selected paints, brushes and watercolor paper — everything you need to fully profit from the workshop.

Ansley was born and raised in Atlanta. She attended the Hotchkiss School, graduated from Harvard University with a degree in history, and holds an MFA from Columbia University. She has traveled widely and is fluent in both French and Italian. She has studied Botanical Art with Carol Bolt at the New York Horticultural Society, with Mary Christiansen at the New York Botanical Garden, with Helen Allen and Elaine Searle at the English Gardening School in London, and with Anne-Marie Evans. She taught art for many years at Camp Merrie-Woode in Sapphire, as well as at The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands.

The cost of this workshop is $65 for members of the Highlands Biological Foundation or $75 for non-members. To register, visit or 828.526.2221.

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