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Out of the Ordinary
(Three Extraordinary Methods for Painting Botanicals)

Learn three special techniques with artist Kelly Leahy Radding

About the Course: This workshop is an introduction to creating botanical art and decorative floral motifs in three unique techniques. All three combine historical mediums and supports. While these techniques are distinctly different they do share some common working methods:
Mische Technique - Learn how to combine egg tempera and oil layers to create a luminous botanical portrait.
Drybrush watercolor on vellum – Learn the basics of this classic botanical technique and medium using watercolor in a drybrush style on calfskin vellum.
Casein on gessoed panel – Explore the magical versatility of this ancient medium. Casein is an opaque, water-based painting medium that uses casein (a derivative of milk curd) as a binder and cleans up with water. Alternate: Casein on clay panel – Learn a modern take on fresco painting with casein on archival kaolin clay panels.

Dates: Week Module 3: July 17-21 2017 at the Villa Palmerino

Cost:  1 week module ( includes accomodation in singleroom with private bathroom): €1250 euros (check-in Sunday, check-out Saturday)
         fees include: accommodation, scheduled courses, studio sessions, 1 weekly group dinner
         fees do not include: airfares, transportation, art materials
        (a list of necessary materials will be provided- some materials will be available for purchase)

Program :
Monday to Thursday will be spent learning the basics of these methods. The teacher will provide drawing templates for typical fruits and flowers that we can expect to find in the gardens, or you can work from your own drawing. We will be referencing live specimens for local color and details. On Friday, you can choose what technique(s) you would like to explore in more detail.
Day 1:
Morning - Intro to Mische Technique
Pick subject, transfer drawing to panel, ink drawing, apply layer of red oil (or
alkyd) paint.
The teacher will demo each step.
Afternoon - Intro to dry brush watercolor on vellum
Series of exercises to show techniques
Day 2:
Morning – Continue with dry brush watercolor using simple subject (perhaps a
Afternoon – Mische Technique
Demo and class painting of 1st white egg tempera layer
Apply layer of yellow oil (or alkyd) paint.
Day 3:
Morning – Intro to Casein on panel (or clay panel)
Series of exercises to show techniques
Afternoon - Mische Technique
Quick demo/painting of 2ndwhite egg tempera layer
Apply layer of blue oil (or alkyd) paint
Day 4: Continue with Casein
Morning - Continue with casein using a simple subject
Afternoon – Mische Technique – final egg tempera layer and starting local color in oils (or alkyds)
Day 5: Free to explore any technique(s) more in depth with the assistance of the teacher.

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Picture Gallery of some Kelly's work:

About the Teacher:

Kelly Leahy-Radding received a Certificate of Botanical Art and Illustration from The New York Botanical Garden in June of 2002. She has been a graphic designer/illustrator since 1982. Kelly specializes in painting wildlife, botanicals and natural history, developing her style with field observation on location, then translating her natural experiences to paintings in the studio. She paints with watercolors on calfskin vellum, egg tempera & oil on panel, and gouache. Kelly is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), the New England Society of Botanical Artists, and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden Florilegium. Kelly is an award winning artist who has exhibited her work in solo, regional group, national and international juried shows including Birds in Art, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Horticultural Society of New York, BISCOT Scotland, and numerous juried ASBA exhibits. Kelly had the opportunity to show at Kew Gardens in London with the Brooklyn Botanical Garden Florilegium, and the ASBA exhibit Losing Paradise, Endangered Plants Here and Around the World which aslo exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History.

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Each participant will have their own room with private bathroom. Kitchen and laundry facilities are shared. Free Wifi is available throughout the property. For those willing to share accommodations (two per room), there will be a 30 percent discount.
Here are some photos of the accommodations:

Spaces are limited to 12 students at one time, places will be assigned on a first come first served basis with priority given to students who have studied with the Florenceart.net studio in the past.

How to apply:
Please send your request by email to the studio.
A deposit 30 percent will be required at the time of registration
Deadline for submissions: May 5, 2017
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Please note:  Students must ensure that they have all necessary visa and health insurance for their stay.

Our studio in Florence:
Via della Scala 11 (near Piazza Santa Maria Novella)
50123 Firenze


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