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James Milene Offers Free Botanical Drawing Class at Kaplan Hall

James Milne Offers Free Botanical Drawing Class at Kaplan Hall

One of the flowers that can take the chill of the changing seasons is the Pansy. Its blossoms seem to smile in the spring sun. On Friday, April 6, 2018, expert botanical artist, James Douglas Milne (aka Doug) is giving a master class entitled Drawing a Harbinger of Spring, Pansies. This class, which is free and open to the public, accompanies his solo exhibit in the Mindy Ross Gallery, Botanical Portraits.

The class runs from 12:30 to 2:45pm in the gallery and its neighboring space, the OBTC Great Room 101 both located in the eastern most section on the first floor of Kaplan Hall. Bring your desire to listen, learn, and create. All supplies will be provided. The artist will introduce what botanical drawing entails as well as review the importance of good quality drawing materials. Then, he will lead attendees into the Mindy Ross Gallery to tour the show as he explains the artworks especially the pansy (in particular) and clematis drawings. Upon returning to the OBTC Great Room, participants will examine the subjects–live pansy plants — which are, in fact, the models and proceed to do preliminary sketches of the flowers. Milne will also demonstrate shading in neutral color and using color pencils. Continued drawing will culminate with review and sharing of works. This should be an engaging program with many opportunities to learn and have fun in doing so.

James Douglas Milne has a Certificate of Horticulture from the New York Botanical Garden and a BS in interior design from La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA. He is a Master Gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County. He works with plants regularly as he says, “I am an obsessive gardener; I do garden design; and with my renewed love of drawing, botanical artwork has added another creative facet to my plant enriched life.”

The Mindy Ross Gallery and OBTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall are located at the corner of Grand and First Streets on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Free, secure parking is available in Kaplan Hall parking garage entered at 73 First St.


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