An Introduction to Macro and Closeup Photography with Brad Boland
Friday, September 23rd, 2 – 4pm

This class is intended to provide an overview of macro photography equipment, Shooting modes that work best, composition for close up shots, and photowalk in the garden.

Many of you might have seen Brad Boland walking around the Gardens and getting upclose and personal with all of the plants and wildlife. Starting this fall, Brad will be teaching Macro and Closeup Photography classes that will help you to capture the world around you. Expect to see other courses offered over several weeks. This first class will be just as it suggests, an introduction to those who might be interested in a more involved series. The two hour session will include basic information on how to use your own camera and assistance in the field from Brad.

Free for Members – Please email the office to sign up

$25 NonmembersRegister Here

In case you missed this 3-part series with Derek Norman the first time, we will be offering it again beginning this Fall.
All classes last 6 weeks and are held on Fridays from 10am – 1pm
Members: $125
Non-members: $150 (consider becoming a member!)

WORKING WITH GRAPHITE PENCIL: September 2nd – October 7th
If you have long held the desire to learn how to draw then this class is for you. And also, for those who simply wish to take their drawing skills to a higher level.

During this 6-week course, each student will engage in drawing plant specimens as they learn to recognize and create form by understanding the importance of structure, surface texture and light as “value”. Feel the magic of creating “value” as your flower drawing slowly emerges and comes to life with shape, form, depth, and dimension.

WORKING WITH COLORED PENCIL: October 28th – December 13th
*note* two week break after November 18th class
For those who simply wish to take their drawing skills to a higher level and those who continue to explore the world of botanical drawing and painting – this class is specifically designed for you!

Students will progress through sound accurate observation and the fundamentals of proportional drawing technique to an understanding of working with color and colored pencil. A step-by-step process will allow the
student to more fully understand the application of color and color blending be it colored pencil or watercolor.

As the class progresses each student will engage in drawing plant specimens as they learn to apply color to hot press paper and understand the importance of structure, surface texture and color perspective

WORKING WITH WATERCOLOR: January 13th – February 17th
This class is designed as an introduction to the botanical art of painting in
watercolor using the Six-Color-Palette.
Here is an opportunity to develop and further refine your understanding
of basic color, color mixing and sound color selection through a step-bystep
approach. Learn to paint wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry and how to apply a
“glaze”, a “wash” and classic English “dry-brush”. Students will progress
to working with botanical specimens as they build confidence and proficiency.

As the class progresses each student will engage in drawing plant specimens as they learn to apply color to hot press paper and understand the importance of structure, surface texture and color perspective

About our Instructor –
Derek Norman and his wife, Ursel, are members of MBG and they are new to our Gulf Coast community, having moved here from Chicago. Derek was born, bred and educated in England before he moved to the States. His graphic works, paintings, drawings and botanical works have been exhibited in Europe and America. He has won Gold and Silver Gilt Medals at the Royal Horticultural Society in London and he is represented in many private and permanent collections including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, the Library of Congress, the British Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Florilegium Society.

REGISTRATION
Select the appropriate class link below to register online. You may also register calling or stopping by the office (Wednesday – Friday, 9am – 4pm)
If you choose to register online and are a member please email the office for your discount code (please include the class that you are interested in)

Botanical Art I: Graphite Pencil

Botanical Art II: Colored Pencil

Botanical Art III: Watercolor

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Written and Produced by Fairn Whatley and Suzanne Damrich
A story of the Monarch, its vanishing habitat and its unique relationship to the Gulf Coast…

Premiering Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at the Crescent Theater

Mobile Botanical Gardens is proud to present the “eclosure” of a stunning visual story of the monarch butterfly and the effect of vanishing milkweed on its future. The gala, benefitting Mobile Botanical Gardens, starts at 7pm at the Larkins Music Center at 257 Dauphin Street with a Champagne and Dessert Reception. The premier of the film will follow at the Crescent Theater, with the introduction of the film by Fairn Whatley and Suzanne Damrich.

No paper ticket will be issued, instead your name will be on our guest list for the night of the event.

Brought to you by the generosity of:
Andrew Saunders
Erin Wheeler
Charmaine Anthony and Kirsten Kraljevic
Donna and Joe Camp
Elizabeth Downing
Helene Hassell
Kitty and Mike Meshad
Carlos and Harold Parkman
Greer and David Wilhelm
Cheryl McCormick-Hann—EdwardJones

Watch the beautiful movie trailer below!

Friday Afternoons (2pm -4pm) in the Gardens weekly
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Enjoy an informal afternoon of drawing,taking inspiration from the Gardens’ setting.
An open studio with advice and encouragement offered by Derek Norman.
Please bring your own drawing supplies. Come when you can.

FREE to Members
Non-members will pay admission of $5 to the Gardens

Derek Norman was born, bred and educated (mostly by experience) in England (BFA) and America as an exchange student (great experience).

Since arriving on these shores he has learnt to speak American and drive on the wrong side of the road.
With a fine art background and following a career in advertising, marketing and communications Derek Norman found an avocation in drawing and painting the native flora of the Midwest. Finally, avocation became vocation.

A longtime designer, creative director, television producer, educator, teacher, lecturer and faculty adviser at Columbia College, Chicago and at the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, Illinois. Also, founder and former Principal of the Midwest Center for Botanical Documentation.

Co-author (with Ursel Norman), and designer/illustrator of six cookbooks (William Morrow, New York & Harper/ Collins, London). And various newspaper columns – Look & Cook (Pioneer Press, Chicago),
Greenfingers (Chicago Tribune), Woodland Wildflowers, Plants at a Glance and Prairie Plants (Pioneer Press, Chicago).

A former elected member of the London Creative Circle and the Royal Society of Artists and Designers, London. He is the recipient of many design and professional awards. His graphic works, paintings, drawings and botanical drawings have been exhibited in Europe and America. He has won Gold and Silver Gilt Medals at the Royal Horticultural Society in London and he is represented in many private and permanent collections including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, the Library of Congress, the British Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Florilegium Society.

Derek Norman together with his wife Ursel, nowadays, are happy to reside in Olde Towne Daphne, Alabama.