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Norfolk Arts Centre's thriving art programming is returning to Whistling Gardens!

What a partnership, Nature + Art. Just imagine the serenity of painting classes, poetic readings, creative writing and visual arts programming in the gardens.

We are proud to showcase our local gifted innovators! Watch for our programming announcement coming soon.

Learn more about the Norfolk Arts Centre!

With Michael Spillane


This workshop is ideal for those wishing to learn a range of skills relating to drawing magnificent plants and flowers. Participants will be given step-by-step instructions on how to establish realistic botanical drawings in graphite. The drawing process will be discussed in detail, along with exercises on gesture, contour drawing and blending techniques with graphite to produce three-dimensional form. Step-by-step project page handouts (on a given plant subject), demonstrations and personal interaction with each student will provide continuity and structure. The workshop is best suited to those with an interest in botanical art and will provide a wonderful experience for both artists and nature lovers surrounded by exotic birds and exquisite gardens. Bring a camera and a packed lunch and enjoy the wonder of Whistling Gardens whilst learning the basics of this unique art form.

Date: Sunday, August 11, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 4:00 with 1 hour for lunch
Location: Whistling Gardens Botanical Gardens
698 Concession 3 Townsend, Wilsonville
Cost: $65:00   $60:00 Seniors (60+)
Cash, cheque or e-transfers
To register or for more information contact Michael Spillane 905-891-8422
Registering for this event includes an all-day botanical gardens pass.

The Art of Botanical Drawing

  • 1 Peterboro Hi-Art Cold Pressed #79 Illustration Board (20 x 15 inches)
  • Spiral-bound sketchbook for class exercises
  • Ring binder for handouts and notepaper
  • Pencil sharpener
  • H, 2H, 6H, F, B, 2B & 4B, 6B graphite pencils
  • Magnifying glass
  • Kneaded eraser and pencil eraser
  • Mono Zero (Tombow) 2.3 mm round tip eraser
  • 1 sheet of graphite transfer paper / low-tack masking tape
  • Selection of blending stumps, tortillons and soft makeup brush

Instructor Bio
Michael Spillane was born in Swansea, South Wales, and has a broad and eclectic background both in the arts and natural sciences. Together with his early interests in botanical science and the natural world, Michael pursued his love of the arts. He studied both classical drawing and painting techniques and botanical painting and holds a diploma in illustration and design, together with academic qualifications in horticulture, botany and music. Michael also studied classical guitar in Britain and has recorded and performed widely. He has held positions of editor and art director for two Canadian national magazines and has written over 300 articles worldwide.
Today Michael teaches a variety of art courses at his studio in Mississauga – Spillane Studio of Fine Arts – (since 2005). He has taught courses and workshops at Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM), Burlington Art Centre, Guelph School of Art, Southampton Art School, Hardy’s Hobbies & Crafts in Madoc, Ontario, The London Brush & Palette Club, Elora Centre for the Arts and the Toronto Botanical Garden. His artistic style for the most part is based in realism, in particular, detailed and accurately rendered botanical paintings and classical still life vignettes. He works in oil on canvas on a fairly large scale and also paints smaller still life subjects on linen canvas and wood panels. Also following in the footsteps of the early Victorian plant collectors, Michael uses watercolour and various drawing mediums to capture detailed botanical works on a smaller scale.

Michael also has a blog you may want to follow:
Telephone: 905-891-8422

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