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Plant and Place: Integrating a Botanical Still Life Foreground and Background

June 15, 2024 Midnight

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Using a selection of potted plants from Berkshire Botanical Garden’s greenhouse, Ann Getsinger will demonstrate the act of combining perspectives to create a cohesive connection between near and far, foreground and background, to create engaging compositions. This class, held on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will examine ways to create the appearance of space and relationship using light and dark forms, repeated shapes and colors, shadows, soft and hard edges, and chromatic layering. The emphasis will be on experimentation, imagination and play. A materials list will include colored pencils or a water-based medium of your personal preference (watercolors, acrylics or gouache); a surface to paint on; a palette; a variety of brushes, including a small mop brush; and a fine pointed brush. Bring along any materials that you enjoy working with.

Using traditional realist skills, Ann Getsinger observes various natural objects, placing them life-size in landscapes, often of the imagination. Her solo exhibits include Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine; Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, N.Y.; and Koussevitzky Art Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. Her work was recently featured in Orion Magazine and on the Laurel Hill Association’s online series, Artists on Nature. Ann’s home and studio for the past 33 years is in New Marlborough, Mass. She studied at the San Francisco Art Institute.

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