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The BAGSC Botanical Day of Art is almost here, and the website has been updated with more information. There are still a few spots available for:
Sunday, January 26, 2020
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

Cost, BAGSC Members: $50
Non-Members: $60

Be sure to visit the BAGSC website at https://bagsc.org/classes/bagsc-botanical-art-workshop-2020 to review updated information, including:

  • A full schedule of the day;
  • Instructors and subjects for each of the four sessions;
  • Supplies provided;
  • Supplies for sharing;
  • AND the BAGSC Mercado!

Last year we sold extras from the art supplies purchased for the Day of Art, and participants were clamoring for more. We have just added a BAGSC “Mercado” to the day: in addition to the workshop sessions, BAGSC will be selling extra art supplies purchased for the “Day of Art” as well as gently-used art supplies in our very own Art Supply Mercado.

Please bring cash or check; credit cards will not be accepted for the Art Supply Mercado.

Registration is online and easy. Hope to see you there!

by Suzanne Kuuskmae

Olga Ryabstova is back at Destination: Art to teach a second Silverpoint workshop. This workshop will build on the first, but is still appropriate for beginners and those new to silverpoint.

Registration is at: www.destination-art.net  Click on classes and pay on-line by credit card.
Silverpoint with Olga Ryabtsova
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Tuition: $85
Tools: $20 in class (if you need them)
9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Olga Ryabtsova, Magnolia, silverpoint

Olga Ryabtsova, Magnolia, silverpoint, © 2019, all rights reserved.

Silverpoint is a metal media that can leave a mark on the prepared abrasive surface and is known for its fine, delicate strokes as well as high archival qualities. Many silverpoint drawings by Old Masters can be seen in museums. All supplies will be provided for this class if you are a beginning student: stylus with silver point, paper, and suggested subjects. You may also bring your own simple image if you wish.

Olga will be guiding you with making appropriate strokes to make a beautiful rendering of your subject. The supplies charge will be $20 additional payable at class directly to Olga. If you already have supplies, you can bring them to class.

Olga Ryabstova is a member of Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California and the American Society of Botanical Artists and has been teaching silverpoint techniques for several years.

by Deb Shaw

Back by popular demand! Last year’s BAGSC BOTANICAL ART WORKSHOP was such a great success, we’ve created a new one! Start a creative 2020 with:

BASIC BOTANICAL ART WORKSHOP
A Day of Botanical Art Skills & Techniques for All Levels

Sunday, January 26, 2020
9am to 4pm
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007

Participants may choose from a variety hands-on sessions taught by skilled BAGSC teachers in a new, longer, 80-minute format! Choose which sessions you want to attend the day of the event.

  • Color Mixing and Pigments
  • Colored Pencil and Watercolor Pencil
  • Drawing Leaves and Flowers
  • Dry Brush Technique
  • Fixing Fiddly Bits with Masking Fluid
  • Graphite (Pencil) Techniques
  • Nature Journaling
  • Pen & Ink
  • Pen, Watercolor & Colored Pencil
  • Silverpoint
  • Watercolor
  • AND MORE!

BAGSC Artists include:

  • Cristina Baltayian
  • Sally Jacobs
  • Kathlyn Powell
  • Lesley Randall
  • Olga Ryabtsova
  • Mitsuko Schultz
  • Gilly Shaeffer
  • Deborah Shaw

$50 BAGSC Members ~ $60 Non-Members 

Register online at
https://bagsc.org/classes/bagsc-botanical-art-workshop-2020

No refunds after January 17, 2020.

BAGSC Basic Botanical Art, photo © Deborah Shaw.

All basic supplies are included in the registration cost. Beginners can try new techniques while others can brush up their skills and try out new materials.

Please register early. Spaces are limited, and this workshop is open to the public. Registrations are expected to fill quickly.

Questions? Contact BAGSC’s education chair at the link on the online registration page above.

by Suzanne Kuuskmae, posted by Deb Shaw

Olga Ryabtsova, Magnolia, silverpoint

Olga Ryabtsova, Magnolia, silverpoint, © 2019, all rights reserved.

Silverpoint is a traditional drawing technique first used by medieval scribes—silverpoint drawings of Old Masters can be seen in museums around the world. Some artists who worked in silverpoint include Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, and Rembrandt.

Silverpoint is a metal media that leaves a mark on a prepared abrasive surface. It is known for its fine, delicate lines, as well as its high archival qualities.

Olga Ryabtsova will be teaching a silverpoint workshop at Destination: Art Studios and Gallery
Saturday, November 2, 2019
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
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The cost is $85.00, with an additional supplies charge of $25.00, payable on the day of the workshop. Registration is online on the Destination: Art website here, and is now open. The workshop is limited to 13 participants.

All supplies will be provided for this class by the instructor, including: stylus with silver point, paper, and suggested subjects. You may also bring your own simple image if you wish.

Olga will demonstrate how to apply the ground, as well as how to make the delicate strokes that quickly build a beautiful drawing. The additional supplies charge of $20 is payable at the workshop directly to the instructor.

Destination: Art is located in old, historic Torrance at:
1815 West 213th Street, Suite 135, Torrance, California 90501, (310) 742-3192, localArtists@destination-art.net


About the instructor

Olga Ryabtsova is a member of Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC) and serves as the Exhibitions Chair. She also belongs to the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and serves on the Board. She has a Master’s Degree in graphic design and illustration from the Moscow University of Graphic Arts, has worked for international advertising agencies, as a photojournalist and a commercial photographer.

Olga has been drawing since she was a child. After moving to California in 2015, she became fascinated with the local native plants and botanical art. Olga works in many techniques, including watercolor, oils, etching, silverpoint and ceramics. She regularly teaches drawing and painting for children, and conducts workshops for adults.

posted by Deb Shaw

Saying "happy trails" to Melanie; photo © Gayle Uyehara, 2017.

The BAGSC meeting and workshop took place in Gilly’s beautiful studio; photo © Gayle Uyehara, 2017.

The April 2 BAGSC quarterly meeting was held at Gilly Shaeffer’s home and we appreciate her warm hospitality. The meeting served as a farewell to Melanie Campbell-Carter who has since moved to Tucson. She will be missed by all of us at BAGSC for her enthusiasm, outstanding art work, dedication to the organization and outreach to all she met. Cristina Baltayian made an imaginative “Happy Trails” cake complete with cactus trim to speed her on her way.

Cristina Batalyian created a delicious chocolate cake succulent garden as a bon voyage for Melanie. Photo by Olga Ryabtsova, © 2017.

Cristina Batalyian created a delicious chocolate cake succulent garden as a bon voyage for Melanie. Photo by Olga Ryabtsova, © 2017.

The Educational portion of the meeting featured a mini class on Metalpoint techniques, led by Janice Sharp. The technique for preparing paper for metalpoint was demonstrated. Each participant was provided with a piece of prepared paper, “sandpaper” film, a thin piece of copper wire and a shell to draw. Everyone produced wonderful metalpoint shell drawings and had a great deal of fun investigating the potential of the technique.

Janice’s handout will be posted to the BAGSC website soon.

Janice demonstrated how to prepare the paper and showed sample metalpoint drawings before members got to work with the materials themselves.  Photo by Olga Ryabtsova, © 2017.

Janice demonstrated how to prepare the paper and showed sample metalpoint drawings before members got to work with the materials themselves. Photo by Olga Ryabtsova, © 2017.

BAGSC members hard at work on their shell drawings in metalpoint. Photo by Olga Ryabtsova, © 2017.

BAGSC members hard at work on their shell drawings in metalpoint. Photo by Olga Ryabtsova, © 2017.

One of the metalpoint drawings created during the workshop. Photo by Olga Ryabtsova, © 2017.

One of the metalpoint drawings created during the workshop. Photo by Olga Ryabtsova, © 2017.

by Clara Josephs and Deb Shaw

BAGSC’s next quarterly meeting will be on April 2, 2017. Information has been posted on BAGSC’s website in the “Member’s Only” section.

Come hear about our scheduled workshops and exhibitions for the year, as well as our celebration of the 20th Anniversary of our founding and the ASBA conference in Northern California. Additionally, Janice Sharp will teach a mini-workshop about metal point. Come learn and practice your technique.

If you would like to participate in the mini metal point workshop, RSVPs must be emailed before March 19 so supplies can be ordered! Questions? Contact BAGSC Program Chair Clara Josephs. Problems logging into the BAGSC website? Contact Deb Shaw.

See you at the meeting!

by Suzanne Kuuskmae, posted by Deb Shaw

Albrecht Dürer, Two seated lions, 1521, silverpoint on paper prepared with a light tone, located in Kupferstichkabinett Berlin. Downloaded from Wikimedia Commons: this work is in the public domain in the United States and in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

Albrecht Dürer, Two seated lions, 1521, silverpoint on paper prepared with a light tone, located in Kupferstichkabinett Berlin. Downloaded from Wikimedia Commons: this work is in the public domain in the United States and in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or less.

Silverpoint has been used by artists to draw since the late Gothic/early Renaissance; a silverpoint drawing is made by drawing with a sharpened silver (or copper or gold!) stylus (thick wire) across a prepared surface. Some well-known artists who worked in silverpoint include Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, and Albrecht Dürer.

Destination: Art in Torrance will hold a silverpoint workshop taught by Morgan Kari on Saturday, March 5, from 10 am – 3:00 pm, NEW REVISED DATE:  Saturday, April 23, 9:30 – 3:00. Tuition is $60 with a supplies charge of $35. Morgan will bring supplies and know-how!; you will supply the drawing and watercolor paper.

The supplies from the workshop should last a long time after the workshop while you enjoy painting in silverpoint. In addition to showing silverpoint technique, Morgan also will demonstrate the use of black paper to enhance the silver etching and create a different look. It is a fit for botanical artists: all you need is the outline of your drawing, which can be a plant or flower you have already done, or a new one. The drawing outline is traced in dark pen, placed under the prepared paper on a light box, and drawn using the same silverpoint strokes that will be covered during the workshop. Using a light box is a big help! If you have a portable lightbox, please bring it to the workshop. We also will have two at the studio to use.

Questions, or to register, email Suzanne Kuuskmae or call her as listed in the BAGSC roster.

Destination: Art is located at 1815 W. 213th Street, #135, Torrance, CA 90501, (310) 742-3192, right next to the Bubble Bath Car Wash.

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