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Visiting Artist Sasha Viazmensky: Mushrooms in Watercolor

Schedule and location

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Friday through Sunday, November 15 through 17, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$300.00 member
$345.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

Join Russian watercolor artist Sasha Viazmensky for an enlightening three-day study on botanical mushroom portraits. Participants will work on a life-size portrait that accurately captures the characteristics of the species by also the beauty and personality of the specimen that includes elements from their natural environment. Throughout the weekend, enjoy artist demonstrations, insights into his approach to art, and one-on-one guidance.

Morning refreshments will be provided. 

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Sasha Viazmensky

Sasha visits the Arboretum from his home in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he has combined a passion for mushroom hunting with his artistic talent. “To me [mushrooms] are flowers of the woods. I wanted to save that beauty and to share it with the others.” A member of the ASBA, Sasha’s work appears in  public collections around the world, including the Hunt Institute in Pittsburgh, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Shirley Sherwood Collection, the Komarov Botanical Institute in St. Petersburg, and in many private collections. He teaches botanical art classes in the United States and in Russia. Learn more and see examples of his work at www.alexandermushrooms.com.

Course details

  • Prerequisite: This is an intermediate/advanced workshop; experience with watercolor is required.
  • Notes: Click here to view the supply list. Bring a sack lunch. Limit 16

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Visiting Artist Sasha Viazmensky: Mushrooms in Watercolor