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Iris photo by Carol Woodin

Transient Beauties: Iris in Watercolor with Carol Woodin
Online Zoom

Iris flowers last only a day, so they can be a challenge to capture. With some quick brushwork and mapping out of the entire Iris, the groundwork is laid for a completion of a successful Iris painting.
We’ll use a small amount of wet-in-wet painting, but most of our work will be dry brush layering and detailing. Through discussion, demonstration, and practice, each artist will build color, detail, and form through transparent layering. Paintings will be sufficiently advanced to complete on your own.
Harold Koopowitz will provide a quick botanical overview of the structure before we dive into these complicated flowers.
Artists will be able to text/email their work-in-progress to Carol for feedback only during the workshop.
Class size is limited to 14 participants. We expect this workshop to fill  quickly. BAGSC members will have access to sign up until May 12. If there are still spaces available, the workshop will be opened to public registration. Carol Woodin has generously agreed to video recording access for those unable to participate in the Zoom Workshop.  See video registration information below.
Registrants will not receive a Zoom link in their confirmation email for this workshop—the Zoom link will be sent to all participants before the workshop.
The workshop will be recorded—participants will be able to view the recording at no additional charge from May 28 to June 5, 2022. The Zoom link for the recording will be different from the link for the workshop, and will be sent to all participants before the May 28 start date.
BAGSC members and non-members who are not enrolled in the workshop will be able to sign up for a nominal fee to view the recording unlimited times during that same viewing week. Registration for video viewing provides access to the workshop recording only.  Due to Carol Woodin’s extensive international and domestic teaching schedule, she will not be able to take questions or comments via email or text from those viewing the recordings.
The Zoom link for the recording will be sent to all participants before the May 28 start date.

Materials List

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Information at a Glance



May 21, 2022,

8:30 am – 3:00 pm Pacific Time


8:30 – 9:00 am: the botany of Irises,
Harold Koopowitz

9:00 am – 12:00 pm: workshop, Carol Woodin

12:30 – 1:00 pm: lunch break

1:00 – 3:00 pm: workshop


Class size is limited to 14 participants. The Zoom link for the workshop will be sent out separately before the workshop.

BAGSC Members: $150.00 US

Non-Members: $175.00 US

The workshop will be recorded. Registered participants will have unlimited viewing of the recordings. The Zoom link for viewing the recordings will be different from the workshop, and will be sent out before the May 28 date.

View recording dates: May 28 – June 5, 2022

BAGSC Members: $25.00 US

Non-Members: $40.00 US

BAGSC Members and non-members have the opportunity to view the workshop recording an unlimited number of times from May 28 – June 5, 2022. Please see the fees above. The Zoom link for viewing the recordings will be different from the workshop, and will be sent out before the May 28 date.


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About the Instructor

Carol Woodin pic.jpg

Carol Woodin, Carol took a circuitous route to botanical art. A one-time draftsman, surveyor’s cartographer, and tractor-trailer driver all were steps along the trail that contribute to her work in the field and studio.

A freelancer for more than 30 years, Carol's main obsession has always been orchids, but rare wildflowers, heirloom fruits and other interesting plants are fair game. Living in the Hudson Valley provides perfect opportunities for exploring plant diversity. Her artwork has been exhibited and collected around the world. Among recent venues are Jonathan Cooper Gallery, London; Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew, UK: UBS Galleries and Newhouse Galleries in New York; Museum de Zwarte Tulp, Lisse, the Netherlands; and the Marciana Library, Venice, Italy. Her work is in the collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Smithsonian Institution, the Hunt Institute, and numerous private and corporate collections throughout the Americas
and Europe.


In 1995 she received a Gold Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society for her watercolors of Paphiopedilum orchids, and was the recipient of the 1998 “Bouchier ASBA Award for Excellence” from the American Society of Botanical Artists. In 2013 she received the first Lankester Award for Orchid Art in Cartago, Costa Rica and in 2016, the Orchid Digest Medal of Honor.

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