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Cristina Baltayian to start new season of classes at the Los Angeles Arboretum

by Jill Berry, posted by Deb Shaw

Now that 2014 is here, the Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden classes are all  beginning again!  Below is the schedule for botanical art through June, 2014 of botanical art and illustration classes with Cristina Baltayian, Instructor:

All of the classes listed below meet on  Tuesdays,  from 10 am – 2 pm.

January 7, 14, 21, 28:  Basics of color theory and color mixing February 4, 11, 18, 25:  Spring Bulbs (on February 11, this class will meet in the Bamboo Room) March 4, 11, 18, 25:  Wisteria (on March 11, this class will meet in the Bamboo Room) April 1, 8, 15, 22:  Arboretum Florilegium, subject to be decided (on April 11, this class will meet in the Bamboo Room) May 6, 13, 20, 27:  Basics of Composition June 3, 10, 17, 24:  Fruits, subject to be decided

Fee: $255 per month for Arboretum members; $275 per month for non-members Fees includes Arboretum admission. Class participation is limited to a minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 12. Pre-registration is required; please call the Class Registration line at 626.821.4623. A supply list will be provided upon registration. You may bring your lunch or purchase it at the Peacock Café.

These classes will be exploring color pencil, graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor on various papers, vellum and other surfaces. The emphasis will be on plant observation, drawing, composition, color theory and matching, and medium techniques.

In addition, this year, in conjunction with the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, students will be studying and portraying many of the Arboretum plant introductions from the last 50 years. The goal is to build a collection of paintings that will celebrate and document the invaluable contribution of the Los Angeles Arboretum to the state of California.

Cristina  Baltayian  has  a  background  in  drawing  (graphite, charcoal, pen and ink),  two-dimensional  design,  watercolor, and colored pencils. Her work has been shown at Filoli, the Los Angeles County Arboretum, and Chapman  University. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, and The Botanical Guild of Southern California.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is located at  301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007-2697, Phone: 626.821.4624, Fax: 626.821.4642

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