HUDSON — The popular Young at HeART series returns to Olana this June for a botanical drawing workshop. Join The Olana Partnership at the Olana State Historic Site as botanical artist, illustrator, author, and teaching artist, Wendy Hollender leads the next workshop titled, Drawing and Painting Summer’s Bounty. This course is offered in conjunction with Olana’s 2021 exhibition, Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment, which explores the connections between art and nature through the work of Martin Johnson Heade, Frederic Church, Thomas Cole, and contemporary artists who engage with themes of nature, ecology, and the natural world.
During this four week in-person workshop which will be held outdoors, Hollender will lead adult learners ages 55+ in using pencil and watercolor pencils to create realistic botanical drawings. Botanical illustration is the art of depicting the form, color, and details of plant species. Participants will draw from Frederic Church’s artist-designed landscape as inspiration for studying nature’s forms and colors to facilitate a deeper understanding of drawing, color, and the natural world. Hollender will share her expertise about drawing techniques, qualities of color, and deepen participants understanding of plant forms and structures.
“We are excited to welcome the creative aging community to Olana for this course,” said Carolyn Keogh, Director of Education and Public Programs, The Olana Partnership. “Like artist Martin Johnson Heade, participants will turn their eyes towards the unique forms in nature and learn to capture and see elements of their environment in a new way.”
Hollender’s illustrations have been featured in numerous publications such as The New York Times, “O” The Oprah Magazine, and Real Simple. Her work was included in the 13th International Exhibition at Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, and in exhibitions at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and the Smithsonian National Museum for Natural History. Wendy is an instructor of Botanical Art and Illustration at the New York Botanical Garden and leads workshops at her farm in Accord, New York. In 2016, she started a highly successful online botanical drawing program: www.drawbotanical.com. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society and the National Tropical Botanical Garden Florilegium Project.
This course is funded by Aroha Philanthropies and part of a two-year grant to fund creative aging courses at Olana. Creative Aging courses are designed to engage older adults in participatory, professionally run arts programs with a focus on social engagement and skills mastery, according to the non-profit organization Lifetime Arts, a partner of Aroha. The creative aging movement responds to a major demographic shift in the United States. With millions of baby boomers entering their third act of life, creative aging has grown into a full-scale movement designed to provide opportunities for meaningful creative expression through visual, literary, and performing arts workshops.
The Young at HeART Drawing and Painting Summer’s Bounty course runs 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday beginning June 7 through June 29. To participate in the workshop, students must plan to attend all eight sessions.
Olana requires all participants to wear a mask and maintain a six-foot social distance. Cost for this course is $200 person or $150 for members of Olana. Full scholarships available. Drawing paper for this course has been generously donated by Legion Paper.