Adult Programs

Visiting Artist: Life Cycles of Trees with Betsy Rogers-Knox (online)

Create a composition of the life cycle of a tree with visiting artist Besty Rogers-Knox.

Content Detail

Create a composition of the life cycle of a tree with visiting artist Besty Rogers-Knox. In this intermediate/advanced online workshop, you will explore key elements and principles of composition that can enhance and add interest to any piece of art. We will look at a variety of tree life cycle compositions to aid you in creating your own special piece. Choose a tree of your choice, and work in either graphite, watercolor, colored pencil, or any combination of these mediums. Step-by-step guidance, slide presentation, demonstrations and student critiques will be included over the course of three live, online sessions.

Find examples of Rogers-Knox’s life cycle work on her website

How do I access the program?

  • Your link to join the program will be included in the order summary email you receive after registering. Keep this email handy.
  • Click on the link at the scheduled date and time. 
  • Automatically generated captions will be displayed.

Supplies: Please have the following items ready for the first class:

  • Bark, branch, leaves, fruit and any other information you can obtain from a tree of your choice
  • Cheap pre-cut mat (interior dimension at least 8×10)
  • Pad of highly transparent tracing paper – 11×14 (Recommended: Canson Tracing Foundation Series)
  • Basic drawing pencils and eraser
  • Basic supplies for your choice of medium (either graphite, colored pencils or watercolors)
  • 12” ruler
  • Scissors

Prerequisites:

This workshop is for the intermediate/advanced artist. Foundational drawing experience required.

  • This program will take place on Zoom. You will need access to the internet to participate. 
  • Registrants will receive a Zoom link by email. Click on the link to join the program at the scheduled date and time. 
  • To ensure you receive the link, please add education@mortonarb.org to your address book. 
  • New to Zoom? Watch this short video to learn how to join a Zoom meeting.
  • Limit 18

Betsy Rogers-Knox

Betsy Rogers-Knox has been drawing and painting since childhood. Her love of nature and plants was nurtured by her English grandparents and eventually brought her to the New York Botanical Garden where she completed the botanical illustration program in 2006. She is enchanted by the full life cycle of the plants she portrays in watercolor and usually observes the plant for a full year before beginning a composition. Rogers-Knox teaches watercolor and drawing from her studio in Bethlehem, CT, and at other venues in Litchfield County, CT. An active member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), she has taught at the ASBA conferences in Denver, Miami, and San Francisco.

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