Botanical Art Workshop: Graphite Rubbings and Collage
This workshop is for any level, including beginner, though some artmaking experience is helpful. Making graphite rubbings is very much a printing process, done with simple tools and materials. The result is a truthful impression of the plant that has been “rubbed,” onto our surfaces with a graphite stick.
We will begin our workshop by briefly discussing the process of creating a “rubbing” on vellum – a material that gives a beautiful translucency to the artwork we will make from this initial process. The grounds of Lake Logan will provide ample possibilities for collecting botanical specimens.
We will begin by making small rubbings to get acquainted with the process. Once each student becomes comfortable with the method, everyone can work at their own pace and size. Our rubbings will become the basis of creative exploration with collage materials, watercolors and other dry media. Each student has his/her own creative “voice” which will come out as we work with the beauty inherent in their botanical subjects and mixed media embellishments. Everyone will leave with a fresh understanding of our botanical subjects and perhaps discover a process to continue exploring beyond the workshop.
Options are available for day and overnight students.
Monday, June 14
- 9-9:30 AM Check-in
- 9:30-11:30 AM Group assembles at “The Lodge” studio. Introductions to one another and our process. Collect specimens
- Noon Lunch
- 1-4:30 PM Workshop – “The Lodge” studio.
- 4:30-6 PM Free Time / Recreation / Commuters depart
- 6 PM Dinner
- 7 PM – Slide Lecture Presentation – “A brief look at Botanical Art from the Renaissance to the Present
Tuesday, June 15
- 8 – 9 AM Breakfast
- 9 AM Commuters arrive
- 9 -11:30 AM Workshop
- Noon Lunch
- 1-4:30 PM Workshop
Student Supply List:
- Graphite Sticks – 2 each: 2B, 4B, 6B https://www.dickblick.com/products/generals-wide-compressed-graphite-sticks/
- Woodless Graphite – one each, HB, 2B https://www.dickblick.com/products/koh-i-noor-progresso-woodless-graphite-pencils/
- Drawing Board or piece of Masonite and 2 bulldog clips – size is your choice, but no smaller than 18” on the longest side. If you want to work larger – have your board at least an inch larger on all sides than your desired dimension.
*Option: can purchase drawing board with clips – https://www.dickblick.com/items/richeson-drawing-clip-board-23-x-26/
- Assortment of watercolors of acrylics if you have them (there will be some on hand)
- A Rolling Pin
LAB FEE – bring $25 cash for the instructor
Covers items brought in bulk by instructor, including: Sheets of Vellum, an assortment of collage papers, an array of dry/wet drawing/ painting media, assortment of painting brushes, adhesive, sand paper, spray fixative, 2 pin presses.
About your instructor
Norma Hendrix has been an exhibiting artist for over 40 years. She holds a BFA from Ohio University, an MA from Western Carolina University and an MFA from Northern Vermont University.
Hendrix has been an artist in residence and presenter at Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA, The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, and Atelier Four Winds, Aureille, France.
She was a professor of Drawing, Painting and Art History for ten years at Western Carolina University, 1999 – 2009.
She is best known for founding and then becoming the Executive Director of Cullowhee Arts, which became an internationally recognized non-profit organization. From 2011 – 2020, Cullowhee Arts hosted artists of national and international status who taught artist workshops and artist retreats, nationally and internationally. Earlier, she founded and directed Studio 598 – a teaching studio and exhibition space, 2006 – 2009. She served as Education Director at the Bascom Art Center, Highlands, NC from 2009 – 20011.
Norma has been guest curator at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum, Carolina Gallery, Highlands, North Carolina and the Cullowhee Arts’ ArtSpace gallery, Sylva, North Carolina. Hendrix has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibits. She has twice been the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council’s “Regional Arts Project Grant.” The most recent award funded a mono-print project at Jeff Hirst Studio in Chicago, Illinois, culminating in the suite of work: “Land, Water, Air,” exhibited at the Cullowhee Arts’ ArtSpace.
Hendrix’s artwork is held in private and public collections in the US, France and England.