Online Class: Botanical Mandala Close-ups in Watercolor Pencils

  • Monday, April 29
  • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM MT
  • Online

Space is limited, registration required. Please email contact@gokm.org or call 505.946.1000 for assistance with event registration.

In this class, learn to capture the details of circular botanical subjects such as flowers or succulents using watercolor pencils. Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s iconic depictions of magnified florals, participants will explore the mandala-like radial balance of her compositions which invite viewers to explore the inner intricacies of magnificent natural forms. Through interactive demos and instructions, Sudeshna Sengupta will guide the class through the concepts and techniques for basic drawing, tonal blending, and color mixing, all while zooming in on beautiful flowers or succulents for observational study.

This class is suitable for youth ages 12 and up. Children are welcome to participate alongside their adults.

Space is limited, reservations required.

This program will take place via the video conferencing app – ZOOM. Details for accessing the Zoom meeting will be with your receipt upon registering and again sent via email the day prior. Please register in advance in order to access the program. Note that all program times are in Mountain Time.

Online classes are not recorded. Online classes are offered only as a live and interactive experience.

Supplies needed for this class: 

  • Mixed-media drawing pad in Strathmore 400 series or 140lbs acid free Hot-Press watercolor paper pad or block in Strathmore 400 series or any other brand in any size between 9” x 12” and 11” x 14”. Thicker paper (140 lb or higher) is better.
  • A set of watercolor pencils, Derwent and Derwent Inktense brands are recommended.
  • A graphite pencil and an eraser.
  • Watercolor round brushes – 3 to 5 in the range of sizes 6 to 12
  • Glass Jars or plastic containers for water
  • Masking tape to keep the paper flat especially is the pad is larger.
  • Optional: 2 to 4 Blending stumps (AKA Tortillons, often comes with drawing pencil sets) and or Q-tips

About the Instructor:

Sudeshna Sengupta’s career as a teaching artist spans multiple decades, continents, and cultures that inform her pedagogy for decolonizing studio art. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1985 from Visva-Bharati, an international university founded in India, by the humanist poet Tagore, the first non-European Nobel Laureate (1913). After teaching art and design at the college level in New Delhi, Seattle, and California, she taught at NMSU-Alamogordo, where she established its first intaglio printmaking studio in 1995. Since moving to Santa Fe, she has been teaching credit courses in online studio art at the Santa Fe Community College. She also conducts workshops and short courses and presents lectures and community-based art events for various age groups with civic, cultural, and community organizations in the US and in India, often with a focus on multicultural and inter-cultural experiences that emphasize human, cultural, and environmental connectedness through creativity. To see her art please visit: notes-and-doodles.com 

This class is being offered on a sliding scale.

$10; minimal fee.

$20; covers the cost of the class.

$30; covers the cost of the class, plus a contribution to support educational programs.

Upcoming Events

“Cactussen” or Cacti, is a typical Dutch, raw , no nonsense woodcut print by Cornelis Rol and his son Hendricus (Cor en Henk) This robust 85 year old artwork measures 28 cm x 20,5 cms and was produced around 1930-1935. The print has some light foxing and yellowing and has been cleaned. On the left margin the print has a little reinforced area (with kozo paper) that is almost invisible outside the margins of this wonderful woodcut.

Past Event Classes

In-Person Class: Printmaking the Natural World

In Person

Saturday, May 25

10:00am

Delicate watercolor of pink and indigo primula flowers clustered together above green leaves from which the flowers' thin stalks rise. A hint of blue bleeds out from around the leaves onto the white page.

Event Classes

Online Class: Botanical Watercolors

Online

Tuesday, May 28

3:00pm

A horseshoe stands upright on the left side of the work with its open end facing upward. A feather lies behind the horseshoe and along the surface upon which both objects rest. The surface reflects a bit of the feather on the left end.

Event Classes

Online Class: Still Life in Gouache

Online

Wednesday, May 29

6:00pm