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Artechnē: Learning the Art of Botanical Drawings

Artechnē is the study of art technology and materials. This fall series will be on the foundations of drawing, called observational studies, with focus on the study ‘how to’ draw botanicals from representation. This practice funnels creativity and learning knowledge simultaneously, and is the foundation for many professions from field work of 3D living and still objects of art, craft, design, the sciences, to technology.

This course’s subject will be a rose, an emblem of folk cultures and traditions throughout centuries all over the world. In this course, time will be your lesson, allowing space to process how you “see”, to draw, to connect the eyes to the hand. What are new discoveries you can see beyond ‘knowing’ what you are looking at? This class will be a patient investigation of one subject – you will discover new surfaces, shapes, values, colors, space, atmosphere and forms throughout the life of a rose in various stages. The course will include a 1 hr introduction lecture on the design history of botanical drawings.

Accessibility – Please email classes@kala.org prior to enrolling so we can assess if we are able to accommodate you (and your service animal) safely and efficiently.

Members receive 10% off!

  • Tuition: $395
  • Location: San Pablo Community Classroom
  • Instructor: Eva-Maria Spampinato
  • 5 Classes
  • Thursday, October 5, 2023 — November 2, 2023
  • 6:00PM — 9:00PM
  • $50 Materials Fee - Payable to the instructor on the first day


About the Instructor:

Eva-Maria Spampinato is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar investigating art and design through the modes of craft, alchemy and the natural world. She utilizes her expertise of early modern artisan and craft material technology as a methodology and means of experimentation for her creative practice. An alumni of the Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum, postgrad Design History program, her unique dissertation is the first in the program to apply practice-based research by experimenting with an 18th century English artisan cobalt glass recipe. Her education extends in Art History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, trained at the Florence Academy of Art in Sweden and worked as an art conservation assistant in Italy and California with paintings and paper artworks.