Category Archives: Art Classes for Everyone

Youtube – Fantastical Leaves with Wax Resist (2022 workshop with Amanda Konishi)

Discover Wax resist technique with Amanda Konishi!

Materials:

  • wax crayons in a variety of colors
  • watercolor or water-based paint
  • sturdy paper
  • large brush
  • container of water
  • paper towel (few pieces
  • Optional: small cups or plate for color mixing
    Newspaper or table covering (optional but recommended)

Participants will create atmospheric drawings of a variety of leaves using a crayon wax resist technique. Color mixing will be introduced with both crayons and paint, and the basic structure of different varieties of leaves will be explored. It is suggested that participants bring a few leaves in from their neighborhood or any surrounding environment if possible. After learning a few different ways to create leaves, participants will be encouraged to explore their creativity by mixing and matching patterns, styles and colors to make their own fantasy foliage.


 

Pollinators in Action – Birds. Free Live ZOOM Art Workshop. Febr. 14th, 2024 at 5 PM.

POLLINATORS IN ACTION – SUNBIRDS 

February 14th at 5:00 PM. To sign up for this program send an email to office@sitenf.org with the note ART WORKSHOP in the subject line. We will email you the ZOOM ID and password.

Materials:

  • Water-based paints
  • Crayons (optional)
  • Sturdy white paper
  • Brush and 2 containers of water
  • Paper towel
  • Newspaper or table covering (optional but recommended)

Sunbirds and spiderhunters make up the family Nectariniidae of passerine birds. They are small, slender passerines from the Old World, usually with downward-curved bills. Many are brightly coloured, often with iridescent feathers, particularly in the males. Many species also have especially long tail feathers. Their range extends through most of Africa to the Middle East, South Asia, South-east Asia and southern China, to Indonesia, New Guinea and northern Australia. Species diversity is highest in equatorial regions.

There are 151 species in 16 genera. Most sunbirds feed largely on nectar, but will also eat insects and spiders, especially when feeding their young. Flowers that prevent access to their nectar because of their shape (for example, very long and narrow flowers) are simply punctured at the base near the nectaries, from which the birds sip the nectar. Fruit is also part of the diet of some species. Their flight is fast and direct, thanks to their short wings.

The sunbirds have counterparts in two very distantly related groups: the hummingbirds of the Americas and the honeyeaters of Australia. The resemblances are due to convergent evolution brought about by a similar nectar-feeding lifestyle. Some sunbird species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but they usually perch to feed.  —wikipedia


 

Pollinators in Action – Sunflowers. Free Live ZOOM Art Workshop. Febr. 7th, 2024 at 5 PM.

POLLINATORS IN ACTION – SUNFLOWERS 

February 7th at 5:00 PM. To sign up for this program send an email to office@sitenf.org with the note ART WORKSHOP in the subject line. We will email you the ZOOM ID and password.

Materials:

  • Black wax crayon (or any dark color crayon)
  • Watercolor or water-based paint
  • Sturdy white paper
  • Brush and container of water
  • Paper towel
  • Newspaper or table covering (optional but recommended)

Many sunflowers can self pollinate, as pollen is spread by wind between florets in a single disc. However, insect pollination is more beneficial, especially in times of stress. Bees could increase self pollination rate, spreading it while crawling between florets on a single disc.

The plant was first domesticated in the Americas. Sunflower seeds were brought to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century, where, along with sunflower oil, they became a widespread cooking ingredient. With time, the bulk of industrial-scale production has shifted to Eastern Europe, and (2020) Russia and Ukraine together produce over half of worldwide seed production.

The plant has an erect rough-hairy stem, reaching typical heights of 10 feet. Sunflower leaves are broad, coarsely toothed, rough and mostly alternate; those near the bottom are largest and commonly heart-shaped.

The plant flowers in summer. What is often called the “flower” of the sunflower is actually a “flower head” 3–5 in wide, of numerous small individual five-petaled flowers (“florets”). The outer flowers, which resemble petals, are called ray flowers. Each “petal” consists of a ligule composed of fused petals of an asymmetrical ray flower. They are sexually sterile and may be yellow, red, orange, or other colors. The spirally arranged flowers in the center of the head are called disk flowers. These mature into fruit (sunflower “seeds”).
—wikipedia

Hummingbirds – Free Zoom art Workshop – Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024 at 5 PM

POLLINATORS IN ACTION HUMMING BIRDS

January 31st at 5:00 PM. To sign up for this program send an email to office@sitenf.org with the note ART WORKSHOP in the subject line. We will email you the ZOOM ID and passwordClick HERE to watch some of our videos.

HUMMINGBIRDS: small but speedy. Tiny but aggressive. Little bodies, big appetites. Hummingbirds are a study in extremes. They are the lightest North American birds. Most weigh less than two pennies at 3 to 4 grams. They have the fastest wings and heartbeats, the most efficient metabolisms, and the most minuscule eggs. The list could go on. Watching these tiny marvels at a feeder, it’s hard not to wonder how hummingbirds zip around so quickly or keep their feathers so brilliant. Hummingbirds are tough survivalists. Many of the actions that help them persevere also make them fun to watch.  —www.birdsandblooms.com/

  • Art Materials:
    • Wax crayons in a variety of colors
      (optional – oil pastels)
    • Sturdy light plain paper (2 pages)
    • Scissors
    • Glue (or stapler)
    • Newspaper or table covering (optional but recommended)


 

Art Workshop Pollinators in Action – PAPER WASP – Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 5:00 PM

POLLINATORS IN ACTION PAPER WASP

January 24th at 5:00 PM. To sign up for this program send an email to office@sitenf.org with the note ART WORKSHOP in the subject line. We will email you the ZOOM ID and passwordClick HERE to watch some of our videos.

Paper wasps are considered pollinators because they feed on nectar and are often found around flowers, particularly goldenrod, woodlands, and fields. In addition to nectar, paper wasps will feed on other insects, such as aphids and scale insects. Paper wasp nests can be found in a variety of places in your home, including under furniture, in cracks and crevices in walls and ceilings, or in attics and crawl spaces.

Instructor: Bobbi Egan

Materials:

  • White paper 8 1/2” x 11” (letter size)
  • Black Sharpie
  • Yellow and orange markers or crayons
  • Gray crayon/marker
  • Pencil, eraser and straight edge (ruler)
  • Also – for making background pattern – we will make a template using a business or index card. Any card stock weight paper will do.
  • Scissors

POLLINATORS IN ACTION – Monarch Butterfly Greeting Card In-person Workshop – PHILIPSE MANOR HALL, December 16, 2023 at 1:00 PM

POLLINATORS IN ACTION Monarch Butterfly Greeting Card In-person Art Workshop PHILIPSE MANOR HALL

Saturday, December 16, 2023
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM | FREE
Philipse Manor Hall
State Historic Site
29 Warburton Avenue Yonkers, NY 10701 
(directions: click HERE)

Are you curious about pollinators? Interested in learning how to draw them? In this free, family-friendly workshop, we will create greeting cards for any occasion to share with your loved ones. Learn to draw the Monarch butterfly at each stage of its life, from caterpillar, to chrysalis, to metamorphosis into a butterfly, plus learn how to draw its host plant, the milkweed. All materials are provided.

Instructor Bio: Amanda Konishi is a freelance illustrator and painter, born in Orange County, CA and now living and working in New York. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2014 from the Illustration and Cartooning program with a Bachelor of Arts. Her illustration clients include Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, The New York Times, The Baffler, and Firewords Quarterly, amongst others.

See other art workshops at sitenf.org/online-art-class.

This workshop is part of Pollinators in Action, Empowering Community through Visual Art, which is sponsored by the Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, ArtsWestchester, Westchester County Government with the support of County Executive George Latimer and Nowodworski Foundation.


 

November 18th at 2:00 PM — BEETLES in the GARDEN — Free Live ZOOM Art workshop

POLLINATORS IN ACTION BEETLES in the GARDEN (Weevils)

November 18th at 2:00 PM. To sign up for this program send an email to office@sitenf.org with the note ART WORKSHOP in the subject line. We will email you the ZOOM ID and password.

Click HERE to watch this workshop video

Instructor: Amanda Konishi
akonishi.com
@amkonishi  ~  @fruitnotanacorn

Materials: Paper, pen or pencil, and coloring materials (example: watercolor, colored pencil or crayon).

Description: In this workshop, we will focus on a common type of beetle found in many gardens and beyond, the weevil. There are many types of weevils worldwide, but this particular specimen is a common garden sight in North America.


 

November 4th at 2:00 PM — Free Live Zoom Art workshop with Amanda Konishi

POLLINATORS IN ACTION – Flower flies (Syrphids) versus honeybees and wasps (mimicry)

To sign up for this program send an email to office@sitenf.org with the note ART WORKSHOP in the subject line. We will email you the ZOOM ID and password.

Nov 17th update: to watch the video from this workshop click here


Instructor: Amanda Konishi
akonishi.com
@amkonishi  ~  @fruitnotanacorn

Materials:
 Paper, pen or pencil, and coloring materials (example: watercolor, colored pencil, or crayon).

Description:
 In this workshop, we will create line drawings of three flying look-alike’s in the insect kingdom: syrphids, honeybees and yellowjacket wasps. While many members of the syrphid family (including flowerflies/hoverflies) display color and pattern to mimic the appearance of stinging insects like bees and wasps, they are harmless.

LUNA MOTH and PERSIMMON MOONS — Free Zoom Art Workshop, October 28th at 1 PM

VIRTUAL (ZOOM) art workshop: Saturday, October 28th at 1 p.m. (sponsored by Brewster Public Library). Register: call 845-279-6421
or online HERE

LUNA MOTH and PERSIMMON MOONS

Art instructor: Amanda Konishi

Materials:
Paper, paint (tempera, watercolor, or acrylic), colored pencils, chalk or white colored pencil

Description:
In this workshop, we will illustrate a Luna moth, alongside one of its caterpillar’s favored trees: The persimmon. The Luna moth in its imago (adult) form is active at night, so we will create a night scene using a layered paint and colored pencil approach.

Discovering Putnam County

VIRTUAL (ZOOM) art workshop: Saturday, October 28th at 1 p.m. (sponsored by Brewster Public Library). Register: 845-279-6421

LUNA MOTH and PERSIMMON MOONS

Materials:
Paper, paint (tempera, watercolor, or acrylic), colored pencils, chalk or white colored pencil
Description:
In this workshop, we will illustrate a Luna moth, alongside one of its caterpillar’s favored trees: The persimmon. The Luna moth in its imago (adult) form is active at night, so we will create a night scene using a layered paint and colored pencil approach.