Watercolor Botanical Illustration with Fred Ventura, Ph.D.

Alissa Maddren

Watercolor Botanical Illustration with Fred Ventura, Ph.D.

WHEN: March 22nd, 2024 (One 2-hour session), 1-3pm
WHERE: Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA
COST: $40 MBAA Members / $50 non-members

This 2-hour workshop introduces students to the basics of drawing and watercolor painting techniques, mixing colors and color application specific to botanical illustration. This class will emphasize how careful observation of a botanical subject can lead to improved drawings and more accurate paintings.

Students will experience hands-on, step-by-step demonstrations that allow for individual guidance and real-time interactions between the teacher and participants. The goal will be to complete a watercolor painting in the style of a botanical illustrations.

Students will need basic watercolor tools including a set of watercolor paints, 9x12 cold press watercolor paper, a small and medium watercolor brush.

This workshop is designed for beginners and appropriate for intermediate artists. Connect with other artists and learn watercolor techniques! Questions should be addressed to Fred Ventura at fred@venturaes.com or (805) 709-2281

About the Instructor:
Fred creates vibrant, bold and detailed paintings. He uses contrasting colors with precise brush or pen work to create appealing images of natural subjects. In pursuing his artistic goals, he has embraced the use of an iPad with an Apple Pencil. His work also includes traditional watercolor and acrylic paintings, however digital is now his preferred medium. His recent artwork, “Rainforest Rhapsody" exemplifies his style.

Drawing inspiration from the beauty and awesomeness of nature. Fred is a long time Central Coast resident. As an undergraduate he studied painting and drawing at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Fred ultimately earned a master’s degree and doctorate in education from UCSB. He taught in the Conejo Valley and at California Lutheran University. Fred, with his wife Marne, started a software company in 1982 and continue develop educational apps which are sold exclusively by Apple Computer through the App Store.

Through his work, he continues to expand his knowledge and skills in computer graphics and software development. In addition, he collaborates with other local artists through local art groups and by teaching a variety of art classes include watercolor and digital art for the community. Fred admires and his work is influenced by well-known artists such as Henri Rousseau, Wassily Kandinsky, M.C. Escher and Krasnyansky. These artists and others have influenced his artistic journey.

Community Involvement
Arts Obispo Board of Directors
CCBC Board of Directors
Instructor for Trilogy Art Group
Instructor SLO Botanical Gardens
Committee for PiDay Art Event
2023 Shows and Exhibitions
San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens - Art in the Garden Show
Trilogy Art Group - Art Extravaganza
Mystic Nature Gallery
Monarch Gallery - Cambria
Zaca Mesa Maker’s Faire
2024 Shows and Exhibitions
Art Center Morro Bay
San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens - Art in the Garden Show