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Fine Art Department

Maria Cecilia Freeman

Maria Cecilia Freeman

Maria Cecilia Freeman

Maria Cecilia Freeman

Maria Cecilia Freeman

Maria Cecilia Freeman

Instructor: Maria Cecilia Freeman
October 28–29, 2017 (Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

This class is no longer available for registration. For more information, please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


In this workshop we'll take a classic approach to drawing and painting a botanical subject – from study to finished work. Traditional botanical art, with a history that goes back hundreds of years, involves accuracy as well as artistic technique and creativity. But you don't need to be a botanist, and artists at all levels are welcome in this class (some drawing experience is a plus). We'll go through a process of observation, drawing, composing, color mixing, and techniques of watercolor brushwork particular to botanical art. It's an approach that brings out the beauty in detail and leads to a new perception of our plant subjects.

Class time will include specific instruction with ample handouts and demonstrations to guide you as you work on your own composition. You'll get plenty of individual attention as you draw and paint, to challenge and encourage you at your own level of skill.

We'll draw and paint interesting and beautiful botanical subjects of the season. You may bring a plant subject of your choice – live plant material, not just photographs – or you may choose to work with botanical specimens that will be provided.


MARIA CECILIA FREEMAN lives, gardens, paints and teaches in Santa Cruz, California. Her work includes scientific illustration and botanically accurate fine art, often combining the two. Her award-winning drawings and paintings have appeared in solo exhibitions in Spello, Italy, at the Horticultural Society of New York, and at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, as well as in juried exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., Kew Gardens, London, the New York Botanical Garden, Filoli, and in numerous other botanical gardens and institutions around the U.S. Her work is held in private collections in the U.S. and Europe.

Maria is a Florilegium Artist at Filoli in Woodside, CA, and an Alcatraz Florilegium Artist. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, serving on the board of the Northern California SBA, Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, the California Native Plant Society, the American Rose Society and Heritage Rose Foundation. She has enjoyed teaching for many years.

Visit Maria Cecilia Freeman's website

Read more about Maria Cecilia Freeman
"Maria Cecilia Freeman in Italy: Roses and the 'Rose Studies'," in American Rose, vol. 43 no. 5, American Rose Society, September/October 2015

"Illustration or Fine Art?," in Santa Cruz Art League Newsletter, October 2014

“The Art of Documenting Genus Rosa,” in American Rose, vol. 41 no. 11, American Rose Society, September/October 2012

Current MAC Members: $207
Non-members: $230 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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