East Hampton botanical artist Karen Kluglein leads a three-day watercolor workshop aimed at capturing the beauty of the Hamptons.
Every spring, Karen Kluglein, an award-winning botanical artist living in East Hampton, teaches a botanical illustration workshop that not only deepens her students’ connection to the beauty of nature, but also seems to induce a Zen-like state of meditation. In recent years, she has seen a rising interest in botanical art classes, so this summer she is holding a second workshop, on July 5, 6, and 7.
“Botanical illustration and art wasn’t just valuable as a scientific tool in Victorian times,” Kluglein explains. “An illustration can emphasize intricate details in many parts of a plant which a photograph might never be able to show.”
Kluglein started teaching botanical illustration at the Sag Harbor Inn 10 years ago, and since then her workshop has gained followers through word of mouth (many students attend every year), even attracting members of the American Society of Botanical Artists. The setting is a sunny room overlooking the harbor on the second floor of the inn, which reopened this season after a complete renovation.
Kluglein’s dry-brush technique is more approachable than the classic wet-on-wet watercolor method, but some botanical art experience is recommended. “People travel not just from the US for my workshops,” she says. “This year I have students from Canada, Poland, and even Japan!” Sag Harbor Inn, 45 W. Water St., Sag Harbor, 725-2949. Visit botanicalpaintings.com to register