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Wave hill Great Tree Renderings Plein Air Watercolors credit Wave Hill md
  • Workshops + Demos

Great Tree Renderings: Plein Air Watercolors

On the grounds
$275; including admission to the grounds. Wave Hill members save 10%
Wave hill Great Tree Renderings Plein Air Watercolors credit Wave Hill md

Observe and paint the bark, buds and other details of Wave Hill’s venerable trees using the luminous and versatile medium of watercolor. Through careful observation, notice the changes in the spring garden from week to week and capture delicate young leaves and flowers as they begin to unfurl. Weather permitting, work from direct observation while exploring various compositions, techniques, and visual approaches to rendering trees and the surrounding landscape. Weekly demonstrations, individual guidance, reflections, and group critiques led by artist, Wennie Huang.

A supplies list will be provided prior to the first class. This series is rain or shine, with an indoor location reserved in case of rain. This five-session workshop series continues on April 11, 18, May 2 and 9. There is no class on April 25.

Registration required; online or by calling 718.549.3200 x251.

Questions? Please email us at or call the telephone number and extension above.

Plein air workshops make use of a variety of garden areas that are accessible via flat, paved paths, as well as a variety of mixed-material pathways and varying elevations, depending on the day and subject of study each week. Indoor workshops are held on the first or second floor of Wave Hill House. The House is located along a paved route with moderate changes in grade. There is an accessible, ground-level entrance at the front of the building with a power-assist door. The ground floor and lower level of Wave Hill House are wheelchair-accessible. The second-floor workshop space (Toscanini Room) is accessible via stairs or elevator. The doorway into the Toscanini Room is only 34 inches wide; some wheelchairs will find it difficult to enter that space. The restroom on the ground level is all-gender and ADA-compliant. Additional ADA-compliant restrooms are available on the lower level and are accessible via stairs or an elevator. The instructor uses a portable speaker in all locations.

  • Wennie Huang

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    Wennie Huang

    Wennie Huang is a teaching artist living and working in Brooklyn, and Part-Time Associate Teaching Professor at Parsons School of Design. She leads plein air, watercolor, and pastel workshops throughout the New York City area at the 92nds Street Y, Wave Hill, and the Pastel Society of America. She has created mixed media and site-specific installations as well as works on paper through artist residencies at the Center for Book Arts, Sculpture Space, Lower East Side Printshop, Dieu Donne Papermill, and the Ragdale Foundation, and she is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the New School's Innovations in Education Fund, and a permanent art commission through New York City's Percent for Art Program. In 2020, she became a brand ambassador for Royal Talens North America, and her live watercolor and pastel demos appear frequently on social media and in annual international online conventions including Watercolor Live and Pastel Live. In 2022, she received the Presidential Award from the Pastel Society of America where she is a Signature Member. Her recent work consists of works on paper and collaborations exploring relationships between identity and loss, material, landscape and collective memory. As a second-generation Asian American woman, she is interested in the impact of cultural myths on preconceptions about ethnicity and social inheritance; how nature, land, and the urban environment act as symbols of national identity, as well as private markers of time and place. By relocating these myths as visual bodies within local environments, new metaphors, meanings and narratives emerge.

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