As living art, bonsai incorporates the elements of design found in painting, sculpture, and other art forms. These design elements are the tools artists use to communicate with the viewer. In his lecture, "Elements of Design," Aarin Packard, curator of the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way, Washington, will discuss how each element of design functions and how it is applied to bonsai. The lecture explores line, shape, form, color, and space to establish a foundation for bonsai aesthetics that will enhance your appreciation of bonsai and other visual art.
Aarin Packard received his M.A. in museum studies from the George Washington University. In 2006, Packard was hired as the assistant curator of the National Bonsai and Penjing at the United States National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. In 2014, he was named curator of the Pacific Bonsai Museum. As curator, Packard oversees the horticultural and artistic care of the bonsai collection, while creating new exhibits that honor the tradition of bonsai, advancing the art form in the 21st century.
Linnaeus Room, Regenstein Center