In 2011 botanists and botanical illustrators collaborated to create Botany & Art: Their Roles in Conservation, a special issue for the publication Smithsonian in the Classroom. While designed for school use, the usefulness of this issue extends far beyond the formal K-12 classroom. The information contained within this issue can also be used by informal science educators and parents leading their family on a summertime road trip.

This week we reach into the archives of the teaching and learning column. If keeping a nature journal is part of your summer plans, take a few moments to download the resources featured in this article.

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The Art of Flowers
Princeville, HI
August 3-7, 2015  
9 AM to 3 PM

A five-day botanical art workshop about the Renaissance techniques of the French Court Masters with Olivia Braida-Chiusano, founder and director of OM Art Designs and the Academy of Botanical Art in Sarasota, Florida.

This workshop will be held at the Princeville Community Center on the island of Kauai.

Designed for beginning to advanced artists, this insightful class in classical botanical art technique offers individual instruction and includes:

  • Slide presentation of “A Brief History of Botanical Art.”
  • Plant subject, paper supplies, pencils, erasers, syllabus, and handouts.
  • Daily refreshments
  • One complimentary group dinner during the study week.
  • A FREE copy of a botanical art publication by James White and Lugene Bruno, past and present curators at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University.

Participants wishing to paint their subjects must bring their own painting supplies.

Cost: $875 per person

Tuition does not include travel and hotel. Please contact The Academy for hotel information and for information about the Princeville area. Participants must to make their own hotel reservations.

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This information has been added to the “Classes Near You” sections for Hawaii and Florida.

LosingParadise Botanical artists, some of whom had depicted only garden varieties of familiar flowers, set out to increase public awareness about plants threatened with extinction. They learned of the various organizations that assess the conservation status of endangered plant species such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network which produces the Red List of Threatened Species, NatureServe which produces conservation status assessments in the U.S. and Canada, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service which administers the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Artists formed collaborations with local scientists, conservation organizations, and botanical gardens that could provide guidance in locating and studying the plants whether they be in public collections or in the wild.

The publication about their project is now available at ArtPlantae’s store on the Square Market.

WondersOfPlantKingdomIt’s Fascination of Plants Day!

Organized under the auspices of the European Plant Science Organisation, Fascination of Plants Day aims to encourage the public to become fascinated with plants and understand the important role plant science plays in the fields of agriculture, sustainability, horticulture, forestry, food, medicine and everyday life.

In celebration of the third anniversary of this global celebration, I would like to introduce you to a new book, Wonders of the Plant Kingdom, A Microcosm Revealed.

You may already be familiar with the other books by seed morphologist Wolfgang Stuppy, artist Rob Kesseler and pollen researcher Madeline Harley where they explore the world of plants through the scanning electron microscope (SEM). In their new book, the authors explore sexual reproduction in plants and explain the hidden processes and structures related to:

  • Pollen
  • Flower morphology
  • Double fertilization
  • Alternation of Generations
  • The difference between pollen, spores and seeds
  • Pollen grain morphology
  • Pollination Syndromes (i.e., pollination by wind, water, insects, other animals)
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Seed dispersal (wind, water, insects, other animals and explosive strategies)
  • The colors of fruits and seeds

The authors also include a section about art and botany.

Informative text and Kesseler’s color-coded images offer readers unique views of the plant world. This book has a definite “Wow” factor and is sure to engage any audience. To view examples of Kesseler’s work visit his website, specifically his PHY-TOPIC gallery featuring SEM images of plants.

Published in February 2015, Wonders of the Plant Kingdom, A Microcosm Revealed can be purchased at an independent bookstore near you.

Literature Cited

Stuppy, Wolfgang and Rob Kesseler, Madeline Harley. 2014. Wonders of the Plant Kingdom, A Microcosm Revealed. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press

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The UC Botanical Garden invites you to celebrate First Friday’s in the Garden!

Video in the Grove: The Pollinators by Sarah Rara

First Friday at UC Botanical Garden
June 5, 2015
6:00 – 7:30 PM

Photo courtesy UC Botanical Garden, All rights reserved

Photo courtesy UC Botanical Garden, All rights reserved

Video Artist Sarah Rara will join us to introduce the video she made with footage taken in the UC Botanical Garden. Bring a picnic and enjoy this film under the Garden’s towering Redwoods in our stunning amphitheater.

The Pollinators focuses on the insects, birds, animals, and vectors that
pollinate flowers. Filmed against brightly colored backgrounds that both
attract and distract pollinators, the video explores wild color spaces,
modeling the ultraviolet-rich color range perceived by insects that extends
beyond human vision and the RGB colorspace of video. The Pollinators was
filmed over the course of a full calendar year to document a complete
annual cycle of flowering with sound by Luke Fischbeck.

The Pollinators is generally shown as a video installation, running as a
non-narrative video loop structured by color from Red to Ultraviolet. This
is a rare one-time-only screening of The Pollinators outside of the video
installation and loop format, to honor the native plants and pollinators
of the UC Botanical garden at Berkeley that inspired the film.

Cost: $10 Adults/ Free for children under 12 years old

For more information, contact the Garden’s Program Coordinator or
call 510-664-9841.

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Directions to UC Botanical Garden

This summer the Ruskin School of Art will offer short courses in human anatomy, botanical drawing, the foundations of drawing, and a watercolor course about painting landscapes.

Sarah Simblet will teach the courses about human anatomy, botanical drawing and foundation course in drawing. Her courses are based on her books Anatomy for the Artist, Botany for the Artist, and The Drawing Book, respectively.

Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > England:

    Botanical Drawing PosterBotanical Drawing
    August 17-21, 2015

    The course offers a unique opportunity to learn a broad range of essential drawing skills, including the best use of materials and techniques, while immersed in the rich diversity of the plant species that grow in both an historic botanical garden and along the banks and meadows of the nearby river Thames.
    Find out more

    The Drawing Book Poster
    The Drawing Book 2015

    August 10-14, 2015

    Based on Sarah simblet’s internationally renowned book of the same title, this is a practical and inspirational studio course in how to draw and use your imagination. Through classes in the magnificent buildings of the Ruskin School of Art, visits to draw in Oxford museums and collections, illustrated lectures on the history, contemporary practice and diverse role of drawing in our lives, the practical explanation of materials and techniques, and also the making of individual drawing books, this course offers a clear foundation in drawing for the absolute beginner and also refreshment to the more experienced artist.
    Find out more

In Ruskin Short Courses, teaching is delivered through intensive workshops, lectures, demonstrations and group discussions, with time for personal studio work. Participants are not expected to have any prior academic or artistic qualifications, except enthusiasm!

See Ruskin Short Courses for Summer 2015

Oxford University Alumni receive a 10% discount on the course fees.

Botanical artist Rose Pellicano will teach two classes this summer at the Southampton Cultural Center in New York. Rose is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Her work has been exhibited nationally and her paintings of parrot tulips and Pinus strobus are in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University.

    Botanical Painting for Beginners and Intermediate Students
    July 10 and 17, 2015
    10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

    Learn how to portray flowers and plants realistically using traditional watercolor techniques.  In this two-day class, award-winning artist Rose Pellicano will teach students the traditional watercolor techniques used by botanical artists. She will also teach observational skills and color-mixing techniques.  Lecture, demonstration and individual attention will be part of the course.

    Cost: $235, plus $5 materials fee

    A materials list will be provided upon registration. There will be a brief break for lunch.

    For more information, please contact Rose Pellicano. To register, contact Southhampton Cultural Center.

    Painting Seashells in Watercolor

    Mondays, August 3 and 10, 2015
    10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

    Learn how to draw and paint seashells in this two-day summer workshop with Rose Pellicano. Participants can bring their own shells or use shells provided by the instructor. A materials list will be provided upon registration.

    Cost: $235

    A materials list will be provided upon registration. There will be a brief break for lunch.

    For more information, please contact Rose Pellicano. To register, contact Southhampton Cultural Center.

This information has been added to Classes Near You > New York.


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