Picturing Science

The infographics we all enjoyed last week from Compound Interest are wonderful examples of how science concepts and processes can be presented visually.

If you would like to introduce infographics into your classroom or program, you will want to read Using Infographics in the Science Classroom by chemistry teacher Rosemary Davidson.

Davidson (2014) explains how she guides students through the creation of infographics in her environmental chemistry class. She shares the spec sheet she and her students use to evaluate their work, explains how the creation of infographics develops science literacy skills, and provides 22 Web and print resources that will help educators create infographics in their own programs.

Rosemary Davidson’s article can be purchased online at the NSTA store for 99¢.

Literature Cited

Davidson, Rosemary. 2014. Using Infographics in the Science Classroom. The Science Teacher. 81(3): 34-39

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17th Annual International
American Society of Botanical Artists
at The Horticultural Society of New York
September 17 – November 26, 2014

The 17th Annual International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Botanical Art opens today at the Horticultural Society of New York. This annual exhibition has become New York’s premier showcase of contemporary botanical art.

An opening reception will be held this evening from 6-8 pm. A “Last Look” reception with featured artists and jurors will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 6-8 pm.

This year forty-two works by artists from the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Israel, Japan, and the United Kingdom are featured in the exhibition. A full-color catalog containing these works and an introduction by ASBA Founder Diane Bouchier is now available at ArtPlantae ($20, plus shipping).

Participating artists are:

ASBA Catalogs at ArtPlantae

ASBA catalogs at ArtPlantae

  • milly acharya, New York
  • Rosalind Allchin, Canada
  • Irene Blecher, Israel
  • Insil Choi, Rhode Island
  • Carrie Di Costanzo, New Jersey
  • Rosemary Donnelly, Australia
  • Jean Emmons, Washington
  • Margaret Farr, Virginia
  • Ingrid Finnan, New York
  • Kathleen Folino, Massachusetts
  • Monika deVries Gohlke, New York
  • Agathe Haevermans, France
  • Asuka Hishiki, Japan
  • Wendy Hollender, New York
  • Rose Marie James, New York
  • Haruyo Kawashima, Japan
  • Joan Keesey, California
  • Karen Kluglein, New York
  • Patraicia Luppino, New York
  • Dorothy McCauley, Massachusetts
  • Joan McGann, Arizona
  • Robert McNeill, United Kingdom
  • Carrie Megan, Massachusetts
  • Derek Norman, Illinois
  • Tomoko Ogawa, Japan
  • John Pastoriza-Piñol, Australia
  • Annie Patterson, France
  • Kelly Radding, Connecticut
  • Lynne Railsback, Wisconsin
  • Lesley Randall, California
  • Dick Rauh, Connecticut
  • Gillian Rice, Arizona
  • Betsy Rogers-Knox, Connecticut
  • Susan Sapanara, New Jersey
  • Margaret Hammes Saylor, Pennsylvania
  • Constance Scanlon, Minnesota
  • Deborah B. Shaw, California
  • Denish Walser-Kolar, Minnesota
  • Carol Woodin, New York

Three botanical art classes will be taught during the exhibition. Click on the links below to learn about each one-day workshop.

Note to International Readers
It is recommended that international customers purchase this catalog at ArtPlantae’s store on 11 Main. The shops at 11 Main accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, and Diners Club International from domestic and international shoppers.

Packages sent to Canada are mailed via First-Class Mail International. Packages sent to Europe, Asia and other locations are sent via USPS Priority International.

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“The Art of Botanical Drawing” by Agathe Haevermans

Paint the Flora of Puglia

Click to view itinerary at Quench Travel.

Click to view itinerary at Quench Travel.

Travel to Puglia, Italy!

Award-winning botanical artist Margaret Best will teach in southern Italy next Spring. Join Margaret to spend eight luxurious days exploring the “heel” of Italy’s boot.

Travel highlights include visits to botanical gardens, local markets and historic UNESCO villages. Traveling artists will also participate in a cooking class and will have exclusive use of a large garden studio overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

Travel dates are April 12-20, 2015. Starting costs are €3555 per person. Actual cost varies, depending upon the accommodations selected. Register before October 10, 2014 and receive a discount of €125. Here is a currency converter to help you plan.

Reserve your spot in the garden studio at Masseria Montenapoleone today!

Contact Quench Travel


The Chemistry of Plants

© 2014 by Andy Brunning. All rights reserved.

© 2014 by Andy Brunning. All rights reserved.

We spend a lot of time talking about plants in response to the way they appear. We draw them and try to match their colors.

But what makes them appear they way they do? Smell the way they do? Behave the way they do?

Answers to these questions can be found at Compound Interest, a blog by chemistry teacher Andy Brunning dedicated to the chemistry of everyday life.

Brunning’s explanations of chemical properties and processes are extremely clear and easy to understand. He accomplishes this through the use of infographics he designs himself. His informative graphics have been featured by several media outlets and are organized into the following categories:

  • Elements
  • Food Chemistry
  • Alcohol Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Everyday Chemistry
  • Colourful Chemistry
  • Aroma Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Underserved Reputations
  • Cosmetic Chemistry
  • Other Graphics

Of particular interest to our community of artists, naturalists and educators involved in plant-based and environmental education are the infographics about chilli, onion, coffee, tea, asparagus, chocolate, coriander, lemon, grapefruit, beet root, nutmeg, cloves, garlic, avocado, inorganic paint pigments, cut grass, the scent of the sea, the chemistry of catnip, the compounds of herbs and spices, and this week’s post about the chemicals behind the colors of autumn leaves.

Brunning’s infographics are available for educators to use for free. Packaged collections are available for purchase at the Compound Interest store, as are posters and Chemistry Spice Labels.

Add Compound Interest to your teaching toolbox!

Visit CompoundChem.com

Literature Cited

      A Brunning. (2014, September 11). The Chemicals Behind the Colours of Autumn Leaves. Retrieved from



A new ten-week class has been added to Classes Near You > England!

Lewisham Arthouse, London

The Lewisham Arthouse once served as the central library of Deptford. Designed by architect Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas (1868-1948) and funded by Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), this former library is now a public gallery and studio space for professional artists. Artist studios are open to the public once per year. Exhibitions in the gallery are open to the public year-round, free of charge. Botanical illustration classes are taught by Alison Day.

    Drawing from Plant Life
    September 29 – December 8, 2014
    Mondays, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

    This introductory ten-week course aims to provide an opportunity to explore the art and science of botanical Illustration. Students will have the opportunity to explore both drawing and painting plants while learning a range of graphic techniques used to represent plant material. Some basic theory is taught and, where relevant, historical and contemporary practice is referenced. The course is taught by a practicing artist who has a background in the science of botany and the practice of fine art.

    Students are asked to bring their own ideas and specimens to the course as well as drawing plants provided. Basic materials are provided, together with reference literature, students must provide their own sketch book pencils and colors. All are welcome, no experience needed. This is a small class and provides and supportive and relaxed environment in which to draw. Places are limited so booking is required.

    Cost: £95/90 concessions

    To register, contact Alison Day at Lewisham Arthouse.

    Transport :
    BR/Overground New Cross/New Cross Gate
    Bus 136, 21, 436, 321
    Disabled access

The School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens has launched a Kickstarter campaign!

The primary goal the campaign they launched earlier today is to raise money to publish Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook.
This limited-edition hand bound sketchbook features 76 original illustrations by students and instructors in the botanical art program. Each artist had one week to draw and paint their entry. The sketchbook was passed by hand from one artist to the next.

The sketchbook includes the work of Jenny Phillips (Australia), Ann Swan (U.K.), Susan Rubin (U.S.), Libby Kyer (U.S.) and many other botanical artists.

The secondary goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds to establish an Illustrator/Artist in Residency Program at Denver Botanic Gardens. The six-week residency will enable three illustrators to become involved with daily operations at the garden, document the flora of the Rocky Mountains, contribute illustrations and articles to the program’s blog, and participate in open studio sessions and demonstrations for adults and children. The residency will provide $1,500 for housing and $1,000 for materials and other expenses if this Kickstarter campaign is funded.

Learn more about this project that, in just a few short hours, has raised $1,316 of its $20,000 goal!

View ‘Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook’

iStock_TeachingPlants_ExtraSmall copy Welcome to a new school year at ArtPlantae!

New topics and new connections will be part of ArtPlantae’s programming for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Instructors of botanical art, botany and natural science illustration classes are invited to send information about the classes they’ve scheduled during the
2014-2015 school year. Please send updates so your listing in the Classes Near You section can be updated.


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