Get the new collection of botanical art!

Get the new collection of botanical art!

ArtPlantae is having a sale!

Most of the sale items are discounted catalogs of botanical art that received bumps or scratches during shipping between ASBA venues. Included in the sale is the latest catalog published by the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). The catalog Botanical Art with Altitude: Small Works 2014 features the drawings and paintings of 98 ASBA members who participated in the non-juried Small Works exhibition held during the ASBA’s annual conference in October.

Visit the store to shop for your own library, for a unique host/hostess gift or for that gift exchange at work. A portion of all catalog sales and coloring book sales helps support the ASBA’s mission and each purchase supports ArtPlantae’s InterpretPlants program.

We all thank you for your support!

See What’s on Sale

(Note: The color of the new catalog is more navy blue.)

Artist and educator Lisa Coddington invites you to join her for a botanical art tour in southern France. A summary is included below. Contact Lisa for a detailed itinerary.

Painting Provence: Botanical Painting in Southern France

May 22-29, 2015

Join this memorable week that combines tours of historic villages such as Marseille, Aix de Provence, and Nimes with classes taught by ABSA-awarded artist, Lisa Coddington. Lisa teaches regularly at the University of New Mexico and Santa Fe Community College and offers specialized art workshops. Demonstrations in drawing, watercolor glazing, and composition will support your individual art goals while enjoying this tour of France. Classes are open to both beginners and advanced intermediate artists alike. Tour highlights the architecture, gardens and historic sites in southern France. Leisure time is provided to explore on your own. We look forward to you joining us!

Please contact Lisa Coddington for complete itinerary or call 315-256-8639. Learn more about Lisa and read student testimonials at www.LisaCoddington.com.

To reserve your space we encourage you to send your deposits by December 15, 2014. (deposit refundable if tour does not fill)

Registration Fees:

  • $3,195.00 USD (6 participants)
  • $2,995.00 USD (7-8 participants)
  • $2,795.00 USD (9-11 participants)

Note: All rates are based on shared lodging; limited single supplement costs $285.00 USD.

Contact Harriet Harris of CulturalEncounters.com with all travel questions.
(505) 982-8264

Deposit Deadline: December 15, 2014

This information has also been posted to Classes Near You > New Mexico.

We have explored the topic of plant blindness often in this column and have learned about the many reasons why we need to take this topic seriously. One of these reasons has to do with the management of invasive plant species. Today we learn about an activity introducing students to invasive species and the biology behind how they “invade”.

In A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Invasive Plant Universe, professor Richard H. Audet presents an activity about “alien invaders” that is based on the 5E learning cycle. This classroom activity requires students to think about seed dispersal and calls upon them to write about (and draw) the relationship between seed form and function.

Audet (2005) includes a list of online resources for teachers in his article. Some of the links he provides have changed over the years, so I looked for the current links. Update the resources in Audet (2005) with these links:

When it comes to drawing the form and function of seeds, Audet (2005) does not offer any guidance. This is okay because together we’ve learned about many drawing, painting and observation techniques from the wonderful guests who have stopped by this site to visit. To browse conversations with past guests, go to the “Featured Guests” section in the righthand column. If you are pressed for time and are looking for resources to use in your classroom or program right away, here are two resources you might want to consider:

Audet’s article and activity about invasive species was published in Science Scope, a journal for middle school science teachers. Audet (2005) can be purchased online at the NSTA Store for 99¢.

Literature Cited

Audet, Richard, H. 2005. A hitchhiker’s guide to the invasive plant universe. Science Scope. 29(1): 42-45


Activities to Investigate Plant Ecology

Natural science illustrator and science educator, Rick Simonson, and two fellow guides will lead an 11-day trip to the Galapagos Islands next Spring through the organization Education First College Study Tours. Here is a glimpse of what is planned for this upcoming adventure schedule for May 13 – 23, 2015:

  • Day 1 – Fly to Ecuador
  • Day 2 – Guided tour of Quito
  • Day 3 – Fly to Baltra and continue to Santa Cruz Island. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.
  • Day 4 – Boat excursion to San Cristobal Island
  • Day 5 – Boat excursion to Floreana Island
  • Day 6 – Return to Baltra, visit Twin Craters, return to Quito
  • Day 7 – Visit Cotopaxi National Park
  • Day 8 – Travel to Riobamba to visit Andean villages
  • Day 9 – Travel to Guamote to take part in cultural exchange activities, return to Riobamba
  • Day 10 – Travel to Guamote to take part in cultural exchange activities, return to Quito
  • Day 11 – Depart for home

Visit the website of Education First College Study Tours to view a detailed itinerary and for more information.

$4,229 (age 29 and under, triple/quad room occupancy)
$4,529 (age 30 and over, double room occupancy)

Artist and naturalist Linda C. Miller has a collection of small nature paintings now on view at A Touch of Earth Gallery. This artisan gallery features all forms of collectible art, including pottery, jewelry, prints, lamps, metal works and more.

Stop by the gallery on Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 12-4 PM to meet Linda and to view her new collection titled, Small Works. Linda has painted over 100 portraits and is known for her contemporary compositions, bold rich colors and detailed work.

Hold Your Order!

Bartram_cover_1000pxHurts Sale
ArtPlantae on Square
Beginning November 28, 2014

Botanical art catalogs with minor bumps and scratches will go on sale in a couple of weeks. Take advantage of slightly bruised merchandise and add to your collection.

Check back here for more information!

Each year the Pollinator Partnership hosts Pollinator Week, a weeklong event highlighting the “birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants (and) are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food” (Pollinator Partnership). The Pollinator Partnership has been an advocate for pollinator awareness since 1996.

Although Pollinator Week is held in June each year, pollinator awareness and education is important year-round. If you live in southern California, here is an opportunity to learn about pollinators during the upcoming winter break.

This past weekend, a new exhibition about California pollinators opened at the Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum at the Fullerton Arboretum in southern California. Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers is a traveling exhibition featuring educational displays about:

  • Pollination and Fertilization
  • Flowers & Their Pollinators
  • Mimicry in Pollinators
  • Bees & Wasps
  • Butterflies & Moths
  • Beetles
  • Flies
  • Observing Pollinators

Unlike exhibitions that take a purely scientific look at plants and pollinators, the current exhibition includes an artistic perspective on these topics by featuring the photography of plantsman and photographer, John Whittlesey, and the watercolor paintings of students in the Art department at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). Whittlesey’s photographs of pollinators in wild and garden settings are at the heart of the exhibition. The paintings by CSUF students complement his photos and introduce visitors to some of the plants and landscape scenes they will discover as they explore the peaceful 26-acre arboretum.

When planning a visit to the Fullerton Arboretum to view Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers, consider participating in one or more of the learning opportunities offered during the exhibition. These opportunities to learn about native plants, nature photography and insects come just in time for springtime studies in your classroom or programs:

Learn about pollinators at the Fullerton Arboretum

(November 2 – December 28, 2014)

Literature Cited

Also See…

Natural Science Illustrators Promote Pollinator Awareness


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