A new school year begins in the Certificate Program in Botanical Art and Illustration at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens. Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > Massachusetts:

Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Certificate Program in Botanical Art and Illustration

This program offers several weekly and one- to three-day classes on botanical art with lead instructor and Education Director Sarah Roche as well as Carol Govan, Carrie Megan, Carol Ann Morley, Esther Klahne, and other visiting instructors. The courses offered through this program cover all aspects of botanical art. Along with Sarah’s twice-yearly offerings, Foundations of Botanical Drawing and Painting and the more advanced Techniques of Botanical Drawing and Painting, here is a brief overview of the 2015-2016 course offerings:

  • Carrie Megan’s Beginning Botanical Drawing I and II classes and Seed Pods: Larger than Life in Black & White and Ranunculus (or Roses) in Spring
  • Carol Govan’s Introduction to Botany Through Drawing
  • Susan Fisher’s Color Mixing for Artists
  • Carol Ann Morley’s Pen & Ink I: Foundations for Botanical Rendering
  • Ann Swan’s Taster Day and Tactile Textures, Tips and Tricks
  • Esther Klahne’s Season of Wither: A Studio Focus on Vellum
  • Denise Walser-Kolar’s Painting on Vellum
  • Lara Call Gastinger’s Painting in Sepia
  • Sarah Roche’s beginner class, Drawing and Painting for the Petrified
  • Sarah Roche’s studio focus class Leafy Greens

Learn more about Wellesley’s certificate program

View current Programs, Courses, & Travel schedule

Poster, Sonoma County Colored Pencil Artists

Courtesy: Sonoma County Colored Pencil Artists

The Legacy of
Luther Burbank

Helen Crocker Russell Library
San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Sept. 2 – Dec. 30, 2015

The Sonoma County Colored Pencil Botanical Artists are exhibiting 32 paintings of plants from the Luther Burbank Gold Ridge Experiment Farm in Sebastopol, CA and the
Luther Burbank Home & Garden in Santa Rosa, CA. 

Artists worked with specimens from both locations to create a botanical record (florilegium) of Burbank’s work in Sonoma County. An Artists’ Reception will be held on Thursday, September 17th (5-7 pm). You are invited to the reception to meet the artists and to learn about this special project.

Artists participating in this exhibition:

  • Nina Antze
  • Adrianne Bowes
  • Suzanne Cogen
  • Margie Goff
  • Nancy W Klippert
  • Victoria A. Kochergin
  • Rebecca Lichau
  • Jackie Lueder
  • Joanne Page
  • Elizabeth Peyton
  • Ginny Ritama Spencer
  • Vi Strain
  • Chris Woodward

Exhibition Coordinator, Nina Antze, will teach two colored pencil workshops in conjunction with the exhibition. These workshops will be taught
September 17 and November 5. For more information, please contact Nina.

More Information

© Margaret Saylor, all rights reserved

© Margaret Saylor, all rights reserved

Please welcome Margaret Saylor to
Classes Near You > Pennsylvania!

Margaret Saylor

Margaret Saylor is a Pennsylvania artist with many years of design experience. She earned a Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden and teaches botanical art in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York. Margaret is the Editor/Designer of The Botanical Artist, the quarterly journal of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Margaret’s complete teaching schedule is available on her website.

Here is what’s coming up this next!

    Painting Mushrooms: Woodland Jewels of the Forest

    September 24, 25 and 26, 2015
    Th, F and Sa from 10 AM to 3:30 PM, 3 sessions
    Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE 19707

    Much of the mystery and intrigue surrounding mushrooms stems from the tiny kingdom on the forest floor that they inhabit. Join Margaret Saylor for a three-day workshop where you will examine different types of fungi and mushrooms, then sketch, compose, and build a unique and accurate painting. Including secondary elements such as spiky grasses, brittle leaves, satiny acorns, or even woodland critters adds interest to your composition while teaching the viewer more about the habitat of the particular mushroom the artist has chosen to depict. Concepts will be taught through demonstrations and individual instruction. All levels of ability are welcome!

    View Details/Register

Gretchen Kai Halpert

Gretchen Kai Halpert is the founder and instructor of a new online program in scientific illustration. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Gretchen has many years of experience working as a scientific illustrator and teaching programs about natural science illustration.

Learn more about the distance learning program in scientific illustration at http://www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com.

Scientific Illustration, Session I, Graphite

September 21-November 23, 2015
Mondays 7:00 pm EDT (or email)

Session I includes basic drawing skills that are the background to any and all illustration. We cover lighting, scientific conventions, proportion, perspective and value, working from life and from a variety of natural history objects. Students work in graphite, and are introduced to crow quill with ink. This class is appropriate for both beginners and intermediate students. Advanced students should talk with Gretchen before enrolling.

    Scientific Illustration, Session II, Pen and Ink

    September 16-November 18, 2015
    Wednesdays 7:00 pm EDT (or email)

    Session II Focuses on composition, technical accuracy, how to conduct research, and producing portfolio pieces. In this class, students become adept with crow quill and ink on paper and scratchboard.

Register Today

See inside!

See inside!

Scientific illustrator
Anita Walsmit Sachs is passionate about plants. A respected illustrator and teacher, Anita has dedicated the past 25 years to educating people about plants through botanical art.

Prior to 1990, Anita studied fashion design in The Hague, worked as a costume designer and created oil paintings of small objects (mostly shells, mother-of-pearl and glass). Then one day she followed the advice of a horticulturist at the Hortus Botanicus Leiden and visited the National Herbarium of the University of Leiden. There she met with illustrator Jan Van Os who was the director of the Herbarium’s studio. Van Os became Anita’s mentor and when he retired, Anita became the studio’s director.

As years passed, Anita helped set up the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists and received international recognition for her work. She has earned two gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society in England and a Silver-Gilt medal from the Royal Horticultural Society in Scotland. She was awarded the Margaret Flockton Award, 2e price by the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, received the Certificate of Merit and the Margaret Granger Silver Bowl Memorial Award from the Society of Botanical Artists in London, and received the Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Art by the American Society of Botanical Artists. Anita receives invitations to teach abroad and has taught in the US, Indonesia, Norway and Belgium. Anita’s work is in the collection of the Teylers Museum in The Netherlands, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University, the New York State Museum, the Highrove Florilegium of the Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation and several private collections. Now retired, Anita volunteers at Museum NATURALIS (formerly the National Herbarium of the University of Leiden) and illustrates the plants and flowers of southeast Asia.

The author of several scientific publications, course books, magazine articles, and journal articles, Anita’s most recent publication is the book, Anita Walsmit Sachs: Observation with Pen and Brush. In her new book, Anita discusses the history of botanical illustration and shares how she prepares a botanical painting. Anita’s detailed scientific illustrations, oil paintings and watercolor paintings are featured prominently throughout the book and show her scientific and artistic approach to introducing plants to new audiences. Botanical artists and followers of botanical art will enjoy learning about the life and work of this dedicated illustrator.

ArtPlantae is pleased to introduce new audiences to the drawings and paintings of Anita Walsmit Sachs. Written in both Dutch and English, Anita’s book is now available at ArtPlantae’s online store. View sample pages from Anita’s new book and other distinguished resources about plants and botanical art here.


By Best Botanical

There are only 2 spaces left in Margaret Best’s April/May 2016 workshop in Spain. Non-artist friends, partners or spouses are also welcome.

The workshop accommodation is a beautifully restored 16th century house in an aromatic garden surrounded by 3000 acres of olive and orange groves. As for all of Margaret’s previous painting trips, this workshop/tour is capably managed on the ground by Kiloran McRae for the Quench Travel Group of Toronto.

Five glorious days of painting will be spent in a spectacular setting high in Sierra Moreno Mountains, just north of Seville in the heart of Andalucía with options to tour the historic sites of Seville and Barcelona. As always, Quench’s remarkable local connections will make for an unforgettable, cultural immersion. Tapas, flamenco dancing, sherry bodegas, historical gardens …

Many of the already registered participants have been on 3 or more of Margaret’s destination workshops. Their enthusiasm for these unique painting opportunities speaks to the quality of their previous experiences. Botanical artist and ASBA member Jan Clouse and her husband Charles of Santa Barbara have this to say about their previous trips with Margaret and Kiloran:

Margaret knows how much Jan appreciates her guidance and mentoring, but the sustained exposure to her teaching skills provided by these trips is inestimable. We both admire Kiloran’s skills as well. Where do we start? Guide? Translator? Chaperone? Student of Medieval history? Plant identifier? She does it all at breakneck speed — in two, sometimes three, languages. Can’t praise her too highly either.

The food was as always, rave-worthy … impressive botanical gardens, the welcoming horticulturists, and historical sites as well… Altogether we had terrific experiences as botanical painter, guitarist, and tourists.

For details about this unique painting opportunity and a chance to explore some remarkable art and sites of historical significance in Spain, visit
Exclusively Quench online.

Previous Margaret Best/Quench workshop destinations include:

  • Tuscany, Italy
  • Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
  • Newfoundland, Canada
  • Cotswold’s, England
  • Puglia, Italy


Margaret Best discusses color in botanical art, provides tips for informal educators

By Bonnie S. Driggers
Past President, Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment

Due to a last-minute cancellation, we have an opening for Anne-Marie Evans’ Botanical Watercolor Class. This two-week class will concentrate first on gaining intimate familiarity with the plant, sketching it from many different aspects while striving for botanical accuracy. Then, students will practice various arrangements using the individual sketches to make an effective composition. Finally, they will proceed to paint application, using Anne-Marie’s six-step method. If you are interested, please contact me for details.

Date: September 21 – 25 and September 28 – October 2, 2015
Daily: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 3 pm
Cost: $1,100
Location: Columbia Baptist Church, Room 100, 103 W. Columbia St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Bring a lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Register Today


Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,379 other followers

%d bloggers like this: