This week the featured article for the Plants, Life, Riverside project is also the featured article for this week's teaching and learning column.

Today we learn about legumes, soil science, a soil science kit for teachers and an affordable guide to drawing science.

Find out how you can download classroom resources by reading the current installment of Plants, Life, Riverside.

Anne-Marie Evans will teach a two-week course about botanical drawing and composition this Fall. Here’s the latest at Classes Near You > Virginia!

Botanical Artists for Education & The Environment

The Botanical Artists for Education & The Environment (BAEE) is a non-profit organization in Falls Church, VA created by a dedicated group of botanical artists in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Members wrote and illustrated American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.

    Botanical Watercolor Class By Anne-Marie Evans

    Anne-Marie Evans returns in September 2015 to Falls Church, Virginia, to teach another of her popular classes in botanical art. Class space is limited. Classes expected to fill quickly.

    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. We regret that we cannot accept registration for a single week.

    This two-week session will be held September 21 – 25, 2015 and September 28  – October 2, 2015 (10 am – 3 pm, daily).

    Columbia Baptist Church, Room 100
    103 West Columbia St
    Falls Church, VA 22046

    $1,100 – Not refundable unless the class is cancelled or someone takes your spot.  
    A $100 deposit will hold your place. Balance due by August 1.

    For more details see Classes page on the BAEE website.
    Questions? Please contact BAEE.

By Bonnie Driggers, BAEE

In early 2014, the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE) published American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic. The book has met with good success over the past year, particularly among people interested in gardening and the environment as well as in botanical art. It is sold at Monticello; the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Shop in Richmond, Virginia; Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, Virginia;  the New York Botanic Garden; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; as well as at other gift and garden shops. 

Don’t wait to get your copy!

The book is available from Amazon and from the publisher at www.starbooks.biz for both retail and wholesale purchases. Please direct all questions about this title to BAEE.

‘American Botanical Paintings’ Wins Awards

baee_USA_awardAmerican Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic is the winner in the Home and Garden category of the 11th Annual USA Best Book Awards. Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, Penguin, John Wiley & Sons, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kensington Books, Harlequin, McGraw-Hill, Llewellyn, Yale University Press, Cornell University Press, University of Missouri Press, White House Historical Association, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, American Bar Association and hundreds of independent houses.

The BAEE book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic was awarded a Distinguished Technical Communication award in the 2014 Society for Technical Communication (STC) Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter’s Summit Competition for Technical Communication.

The BAEE website also won a Distinguished Technical Communication award.

More botanical art news from Virginia today!

Artist Linda C. Miller will teach workshops at Williamsburg Botanical Garden. Linda will also teach at The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC.

Linda C. Miller

Linda is a botanical artist from Virginia and the artist in residence at The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC. Learn more about this special honor. Linda teaches in North Carolina and in Virginia. Visit Linda’s blog, Botanical Art Today to learn about her classes and upcoming gallery appearances.

    Adult Plein Air Painting and Sketching
    Williamsburg Botanical Garden
    Saturdays in 2015: March 28, June 27 and October 17
    Time:  10 am to 11:30 am
    Bring your chair, an easel, a sketchpad, or a nature journal and get to know the seasons!  Artist Linda Miller will kick off each session with a botany overview for artists.  Then take your gear out to the garden to paint and sketch for an hour or two or even the entire day.  Rain or shine. A $5 donation to WBG is appreciated.
    More about Williamsburg Botanical Garden

    Adult Introduction to Botanical Painting

    Williamsburg Botanical Garden
    Saturday, April 25, 2015 (Rain Date, Saturday May 2)
    9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Working with a dogwood bloom drawing created by the artist, participants will learn to mix with primary colors and paint using three key watercolor techniques.  All materials provided by the artist. Limit: 10. Fee: $40. To register, contact Linda Miller.
    More about Williamsburg Botanical Garden

    Spring Botanical Watercolor Workshop

    The Elizabethan Gardens (Manteo, NC)
    April 28-30, 2015
    9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
    Use your artistic skills to illustrate and create a botanical portrait working with flora from The Elizabethan Garden’s greenhouses and grounds.  Learn basic drawing skills, observation, and watercolor techniques to create a botanical painting.   Beginner to Advanced welcomed!
    Materials list provided by Linda Miller.
    More about The Elizabethan Gardens

    Two Day Workshop Option: $100.00 member, $120 non-member
    Three Day Workshop:  $150.00 member, $180 non-member
    To register, call The Elizabethan Gardens at (252) 473-3234.

    Children Botanical Sketching Program

    Williamsburg Botanical Garden
    10:00 – 11:30 AM
    Learn how to observe and draw stems, leaves, and flowers from the garden! All materials donated by the artist.  Ages 8-16. Limit: 15. A $5 Donation to WBG is appreciated.  Registration required by May 7, 2015. To register, contact Sherry.

    Private Lessons: Botanical Watercolor

    Williamsburg, VA
    Custom sessions designed for you, your interests and current projects. Limited to four participants per session. Contact
    Linda Miller for more information.

    Half Day Session:
    9:30 AM – 12:30 PM or 12:30-3:30 PM (Fee: $75 per person)

    Full Day Session:
    9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (Fee: $125 per person)

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

The ART+BIO Collaborative has announced a professional development workshop for educators teaching in formal and informal learning environments. Program participants will have special access to art work from the public and non-public collections of the new Harvard Art Museums, as well as areas not frequently accessed by the public.

Information about the new workshop, plus information about upcoming trips to Puerto Rico and the southwest are listed below. This information has been added to the Classes Near You sections for Massachusetts, Texas and New Mexico.

After reading about the new classes, be sure to move on to the conversation with the instructors of the professional development workshop.

    ART+BIO Collaborative

    The ART+BIO Collaborative in Cambridge, MA fosters the integration of science, nature, and art through novel collaborations, research, and education. They design innovative art+science curriculum and turn public spaces into interactive learning environments.

    NEW! Professional Development Workshop for Educators

    Combining Comparative Anatomy & the Visual Arts:
    A Professional Development Workshop for Educators

    Dates: April 20- 22, 2015 from 1-4:30pm

    Location: Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge MA, 02138
Fee: $25, Does not include museum admission

    This ART+BIO Collaborative workshop introduces educators to creatively combining visual art and life sciences to engage students in creative art-making and deeper learning of advanced scientific concepts. Working from museum collections and exhibits at the Harvard Art Museums and Harvard Museum of Natural History, participants will use biological illustration to learn about comparative anatomy and evolution. Participants will design creative art+science collaborations for their own classrooms and participate in collaborative art-making.  This workshop is ideal for 6th-12th grade Art and Science teachers, however, all grade levels and informal educators welcome, along with any artists, naturalists or students interested in creative, interdisciplinary teaching and learning approaches. No previous drawing or science experience necessary.  This workshop is part of the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival. 
    Pre-Registration required. Participants will earn 10 Professional Development points.

    Sign-up Today!

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    ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico, March 8-14, 2015- Spring Break

    Embark on an artistic exploration of the diverse tropical wildlife of Puerto Rico, including rainforest, mountain, beach and coastal environments.
    View Details/Register

    DESERT LIFE: Field Studies of Art+Nature in the Southwest
    June 26-July 2, 2015

    Discover the unique beauty of the desert in this one-of-a-kind artistic journey through white sand dunes, black lava rock, desert caves, and mountain landscapes of West Texas and New Mexico.
    View Details/Register

A Conversation with Stephanie Dowdy-Nava and Saul Nava

Stephanie Dowdy-Nava, primary instructor of the professional development (PD) workshop and co-founder of the ART+BIO Collaborative would like to start a conversation with you about science and art. You can join in the conversation by responding to her prompt below. Please respond by typing your comments in the Comment box.

Integrating biology and art helps students understand advanced scientific concepts more deeply and fully engage their creativity through informed, thoughtful artmaking. The PD program focuses on designing creative collaborations between natural history and the visual arts using comparative anatomy and biological illustration.  What are some creative ways you have successfully integrated art and science in your classroom, studio or lab? Share your ideas here and they could become part of our workshop discussion.

© Beverly Allen, all rights reserved Born Sydney, Australia, 1945
. Doryantes excelsa (Gymea Lily), Watercolour on Arches paper
 39 x 28 ins (99 x 71 cm)

© Beverly Allen, all rights reserved
Born Sydney, Australia, 1945
. Doryantes excelsa (Gymea Lily), Watercolour on Arches paper
39 x 28 ins (99 x 71 cm)

The Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery invites you to view new works in the Shirley Sherwood Collection.

Botanical art has for centuries been closely linked to exploration, travel, and adventure, aiding and inspiring scientists in their quest to understand the natural world. The best botanical artists have always combined technical skill in producing a faithful likeness of a specimen with their own artistic flair.

The Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery is delighted to host an exhibition of new works by 18 outstanding contemporary artists in Work from Botanical Artists in the Collection of Dr. Shirley Sherwood: Celebrating 25 Years of the Collection. This exhibition will be on view April 23 – May 30, 2015. All works are for sale.

Interested in plants and art since childhood, Dr. Sherwood earned her undergraduate degree in botany from Oxford University and her D.Phil working in a team which discovered the important drug Tagamet.

She started the Shirley Sherwood Collection in 1990, and it now includes 900 paintings and drawings, representing the work of over 240 contemporary artists from 30 countries around the world. Alongside curating exhibitions of works from her collection specially hung for the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, she has exhibited her collection in many other prestigious locations including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Marciana Library in Venice and the Real Jardín Botánico Madrid. She has also written six books and many articles on botanical art.

The Sherwood family have all generously supported Kew with the building of the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, the only purpose-designed botanical art gallery in the world. The gallery opened in April 2008, and has between 2 – 3,000 visitors a week. Awarded the OBE for services to botanical art in early 2012, Dr. Sherwood is a Fellow of the Linnaean Society, was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society and is an Hon. Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford.

Artists participating in this exhibition are: Beverley Allen, Francesca Anderson, Phansakdi Chakkapak, Annie Hughes, Ingrid Finnan, Monika de Vries Gohlke, Coral Guest, Mieko Ishikawa, Rachel Pedder-Smith, Kate Nessler, Brian Poole, Jenny Phillips, Rosie Sanders, Jessica Tcherepine, Carol Woodin, Fiona Strickland, Susan Ogilvy, Susannah Blaxhill.

The Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery is open Monday – Friday (10:00 am – 6:30 pm) and Saturday (11:00 am – 4:00 pm). Admission is free.

Celebrate 25 Years of the Shirley Sherwood Collection!

Visit Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery

Download guidelines, entry form

Download guidelines, entry form

The UCR Botanic Gardens invites local artists to take part in the annual Primavera in the Gardens Poster Art Contest.

The artwork of the two first-place winners will be used as the artwork for Primavera. First-place winners will each receive four tickets to this annual food, wine and art event. Second-place artists will each receive two tickets to the event.

Original artwork will be accepted for two categories: 1) Photography and
2) Other Media. This contest is open to all artists. The only stipulation is that all original artwork must be of the UCR Botanic Gardens and be no smaller than 11″ x 14″.

Did you take a show-stopping photograph of a plant or landscape scene from inside the Garden? Do you have a drawing or painting of a plant in the UCRBG collection of which you are especially proud?

Download the entry form and submit your original artwork to the Primavera Poster Contest. Submissions are due March 6, 2015.

Download Guidelines & Entry Form


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