Changes at ArtPlantae

Dear Readers,

The publishing schedule at ArtPlantae Today is changing.

Announcements about classes, exhibitions and other events will continue to be posted in a timely manner, so please keep sharing your news with fellow artists, naturalists, and educators.

What is changing is how special features and in-depth articles are published. These will be published intermittently (bi-weekly or monthly?), depending on how quickly each are developed.

Thank you for your continued interest in ArtPlantae.

Hope you’ve all had a good summer.

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The catalog for the 18th Annual International exhibition by the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and the Horticultural Society of New York will be revealed in November. Now is a great time to update your collection of botanical art catalogs.

For a limited time only, the 16th & 17th Annual catalogs will ship FREE to U.S. addresses through October 23, 2015 (or while supplies last). No promo code necessary.

Buy Catalogs Here

Alain Touwaide, Scientific Director at the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions (IPMT), to teach at UCLA. Alain will teach The Legacy of Ancient Medicine for the Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies.

Learn more about the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions and its founders in this interview and this video introduction.

The New England Society of Botanical Artists invites you to join them!

    © Kathie Miranda, all rights reserved

    © Kathie Miranda, all rights reserved

    Botanical Patterns in Silverpoint & Pastel Dust
    Kathie Miranda
    November 6-7, 2015

    N.E.S.B.A Sponsored Workshop
    Princeton, MA.

    Before graphite pencils, artists used metal point, a small rod of metal sharpened to a point, to make marks on a prepared surface. Silver is the most popular metal because it produces an extremely delicate pale gray line – perfect for drawing plant life. Silver is easy to apply and will tarnish over time to mellow browns. The class will include discussions of the historical context of silverpoint as well as a survey of the various studio-prepared surfaces used by the Old Masters. Using plant material as our inspiration, we will treat this old art technique to a modern twist! We will apply a special ground to watercolor paper that easily accepts silverpoint; and enhance our work with the colorful addition of pastel dust. Students are encouraged to bring a small (6 – 8” potted plant) or any related (botanical) reference materials. At the beginning of the first class, we will make a paper sampler with different silverpoint grounds using a simple white watercolor paint and a sumptuous Old Masters recipe provided by the instructor. To economize class time, students are encouraged to come to class with a completed line drawing of their chosen specimen plus any related reference materials (jpegs, prints, or live plant material).


    Kathie Miranda is an award-winning botanical artist and educator and recently taught this workshop for the Art League in NYC. She studied at Lyme Academy of Art and at Paier College of Art, and holds a Certificate of Botanical Art and Illustration from The New York Botanical Garden, where she is a highly sought-after instructor in their adult education art program. She serves on the Board of the American Society of Botanical Artists; is Past President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Greater New York Chapter; and maintains active memberships in the Connecticut Watercolor Society, Pencil Art Society, and the Colored Pencil Society of America. She exhibits her work nationally, and is currently researching and illustrating flora of Connecticut for future exhibition and publication.

    Friday/Saturday, 2-day workshop 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m daily
    Fee: $150 (plus $5 material fee to instructor)
    Pre-registration required with fee paid in advance by October 9, 2015.

    Please Register Early – Enrollment limited to 12 students

    Kathleen Kummer, Treasurer, NESBA.

This information has been added to Classes Near You > Massachusetts.

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Visit the New England Society of Botanical Artists

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.

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© 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!

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