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Welcome The Trustees of Reservations to Classes Near You > Massachusetts!

The Trustees of Reservations

The Trustees preserve properties of scenic, historic and ecological value in Massachusetts and manage almost 25,000 acres for public use and enjoyment. A botanical drawing class and a nature poetry class begin this week. What a wonderful way to blend botany, botanical art and poetry.

    Botanical Drawing in Colored Pencil
    Rutland Washington
    Rutland’s Haven Community Gardens
    Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27
    9:30 – 11:30 am
    Basics of color theory and application and fundamentals of botanical illustration are the focus of this course. Learn to mix and blend colors while drawing flowers and fruit at Rutland’s Haven Community Gardens.

    Cost: $35 members, $45 non-members (per session)
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    Poetry Writing & Performance

    Rutland Washington
    Rutland’s Haven Community Gardens
    Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26
    6-8 pm
    Write and draw in your journals! Learn about the broad genre of Nature Poetry and focus on writing and the art of poetry performance. In this class, voice, form and image are considered. Some writing experience recommended.

    Cost: $140 members, $180 non-members (for 4-session course)
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The online program in scientific illustration founded by Gretchen Kai Halpert has a new website! Fall classes begin in August.

Here’s the latest at Classes Near You > New York:

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 Distance Learning Program

    Session I

    September 21 – November 23, 2015 (ten weeks)
    7:00 p.m. EDT (New York time)
    The first session of this distance learning program addresses the basics of scientific illustration, including the following topics: graphite, perspective, proportion, scientific conventions, lighting, textures, transferring, scanning. Students will receive handouts, learn from tutorials and engage with one another through live video conferencing.

    Session II

    September 16 – November 18, 2015 (ten weeks)
    7:00 p.m. EDT (New York time)
    In Session II, students will learn about the following topics: pen and ink, crow quill, technique, composition, editorial, scratchboard, anatomy, professional practices, final projects. Students will receive handouts, learn from tutorials and engage with one another through live video conferencing.

    Session III

    August 11 – October 13, 2015
    7:00 p.m. EDT (New York time)
    Students will learn about watercolor techniques, digital options and continue to learn about composition. Final projects and prep work for internships and independent studies are also a part of this session. Students will receive handouts, learn from tutorials and engage with one another through live video conferencing.

    Cost per 10-week session: $990 USD (more info)

    Contact Gretchen at ghalpert@stny.rr.com for more information Contact Gretchen Halpert for information.

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The Weird, Wild & Wonderful Symposium begins today at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens!

For the next four days plant enthusiasts, artists and naturalists will explore the intersections of art, science and history. Plant physics, manuscript conservation and plants from earlier centuries are a few of the topics Symposium attendees will learn about this weekend.

You can still take part in the Symposium by attending in one (or more) of the following presentations:

The mid-day keynote presentations cost $10 each and the evening keynote presentations are $25 each. Tickets can be purchased directly from The Huntington through Brown Paper Tickets.

The Weird, Wild & Wonderful Symposium is a collaborative effort between the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC), The Huntington and the American Society of Botanical Artists. This educational event and the BAGSC summer group exhibition celebrate the traveling exhibition, Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial Exhibition, Botanical Illustrations of Remarkable Plants, curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibition is now on view in the Flora-Legium at the Frances Lasker Brody Botanical Center.

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Enjoy a special evening event at the Chelsea Physic Garden with Head Gardener, Nick Bailey.

On Thursday August 13, Bailey will give a guided tour of the Garden that includes visits to the Garden of Medicinal Plants and the new World Woodland Garden, a garden focusing on medicinal plants from forest environments.

Artist Nici Ruggiero will talk about her installation “Curse or Cure”, an installation of apothecary jars in the Garden of Medicinal Plants. Also included in the evening tour is a visit to London’s Secret Garden: Plant Portraits from Chelsea Physic Garden.

More about Chelsea’s Secret Garden

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Botanical Art and Tours in PROVENCE, France

May 27 – June 02, 2016
Arles, France

Four botanical art/drawing sessions and tours during the week.

Learn botanical drawing and watercolor in Southern France with Lisa Coddington. Experienced artists and bashful beginners are welcome. Scheduled classes and personal attention will refine your botanical art skills. There will be unique and wonderful opportunities to sketch and photograph Southern France in the blush of spring.

This workshop includes:

  • Five nights accommodations with bath ensuite in Arles.
  • One night accommodation with bath ensuite in Marseille.
  • Two formal and two informal painting classes and a “Welcome” wine and cheese reception.
  • Two half-day tours and one full-day tour; picnic at the Pont du Gard.
  • Breakfast daily and more!

FEES include:

    8-9 participants – $2495.00
    10-12 participants – $2255.00

Cost based on share lodging
*Limited single supplement $275.00

Place your deposit by August 31 to receive complimentary art supplies.

For itinerary details, please contact Lisa Coddington. For travel information, please contact Harriet at Cultural Encounters or call (505) 982-8264.

View Lisa’s online gallery at LisaCoddington.com

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The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation invites you to explore the amazing and mysterious world of fungi!

Boletus calopus Fr. [Boletus calopus Persoon, Boletaceae], watercolor on paper by Aurel Dermek (1925–1989), 1965, for Dermek and Albert Pilát, Poznávajme Huby (Bratislava, Veda, t. Tlač. SNP-Neografia, Martin, 1974, pl. 58), 30 x 21 cm, HI Art accession no. 6084.2.

Boletus calopus Fr. [Boletus calopus Persoon, Boletaceae], watercolor on paper by Aurel Dermek (1925–1989), 1965, for Dermek and Albert Pilát, Poznávajme Huby (Bratislava, Veda, t. Tlač. SNP-Neografia, Martin, 1974, pl. 58), 30 x 21 cm, HI Art accession no. 6084.2.

The Mysterious Nature of Fungi
Hunt Institute for
Botanical Documentation
Pittsburgh, PA
Sept. 17, 2015 – Dec. 17, 2015

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents
“The Mysterious Nature of Fungi” from 17 September to 17 December 2015. This exhibit gives an overview of these mysterious organisms that are found almost everywhere on this planet and are the cause of both bliss and blight.

Join us Thursday, 17 September 2015, 5-7 pm for an opening reception.
At 5:30 pm the curators will give a short introduction to the exhibition in the gallery.

We will also open on Saturday and Sunday, 10-11 October, 1-4 p.m., during Carnegie Mellon University’s Cèilidh Weekend festivities.
On Saturday join our curator throughout the afternoon for tours of the exhibition. On Sunday (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Richard Jacob, a biochemist by trade and president of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, will present the talk “Mushroom clubs: Citizen science in action!”

The Cabinet of curiosities in the Hunt Institute lobby will display lithographs from a limited-edition portfolio in our Library collection. The 20th-century American avant-garde composer, writer and visual artist John Cage (1912–1992) also was an avid, amateur mushroom forager who was so enthusiastic about mushrooms that he and his friend, visual artist Lois Long (1918-2005), co-founded the New York Mycological Society in 1962. Together they published The Mushroom Book (1972), with the taxonomic assistance of the mycologist Alexander H. Smith (1904-1986).

“The Mysterious Nature of Fungi” will be on display on the 5th floor of the Hunt Library building at Carnegie Mellon University and will be open to the public free of charge.

Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 AM–noon and 1–5 PM; Sunday, 1–4 PM (except 22 November and 26–29 November). Because our hours of operation are occasionally subject to change, please call or email before your visit to confirm. For further information, contact the Hunt Institute at 412-268-2434.

About the Hunt Institute

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation.

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Fall leaves © Linda C. Miller, all rights reserved

Fall leaves © Linda C. Miller, all rights reserved

Believe it or not, the end of summer is beginning to appear on the horizon. School begins next month and the seasons will change once again.

If you live in the vicinity of Williamsburg, Virginia, you have the opportunity to capture the changing seasons with botanical artist Linda C. Miller.

Here is what’s new in the Classes Near You sections for Virginia and
North Carolina.

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.

    Fall Botanical Workshop
    The Elizabethan Gardens, Odom Hall. © Linda C. Miller, all rights reserved

    The Elizabethan Gardens, Odom Hall. © Linda C. Miller, all rights reserved

    The Elizabethan Gardens
    Manteo, NC
    September 28-30, 2015
    9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    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 and advanced students welcome!

    Materials list provided by instructor. For additional information, please contact Linda. To register, contact The Elizabethan Gardens at
    (252) 473-3234.

    Two Day Workshop Option:
    $100.00 member, $120 non-member

    Three Day Workshop:
    $150.00 member, $180 non-member

    Class limit: 10

    Fall Nature Journal Class

    Freedom Park Interpretive Center Building
    Williamsburg, VA
    November 14, 2015
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Learn how to keep your own nature journal. Instructor Linda Miller will demonstrate ways of journal-keeping including drawing flora, making quick landscape studies and nature poetry. No experience necessary. Please bring your own journal, pencil, and a small package of colored markers.

    Class Fee: $15 per person
    Class Limit: 10

    Painting Fall Leaves in Watercolor

    Freedom Park Interpretive Center
    Williamsburg, VA
    Wednesdays: October 28, November 4 & 11, 2015
    10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Learn how to draw and paint fall leaves. Instructor will provide watercolor paper. Please bring your own journal, pencil and watercolor paints.

    Workshop Fee: $75 per person
    Class Limit: 6

    Private Watercolor Lessons with Linda C. Miller

    Limited to four guests each session, designed especially for you.
    Learn more about Linda at Linda Miller Botanical Art.
    Half-day: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. ($75 per person).
    Full-day: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ($125 per person).


When in Williamsburg, don’t miss Birds, Bugs, and Blooms: Observing the Natural World in the 18th Century, now at Colonial Williamsburg through January 2, 2017.

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