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Click to view itinerary at Quench Travel.

Click to view itinerary at Quench Travel.

Travel to Puglia, Italy!

Award-winning botanical artist Margaret Best will teach in southern Italy next Spring. Join Margaret to spend eight luxurious days exploring the “heel” of Italy’s boot.

Travel highlights include visits to botanical gardens, local markets and historic UNESCO villages. Traveling artists will also participate in a cooking class and will have exclusive use of a large garden studio overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

Travel dates are April 12-20, 2015. Starting costs are €3555 per person. Actual cost varies, depending upon the accommodations selected. Register before October 10, 2014 and receive a discount of €125. Here is a currency converter to help you plan.

Reserve your spot in the garden studio at Masseria Montenapoleone today!

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A new ten-week class has been added to Classes Near You > England!

Lewisham Arthouse, London

The Lewisham Arthouse once served as the central library of Deptford. Designed by architect Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas (1868-1948) and funded by Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), this former library is now a public gallery and studio space for professional artists. Artist studios are open to the public once per year. Exhibitions in the gallery are open to the public year-round, free of charge. Botanical illustration classes are taught by Alison Day.

    Drawing from Plant Life
    September 29 – December 8, 2014
    Mondays, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

    This introductory ten-week course aims to provide an opportunity to explore the art and science of botanical Illustration. Students will have the opportunity to explore both drawing and painting plants while learning a range of graphic techniques used to represent plant material. Some basic theory is taught and, where relevant, historical and contemporary practice is referenced. The course is taught by a practicing artist who has a background in the science of botany and the practice of fine art.

    Students are asked to bring their own ideas and specimens to the course as well as drawing plants provided. Basic materials are provided, together with reference literature, students must provide their own sketch book pencils and colors. All are welcome, no experience needed. This is a small class and provides and supportive and relaxed environment in which to draw. Places are limited so booking is required.

    Cost: £95/90 concessions

    To register, contact Alison Day at Lewisham Arthouse.

    Transport :
    BR/Overground New Cross/New Cross Gate
    Bus 136, 21, 436, 321
    Disabled access

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University of Bristol Botanic Garden

A four-acre garden founded in 1882 by Adolf Leipner, professor of botany at Bristol University College. Plant collections address the following subject areas: plant evolution, Mediterranean plants, local plants, rare native plants, and useful plants. This garden was founded on an initial budget of £104!

    Drawing in the Glasshouses
    Wednesdays, September 3 – November 26, 2014
    11 AM – 1 PM
    This group drawing class is led by Sheena Vallely in the glasshouses at the garden. The Pick Up a Pencil group (or Pupgroup) is open to artists of all abilities and is designed to enhance drawing awareness and overcome old habits. All materials provided. Limit: 8 students. Cost: £95.00
    Register online
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    Traditional Botanical Drawing & Painting

    Mondays, October 6, 2014 – June 8, 2015
    1-4 PM
    A 21-week course for beginners and those wanting to improve their skills. Taught by Jenny Brooks, this foundation course in botanical illustration will focus on line, texture, tone, watercolor techniques and color mixing. Cost: £360.00 (payable in installments).
    Register online
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    Beetles, Butterflies and Bees

    Saturday, October 22, 2014
    10 AM – 4 PM
    Wildlife and natural history artist, Cath Hodsman, leads this one-day workshop about drawing and painting insects. Participants will use microscopes and other magnifying tools to observe their subjects. Cost: £50.00
    Register online
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    Saturday, November 22, 2014
    10 AM – 4 PM
    Learn about lettering and alphabets in this one-day workshop with Roma Widger. Participants will practice round hand and italic scripts and learn how to apply their new skills to greeting cards and bookmarks. Cost: £35.00
    Register online
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This information can also be viewed at Classes Near You > England.

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A fascinating exhibition will open at the Folger Shakespeare Library this November. Its focus will be 600 years worth of secret communication, from Shakespeare to Snowden. On view for the first time at the Folger Shakespeare Library will be the Voynich Manuscript, the mysterious text of botanical drawings, astronomical drawings and biological drawings dating back to the 15th or 16th century.

A discussion about the Voynich Manuscript will be held on November 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM. This panel discussion will be lead by Folger curator, Bill Sherman, who is also the Head of Research at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and a Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of York. Joining Professor Sherman is René Zandbergen, Voynich researcher and one of the developers of the European Voynich Alphabet and curator of www.voynich.nu.
Tickets are $15 non-members, $10 members.
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Decoding the Renaissance

Folger Shakespeare Library
Folger Great Hall
Washington, DC
November 11, 2014 – March 1, 2015

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Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Certificate Program in Botanical Art and Illustration

This program offers several weekly and two- or three-day classes on botanical art and scientific illustration with lead instructor and Education Director Sarah Roche as well as Carol Govan, Carrie Megan, Carol Ann Morley, Esther Klahne, Patricia Buchanan 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 (including the new (Half-
) and the more advanced Techniques of Botanical Drawing and Painting, here is a peek at the 2014-2015 schedule:

  • Carol Govan’s Introduction to Botany through Drawing
  • Esther Klahne’s Fruits of Fall: Painting on Vellum
  • Beverly Duncan’s small works class, Seasonal Treasures – Practical Uses and her 3-day winter class, Celebrating Similarities
  • Two art and technology classes, Sarah Roche’s The Tech-Enabled Artist and Patricia Buchanan’s Photoshop Demystified
  • Carol Ann Morley’s Drawing the Market: Graphite and From the Market: Colored Pencil
  • Martin J. Allen’s one-day Applying the Paint and his 3-day course Larger than Life
  • Sarah Roche’s 5-day class ON LOCATION: The Kampong in Coconut Grove, FL in January
  • Carrie Megan’s graphite classes: Dried Leaves, Branches, and Seed Pods and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme
  • Susan Fisher’s Afraid of the Darks?, Watercolor Workout: Stretching Your Skills and Unlocking the Mystery: Composition
  • Bobbi Angell’s Scientific Illustration and the Microscopic View
  • Sarah Roche’s beginner class, Drawing and Painting for the Petrified
  • Sarah Roche’s studio focus classes: Painting Yellow and Plant Portraits on Vellum

Learn more about Wellesley’s certificate program

View current Programs, Courses, & Travel Schedule

This information can also be viewed at Classes Near You > Massachusetts.

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The Lloyd Library and Museum in Cinncinati, OH will host If Wine is Sublime,
an exhibition featuring rare books, maps and artwork about grapes, vineyards and wine. The exhibition opens on September 13, 2014 and continues through December 12, 2014. Artworks include botanical illustrations, tapestries, sculpture and video.

Participating Artists

  • Jeni Engel Conley
  • Ingrid Finnan
  • Jean Gallagher
  • Rose James
  • Sandra Kessel
  • Victoria Kochergin
  • Richard Luschek II
  • Dianne McElwain
  • Asisa Madian
  • Arillyn Moran-Lawrence
  • Lynne Railsback
  • Sandra Rude
  • Trish Weeks

Registration to required to attend the opening reception on September 15, 2014 from 4-7 pm. Seating is limited. Registration deadline is September 8, 2014.

Register Today


Arillyn Moran-Lawrence Paints Hawaii’s Endangered Plants

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A reader is looking for botanical art classes in Hawaii. This reader is traveling to Hawaii in June 2015 and would like to add a botanical art class to the itinerary.

Are you teaching on Kauai next June? If so, please send information about your class and I will post it at Classes Near You > Hawaii and publish an announcement.

Thank you.

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