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In 2011 botanists and botanical illustrators collaborated to create Botany & Art: Their Roles in Conservation, a special issue for the publication Smithsonian in the Classroom. While designed for school use, the usefulness of this issue extends far beyond the formal K-12 classroom. The information contained within this issue can also be used by informal science educators and parents leading their family on a summertime road trip.

This week we reach into the archives of the teaching and learning column. If keeping a nature journal is part of your summer plans, take a few moments to download the resources featured in this article.

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The Art of Flowers
Princeville, HI
August 3-7, 2015  
9 AM to 3 PM

A five-day botanical art workshop about the Renaissance techniques of the French Court Masters with Olivia Braida-Chiusano, founder and director of OM Art Designs and the Academy of Botanical Art in Sarasota, Florida.

This workshop will be held at the Princeville Community Center on the island of Kauai.

Designed for beginning to advanced artists, this insightful class in classical botanical art technique offers individual instruction and includes:

  • Slide presentation of “A Brief History of Botanical Art.”
  • Plant subject, paper supplies, pencils, erasers, syllabus, and handouts.
  • Daily refreshments
  • One complimentary group dinner during the study week.
  • A FREE copy of a botanical art publication by James White and Lugene Bruno, past and present curators at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University.

Participants wishing to paint their subjects must bring their own painting supplies.

Cost: $875 per person

Tuition does not include travel and hotel. Please contact The Academy for hotel information and for information about the Princeville area. Participants must to make their own hotel reservations.

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This information has been added to the “Classes Near You” sections for Hawaii and Florida.

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LosingParadise Botanical artists, some of whom had depicted only garden varieties of familiar flowers, set out to increase public awareness about plants threatened with extinction. They learned of the various organizations that assess the conservation status of endangered plant species such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network which produces the Red List of Threatened Species, NatureServe which produces conservation status assessments in the U.S. and Canada, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service which administers the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Artists formed collaborations with local scientists, conservation organizations, and botanical gardens that could provide guidance in locating and studying the plants whether they be in public collections or in the wild.

The publication about their project is now available at ArtPlantae’s store on the Square Market.

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This summer the Ruskin School of Art will offer short courses in human anatomy, botanical drawing, the foundations of drawing, and a watercolor course about painting landscapes.

Sarah Simblet will teach the courses about human anatomy, botanical drawing and foundation course in drawing. Her courses are based on her books Anatomy for the Artist, Botany for the Artist, and The Drawing Book, respectively.

Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > England:

    Botanical Drawing PosterBotanical Drawing
    August 17-21, 2015

    The course offers a unique opportunity to learn a broad range of essential drawing skills, including the best use of materials and techniques, while immersed in the rich diversity of the plant species that grow in both an historic botanical garden and along the banks and meadows of the nearby river Thames.
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    The Drawing Book Poster
    The Drawing Book 2015

    August 10-14, 2015

    Based on Sarah simblet’s internationally renowned book of the same title, this is a practical and inspirational studio course in how to draw and use your imagination. Through classes in the magnificent buildings of the Ruskin School of Art, visits to draw in Oxford museums and collections, illustrated lectures on the history, contemporary practice and diverse role of drawing in our lives, the practical explanation of materials and techniques, and also the making of individual drawing books, this course offers a clear foundation in drawing for the absolute beginner and also refreshment to the more experienced artist.
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In Ruskin Short Courses, teaching is delivered through intensive workshops, lectures, demonstrations and group discussions, with time for personal studio work. Participants are not expected to have any prior academic or artistic qualifications, except enthusiasm!

See Ruskin Short Courses for Summer 2015

Oxford University Alumni receive a 10% discount on the course fees.

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Botanical artist Rose Pellicano will teach two classes this summer at the Southampton Cultural Center in New York. Rose is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Her work has been exhibited nationally and her paintings of parrot tulips and Pinus strobus are in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University.

    Botanical Painting for Beginners and Intermediate Students
    July 10 and 17, 2015
    10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

    Learn how to portray flowers and plants realistically using traditional watercolor techniques.  In this two-day class, award-winning artist Rose Pellicano will teach students the traditional watercolor techniques used by botanical artists. She will also teach observational skills and color-mixing techniques.  Lecture, demonstration and individual attention will be part of the course.

    Cost: $235, plus $5 materials fee

    A materials list will be provided upon registration. There will be a brief break for lunch.

    For more information, please contact Rose Pellicano. To register, contact Southhampton Cultural Center.

    Painting Seashells in Watercolor

    Mondays, August 3 and 10, 2015
    10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

    Learn how to draw and paint seashells in this two-day summer workshop with Rose Pellicano. Participants can bring their own shells or use shells provided by the instructor. A materials list will be provided upon registration.

    Cost: $235

    A materials list will be provided upon registration. There will be a brief break for lunch.

    For more information, please contact Rose Pellicano. To register, contact Southhampton Cultural Center.

This information has been added to Classes Near You > New York.

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Determined to do their part to combat “plant blindness”, the Hortus botanicus Leiden in the Netherlands created a unique program that addresses this pesky issue on a multigenerational level.

The Garden’s multigenerational project began in Summer 2014. Centered around an exhibition of prehistoric plants, Oerplanten Atelier (Prehistoric Plants Workshop) consisted of workshops about drawing, photography, etching and monotype.

Hanneke Jelles, the Garden’s Director of Education, discussed this project at a recent international congress on education in botanic gardens. She explained that while addressing “plant blindness” was one of their motivations, it was not the Garden’s only motivation. The multigenerational format was conceived partly out of the Garden’s need to connect with the 20-somethings in Leiden who were not visiting the botanic garden.

To reach out to this group, the Garden hit the streets running. Hanneke explained the Garden marketed heavily to college students (art students specifically) and encouraged students to bring a grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc. with them to the workshop. She explained the Garden also reached out to members of Leiden’s older population and paired them with young adults.

Their planning and hard work paid off. Soon after the program was launched, the Garden’s classrooms and public spaces filled with conversations between young and old. Leiden’s experienced residents shared their recollections of plants and told stories, while younger residents learned how plants were grown and used. All the while the generations bonded, learned new things about each other, and everyone discovered new things about plants and the arts. Making their success even sweeter, the Garden saw a change in the 20-something crowd. It turns out botanical gardens aren’t such a bad place after all.

The Oerplanten Atelier project generated a lot of interest in plants and botanical illustration. So much so, that Hortus botanics Leiden is launching a course in technical drawing this fall, free for college students. This course will be taught by scientific illustrator and botanical artist, Esmeé Winkel.

Hanneke explains:

In a series of six days, a group of 2/3 students and 1/3 other interested people will learn about different aspects of drawing. For the college students the course is free of charge. The aim is not to make beautiful pictures, but to make clear pictures, that demonstrate what the students have seen in the subject they are drawing. Drawing is used as a method to concentrate on an object, to look at it very intensely, and to report what is discovered. Topics to be covered are: pollinators and plants (line), making field notes (quick and complete), leaves and cups (hair structures), fruits (volume), seeds (pen and ink, dissecting microscope), tropical plants (details). People can choose to attend all the days, or choose the days and subjects that suit them best.

We expect that the mix of university students and other people will give a good atmosphere, as it did during the ‘oerplanten atelier’ (prehistoric plants atelier) last year. We also feel that offering workshops in scientific drawing meets a need of our visitors.

Hortus botanicus Leiden also offers many public programs about plants and botanical art by Anita Walsmit Sachs. While most of these programs are in Dutch, some are in English. Anita’s upcoming classes include a five-day summer workshop (July 27-31, 2015) and a four-day winter workshop (November 3-6, 2015). Visit Anita’s website for more information (or view English version).

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Photos courtesy Hortus botanicus Leiden.

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Echinacea purpurea © Jane Sturgeon, All rights reserved

Echinacea purpurea © Jane Sturgeon, All rights reserved

Reed-Turner Woodland 10th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition & Plant Sale
Reed-Turner Nature Center
Long Grove, IL
May 16-17, 2015
10 AM – 3 PM

The Reed-Turner Artists’ Circle invites you to join them next weekend!

The ASBA Reed-Turner Artists’ Circle and the Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club are pleased to announce the 10th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition and Plant Sale at the Reed-Turner Woodland and Nature Preserve.

The Reed-Turner Artists’ Circle is a network of artists who are members of the American Society of Botanical Artists. It consists of a dedicated and enthusiastic group of botanical artists, current and former students with provenance at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
The Group is guided by the parameters and goals of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). The ASBA is one of the premier organizations promoting botanical art around the world. Consistent with the mission of the ASBA, the Group works to further public interest in botanical art, conservation science, botany, and horticulture at the local level. The Group also strives to emphasize the beauty and importance plants play in our daily lives by increasing public awareness through education, promotion, and exhibition of its members’ art in collaboration with local institutions.
The Group has been in existence for over 11 years and meets at the Reed-Turner Woodland on the last Saturday of each month from 9:30 – 11:30 AM. Members of the public with an interest in botanical art are most welcome.

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