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Gilly Shaeffer


Gilly Shaeffer is an award-winning artist and a graduate of Anne-Marie Evans’ certificate program in botanical art. A member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), Gilly served as president of the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, a chapter of the ASBA, from 1999-2005. Her work has been in juried exhibitions across the United States and is in the permanent collection at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University.

    Drawing Basics
    Thursdays, July 2-23, 2015
    Four meetings
    10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    Learn the fundamentals of botanical illustration with Gilly at her Los Angeles studio. Students will practice exercises and techniques that will improve observational skills. This is a great opportunity for beginning and intermediate artists to perfect their drawing skills. Students will also learn how to prepare watercolor paintings of botanical subjects.

    Cost: $160

To register, please contact Gilly.

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Interested in learning more about the history of botany and botanical art?

A fantastic learning opportunity is coming to Southern California this summer that you don’t want to miss.

The eccentric beauty of the plant kingdom will be celebrated in a traveling exhibition of contemporary botanical illustrations and will be on view
June 13–Aug. 23, 2015 (Saturdays and Sundays only), at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. “Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial Exhibition” is curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). The juried show includes 47 works, selected from a field of nearly 240 submissions, created by ASBA artists from Australia, Canada, India, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The show will be on view in the Flora-Legium of the Brody Botanical Center and is included with general admission to The Huntington.

“Botanical artists have traditionally depicted conventionally beautiful flora,” said Robert Hori, gardens cultural curator and program director at The Huntington. “This exhibition is meant to showcase nature’s oddities—plants of charismatic quirkiness that have a bizarre beauty all their own.”

In conjunction with the exhibition, The Huntington will co-host a symposium
July 23–26, 2015, offering a broad view of all that is weird, wild, and wonderful in the plant kingdom. The symposium is presented in partnership with the ASBA and the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC, the local ASBA chapter). Learn about plants, explore the history of botany, take a botanical art class and learn about photography too. You can view the complete schedule on the Symposium website.

In addition to an exciting selection of classes, there will be special keynote presentations by botanists, artists and historians. The schedule of Symposium keynote lectures is as follows:

    Thursday, July 23, 7 p.m. (Opening night dinner)
    Do You ‘See’ Plants? Using Art and Technology to Teach Science
    Jodie Holt, professor of plant physiology at the University of California, Riverside, and botanical consultant for James Cameron’s science fiction film, “Avatar.”

    Friday, July 24, 12:30 p.m.
    Painting the Wonder Plants of Borneo
    Mieko Ishikawa, botanical artist.

    Friday, July 24, 7 p.m.
    The Art of Orchids
    Phillip Cribb, deputy keeper of the Herbarium and curator of the Orchid Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew. This keynote is generously underwritten by Orchid Digest.

    Saturday, July 25, 12:30 p.m.
    The Beauty of Ancient Plant Representations:
    Weird or Wonderful?

    Alain Touwaide of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions.

    Saturday, July 25, 7 p.m.
    From Field to Print: Botanical Art and Photography for Conifers Around the World and the Dendrological Atlas
    Zsolt Debreczy and István Rácz of the International Dendrological Research Institute, co-authors.

An adjunct exhibition of approximately 60 works by local BAGSC members will be on view in the Brody Botanical Center Aug. 1–9. This supplemental show will extend the theme of weird and wonderful plants through educational outreach activities for children and families, demonstrations in different media, informal workshops, displays of botanical curiosities, and “Find Me in the Garden” links between the exhibitions and the botanical collections. During the week of this display, both exhibitions will be open to visitors daily (Wednesday through Monday) during public hours.

Summer school has never ever been this exciting!

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iStock_ColorfulPalette copyDear Readers,

A fellow reader has asked an interesting question.

Increasingly dissatisfied with the wet-in-wet watercolor technique taught in traditional botanical art classes, this reader was wondering if there are any botanical artists who use dry-brush as their predominant technique.

Well aware that botanical artists often use dry-brush to put finishing details into their wet-n-washy paintings, this reader is asking for your help:

Can you recommend any botanical artists, working in watercolor, whose primary technique is dry brush applied in stippling, hatching, or both?

Let’s Chat

If you know of botanical artists or scientific illustrators who work in this way, please respond in the Comment box below. Thank you for your help!

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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.
    Find out more

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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