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Scientific illustrator Gretchen Kai Halpert will begin two new sessions of the Scientific Illustration Distance Learning Program she created. She introduced her new program to readers earlier this year.

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


Gretchen Kai Halpert

www.gretchenhalpert.com
Gretchen Kai Halpert is the owner and the 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.

    Scientific Illustration Distance Learning Program
    Two new Sessions (I and II) begin April 15 and 14, respectively.

    Session I includes basic drawing skills that are the background to any and all illustration. We cover lighting, scientific conventions, proportion, perspective and value, working from life and from We a variety of natural history objects. This class is appropriate for both beginners and intermediate students. Advanced students should talk with me before enrolling. Students work with graphite, with an introduction to crow quill and ink at week 9.

    Session II advances to more complex drawings, using crow quill and ink, and scratchboard.

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

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Botanical artist and printmaker Bobbi Angell shared with me that US Postal Service’s new “Forever” stamp features the art of Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717). Merian was a dedicated independent scholar who made significant contributions to biology and the not-yet-established field of ecology. Her line drawing of a rose is featured on the Vintage Rose stamp.



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Art, Ecology and Maria Sibylla Merian

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The ART+BIO Collaborative has announced a professional development workshop for educators teaching in formal and informal learning environments. Program participants will have special access to art work from the public and non-public collections of the new Harvard Art Museums, as well as areas not frequently accessed by the public.

Information about the new workshop, plus information about upcoming trips to Puerto Rico and the southwest are listed below. This information has been added to the Classes Near You sections for Massachusetts, Texas and New Mexico.

After reading about the new classes, be sure to move on to the conversation with the instructors of the professional development workshop.


    ART+BIO Collaborative

    www.artbiocollaborative.com
    The ART+BIO Collaborative in Cambridge, MA fosters the integration of science, nature, and art through novel collaborations, research, and education. They design innovative art+science curriculum and turn public spaces into interactive learning environments.


    NEW! Professional Development Workshop for Educators

    Combining Comparative Anatomy & the Visual Arts:
    A Professional Development Workshop for Educators

    Dates: April 20- 22, 2015 from 1-4:30pm

    Location: Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge MA, 02138
    
Fee: $25, Does not include museum admission

    This ART+BIO Collaborative workshop introduces educators to creatively combining visual art and life sciences to engage students in creative art-making and deeper learning of advanced scientific concepts. Working from museum collections and exhibits at the Harvard Art Museums and Harvard Museum of Natural History, participants will use biological illustration to learn about comparative anatomy and evolution. Participants will design creative art+science collaborations for their own classrooms and participate in collaborative art-making.  This workshop is ideal for 6th-12th grade Art and Science teachers, however, all grade levels and informal educators welcome, along with any artists, naturalists or students interested in creative, interdisciplinary teaching and learning approaches. No previous drawing or science experience necessary.  This workshop is part of the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival. 
    Pre-Registration required. Participants will earn 10 Professional Development points.

    Sign-up Today!

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    ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico, March 8-14, 2015- Spring Break

    Embark on an artistic exploration of the diverse tropical wildlife of Puerto Rico, including rainforest, mountain, beach and coastal environments.
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    DESERT LIFE: Field Studies of Art+Nature in the Southwest
    June 26-July 2, 2015

    Discover the unique beauty of the desert in this one-of-a-kind artistic journey through white sand dunes, black lava rock, desert caves, and mountain landscapes of West Texas and New Mexico.
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A Conversation with Stephanie Dowdy-Nava and Saul Nava

Stephanie Dowdy-Nava, primary instructor of the professional development (PD) workshop and co-founder of the ART+BIO Collaborative would like to start a conversation with you about science and art. You can join in the conversation by responding to her prompt below. Please respond by typing your comments in the Comment box.

Integrating biology and art helps students understand advanced scientific concepts more deeply and fully engage their creativity through informed, thoughtful artmaking. The PD program focuses on designing creative collaborations between natural history and the visual arts using comparative anatomy and biological illustration.  What are some creative ways you have successfully integrated art and science in your classroom, studio or lab? Share your ideas here and they could become part of our workshop discussion.

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Clockwise from above left: Assemblage, watercolor and pencil on Kelmscott vellum by Kate Nessler, 2014, 30.5 × 22", © 2014 Kate Nessler, All rights reserved; Bird Nest Series No.1, colored pencil on paper by David Morrison, 2014, 13 × 19", © 2014 David Morrison, All rights reserved; Woven Trees, archival ink-jet print from 2.25 film negative by Sue Abramson, 2014, 24 × 24", © 2014 Sue Abramson, All rights reserved; Epilogue, watercolor on Cowley’s veiny calfskin vellum by Wendy Brockman, 2014, 27 × 23", © 2014 Wendy Brockman, All rights reserved.

Clockwise from above left: Assemblage, watercolor and pencil on Kelmscott vellum by Kate Nessler, 2014, 30.5 × 22″, © 2014 Kate Nessler, All rights reserved; Bird Nest Series No.1, colored pencil on paper by David Morrison, 2014, 13 × 19″, © 2014 David Morrison, All rights reserved; Woven Trees, archival ink-jet print from 2.25 film negative by Sue Abramson, 2014, 24 × 24″, © 2014 Sue Abramson, All rights reserved; Epilogue, watercolor on Cowley’s veiny calfskin vellum by Wendy Brockman, 2014, 27 × 23″, © 2014 Wendy Brockman, All rights reserved.

Elements
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
Pittsburgh, PA
March 19 – June 30, 2015

The Hunt Instutute invites you to view Elements!

The exhibition Elements features drawings and watercolors of bird nests with a focus on the natural and man-made materials incorporated into these architectural structures. Photographs of forest understory will transport the viewer between the landscape and the ephemeral artifacts that signify the remains of a cycle of building, incubating, nesting and fledging. The featured artists are Sue Abramson, Wendy Brockman, David Morrison and Kate Nessler. The creators of these drawings and watercolors of bird nests and photographs of transitional landscapes are inspired by the relationship of the nest to time, place, music and architecture. Each artist has imbued the structures and the materials used and the locations and environments where built with their individual insight and perspective. Also included in the exhibition is a selection of birds, nests and eggs on loan from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Pittsburgh artist Sue Abramson’s photographs of the Frick Park woodlands are a response to the raw materials in nests and the extraordinary visual chaos of these habitats. Minnesota artist Wendy Brockman’s watercolors of nests, eggs, feathers and plant materials are rich with nuance and complexity and speak of time and place. Indiana artist David Morrison’s colored pencil drawings are an exploration of the issues of existence, regeneration and obsessiveness through his examination of the layers of natural and found objects that compose the architectural structures of nests. Arkansas artist Kate Nessler’s watercolors are expressive of symphonic movements, and they reflect the intrinsically creative and practical use of disparate materials that are woven to create a space of strength and balance that are essential for survival.


Opening reception

The opening reception on 19 March (5–7 pm) is open to the public. Beginning at 5:30 pm each of the four artists will introduce their work in the Elements exhibition. This is an opportunity to meet all the artists.


Talk one-on-one with the artists

On Friday, 20 March, 10 am–noon and 1–4 pm, visit the gallery at any time during the designated hours and talk one-on-one with three of the artists. Abramson, Brockman and Nessler will be available to discuss their concepts and process and will display their materials, and Brockman also will demonstrate her painting technique. This event is free and open to the public.


Open House 2015

Our annual Open House on Sunday, 28 June (1:00–4:30 pm) will include the talk “Nest structures of North American birds and the materials used in their creation” (1:30–2:30 pm) by Patrick McShea, program officer and educator, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and tours of the Elements exhibition and the reading room (2:30–4:00 pm). This event is free and open to the public.


Cabinet of curiosities

The Cabinet of curiosities in the Hunt Institute lobby will display bird illustrations from the Library’s rich collection of natural history and art books, including Mark Catesby’s (1683–1749) exquisite folio, The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, the author, 1731), and works by microscopist Marcello Malpighi (1628–1694), natural historian the Comte de Buffon (1707–1788) and the artist George Brookshaw (1751–1823).


Hours

The exhibition 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 3–5 April, 3 May and 24–25 May). 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 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. To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides publications and other modes of information service. The Institute meets the reference needs of botanists, biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers and the public at large, especially those concerned with any aspect of the North American flora.

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Gretchen Kai Halpert

www.gretchenhalpert.com
Gretchen Kai Halpert is the owner and the 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.

    Scientific Illustration Distance Learning Program
    Distance Learning / Online
    January 20, 2015
    7:00 pm (New York time)

    This new Scientific Illustration Distance Program allows students to study botanical and scientific illustration from wherever they live. The program runs year-round. Students may enroll in the full program or take individual classes. A new 10-week session begins January 20, 2015. Contact Gretchen Halpert for information.

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

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Order the new calendar!

Order the new calendar!

Never lose sight of nature in 2015 with The Illustrated Garden’s new calendar!

This new calendar features hand-drawn illustrations, hand-lettered text and pages of garden lore, birds and bugs. It also includes all full moon dates for 2015, Solstice and Equinox dates, major holidays (plus some not-so-major, but very interesting holidays).

This new calendar was created by illustrator and teacher Val Webb, founder of The Illustrated Garden. Published in a convenient 8.5” x 11” format, this new calendar will be sent as a printable PDF beginning January 1, 2015. Happy New Year!

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Artist and naturalist Linda C. Miller has a collection of small nature paintings now on view at A Touch of Earth Gallery. This artisan gallery features all forms of collectible art, including pottery, jewelry, prints, lamps, metal works and more.

Stop by the gallery on Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 12-4 PM to meet Linda and to view her new collection titled, Small Works. Linda has painted over 100 portraits and is known for her contemporary compositions, bold rich colors and detailed work.

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