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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:
    An Introductory Course in Botanical Illustration for All

    April 28 2014 – July 7, 2104
    Mondays, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

    This introductory 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, whilst 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. This 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. Basic materials are provided, together with reference literature. Students must provide their own sketchbook pencils and colours.

    All are welcome, no experience needed. Class size is limited so to provide a supportive and relaxed learning environment.

    Cost: £95/90 concessions for ten weeks

    The Lewisham Arthouse
    140 Lewisham Way
    New Cross, London SE14 6PD

    Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Alison Day.

This information has also been added to Classes Near You > England.

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Travel through time and learn how botanical illustration has informed our knowledge of plants. Participants will create a sketchbook that will serve as a personalized guide to plants and a historical account of the golden age of botanical art. Students will work in pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil and create a print block from one of their sketches.

Students should bring a mixed media sketchbook no smaller than 9” x 12”.
Paper must be able to tolerate at least a little bit of water and ink. Additional information about supplies will be sent to registered participants.

This summer workshop is for teachers, naturalists, gardeners and anyone new to botanical art who wants to begin a personalized guide to plants while learning about botanical art history.

This workshop will be held at the University of California Natural Reserve System James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve in Idyllwild, CA.

Schedule for the History of Botanical Illustration

    Friday, July 11, 2014:
    Check-in is at 3 PM. Participants must arrive during daylight hours.

    Unpack, meet fellow classmates and attend a welcome reception.

    Begin your study of plants and botanical art history with learning about Georgius Everhardus Rumphius (1627-1702), the naturalist who spent 50 years gathering information about the native plants of Ambon, an island in Indonesia. Rumphius’ detailed plant descriptions and illustrations were used to create “The Ambonese Herbal”. Produced before Linnaeus’ classification system, the English translation of this historic herbal was published in 2011. Learn about the work of this 17th-century naturalist and view all six volumes of the English translation.

    Saturday, July 12, 2014
    Begin the day with a morning walk and a leisurely breakfast. Today we dive into history and the different ways plants are documented. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided.

    Sunday, July 13, 2014
    The second morning in the San Jacinto Mountains again begins with a leisurely breakfast. After our morning session, we pack up and head to the Idyllwild Nature Center to meet with botanist Kate Kramer who will teach us about the Lemon Lily, its history and its restoration. The day ends by 1 PM to allow for time at the Lemon Lily Festival, a visit to the shops and galleries in Idyllwild and a safe trip home.

This weekend workshop in the San Jacinto Mountains costs $155 per person.
An detailed daily itinerary and other important information will be provided to registered participants. The workshop fee includes:

  • Two nights lodging at the Trailfinders Lodge at the James Reserve
    (dorm style accommodations)
  • Five meals
  • Engraving tool
  • Carving material
  • Fourteen hours of instruction
  • Admittance to the Lemon Lily Festival at the Idyllwild Nature Center
  • Introduction to Lemon Lily history and restoration with Kate Kramer

For additional information and to register, please contact Tania Marien.
A $50 non-refundable deposit is due when registering for this workshop.
Payment by credit card or PayPal only.
Remaining balance is due by June 13, 2014.

Minimum enrollment: 12; Maximum enrollment: 20

Please read the cancellation policy below. Please also read the Visitor Rules and Regulations and the Visitor Waiver before registering for this workshop.

ArtPlantae Cancellation Policy for “History of Botanical Illustration” Weekend Workshop
James Reserve, Idyllwild, CA
July 11-13, 2014

A non-refundable deposit of $50 is due upon registration.

The remaining balance of $105 is due no later than Friday, June 13, 2014.
All registration fees will be applied to the History of Botanical Illustration workshop and are not transferable.

Please also make note of the following:

  • ArtPlantae LLC is not responsible for any travel expenses a participant incurs to attend this weekend workshop.
  • Discounts will not be issued for meals or activities a participant chooses to skip during the weekend workshop.
  • ArtPlantae LLC reserves the right to cancel a workshop for any reason.
    In the event ArtPlantae LLC cancels a workshop, registered participants will be issued a full refund.

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Botanist and scientific illustrator Bobbi Angell is one of many artists participating in Flora: A Celebration of Flowers in Contemporary Art, an exhibition at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (March 15 – June 22, 2014). This new exhibition occupies four of the museum’s six galleries and explores artists’ relationship with flowers. Angell has more than 20 pieces in the exhibition. They include

Tritonia copper etching 9"x6" © Bobbi Angell, All rights reserved

Tritonia copper etching 9″x6″ © Bobbi Angell, All rights reserved

copper etchings, scientific illustrations and illustration work printed in related publications.

Educational events associated with Flora will be offered through Spring. They include Artist Talks, an orchid care workshop, a wildflower walk, a gallery tour, a special lecture about bumblebees, a visit to one of the finest private gardens in North America, and a hands-on workshop with Bobbi Angell who will guide participants in the drawing of spring flowers and orchids.

Details about each event, as well as selected images from the exhibition at
Flora: A Celebration of Flowers in Contemporary Art.

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The 4th Annual Arts and Archives Tour led by the Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration will occur April 25 – May 10, 2014.
Travel to London, Geneva, Lyon and Paris. Explore the Lindley Library, the Kew Gardens’ Library and Archives, the Louvre, and the Natural History Museum in Paris where you will see the largest and oldest herbaria in the world. You’ll also visit the Palace of Versailles, a tapestry museum, the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art and attend the annual exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists. This special tour also includes a visit to the manufacturing site of Caran d’Ache colored pencils.

There are only two spots available. Reserve your seat today!

View the tour itinerary on Botanical Illustration, the blog by Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski, Manager of the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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Botanical Illustration of Desert Flora
Desert Studies Center, Zzyzx, CA in the Mojave National Preserve
Apr 11-13, 2014 (Friday night to Sun afternoon)

Learn how to draw artistic and realistic flowering plants in a way designed to understand the form, function, and identification of native plants. Exciting
hands-on experience both in the lab and in the field amid native flora habitats. Techniques in pencil, pen, and watercolor. Learn how to:

  • Focus on comprehensive line drawing stressing contour, volume and perspective.
  • Make drawings of minute structures to full-scale renditions of plants.
  • Understand how artistic and scientific skills work together.

This 1-unit field study course is based at the Desert Studies Center (of California State University) located within the Preserve at Soda Springs (Zzyzx), about an hour outside Las Vegas, about a three-hour drive from Riverside. The course fee includes two nights’ lodging at the Center (dormitory rooms & some couples rooms), and fresh cooked breakfast and dinners; bag lunches and tapas on Friday night. Participants will be sent information via email about the Center and what to bring with them. NO VEHICLE REQUIRED ONCE YOU ARRIVE, so great for car share to and from this special location. Cost: $325

Instructor Donald Davidson is an artist with over 500 pieces of art featured in the Traveling Artist Wildflower Project with the National Park Service.

Course Schedule
Friday, April 12: 8-10 p.m.
Saturday, April 13: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, April 14: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Registration Deadline
Register by March 28, 2014. Cite registration # 124−CPF−F61

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This information can also be found at Classes Near You > Southern California.

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By Bianca Ana Chavez

Orquideafilia Mural. @ Bianaca Ana Chavez, all rights reserved

Orquideafilia Mural. @ Bianaca Ana Chavez, all rights reserved

March will find me back in the magical highland town of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Chiapas has the highest diversity of orchids in Mexico, many of which can be seen in the botanical garden El Jardin de Epifitas. The garden is directed by biologist Juan Castillo Hernandez, an incredible lover of art and nature. In addition to the botanical garden, Juan or ‘profe’ as everyone calls him, has a corner plant shop in the center of town. It is to these walls that stretch above cobblestone streets that I will return to complete the Orquidefilia mural and resume a life dedicated to the perpetuation of art, nature and culture.

Through some bit of wisdom or fluke, I first found myself working with Juan at the Orquideafilia plant store a few years ago. In my downtime I would sketch and paint the plants in the shop. Somehow these drawings eventually ended up wrapping around the block. But I left the mural unfinished. While drawing, the old haunting idea of studying botanical illustration would come back to me. I had played with the idea of studying botany in college but shied away from it for a fear of math and the hard sciences. I had long since discovered botanical art, and wanted to explore it more deeply.

So I moved to Seattle to pursue a certificate in Natural Science Illustration (NSI) at the University of Washington. With a lifelong love of plants and the arts, taking the NSI program was a stubborn declaration of my commitment. Through the NSI program I had the chance to work with many inspiring illustrators, botanists, and plant lovers. The program solidified my desire to pursue the arts and that I wanted to do this in a way that brought attention to the earth and our connection to it.

Returning to work again at Orquideafilia, we want to expand the plant store to include a tea shop and space for art and nature-related events and workshops. Juan approaches the work he does with a strong sense of collaboration. It is largely through his encouragement of my crazy ideas that I will offer weekly workshops in botanical illustration at the shop.

Student drawing orchid using a reference photo. @ Bianaca Ana Chavez

Biology student draws orchid using a reference photo. @ Bianaca Ana Chavez, all rights reserved

The workshops will be offered by donation to the community and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The idea is to create a space where plants and art supplies are provided so that all people have to do is come with an open mind ready to explore and share their techniques with each other. Really, I am still pretty green to all of this — I am learning along with everyone else. The beauty is that we can grow together.

The name Orquideafilia came from combining the two words orchid (orquidea) and the Greek -philia, or filia. A love for orchids. This is what we have.

To support both the mural project and the development of a space for art, nature and culture, I created a one-month only pop-up online art store and donation page on my website. My goal is to raise $3,000 to cover the cost of travel, the art supplies to complete a large-scale mural, and the administrative cost of programming community events and workshops for one year.

To buy original artwork or donate to the project, please click on the following link – http://www.biancaanachavez.com/shop.

For more information about workshops and events, you can contact me directly through my website at www.biancaanachavez.com.

Also See

Bianca and fellow graduates of the Natural Science Illustration program at the University of Washington participate in Endless Forms Most Beautiful at the
Burke Museum in Seattle, WA.

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Please welcome Capel Manor College to Classes Near You > England!

Explore the Capel Manor website to learn about its 800-year history prior to it becoming an educational institution specializing in plants, animals and the environment.

Capel Manor College

Botanical Illustration at Capel Manor College
Capel Manor College offers 3-day short courses in Botanical Illustration in beautiful Regent’s Park in the heart of central London. The courses offer students of all abilities the opportunity to improve their observational drawing skills and learn more about botanical subject matter. Each course focuses on plants that are prominent in the garden at that time of year. Students learn the basic skills required to create a beautiful and accurate botanical drawing including structural line drawing, drawing to scale, composition, applying tone, understanding directional light, colour mixing and use of watercolour washes.

Spaces are still available in the classes below:

  • Line Drawing with Pen and Ink – January 27-29, 2014
  • Spring Bulbs – March 17-19, 2014
  • Summer Flowers and Pollinators – May 12-14, 2014
  • Sketching in the Field – July 7-9, 2014

The program instructor is professional illustrator Louise O’Reilly. Visit Louise’s website to learn more about her and to view her online gallery. Be sure to also visit her blog, Nature Table. Louise can also be found on Twitter (@louiseoreilly10).

Download the 8-page brochure about the Botanical Illustration program.

Contact Andrew Jackson (+44 20748 67930) for enquiries and bookings.

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