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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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Raspberry Frost Banksia (Banskia menziesii), watercolor, 22x30". © Sharon Birzer, all rights reserved.

Raspberry Frost Banksia (Banskia menziesii), watercolor, 22×30″. © Sharon Birzer, all rights reserved.

Sharon Birzer
www.sharonbirzer.com
Scientific illustrator Sharon Birzer is a teaching artist at Seattle Pacific University and Frye Art Museum, and has completed illustrations for the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington. Sharon shows her work at Shift Collaborative Studio in Seattle, Washington.

Her work is currently on view in the exhibition Drawing on Nature: Flora and Fauna at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle (January 15 – April 1, 2014). This exhibition features the work of members from the Northwest Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and The Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists’.

    Art in the Garden: One-Day Botanical Illustration Workshop
    Sunday, March 2, 2014
    9 AM – 3 PM

    The National Tropical Botanical Garden is offering a one-day botanical illustration workshop with natural science illustrator Sharon Birzer. For beginning and intermediate artists, ages 15 and up. Students will work in watercolor. This workshop will be taught at the Harrison Chandler Education Center, National Tropical Botanical Garden Headquarters Campus at 3530 Papalina Road, Kalāheo.
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Botanical Illustration Intensive Workshop
The National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kaua’I Hawaii

    February 2 – February 15, 2014 (Session 1)
    February 15 – 28, 2014 (Session 2)
    February 2 – February 28, 2014 (One-month Intensive)

    Time: 10 AM to 4 PM, daily

Study the fundamentals of botanical drawing using graphite pencil, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and watercolor. Drawing plants and flowers starts with observation.

Under the supervision of Wendy Hollender, illustrator, author, and instructor from The New York Botanical Garden, students will learn about plant structures and their importance through dissection and comparison.

Students will create detailed botanical drawings and sketchbook pages of flowering plants, fruits and seedpods, working directly from the wide variety of tropical plants growing at the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG).

There will be opportunity to work on large compositions and detailed paintings for those staying the entire month. Lessons in composition will facilitate the development of larger compositions.

Participants will study historical botanical illustrations spanning four centuries as a way of understanding the tradition and techniques still in use today.

Dr. David Burney and other NTBG botanists will be available to help with understanding botany and other aspects of plant ecology.

This class is appropriate for advanced students as well as beginners because everyone works individually. No previous art background required.

Instructional classes will be conducted four days each week at The National Tropical Botanical Garden, with one day per week allotted for field trips or working in other locations on the island. Participants will have a large indoor-outdoor classroom for use, with time to draw outside anywhere in the garden.

Instructor is available in the classroom and does daily demonstrations. There will be a demonstration about drawing in the garden to introduce participants to techniques used when drawing outside. The weekends are free where by students can visit the island, relax at the beach or continue to draw in the garden classroom.

Workshop Fees:
Two-week workshop: $950 includes sumptuous fresh lunch on class days featuring local produce and tropical fruits. Other meals are not included with the exception of a once a week beach dinner barbeque.

Accommodations are available at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in shared housing for an unbeatable price or in nearby Kalaheo and Poipu or other locations in the area. For those staying in shared housing there is a kitchen for shared use. Bed and Breakfasts options are also available.

For additional information and to register, visit www.DrawingInColor.com or contact Wendy.

This information has been added to the Classes Near You sections for New York and Hawaii.

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New updates for the Classes Near You pages for California, Hawaii and Washington.


Vorobik Botanical Art

www.vorobikbotanicalart.com
Linda Ann Vorobik, Ph.D. is a botanical illustrator and botanist who teaches at the Jepson Herbarium at UC Berkeley, conducts field research in the Siskiyou Mountains in Oregon and teaches botanical illustration in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Visit Linda’s website to view her current teaching schedule, online gallery, blog, and to sign-up for her newsletter.

    An Introduction to Botanical Art
    Burke Museum
    University of Washington Herbarium
    September 20, 2013
    Pre-registration required by September 13, 2013


    Painting Orchids on the Big Island of Hawaii
    – October 20-26, 2013


    Plan Ahead for 2014!

    An Introduction to Botanical Art
    Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
    Santa Barbara, CA
    March 22-23, 2014


    An Introduction to Botanical Art

    Center for Urban Horticulture
    University of Washington Botanic Gardens
    Seattle, WA
    October 4-5, 2014


    Painting Orchids on the Big Island of Hawaii

    October 19-25, 2014


Also See

An interview with Linda Ann Vorobik

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Botanist and botanical artist, Linda Ann Vorobik, will teach workshops in four states this summer and fall. Here is what’s new in the Classes Near You section for California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.


Vorobik Botanical Art

www.vorobikbotanicalart.com
Linda Ann Vorobik, Ph.D. is a botanical illustrator and botanist who teaches at the Jepson Herbarium at UC Berkeley, conducts field research in the Siskiyou Mountains in Oregon and teaches botanical illustration in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Visit Linda’s website to view her current teaching schedule, online gallery, blog, and to sign-up for her newsletter. Upcoming classes include:

  • Introduction to Botanical Illustration – May 31 – June 3, 2012;
    9 AM – 5 PM. Siskiyou Field Institute, Selma, Oregon.
  • Botanical Art: Field Sketching to Studio Watercolors
    June 22-24, 2012. Point Reyes, CA.
  • Crash Course in Flowering Plant Families – July 7-10, 2012.
    Siskiyou Field Institute, Selma, Oregon.
  • Painting Orchids on the Big Island of Hawaii – October 14-20, 2012. Captain Cook, Hawaii.

An exhibition of Linda’s botanical art and hand-painted silk scarves will open on June 9 at the Chimera Gallery on Lopez Island in Washington.

Linda will also participate in the Lopez Island Studio Tour scheduled for Labor Day weekend (September 1-2, 2012).

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Artist Andie Thrams has announced her teaching schedule for the new year. The new schedule includes classes about botanical field studies, forest art and a special Hawaiian retreat designed to reconnect you with nature through art and yoga!


Andie Thrams, Coloma, CA

Andie is a painter and book artist devoted to creative work in wild places. She teaches in California, Oregon and Hawaii. Her work is widely exhibited and honored, and is held in many private and public collections. View Andie’s 2012 IN FORESTS calendar at her Etsy store.

  • Spring Retreat: Wildflowers, Watercolors & Field Journals
    April 13-15, 2012
    With field journal and lightweight tools in hand participants will gather on the South Fork of the American River poised to make marks, capture colors, record visions, explore habitats. Participants’ work will dance between care and abandon, using watercolor, ink and gouache to invite the magic of spring into our art practice. The pace will allow time for quiet meandering, optional Sunday morning yoga, and sunset painting by the river. Andie will share her ever-evolving field techniques for capturing light, color, gesture and detail, using the journal as a way to experiment and develop ongoing creative themes. Location: Camp Lotus, Coloma, California. Details & Registration: Contact Andie Thrams
  • Field Trip: A Day at the Museum
    April 17, 2012
    Spend a day at the San Franscisco Museum of Modern Art to view art, discuss trends in modern and contemporary art and learn about the Museum’s fantastic resources. Fill your field journal pages with sketches and observations about your day at the museum and compare notes with other artists. Limited to six students. Food and coffee at museum restaurant. Details & Registration: Contact Andie Thrams
  • Accordion Color Book
    April 28-29, 2012
    Learn how to create an accordion-folding book. Explore watercolor techniques through step-by-step exercises that will demystify color theory as you build a reference book of paint mixing strategies. Using watercolors, both systematically and intuitively, you’ll create spring-inspired color studies applying techniques that transfer to work in ink, gouache, acrylic and oil. You’ll complete a beautiful book, an inspiration source for future projects. Location: San Francisco Center for the Book. Cost: $260. View Details/Register
  • Native Botanicals: Field Studies in Drawing & Design
    June 2, 2012
    Create studies of native plants in black and white using pencil, ink and gouache. Discover field-friendly ways to render positive/negative space; reveal gesture and detail; create strong compositions; and explore your own creativity. Participants will leave class with an understanding of the principles of design and a collection of beautiful studies for future reference. Location: Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden, Berkeley, California. Cost: $120 members, $130 non-members. Details/Register
  • Native Botanicals: Field Studies in Watercolor 
    June 3, 2012
    Create summertime watercolor studies in the garden. Working with watercolor and gouache, participants will learn how to mix color accurately, create beautiful shimmering surfaces, and build layers using wet into wet, dry brush and glazing techniques. Participants will go home with a series of studies that conjure up the complexity of wild flora and inspire future painting in the field. Location: Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden, Berkeley, California. Cost: $120 members, $130 non-members. Details/Register
  • Watercolors in the Wild: Sierra Flora
    July 29 – August 3, 2012
    Create lively field studies of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Discover field-friendly ways to use watercolor and gouache to mix accurate color; create shimmering surfaces; explore light and shadow; build layers using wet into wet, dry brush and glazing techniques; render gesture and detail; and reveal your own mark with ease. We’ll consider botanical imagery in past and contemporary art and take gentle daily forays into the wild to work with new techniques. Participants will go home with a collection of Sierra flora watercolors to use for future reference. Location: San Francisco State University Sierra Nevada Field Campus, Sattley, California. View Details/Register
  • The Artful Cookbook: Celebrating Food, Community & Story
    Co-taught with Rebecca Welti
    August 18-19, 2012
    Bring cookbooks, treasured recipes, photographs, poems and other food-related memorabilia to use as inspiration. Participants will collage, paint, write and draw to create layers of embellished imagery within a series of projects on paper. Share meals and stories with fellow participants, sprinkle herbs and spices into your paintings and onto your food, savor flavors and ideas, while creating recipe-inspired art. Location: Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon. Cost: $215. Member registration begins February 27. Public registration begins March 12.
    View 2012 Schedule/Register
  • Book Arts for Kids & Adults: Creative Fun & Exploration
    Co-taught with Inga Dubay
    August 20-21, 2012
    Kids, teens, friends, siblings, parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles are all invited to celebrate the creative spirit through exploring the book arts. Families will discover easy and fun-to-make book structures. Participants will use ink, watercolor, sticks, feathers, reeds, pens, brushes and crayons to explore lighthearted and beautiful ways to make drawings, paintings and calligraphic writing. For all levels, ages 8 and up. Location: Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon. Cost: $120. Member registration begins February 27. Public registration begins March 12.
    View 2012 Schedule/Register
  • Wild Forest Wild Art: Tree-Inspired Painting
    August 23-26, 2012
    Andie will demonstrate her ever-evolving field techniques for working in layers to capture light, color, gesture and detail, evoking what is seen and felt under the trees. Working indoors and out, through sequenced studies, participants will create images revealing their own responses to the unique complexity of wild forests. Participants will complete a series of forest-inspired mixed media drawings and paintings. Location: Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon. Cost: $415. Member registration begins February 27. Public registration begins March 12.
    View 2012 Schedule/Register
  • Big Island Retreat: Wild Art & Wild Yoga in Hawaii!
    Co-taught with Dennis Eagan
    October 7-13, 2012
    Island of Hawaii
    Join Andie and her husband, Dennis, on the Big Island of Hawaii, and sink into that blissful place of wonder through the practices of art and yoga. Artists will explore art and yoga as pathways to deepening their connection to the energies of our planet: its plants, waters and creatures. Each day will offer art classes with Andie, yoga classes with Dennis, and open time for your own exploration; classes will be optional and open to all levels of experience. Art students will use field journals to record daily observations and experiences through drawing, writing and painting with watercolor. Subjects will include island color palette; sunrise, sunset and cloud painting; and tropical plant studies. Yoga classes will emphasize asana and pranayama for opening creative energies and for studying the five elements of yoga: earth, air, water, fire and space.
    Location: Kalani Honua Resort
    Details & Registration: Contact Andie Thrams
  • Field Studies: Autumn Leaves
    November 7-8, 2012
    During forays into Hoyt Arboretum, participants will collect leaves and inspiration for studio work. Learn how to paint the thousand ambers, crimsons and rusts of Fall while building layers of watercolor, gouache and colored pencil to capture glow and detail. Participants will create beautiful studies for future reference and inspiration. Host: Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon. Location: World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon. Cost: $212. Member registration begins February 27. Public registration begins March 12. View 2012 Schedule/Register
  • Private Creativity Coaching & Artist Mentoring
    In addition to the workshops listed here, Andie also works privately with a limited number of students. This year individual instruction is offered in two eight-week sessions only.
    Session 1: March 15 – May 15
    Session 2: September 15 – November 15
    Details & Registration: Contact Andie Thrams

Andie’s classes have also been added to the Classes Near You sections for Northern California, Oregon and Hawaii.

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Botanical Art in Hawaii

I have received inquiries about botanical art classes in Hawaii (specifically on the island of Oahu). Do you know of classes on this island? If you do, please let me know or forward this post to instructors teaching on the island.

Thank you!

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