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Soft Tree Fern, Dicksonia antarctica [Dicksonia antarctica Labillardière, Dicksoniaceae], watercolor on paper by Laurie Andrews (1936–), 2008, 76.5 ◊ 56.5 cm, HI Art accession no. 8078, reproduced by permission of the artist.

Soft Tree Fern, Dicksonia antarctica [Dicksonia antarctica Labillardière, Dicksoniaceae], watercolor on paper by Laurie Andrews (1936–), 2008, 76.5 ◊ 56.5 cm, HI Art accession no. 8078, reproduced by permission of the artist.

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents our
15th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration from
15 September to 15 December 2016. This exhibition includes 43 artworks by 43 artists who are citizens of 15 countries. The Institute established the International series in 1964 with the hope of supporting and encouraging contemporary botanical artists. Every three years, the International series features the works of talented botanical artists from around the world.

Join us Thursday, 13 October 2016 from 6-8 p.m. for the reception. At 6:30 p.m. the curators will give a short introduction to the exhibition in the gallery.

A full-color, illustrated catalog with biographical data, portraits of the artists and reproductions of the artworks accompanies the exhibition. Collectively, the 15 International series catalogs include 1,172 artists and are the most comprehensive record available of contemporary botanical artists and illustrators to date.


View list of participating artists and selected artworks


Gretchen Kai Halpert

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

Learn more about the distance learning program in scientific illustration at www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com and check out her latest blog post about the recent Guild of Natural Science Illustrators conference in Santa Cruz, CA.


    Scientific Illustration, Session I, Graphite

    September 14-November 16, 2016
    7:00-9:00 EST or email. A 1:00 pm EST will be added if enough interest.
    On-Line
    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 a variety of natural history objects. Students work in graphite, and are introduced to crow quill with ink. This class is appropriate for both beginners and intermediate students. Advanced students should talk with Gretchen before enrolling. Live video conferencing, email, weekly critiques and assignments, recorded tutorials.

    Go to www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com to view application on home page.


    Scientific Illustration, Session III, Color

    September 12-November 14, 2016
    7:00-9:00 EST or email
    On-Line
    Session III includes watercolor, colored pencil, digital options, advanced composition and projects, professional practices and preparation for internships/independent studies. Live video conferencing, email, weekly critiques and assignments, recorded tutorials. Prerequisites: having completed Sessions I and II, or permission from instructor.

    Go to www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com to view application on home page.

This information can also be found at Classes Near You > New York.

Kelp Holdfast, watercolor, 11” x 10”; © Sharon Birzer, All rights reserved

Kelp Holdfast, watercolor, 11” x 10”; © Sharon Birzer, All rights reserved

Sharon Birzer
www.sharonbirzer.com
Scientific illustrator Sharon Birzer teaches art at Seattle Pacific University, Seattle Pacific Art Center Arts Corps, Evergreen State College, and Frye Art Museum. View a portfolio of her scientific, botanical and interpretive work on her website.

    The Nature of Drawing
    Frye Art Museum, Seattle
    Tuesday, August 9 – Friday, August 12, 2016
    10 am – 4 pm

    Students explore personal creative expression through biological illustration. Gain confidence in observing form while working with biological subjects to document and interpret what you see. The practice of illustration is complemented by critique sessions allowing students to discuss and respond to each others work. Graphite, watercolor and pen and ink will be covered. Click link below to view more information, including a link to the supply list for this class.

    Cost: $220 member, $280 non-member

    View Details/Register

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Pomegranate and Magnolia with Bird, Qing dynasty, ca. 1700–1750. Artist: Ding Liangxian. Publisher: Jinchang district, Suzhou, Jiangsu province. Woodblock print with embossing, ink and colors on paper (multi-block technique with hand-coloring), 11 7/8 × 14 3/4 in. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Photograph © 2016 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Pomegranate and Magnolia with Bird, Qing dynasty, ca. 1700–1750. Artist: Ding Liangxian. Publisher: Jinchang district, Suzhou, Jiangsu province. Woodblock print with embossing, ink and colors on paper (multi-block technique with hand-coloring), 11 7/8 × 14 3/4 in. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Photograph © 2016 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Gardens, Art, and Commerce in Chinese Woodblock Prints
Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Boone Gallery
Sept. 17, 2016 thru
Jan. 9, 2017

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will present a major international loan exhibition exploring the art, craft, and cultural significance of Chinese woodblock prints made during their golden age, with works made from the late 16th century through the 19th century.

“Gardens, Art, and Commerce in Chinese Woodblock Prints” brings together 48 of the finest examples gathered from the National Library of China, Beijing; the Nanjing Library; the Shanghai Museum; and 14 institutional and private collections in the United States. The exhibition presents monumental visual accounts of sprawling, architecturally elaborate “scholar’s gardens,” alongside delicate prints with painterly textures and subtle colors depicting plants, birds, and other garden elements so finely wrought they might be mistaken for watercolors. A highlight of the exhibition is The Huntington’s rare edition of the Ten Bamboo Studio Manual of Calligraphy and Painting (ca. 1633–1703), on public view for the first time in this exhibition.

During the late Ming (1368–1644) and early Qing (1644–1912) dynasties, an increase in wealth, stemming in part from the salt, rice, and silk industries, led to higher levels of literacy and education. Consumer demand for printed words and images increased as merchants and scholars looked for ways to display their taste in drama, poetry, literature, and art. For these elites, gardens were central to a cultured life, appearing frequently in woodblock prints as subject or setting. By the 1590s, several enterprising publishers were successfully meeting the strong demand for woodblock prints. They hired renowned designers, carvers, and printers to produce sophisticated and exquisite works, raising the standards of printmaking. During the last decades of the Ming dynasty, several centers of printing around the lower Yangzi River delta grew in reputation, ushering in a golden age of Chinese pictorial printing.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about Chinese woodblock printing techniques in the Education Gallery. Lectures, a workshop and a symposium have also been planned. A summary of related programming follows:


    Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words? Chinese Woodblock Prints of the Late Ming and Qing Periods

    October 3, 2016
    7:30 pm
    Free lecture, Rothenberg Hall


    “How Can I Disdain…this Carving of Insects?” Painters, Carvers, and Style in Chinese Woodblock Printed Images

    October 25, 2016
    7:30 pm
    Free lecture, Rothenberg Hall


    The Huang Family of Block Cutters: The Thread that Binds Late Ming Pictorial Woodblock Printmaking

    November 22, 2016
    7:30 pm
    Free lecture, Rothenberg Hall


    Word and Image: Chinese Woodblock Prints
    ,
    November 12, 2016
    8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    Symposium, Rothenberg Hall
    View schedule


    Chinese Color Woodblock Printing

    November 20, 2016
    Workshop
    See Huntington Calendar for details


More about this exhibition

ColorfulLeavesAt first glance Colorful Leaves looks like any other coloring book. But the moment you begin to read the introduction, you discover it is not your average coloring book. It is instead a coloring book and a how-to book rolled into one nice package.

Written by writer and illustrator Gail Selfridge, Colorful Leaves is a 45-page lesson in observing leaves, transferring images and capturing Nature’s colors. Selfridge, a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), was awarded the ASBA’s Anne Ophelia Dowden education grant in 2015. The award enabled her to write Colorful Leaves so she could introduce new audiences to the world of plants through the peaceful and revealing process of leaf rubbing.

The line illustrations in Selfridge’s new book should not be viewed simply as shapes to be colored. They should be viewed as the author intended, as templates to use while exploring color media and botanical art techniques. Selfridge helps new and experienced artists with their experimentation by offering recommendations for pencils, colored pencils, markers, paint and paper. Selfridge explains:

Botanical art is an art form that can be learned and enjoyed by both children and adults, and it is a pleasurable activity that can be pursued for a lifetime. Establishing a preliminary image is often the most challenging and difficult step in this learning process. By starting with these line images, fussing over measurements and details is avoided thus allowing one to get on with learning, not only about the specimen, but also about using various art materials and techniques. These preliminary images can be repeatedly transferred and used to explore many different techniques, both traditional and digital.

Colorful Leaves can be used for personal enjoyment or it can be used by community arts programs, botanical gardens, arboretums, public schools, 4H groups, garden clubs, etc. as an educational outreach activity that provides an enjoyable experience, encourages observation of plants, and provides tools for the accurate portrayal of plants.

Included in Colorful Leaves are line illustrations for 23 trees and four shrubs. Tree genera represented are: Quercus, Platanus, Acer, Cercis, Ulmus, Populus, Fraxinus, Gingko, Aesculus, Liquidambar, Prunus, Diospyros, Morus, Carya, Pyrus, and Malus. Shrub genera represented are Euonymus, Rhus and Rubus.

This week we have the opportunity to learn from Gail Selfridge. You are invited to join the conversation. Post your questions or comments below.



Special Opportunity for Educators from Gail Selfridge
Populus deltoides © 2016 Gail Selfridge. All rights reserved

Populus deltoides © Gail Selfridge

The American Society of Botanical Artists funded Colorful Leaves, and my objective never was to make money selling it. I want to put the publication in the hands of persons who would make use of it. To that end I will send six complimentary copies (including shipping) to anyone who agrees to use them as part of an educational program in exchange for photos of the event and a short (no longer than one page) description of what they did, and the results/success of the program.

Request your complimentary copies of Colorful Leaves



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www.joshuatree.org
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