The University of Newcastle Australia is offering a six-week course about natural history illustration on edX, an online platform founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration is for aspiring scientific illustrators or anyone who enjoys drawing nature. Participants will learn observation skills and drawing techniques. They will also learn about composition and will study the morphology of mammals, birds and plants.

Participants should plan for up to six hours of homework per week. While this online course is free, a verified certificate of completion is available for a fee.

The instructors for this course are Dr. Andrew Howells and Dr. Bernadette Drabsch, both of the Natural History Illustration program at the University of Newcastle.

Learn more about this free learning opportunity by watching this short video and by reviewing the syllabus online. This course begins on October 26, 2016.

More about “Drawing Nature, Science and Culture”

The TAG Gallery in Santa Monica will host an artists talk this weekend that includes Sally Jacobs, an L.A. botanical artist whose work is featured in the exhibition Larger Than Life. If you live in southern California and are a fan of botanical art, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about this genre.

Recently Los Angeles Times writer Lisa Boone called Sally’s work “captivating”. She also marveled how farmer’s market produce can “inspire more than just cooking“.

This weekend’s artists panel will also feature artists Ernie Marjoram and Jane Peterson. Visit TAG Gallery to learn more.

The TAG Gallery is located in Bergamot Station Arts Center. The panel discussion begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

Click image to learn more

Click image to learn more


Farmer’s market fare becomes larger than life

Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration Certificate Program

This program offers classes in botanical drawing, botanical painting, introductory botany, as well as classes specializing in specific art techniques and plant groups. View certificate requirements and deadlines, an online gallery, and the current newsletter here.

Coming this Fall:

    Begins this week!
    Rosehips: The Perfect Botanical Study
    Oct 6, 2016 – Oct 8, 2016 
9am – 4pm each day from Thursday – Saturday
Level: Intermediate & Expert

Australian master botanical artist, John Pastoriza Piñol employs traditional and contemporary techniques to create the beautifully vivid art for which he is well-known. Students will learn the intricacies of achieving fine detail with watercolor masking fluid and NEEF ¼ Comb, invaluable tools for contemporary botanical artists. As a result, your paintings will be brought to a new level of realism and detail. Students should have skills in drawing and watercolor. John will assist you with painting the chosen class subject. John will show how masking fluid can be used to achieve very fine detail and will instruct students how to use the NEEF ¼ Comb. For intermediate and advanced students.
    Cost: $345 / FOBG: $310

    Creative Color Pencil Workshop

    November 1 & 8, 2016
    10:00 am – 3:30 pm each Tuesday
    Level: Beginner and above

    Coloring books are all the rage! Join Tina Thieme Brown to discover how easily you can create beautiful color pencil drawings. This class will include demonstrations of color pencil technique using a variety of color pencils. Individual attention will be given to students of all levels in a creative color pencil exploration using fall fruits from the garden.

    Cost: $175 / FOBG: $160

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

Gael Louise Sellwood (England) ‘Altona’ (in early autumn), Hydrangea macrophylla [Hydrangea macrophylla (Thunberg) Seringe, Hydrangeaceae], 2011, watercolor on paper

© 2011 Gael Louise Sellwood (England)
‘Altona’ (in early autumn), Hydrangea macrophylla [Hydrangea
(Thunberg) Seringe, Hydrangeaceae], watercolor on paper.
All rights reserved

The Petaluma Arts Center invites you to Floribunda!

Floribunda is a celebration of all things floral and will feature the 14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration, a traveling exhibition by The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. This exhibition has traveled around the country for two years and the Petaluma Arts Center will be its last stop.

In addition to featuring the 36 artists from nine countries in The Hunt exhibition, the Petaluma Arts Center will also celebrate the work of Aimee Baldwin, Evan Kolker and Randy Strong — three Bay Area artists who create three-dimensional representations of flowers.

“This exhibition is designed as a source of inspiration and an invitation to see the natural world around us in distinct ways, to illuminate the relationship between art and science,” says Exhibitions Manager Kim Chigi. “With Botany as one of the sciences, we are excited about the juxtaposition of traditional botanical illustration with the contemporary three-dimensional creations, working in tandem, to explore the connections between the creativity of both artist and nature.”

The Petaluma Arts Center will host a series of events related to the exhibition. They include an artists’ talk, studio workshops, and botanical art demonstrations featuring Sonoma county artists. Here is the schedule of events:

  • Saturday, October 22: Opening Reception, 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 5: Botanical Art Demonstrations with Nina Antze, Martha Kemp, Lucy Martin and Vi Strain, 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 10: Artists’ Talk with Evan Kolker and Randy Strong, 7:00 pm; doors open at 6:30 pm.
  • Sunday, November 12 -13: Watercolor Botanical Workshop with Amber Turner

Details and ticket information can be found on the Petaluma Arts Center’s website, on the Events page.

Floribunda opens to the public on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at 11:00 am. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5:00-7:00 pm.

To arrange for group visits or school tours, email exhibitions@PetalumaArtsCenter.org or call Kim at (707) 762-5600 x104.

About Petaluma Arts Center

Housed in the historic Railroad Station freight building, next to the Petaluma Visitors Center, Petaluma Arts Center (PAC) hosts art exhibitions, performances, art classes, literary and film lectures, and events. The Arts Center grew out of the grassroots Petaluma Arts Council, founded in 1998 with a goal of acknowledging and celebrating local artists and their contributions. Located next to the upcoming SMART commuter train station in developing Midtown Petaluma, the arts center is experiencing a renaissance along with the growth of the arts in Sonoma County.

By Margaret Best


Canadian botanical artist Margaret Best will lead a once-in-a-lifetime tour in the Netherlands about the art and history of the tulip.

Margaret is a regular teacher at the Dundas Valley School of Art in Canada and is one of three teachers at the school selected to be an Artist in Residence on Select River Cruises in 2017.

To coincide with Tulip Time in April, Margaret will be offering lectures on the Art of the Tulip from the Ottoman era to contemporary portrayal, while traveling luxuriously on the waterways of the region. She will be also offering instruction on keeping an illustrated journal of this memorable trip with spectacular tulip specimens and other seasonal flowers both on board and in famous gardens. Touring artists will visit the Winter Garden in Mechelen, Hortus Botanicus Leiden, and Keukenhof.

For non-artist partners, friends or spouses there are a wide range of small-group tours to choose from to soak up the European culture and to partake in the unique food and beverage offerings. art-of-the-tulip-20062016 Like specialty cheese, chocolate, beer and a visit to the Delft China factory.

Seeing this remarkable spectacle of color is on most plant lover’s bucket list. For botanical artists, combining Margaret’s tuition with expert tour guides on a Select Cruise line famous for a more personalized treatment of guests, it will be unforgettable.

Click on either image to download the itinerary.


Jacobin Hummingbird, watercolor ©2014 Mindy Lighthipe

Jacobin Hummingbird, watercolor ©2014 Mindy Lighthipe

The Beauty of Drawing Birds
Roskamp Center for Arts
and Humanity
December 10-11, 2016
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Natural science illustrator
Mindy Lighthipe will teach a two-day class about how to draw and paint birds. Participants will learn bird anatomy by studying bird wings and an articulated bird skeleton. Participants will draw and paint a bird wing and learn how to work with reference photographs. Click on the image to learn more.

This workshop is hosted by the Florida Society of Botanical Artists (FSBA) and is open to advanced beginners and intermediate artists.

Member Cost: $250   Non-member cost: $275

To register, please send a check to the FSBA:

    Florida Society of Botanical Artists
    671 Trenton Way
    Osprey, FL 34229
    ATTN: Margaret Johnson

The Roskamp Center for Arts and Humanity is located at 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. (map)

By David Reynolds

Now Available

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David Reynolds Online Store – Now Open

I’m pleased to open the door to my online store at http://www.davidreynoldsart.com.au.

Studio Sessions is now available.

Thank you to all who pre-ordered the DVD, they will be the first to receive their copy. You can purchase your copy through my website using PayPal, Credit Card or Direct Bank Transfer.

— David Reynolds

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