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By Bonnie Driggers, BAEE

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If you are still looking for the perfect gift for an artist or gardener on your list, why not surprise them with a copy of American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants: of the Mid Atlantic?

The nonprofit organization Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE) published the book in 2014. All profits from book sales go to support native plants. In 2016 BAEE issued grants totaling $46,000 to three nonprofit organizations: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA; Earth Sangha, headquartered in Fairfax, VA; and the National Fund, which supports the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC. You can learn more about BAEE’s grants and activities on our blog.

Read more about this award-winning book on the publisher’s website.

Class begins next week

Instructor and author Anne-Marie Evans will teach a one-week class
(November 28 – December 2, 2016), emphasizing three dimensionality and perspective. She has chosen Ilex verticillata (Winterberry) as the plant subject for this class. Plant specimens will be provided. Class will be held 10 am – 3 pm, daily. Cost: $650

If you are interested in this learning opportunity, please contact Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment (BAEE) at baee.info@gmail.com ASAP.


Location
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Columbia Baptist Church
103 West Columbia St. (Room 100)
Falls Church, VA 22046

The Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens invite you to express your artistic voice through composition in a three-day workshop with naturalist and international award-winning artist Hillary Parker.

Designed for students with intermediate to advanced drawing skills,
Expressing Your Artistic Voice Through Composition will be held
January 10-12, 2017 (9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.). Workshop participants will learn how to compose a drawing before making that first mark on their paper.

To register, please contact wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu or call (781) 283-3094.

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View all botanical art classes at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens here.

The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts in Lake Oswego, Oregon invites you to participate in Beyond the Point: The Fine Art of Colored Pencil and Graphite.

Colored pencil and graphite artists are invited to submit work showing how they apply colored pencil &/or graphite to a variety of surfaces including, but not limited to paper, wood, stone and board. Work may be 2D or 3D. Both colored and graphite, dry and water-soluble pencils may be used. This special exhibition will feature local and national artists such as Mary McCarty, Pat Averill, and Tracy Frein.

Beyond the Point is one of three juried exhibitions planned for the 54th Annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts (June 23-25, 2017). Below is an overview of all exhibiting opportunities:

    Beyond the Point: The Fine Art of Colored Pencil and Graphite
    Special exhibition featuring works in colored pencil and graphite.


    The Artist’s Vision: The Skies Opened

    The Artist’s Vision juried exhibition is a popular venue for both emerging and established artists in the 2D and 3D arts.


    Craft in the Park: Fine Art and Craft

    This is an outdoor booth show located in Lake Oswego’s George Rogers Park showcasing original handcrafted fine art and craft in fifteen categories.

View Exhibition Info / Deadlines



About the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

The Festival, an event created by Lakewood Center for the Arts, is a major regional arts event located in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Lake Oswego is located 9 miles south of Portland, Oregon. The Festival presents the creative endeavors of recognized and emerging artists and enjoys an outstanding reputation for bringing special exhibits of quality and diversity to a weekend that is accessible to everyone. Attracting some 25,000 visitors during the three day event, the Festival includes several art exhibits, food booths, music, and fine art crafts. The Festival is held in the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego and George Rogers Park. It features multiple art exhibits, music, dance and demonstrations. The special exhibit is housed at Lakewood Center. Other art exhibits (Open Show, Lake Oswego Chronicle, Artist’s Vision and Student Exhibits) are also located at Lakewood Center. Craft in the Park, with more than 110 artists, is located at George Rogers Park across the street from Lakewood Center.

New York Botanical Garden
www.nybg.org
The New York Botanical Garden is home to one of the longest-running botanical art certificate programs in the country. View their current schedule online. Don’t miss what’s coming up this holiday season!

    Flower Grouping
    Thursdays, 11/3/16 – 11/24/16
    11:00am – 04:00pm
    Midtown Center, Room C
    Instructor: Adele Rossetti 
    Bring a heightened reality to your painting. Learn to gracefully arrange botanical subjects in your compositions and use color, value, and focus to create convincing three-dimensional images. Add depth to a single stem with many flowers, or a group of different flowers combined in one image. Prerequisite: Botanical Watercolor. 
    Register
    © Adele Rossetti, All rights reserved

    © Adele Rossetti, All rights reserved


    Oriental Lilies in Color

    Wednesdays, 11/30/16 – 12/14/16
    06:00pm – 09:00pm
    Midtown Center, Room C
    Instructor: Rose Marie James
    These bold, exotic flowers make striking paintings. Learn the basic botany of the lily family while developing skills in painting the lovely, graded pinks of the “Stargazer” lily. Learn to make fluid color changes, as well as capture the textures of the flowers and the linear structure of the foliage. Prerequisite: Color Pencil I or Botanical Watercolor.
    Register

    © Rose James, All rights reserved

    © Rose James, All rights reserved



    Botanical Drawing I: Methods and Materials

    Wednesdays, 01/11/17 – 02/15/17
    10:00am – 01:00pm
    NYBG, Watson Room 312
    Instructor: Linda M. Nemergut 
    Accurate observation translates into sensitive, realistic drawings and is an essential skill for botanical artists. Using basic shapes, fruit, and leaves, learn contour drawing with an emphasis on proportion, and explore techniques such as foreshortening, perspective, and line weight. 
    Courtesy: New York Botanical Garden

    Courtesy: New York Botanical Garden


    Botanical Drawing I: Methods and Materials

    Wednesdays, 01/11/17 – 02/15/17
    06:00pm – 09:00pm
    Midtown Center, Room C
    Instructor: Laura Vogel 
    Accurate observation translates into sensitive, realistic drawings and is an essential skill for botanical artists. Using basic shapes, fruit, and leaves, learn contour drawing with an emphasis on proportion, and explore techniques such as foreshortening, perspective, and line weight. 
    Register

    Courtesy: New York Botanical Garden

    Courtesy: New York Botanical Garden


    Eastern Woodland Habitat
    Fridays, 02/10/17 – 03/03/17
    10:00am – 01:00pm
    NYBG, Watson Room 312
    Instructor: Patricia Wynne
    The oak/hickory woodland of North American once stretched unbroken from New England to the Ozarks and the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River. It was the most diverse temperate forest ecosystem in the world. We will study the habitat, past, present, and future focusing on the many small animals and plants that inhabit it. This class will stress research, composition, and narrative. We will discuss the history of scientific illustration and professional assignments, with an emphasis on clarity. Includes a special session at the American Museum of Natural History and a walk in The New York Botanical Garden’s own oak/hickory habitat. Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I 
    Register
    © Patricia Wynne, All rights reserved

    © Patricia Wynne, All rights reserved



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

Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Certificate Program in Botanical Art and Illustration
http://www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Our program offers several weekly and one- to three-day classes on botanical art with lead instructor and Education Director Sarah Roche as well as Carrie Megan, Carol Ann Morley, Esther Klahne, and many other visiting instructors from near and far. The courses offered through this program cover all aspects of botanical art. Along with Sarah’s twice-yearly offerings, Foundations of Botanical Drawing and Painting and the more advanced Techniques of Botanical Drawing and Painting, here is a brief overview of the 2016-2017 course offerings:

  • Carrie Megan’s Drawing Pine Cones; Assorted Vegetables & Herbs: Library Page; and Spring Flowers Decomposed
  • Liz Haywood-Sullivan’s smART Business: Creative Management Techniques for Artists
  • Carol Ann Morley’s Drawing in the Greenhouses: From Root to Tip and Colored Pencil Review
  • Jeanne Kunze’s Introduction to Watercolor: Three Colors and Mark Making Techniques: Your Inner Doodle
  • Hillary Parker’s Expressing Your Artistic Voice Through Composition and Mastering Washes
  • Esther Klahne’s Floral Collage: In the Style of Mrs. Delany
  • Ellen Duarte’s Introduction to Scientific Pen Techniques
  • Susan Fisher’s Color Mixing for Artists and Study the Masters
  • Ann Swan’s Pushing the Boundaries: Composition with Colored Pencil and Vibrant Colors and Tactile Textures with Colored Pencil
  • Sarah Roche’s beginner class, Drawing and Painting for the Petrified


Learn more about Wellesley’s certificate program


View current Programs, Courses, & Travel schedule


This information has also been posted to Classes Near You > Massachusetts

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.


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