Chilean Flame Bush, watercolor, 8 x 8”, © Sharon Birzer, all rights reserved

Chilean Flame Bush, watercolor, 8 x 8”, © Sharon Birzer, all rights reserved

Welcome the Honolulu Museum of Art to Classes Near You > Hawaii!

Honolulu Museum of Art

Founded in 1927 as Hawaii’s first visual arts museum. The museum’s current collection features more than 50,000 works from Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

    The Nature of Drawing
    April 8-9, 2017
    10 am – 4 pm

    Learn how to draw the beauty of the Hawaiian islands in this two-day workshop. Scientific illustrator Sharon Birzer will help you achieve creative expression through botanical and biological illustration. Participants will work in graphite and watercolor. Cost: $100.

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Looking for a 2017 calendar?

Consider trading the traditional wall calendar for this beautiful countertop calendar by botanical artist Sally Jacobs. Receive a fresh dose of inspiration the first of every month as you exchange one colorful and lively painting for another.

This compact calendar (4.5″ x 7.5″) sits nicely on floating wall shelves and small desks and is now available at Sally Jacobs’ studio on Etsy ($15). Purchase two calendars and one free calendar will be added to your order. The extra calendar makes a great gift for a friend, garden teacher or urban farmer.

Visit Sally Jacobs’ Studio


In November 2015 illustrator and educator Wendy Hollender launched
A Year of Botanical Drawing, a 12-month subscription program created to provide aspiring botanical illustrators with structured instruction through 2016.

Now one year later, this successful subscription program has evolved into two new online courses. These courses are now available at DrawBotanical.com, the learning platform created specifically for them. Time-strapped nature artists juggling the demands of daily life can choose between relaxing 30-minute instructional meditations in Botanical Basics or step-by-step instruction in colored pencil and watercolor in The Practice of Botanical Drawing. To learn more about each program, click on the links above. If you would like to go on a tour of the new learning platform and would like to “meet” with Wendy herself, be sure to watch the video on the DrawBotanical.com homepage.

Purchase a one-year subscription to The Practice of Botanical Drawing between now and Christmas Eve (December 24, 2016) and receive 5% off the course fee of $400 when you use the promotional code HOLIDAYSALE12 during checkout. A one-year subscription to The Practice of Botanical Drawing includes complimentary access to Botanical Basics.

Begin your study of botanical illustration or give the gift of botanical art to your favorite nature artist, classroom teacher or informal science educator.

Find out more at DrawBotanical.com

About Wendy Hollender

Wendy Hollender is a botanical illustrator, author and instructor. She is the author of Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color and Botanical Drawing: A Beginner’s Guide. She is the co-owner of Botanical Arts Press, LLC and the illustrator of Foraging and Feasting: A Basic Field Guide & Wild Food Cookbook written by Dina Falconi. Wendy has years of experience introducing botanical illustration to new audiences.

When browsing the stacks for primary literature about drawing and learning, we usually read articles written by faculty who study these topics. The voices of students participating in these studies are seldom heard. There might be a quote here or there and examples of student work, but that’s it.

Today I am happy to bring attention to an article that changes this. In the current issue of The STEAM Journal sixth-grade student Rudaba R. Hasan writes about the importance of visualizing science in Visualizing a Plant Cell. In this article about using art to learn about science, we learn how Hasan and fellow sixth-grade students turned an assignment to draw plant and animal cells into an engaging infographic using color, lively characters and informative text.

Learn more about this project by reading Visualizing a Plant Cell, now available online on the journal’s website.

Literature Cited

Hasan, Rudaba R. (2016). Visualizing a Plant Cell. The STEAM Journal. Vol.2: Iss. 2, Article 33. DOI: 10.5642/steam.20160202.33. Retrieved from http://scholarship.claremont.edu/steam/vol2/iss2/33

About The STEAM Journal

The STEAM Journal is an international transdisciplinary peer-reviewed open access online journal focused on the relationship between art and science. Learn More

Here’s the latest news at Classes Near You > New York:

Gretchen Kai Halpert

Gretchen Kai Halpert is the founder and instructor of an online program in scientific illustration. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design/CE , 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. Check out her blog and enjoy the student artwork.

    Scientific Illustration, Session I, Graphite
    January 9 – March 13, 2017
    7:00-9:00 EST or email

    Develop strong drawing skills in graphite. Learn perspective, proportion, scientific conventions, lighting, textures, transferring, scanning, preparing work for website. Includes handouts, tutorials, live video conferencing, interaction with classmates. Students work in graphite and are introduced to crow quill with ink. This class is for both beginners and intermediate students. Advanced students should talk with Gretchen before enrolling.
    Cost: $990 USD per 10-week session

    Registration Form 

    Scientific Illustration, Session II, Pen and Ink

    January 11 – March 15, 2017 
    7:00-9:00 EST or email

    This class includes: pen and ink techniques; use of crowquill on drafting film, bristol board and white scratchboard; developing composition, conducting research, anatomy studies, professional practices, final projects, handouts, tutorials, live video conferencing, interaction with classmates. 
    Cost: $990 USD per 10-week session

    Registration Form

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.


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

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