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Attention teachers in Southern California’s Inland Empire

The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) has announced the theme for their annual Coachella Valley Environmental Art Contest and Exhibition. This year’s theme is EARTH. A call for artwork in the following categories has been announced:

    Environmental Art
    Addresses issues of relationships between humans and the environment and suggests solutions.

    Recycle Art
    Made of recycled materials — may include environmentally friendly markers, paint, and glues.

    Digital or Photo Essay
    Digital/Photo essays must include a brief explanation.

This contest is open to all Pre-K – 12 students and adults.

Artwork is due May 24, 2017.

Awards ceremony and exhibition will be held on World Environment Day at the Palm Springs Pavilion on June 4, 2017.

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New update at Classes Near You > Online:


Wendy Hollender

Draw Botanical
www.drawbotanical.com

Draw Botanical’s online program offers a thorough immersion into the world of scientifically accurate, three-dimensional, and artistically rendered natural illustration. Whether you’re just broaching this unique skill or are already an expert, these step-by-step instructions and extensive videos are an invaluable guide, created by one of the nation’s leading experts in the field, Wendy Hollender. Each lesson here increases in complexity to build your skill set in a clear, concise, and accessible way. With a focus on the natural world through the botanical life-cycle, each project is not only a technical study but a beautiful piece of artwork in and of itself.

  • Single light source toning technique
  • Principles of perspective for drawing flowers
  • The fundamentals of plant anatomy
  • Colored pencil and watercolor combined techniques
  • Color Theory of the natural world

Two Subscription Programs Available:

    The Practice of Botanical Drawing:
    $40 monthly or $400 for a year (Comprehensive Course)

    Botanical Basics:
    $20 monthly or $200 for a year (Short 30 minute lessons)

    Access to Both Programs for $50 monthly or $500 for a year

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ArtPlantae
www.ArtPlantae.com
ArtPlantae is an educational blog written for artists, naturalists, and educators pursuing interests in botany, botanical art, and environmental education. Celebrate Earth Day and National Environmental Education Week with ArtPlantae at the following locations:

    Be a Botanist-Explorer
    Sunnylands Center and Gardens
    Rancho Mirage, CA
    www.sunnylands.org

    Follow in the footsteps of botanist-explorers and learn how to observe and document plants while sketching in the gardens at Sunnylands. Participants will be introduced to the history of botanical illustration and the fascinating world of plants. Participants are invited to bring their own sketchbooks. Sketchbooks should not be larger than 9” x 12”. Alternatively, a clipboard with printer paper works wonderfully too. A folding stool or camping stool to use in the garden is suggested, but not necessary. Pencils will be provided.
    Fee: $10 per participant. Space is limited.

    Saturday, April 8, 2017
    9:30 – 11:30 am
    Register Online


    Desert Institute
    Joshua Tree National Park Association

    Old School House Lectures
    Twentynine Palms, CA

    Learn about Henry R. Mockel, an East Coast artist and former resident of Twentynine Palms who recorded desert life in his sketchbook and who is known for his illustrations of desert wildflowers. The Old School House Museum is located at 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277. (Map & Directions)

    Friday, April 14, 2017
    Lectures begin at 7:00 pm
    Fee: $5 at the door


    Earth Night in the Garden

    Western Municipal Water District Demonstration Garden
    Landscapes Southern California Style
    Riverside, CA
    (Directions)

    Celebrate Earth Day 2017 at this wildly successful family event hosted by the Western Municipal Water District (WMWD). Environmental education organizations and environment-friendly businesses will each host an activity. There will also be photo opportunities with Drippy the Water Drop, Pam the Lady Bug, Ribbit the Frog, Mother Nature, and Mr. Bumble Bee. The WMWD garden is located at 450 E.Alessandro Blvd, Riverside, CA.

    Thursday, April 20, 2017
    3:00 – 7:00 pm
    FREE


    Family Day at Sunnylands

    Sunnylands Center and Gardens
    Rancho Mirage, CA
    www.sunnylands.org

    Kick-off National Environmental Education Week with ArtPlantae at Sunnylands. This annual Family Day event is dedicated to the wonders of nature and science. There will be exploration stations about birds, insects, monarch butterflies and other animals. ArtPlantae will host two botanical art stations — one for children and one for adults. See you there!

    Sunday, April 23, 2017
    9:30 am – 2:00 pm
    FREE


    Henry Mockel’s Desert Wildflowers

    Fullerton Arboretum
    Fullerton, CA
    www.fullertonarboretum.com
    Finish National Environmental Education Week by learning about Henry R. Mockel, an East coast artist known for his paintings of California desert plants. In 1917 he published “Mockel’s Desert Wildflower Notebook,” a book featuring descriptions and illustrations of 133 desert plants. Learn more about Henry and begin your own wildflower notebook while sketching in the Arboretum’s Desert Collection. Participants should bring a mixed media sketchbook no larger than 9” x 12”. Class fee includes selected art supplies. Fee: $60 non-members, $50 members

    Saturday, April 29, 2017
    1:00 – 4:00 pm
    Register Online


This information has also been posted to Classes Near You > Southern California.

For the past six years, Elaine Searle has hosted relaxing and rejuvenating botanical art retreats in Italy. She returns to Italy this year and invites you to spend spring, summer, and fall with her in Umbria!

Elaine will host four painting holidays in 2017. They are:

  • Flowers and Fruits of Early Summer ( May 25 – June 1, 2017)
  • Wild Flower Composition (June 2-9, 2017)
  • Late Summer Study Sheet (August 24-31, 2017)
  • Colours of Autumn (September 1-8, 2017)

Watch this short video to learn more about Elaine’s painting holidays. Visit www.paintbotanical.com for everything you need to know about each retreat.



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The Scientific Illustration Distance Learning Program lead by scientific illustrator Gretchen Halpert announces classes addressing the use of pen, ink, scratchboard, and color in natural science illustration.

Here is the latest at Classes Near You > New York:


Gretchen Kai Halpert

www.gretchenhalpert.com
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.

    Natural Science Illustration: Pen and Ink on Paper and Scratchboard
    March 27-May 29, 2017
    1:00 and 7:00 EDT
    This class teaches proficiency in pen and ink using crow quill, scratchboard, brush and washes. Technique, composition and professional practices make this a good course for those wishing to create natural science illustrations for themselves and for clients. Cost: $990 USD for a 10-week session.
    Contact Gretchen for more information.


    Natural Science Illustration: Color

    March 29-May 31, 2017
    1:00 and 7:00 EDT
    Watercolor techniques, colored pencil on paper and film, advanced compositions, professional practices. Final projects may include digital integration. Cost: $990 USD for a 10-week session.
    Contact Gretchen for more information.

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New on the Classes Near You pages for Maryland, New York, and Washington DC:


Carol Woodin

www.carolwoodin.com
Carol is an award-winning freelance artist whose specialties include orchids, rare wildflowers, heirloom fruits and garden plants. Visit her website to view her workshop schedule. Upcoming classes include:

    Roses in Watercolor on Vellum
    Roses and vellum were meant to go together. Capturing color and texture of petal and leaf on a warm, translucent surface will yield rich and lifelike rose portraits. Learn drybrush techniques in watercolor on vellum through demonstrations and practice using roses from the collections at the US Botanic Garden or Brookside Gardens.


    Roses in Watercolor on Vellum

    Brookside Gardens
    Wheaton, Maryland
    May 18 and 19, 2017
    9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    View Details/Register (see page 16)


    Roses in Watercolor on Vellum

    US Botanic Garden
    Washington, DC
    May 20 and 21, 2017
    9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
    View Details/Register

Now at Classes Near You > Florida!


Mindy Lighthipe

www.mindylighthipe.com
Mindy Lighthipe is an award-winning natural science illustrator and the author of the children’s book Mother Monarch. She leads tours to Costa Rica and teaches natural science illustration online.

    Wonderful Watercolor
    Drawing the Beauty of Nature
    March 22 – May 24, 2017
    Twelve weeks

    Learn painting techniques and color mixing techniques. Explore the properties of a new color each week, engage in conversation with classmates and your instructor. Cost: $179


    Foundation Drawing

    Drawing the Beauty of Nature
    March 22 – July 28, 2017
    Ten weeks

    Learn how to illuminate natural forms so you can view, measure and draw them. Practice drawing form and surface contours. Engage in conversation with classmates and your instructor. Cost: $149


    Drawing the Beauty of Plants

    March 22 – May 10, 2017
    Eight weeks

    Learn the morphological features of plants so you can study, measure and draw their features with accuracy. Engage in conversation with classmates and your instructor. Cost: $129

View program details and register at
Mindy Lighthipe – Drawing​ the Beauty of Nature.

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