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Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Certificate Program in Botanical Art and Illustration
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

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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.

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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.


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By David Reynolds

Now Available

Now Available

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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Cauliflower, graphite

Cauliflower, graphite. ©Sally Jacobs, All rights reserved

Sally Jacobs
Larger Than Life

TAG Gallery
Bergamot Station
Santa Monica, CA
Sept. 27 – Oct. 22, 2016

Using watercolor and pencil to capture the produce and flora of Los Angeles farmers’ markets in exacting detail, Sally Jacobs stays true to the morphology, patterns and colors of her subjects to create striking images of food plants and flowers.

Sally Jacobs is a contemporary botanical artist from Los Angeles whose work has been shown in exhibitions and museums in New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Phoenix. Her work has also been featured in Today’s Botanical Artists, a book about North American botanical artists.

Sally Jacobs—Larger Than Life will be on view at the TAG Gallery beginning
Sept. 27, 2016. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 from 5-8 p.m.

An artists’ panel featuring Sally Jacobs and fellow TAG Gallery artists Ernie Marjoram and Jane Peterson is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at 3 p.m.

About TAG Gallery

The TAG Gallery is a member-owned community for forty artists. Located in Santa Monica’s landmark Bergamot Station, it hosts exhibitions and lectures by local and visiting artists. The Gallery has launched the careers of both emerging and mid-career artists based in the greater Los Angeles area.
Learn more at www.taggallery.net.

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Need to discuss flower painting with teenagers?

You will find helpful suggestions in the article, How to Read Art: Analyze these artists’ techniques to interpret their paintings. This article is in the September 2016 issue of Scholastic Art, a magazine dedicated to bringing art history to middle school and high school students.

In How to Read Art, three flower painters and their approach to flower painting are discussed. The painters featured in this article are Dutch flower painter Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750), Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) and Georgia O’Keefe (1887-1986). The editors of Scholastic Art compare the realistic style of Ruysch, to the expressive style of Van Gogh, to the creative flower close-ups of O’Keefe. The paintings under analysis in the article are “Flower Piece” by Ruysch, “Irises” by Van Gogh and “Purple Petunias” by O’Keefe.

The September issue of Scholastic Art can be viewed online for free.
(NOTE: Adobe Flash is required to view this magazine online.)

Literature Cited

Scholastic Art. (2016). How to read art: Analyze these artists’ techniques to interpret their paintings. Scholastic Art. September 2016, 4-5. Retrieved from http://art.scholastic.com/issues/09_01_16.

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Pre-order Today!

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David Reynolds Art is pleased to announce Studio Sessions—Seen through the eyes of the artist, a documentary about six of Australia’s most respected botanical and natural history artists. Botanical artists and botanical art enthusiasts are invited to learn from:

    Celia Rosser
    Botanical artist and illustrator of The Banksia’s, a three-volume series of monographs that includes a painting of every Banksia species. Launched in 1974, this project took more than 25 years to complete.

    Jenny Phillips

    Award-winning artist and founder of the Botanical Art School of Melbourne. Jenny has drawn and painted plants for more than 45 years. Her work is held in private and public collections, including The Highgrove Florilegium, The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the Shirley Sherwood Collection.

    Dianne Emery

    Fine artist, horticulturist, contemporary botanical artist and natural history artist whose interests include plant-insect relationships and scientific art.

    Terry Napier

    Botanical artist and founder of the “Nature is Art” program. Recipient of the 2010 Celia Rosser Medal for his commitment to botanical art and teaching.

    Mali Moir

    Award-winning artist and illustrator with an interest in the artistic interpretation of natural history themes. Recipient of a Gold Medal by The Royal Horticultural Society and the inaugural Celia Rosser Medal.

    John Pastoriza-Piñol

    A botanist whose botanical art career began at the Botanical Art School of Melbourne. John received a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2005 and had his first solo exhibition at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2006. His work is held in many private and public collections, including The Highgrove Florilegium, The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.

Studio Sessions—Seen through the eyes of the artist
is a 63-minute documentary that took two years to complete. David began this project because he wanted to bring attention to the natural history art of Australian artists. David explains:

As a botanical artist myself, I wanted to produce a documentary to highlight the talents of our Australian artists and to help educate people about botanical art and how to become involved. Also to give the viewer an insight as to how [botanical artists] go about producing such detailed works.

Studio Sessions will be available worldwide as a DVD in both PAL and NTSC formats and be region free. Pre-orders are now being accepted. Orders will begin shipping in September 2016.

To place a pre-order please email your name and contact information to David Reynolds Art. When the video is released next month, David Reynolds Art will contact you to arrange for payment and delivery.

Studio Sessions costs $30 AUD + shipping (view currency converter).

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