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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. 
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    © 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.
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    © 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. 
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    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 
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    © Patricia Wynne, All rights reserved

    © Patricia Wynne, All rights reserved



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Botany and botanical art enter the digital workspace

Botany and botanical art enter the digital workspace


Niki Simpson
is an award-winning artist who has earned medals in photography and watercolor from the Royal Horticultural Society. In 2003 she began developing a technique combining digital photography and traditional botanical art. She has spent the past 12 years perfecting the art of digital botanical illustration and the creation of information-rich botanical plates she calls composite botanical illustrations.

Since 2007, Niki’s digital botanical illustrations have appeared in four books. The most recent publication, Nuphar lutea: Botanical images for the digital documentation of a taxon was published this past May.

In her beautiful new book, Niki explores different ways of observing plants and demonstrates how composite botanical illustrations can be used to describe a specific plant species–in this case Nuphar lutea (Yellow Water Lily). Twelve botanical plates are featured in her new book, each highlighting some aspect of the morphology or life cycle of the yellow water lily. Botanists, gardeners, educators and artists will find Niki’s presentations exciting and informative. Because the illustrations were inspired by the engravings found in herbals, readers will find the format of these contemporary botanical illustrations very familiar, with the exception of two modern elements. In her signature style, Niki adds a 21st-century twist to her botanical plate by adding Nuphar lutea‘s DNA sequence and barcode to what would otherwise be a very traditional format.

While my images are inspired by, and draw heavily from, the accuracy and detail found in traditional botanical art, for me, the future of botanical illustration lies in exploring the potential of the dynamic digital workspace, so that botanical illustration can fully support botanists in the future.

— Niki Simpson

Keeping with her goal to blend botany, botanical art and digital technology, Niki also discusses design, smartphones, tablets, virtual books and other digital techniques. Here is look at the topics addressed in her new book:

  • Foreward
  • Artist’s statement
  • Introduction
  • Composite illustration or image voucher of Nuphar lutea
  • Nuphar–rearranging, resizing and recombining parts
  • Nuphar–from flower to seed
  • Nuphar–taking a closer look at the flower
  • Nuphar–evolution of my floral diagram
  • Nuphar–from fruit to seed dispersal
  • Nuphar–from seed to adult
  • Nuphar–foliage
  • Nuphar–for design
  • Nuphar–poster style
  • Nuphar–herbarium specimens
  • Composite illustration of Nuphar lutea including DNA sequence data
  • Composite illustration of Nuphar lutea including DNA barcode visualization
  • Nuphar–developing interactivity by starting with a virtual book
  • Nuphar–on smartphones and tablets
  • Nuphar–digital black and white line drawing
  • Nuphar–digital hybrid images
  • Nuphar–my virtual sketchpad
  • Final Thoughts
  • Acknowledgements
  • Bibliography

If you have an interest in botanical illustration or botany education, you will appreciate this book and the path Niki is forging in botany and botanical art education.

Learn more about Niki in this interview and learn how she is expanding the future of botanical illustration through her website Visual Botany.

Nuphar - from fruit to seed dispersal, ©2016 Niki Simpson, all rights reserved

Nuphar – from fruit to seed dispersal, ©2016 Niki Simpson, all rights reserved

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This summer the Ruskin School of Art will offer a new botanical illustration course with author and illustrator, Sarah Simblet. This five-day non-residential course is based on The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the Twenty-First Century, a book Simblet co-authored with Gabriel Hemery, Chief Executive of the Sylva Foundation.

Students will each make a sketchbook and then fill their books with illustrations. Students will also learn about tree morphology and how to compose a botanical plate. Included are two visits to the historic Rousham House & Garden.

This exciting opportunity will be held August 6-10, 2016. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Only six places remain available. You are encouraged to act soon if you want to take this class. Beginners and experienced artists are welcome!

Ruskin courses are only available to adults over the age of 16 years.

Course fee:

    Adult – £700.00 (currency converter)

    Oxford University students, staff and alumni (10% discount) – £630.00

    Students (with a current NUS card) and OAPs (5% discount) – £665.00


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Lewisham Arthouse, London
www.lewishamarthouse.org.uk
The Lewisham Arthouse once served as the central library of Deptford. Designed by architect Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas (1868-1948) and funded by Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), this former library is now a public gallery and studio space for professional artists. Artist studios are open to the public once per year. Exhibitions in the gallery are open to the public year-round, free of charge. Botanical illustration classes are taught by Alison Day.

    Beginning April 11, 2016

    Drawing from Plant Life
    Ten weeks, Monday afternoons
    April 11 – June 20, 2016
    1:00 – 2:30 PM

    This introductory course aims to provide an opportunity to explore the art and science of botanical Illustration. Students will have the opportunity to explore both drawing and painting plants while learning a range of graphic techniques used to represent plant material. Some basic theory is taught and where relevant, historical and contemporary practice is referenced.

    Students are asked to bring their own ideas and specimens to the course as well as drawing plants provided. Basic materials are provided , together with reference literature, students must provide their own sketch book pencils and colours.

    All are welcome, no experience needed. This is a small class and provides and supportive and relaxed environment in which to draw.

    Places are limited so booking is required. Cost for each course is £95/90 concessions.

    For enrolment details and booking, contact Alison Day at the Lewisham Arthouse.

    Transport : BR/Overground New Cross/New Cross Gate.
    Bus 136, 21, 436, 321.
    Disabled access

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Harm_TrompelOeil_FSBAFlorida Society of Botanical Artists
www.floridasocietyofbotanicalartists.com
A chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the FSBA hosts workshops with visiting instructors and conducts public demonstrations at group exhibitions. Visit their website to learn more.

    Trompe l’Oeil Workshop
    Roskamp Center for Arts and Humanities
    March 12-13, 2016
    9:30 am – 4:30 pm

    Trompe l’Oeil is a French term that means “to fool the eye”. Trompe l’Oeil artwork attempts to be so realistic that the viewer is fooled into thinking that the three-dimensional object presented is real instead of being a two-dimensional representation. In this workshop, botanical artist and instructor Diane Harm will introduce botanical artists to this style of work. Participants will explore the full range of values from white to black using graphite, charcoal and carbon pencils. They will also learn a variety of blending methods for use in the creation of a botanical drawing. Colored pencil can be added as an option.

    This workshop is sponsored by the Florida Society of Botanical Artists and will be taught at the Roskamp Center for Arts and Humanities located at 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL (view map).

    Cost: Members $125; Non-Members $150

    Registration Info
    Mail your check made out to the FSBA to:

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

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The March 2016 issue of Arts and Activities magazine has an article about shading, ribbons and proportions that made me think of the ribbon and basket weave exercise many of us learned from Anne-Marie Evans.

In “Ribbons and Spheres: An Introduction to Still Life”, art teacher Rebecca Tarman writes about an exercise she uses with high school students. Tarman says the purpose of her lesson is to help students:

  • Draw from life
  • Draw only what they see
  • Learn how to sight proportion
  • Learn how to shade

Tarman describes how she accomplishes these goals by using a still-life model made of ribbon, ornaments and a piece of foam board. She explains how she attaches ribbon to foam boards using T-pins and how she uses ornaments of different sizes to teach students how to sight proportion. Her clever and very portable idea made me think that this would be a good exercise for anyone teaching botanical illustration at multiple venues. It is a good way to introduce first-time botanists and first-time artists to how to look at the growth patterns of tendrils, strap-shaped leaves, lianas, and twisting seed pods.

It also made me think:

  • What if the round ornaments on students’ boards were replaced with fruit, leaves, flowers or inflorescences?
  • How many ways could this lesson be used in a botanical drawing workshop?

Take a look at Tarman’s article and share your thoughts. Her article Ribbons and Spheres is available online for free on the Arts and Activities website.


Literature Cited

Tarman, Rebecca. 2016. Ribbons and spheres: An introduction to still life. Arts and Activities. March. Retrieved from http://artsandactivities.com/ribbons-and-spheres.



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Hortus botanicus Leiden

www.hortusleiden.nl
Founded in 1590, the Hortus botanics Leiden is the oldest botanic garden in the Netherlands. Included in its historic collection are plants from Asia, Europe and South Africa. Research on plant species continues to this day and the Garden plays an important role in the cultivation and preservation of endangered species.

    Summer Botanical Art Workshop with Anita Walsmit Sachs
    April 11-15, 2016
    Create accurate sketches and record the development of plants or individual structures in black & white or color. The course itinerary follows:

    • Day 1 – Introductions, garden tour, afternoon focus on pencil drawing
    • Day 2 – Learn about materials used by botanical illustrators, receive instruction about paint, color mixing and composition.
    • Day 3 – Transfer drawings to watercolor paper, begin painting
    • Day 4 & 5 – Continue painting, daily discussion, individual attention.

    Cost: €395,00
    Includes morning coffee, brasserie lunch and afternoon drinks. Information about payment and lodging will be provided upon registration. A small optional assignment will be assigned before the workshop begins.

    To register, contact Anita.


About Anita Walsmit Sachs

www.anitawalsmitsachs.nl
Anita Walsmit Sachs is the former director of the art department and former scientific illustrator at the National Herbarium in the Netherlands at the University of Leiden. She is an award-winning artist who has received two gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society and whose work is included in the Highgrove Florilegium, a historic collection featuring selected plants growing at HRH The Prince of Wales’ home at Highgrove in Gloucestershire. In 2006, Anita and some of her students formed the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists.

Anita was the featured guest in January 2013. Read an interview with Anita and her conversation with ArtPlantae readers here.


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