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New York Botanical Garden
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. 
    © 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.

    © 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. 

    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

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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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The making of The New Sylva

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Lewisham Arthouse, London
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
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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Hortus botanicus Leiden

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

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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Artist and educator Louise O’Reilly will introduce new and experienced botanical artists to trees, flowers, pollinators in a series of workshops beginning next week.

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Capel Manor College

Botanical Illustration at Capel Manor College
Capel Manor College offers 3-day short courses in Botanical Illustration in Regent’s Park in the heart of central London and at Capel Manor in Enfield. Botanical artist and educator, Louise O’Reilly, offers students of all abilities the opportunity to improve their observational drawing skills and learn more about botanical subject matter. Students learn the basic skills required to create a beautiful and accurate botanical drawing including structural line drawing, drawing to scale, composition, applying tone, understanding directional light, color mixing and use of watercolor washes. Check website for more information.

Upcoming Classes:

  • Line Drawing with Pen and Ink, January 25-27, 2016
  • Trees in Flower, March 14-16, 2016
  • Summer Flowers and Pollinators, May 9-11, 2016
  • Roses, July 4-6, 2016

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Discover the plants of the Mojave Desert this spring in a weekend workshop offered by UC Riverside Extension. Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > Southern California:

University of California, Riverside
Extension Program

Botanical Illustration of Desert Flora

March 18 – 20, 2016
The class begins at 8 PM on Friday and ends at 4 PM on Sunday.

Learn how to draw artistic and realistic flowering plants in a manner designed to understand the form, function, and identification of native plants. Exciting hands-on experiences both in the lab and in the field amid native flora habitats.

  • Learn botanical illustration techniques in pencil, pen, and watercolor.
  • Focus on comprehensive line drawing stressing contour, volume and perspective.
  • Make drawings of minute structures to full-scale renditions of plants.
  • Understand how artistic and scientific skills work together.

This class qualifies for credit toward certification in Nature Field Studies at UCRX. This field class at the Desert Studies Center in the Mojave National Preserve and is operated by CSU Fullerton. The Center is located within the Preserve at Soda Springs (Zzyzx), about an hour outside Las Vegas and a three-hour drive from Riverside, CA. The course fee includes two nights’ lodging at the Center. Cost: $325

The instructor for this course is Donald Davidson of the Traveling Artist Wildflowers Project.

Contact Donald Davidson if you have questions for the instructor.

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