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A new learning opportunity can be found at Classes Near You > Florida.

Although information about this opportunity may have been added to the “Florida” page, you don’t need to live anywhere near Florida to take this class and to learn from award-winning artist and instructor, Mindy Lighthipe. You can live anywhere!


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 scientific illustration at the University of Florida.

    Foundation Drawing 101 – Working in Graphite
    Online program with Mindy Lighthipe
    April 15 – June 17, 2015 (10 weeks)

    Natural science illustrator Mindy Lighthipe will begin another 10-week session of her online class Foundation Drawing 101 – Working in Graphite. Instruction includes videos, one-on-one feedback and learning from fellow classmates.

    Assignments and classroom conversation are hosted in private areas online. Instructional material can be viewed on a desktop computer or iPad. Beginning and advanced artists are welcome.

    Study drawing and discover natural science illustration!

    More about Foundation Drawing 101

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We have explored the topic of plant blindness often in this column and have learned about the many reasons why we need to take this topic seriously. One of these reasons has to do with the management of invasive plant species. Today we learn about an activity introducing students to invasive species and the biology behind how they “invade”.

In A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Invasive Plant Universe, professor Richard H. Audet presents an activity about “alien invaders” that is based on the 5E learning cycle. This classroom activity requires students to think about seed dispersal and calls upon them to write about (and draw) the relationship between seed form and function.

Audet (2005) includes a list of online resources for teachers in his article. Some of the links he provides have changed over the years, so I looked for the current links. Update the resources in Audet (2005) with these links:

When it comes to drawing the form and function of seeds, Audet (2005) does not offer any guidance. This is okay because together we’ve learned about many drawing, painting and observation techniques from the wonderful guests who have stopped by this site to visit. To browse conversations with past guests, go to the “Featured Guests” section in the righthand column. If you are pressed for time and are looking for resources to use in your classroom or program right away, here are two resources you might want to consider:

Audet’s article and activity about invasive species was published in Science Scope, a journal for middle school science teachers. Audet (2005) can be purchased online at the NSTA Store for 99¢.


Literature Cited

Audet, Richard, H. 2005. A hitchhiker’s guide to the invasive plant universe. Science Scope. 29(1): 42-45



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Activities to Investigate Plant Ecology

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iStock_Pencils_CalendarThe weekly teaching and learning column is on a brief publishing break.

During this time, we are revisiting popular posts.

Today we revisit a 347-page guide to drawing and thinking containing 692 illustrations of easy ways to make and use drawings in your work and in your hobbies. We also learn about vintage (and downloadable) instructional books about how to use a pencil. Here are resources to consider for your studio or program:

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2014_PRIMER-ASPEN_flier-2 Here is what’s new at
Classes Near You > Colorado!


Marjorie Leggitt
Leggitt Design & Illustration

View Marjorie’s Gallery at Science-Art.com
Marjorie is a scientific illustrator who creates illustrations for clients in the fields of botany, zoology, medicine, and education. Her artwork also appears on the seed packets Botanical Interests seed company. You can learn more about the work Marjorie and other illustrators do for Botanical Interests in an interview with Andrew Keys at RadioGarden, a series produced by Horticulture Magazine.


    The Plein-Air Watercolor Primer

    March 22 & 23, 2014
    DC Art Press, Denver
    Instructors: Marjorie Leggitt and Leon Loughridge
    Time: 9am – 3:30pm
    Price: $360.00 (includes custom traveling watercolor kit, gourmet lunch)

    This  new workshop qualifies as a pre-requisite for the September POSTCARDS FROM…Aspen multi-day workshop. Priority is given to those registrants who also place a deposit for the Postcards from Aspen workshop.

    This 2-day weekend workshop introduces all the basics to plein air watercolor painting and, starting this year, is the pre-requisite for the fabulous 4-day POSTCARDS FROM…Aspen watercolor workshop in September. Leon and Marjorie explore everything you need to know for painting outdoors -– working with a limited outdoor palette, building color washes and color builds, developing essential core abstractions, using values and temperatures to create “mini” space-filled compositions.


    Back to Basics: Drawing with Confidence

    April 14-17, 2014
    VOC in Washington Park, Denver
    Instructors: Marjorie Leggitt and Susan Rubin
    Time: 9am – 2:30pm 
    Price: $414.00  
    This fun four-day workshop returns to the drawing basics of Line, Shading, Perspective, and Composition to bolster your drawing skills and boost your confidence. Revisit the principles of light, form, and depth to flesh out compositions both big and small. Practice linear and aerial perspective to accurately portray physical and atmospheric depth. Develop composition strategies to create dynamic artwork. Instruction, exercises, practice, and individual guidance will assure that in just four days you’ll solidify those shaky skills and draw anything better and faster every time.


    POSTCARDS FROM…Aspen, Colorado

    September 10-14, 2014
    The Aspen Meadows Resort (home of the Aspen Institute)
    Instructors: Marjorie Leggitt and Leon Loughridge
    Price: $1360.00 ($395.00 single supplement)

    Includes: 4 nights lodging, instruction, workshop booklet, watercolor sketch books, gourmet breakfasts and lunches, 24-hour health club, outdoor pool and hot tub, tennis court access and equipment, complimentary bicycle rental, full business center access, 24-hour shuttle service to and from downtown Aspen and the Aspen Airport.

    Please note: This workshop has a pre-requisite of the Plein-Air Watercolor Primer (March 22 & 23) or a previous Leggitt/Loughridge POSTCARDS FROM.. workshop.

    This 4-day plein air watercolor workshop is a perfect follow-up to the Plein Air Watercolor Primer workshop and previous Leggitt/Loughridge Postcards From… workshops. Starting at a more advanced level, students delve into the challenging aspects of CVCT. From value sketches and temperature schematics to capturing light throughout the day, students learn how to use “schematics” for problem-solving, to improve time management, and to develop larger and more complex watercolors. Each day presents enticing landscape exercises, composition opportunities, personal instruction and guidance.


    Back to Basics: Drawing with Confidence
     
    September 16-19, 2014 
    VOC in Washington Park, Denver
    Instructors: Marjorie Leggitt and Susan Rubin
    Time: 9am-2:30pm   
    Price: $414.00

    This fun four-day workshop returns to the drawing basics of Line, Shading, Perspective, and Composition to bolster your drawing skills and boost your confidence. Revisit the principles of light, form, and depth to flesh out compositions both big and small. Practice linear and aerial perspective to accurately portray physical and atmospheric depth. Develop composition strategies to create dynamic artwork. Instruction, exercises, practice, and individual guidance will assure that in just four days you’ll solidify those shaky skills and draw anything better and faster every time.

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Making images as natural as speaking.

– Heinemann Publishing

This is the focus of New Entries: Learning by Writing and Drawing by Ruth Hubbard and Karen Ernst, a collection of case studies about teachers integrating art, science and writing in their classrooms. Thirteen educators contributed to this book and generously share classroom activities and their own learning processes with readers. Here is what you’ll find inside this enlightening resource:

    Drawing Rachel In
    Susan Benedict, elementary school teacher
    Benedict shares how she helped a 4th grade student with her writing and reading through nature journaling.

    Widening the Frame: Reading, Writing and Art in Learning

    Karen Ernst, teacher and author
    Ernst describes how she created her artists workshop, a structured yet flexible workshop in which students actively engage in literature, art and writing.

    Writing Pictures, Painting Words: Artists Notebooks in Literacy Workshops

    Nancy Winterbourne, elementary school teacher
    Winterbourne’s research interests include how drawing in science journals helps students use complex verbs to explain their observations. In this chapter, Winterbourne provides examples of how children’s communication skills are enhanced when they integrate drawing and writing.

    Opening Up to Art: Imagery and Story in a High School Reading Class

    Peter Thacker, teacher
    Thacker shares how he became an artist and learned how to create images with his students.

    Beyond Answers

    Jill Ostrow, teacher and author
    Ostrow writes about how to look at math concepts visually. She shares the problem-solving picture strategies her students created in her class.


    Putting Art on the Scientist’s Palette

    Mary Stein (scientist) and Brenda Power (writer)
    Stein and Power offer practical suggestions about how teachers can integrate art, science and language to move beyond the perceived boundaries between disciplines. 


    Imagination Through Images: Visual Responses to Literature

    Ruth Shagoury Hubbard
    Hubbard discusses how students can use drawing and writing to help them understand what they read.


    Reading the Image and Viewing the Words: Languages Intertwined

    Irene C. Fountas (Professor, Education)
    Janet L. Olson (Professor, Art Education)
    Fountas and Olson discuss how reading informs drawing and how viewing images informs writing. 


    Parallel Journeys: Exploring Through Art and Writing in Fourth Grade

    Peter von Euler, teacher
    Peter von Euler explains how the use of “observational journals” helped his students unite writing and art. 


    I Look at My Pictures and Then Try It: Art as a Tool for Learning

    Jean Anne Clyde (Professor, Literacy)
    Clyde shares a story about a student’s use of art as a learning tool and how this student searched for meaning in texts, learned from others and integrated drama, art and math.


    Reclaiming the Power of Visual Thinking with Adult Learners

    Ruth Shagoury Hubbard
    Through her work, Hubbard aims to make “visual language” commonplace among adults. In this chapter, she offers suggestions about how to introduce adults to visual learning.


    Background, Foreground: From Experience to Classroom Practice

    Karen Ernst
    Ernst writes about a summer art workshop for teachers and how this workshop made teachers more sensitive to how their students learn.


    Drawing My Selves Together: An Editor’s Notebook

    Toby Gordon, education publisher
    Editor Toby Gordon describes how editing the book Picturing Learning by Karen Ernst helped move her past negative comments about her work made by her kindergarten teacher.


New Entries: Learning by Writing and Drawing
is no longer in print. Search for a used copy at your favorite independent used bookstore.


Literature Cited

Hubbard, Ruth Shagoury and Karen Ernst. 1996. New Entries: Learning by Writing and Drawing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann



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See Val Webb’s online workshop about herbs. It’s art, history and folklore!

Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > Alabama:


The Illustrated Garden, A Studio Blog

http://valwebb.wordpress.com
Val Webb is the 2013 Artist-in-Residence at the Mobile Botanical Gardens. This year Val will work at the gardens and encourage others to sketch the garden’s collections to learn about plants, gardening and all that the Mobile Botanical Gardens has to offer. Visit Val’s website to view her online tutorial, Botanical Drawing with Pencil and Watercolor. Connect with The Illustrated Garden on Facebook.

    Birds in Colored Pencil – Starting January 6, 2014
    Learn how to paint colored pencil portraits of birds using Val Webb’s “gentle pencil” drawing technique. Then learn how to layer color to create detailed colored pencil images. This online course is composed of nine lessons. Work at your own pace. No experience necessary. Pre-registration required. Cost: $50
    View Details/Register


    Drawn & Decorated Watercolor Lettering
    – Starting January 13, 2014
    Create decorated letters using watercolor, Pigma Micron pens, pencils and brush. No experience necessary. Participants have four months to complete 10 projects. Work at your own pace. Pre-registration required. Cost: $50
    View Details/Register


    Draw & Paint Six Culinary Herbs
    – Starting March 3, 2014
    Not your typical botanical drawing course. Participants will create pencil studies, spirited ink-and-wash sketches, mixed media paintings and learn about the history and folklore of the six herbs that are the focus of this course. Ten lessons. Work at your own pace. Pre-registration required. Cost: $50
    View Details/Register

Also see Val’s online workshop about drawing dogs and cats in pencil and charcoal that begins on January 27, 2014.

Are miniature gardens and fairies your passion? Then don’t miss Val’s class, Draw & Paint Fairies in Nature.

View all online workshops at The Illustrated Garden

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The Landscape Architecture program at UCLA has opened registration for Scientific Illustration and Plant Identification. This class is an elective in the programs for Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and Gardening. It is offered through the UCLA Extension program.

Students will learn how to illustrate plants and identify plant characteristics while learning plant taxonomy and plant terminology. Course includes travel to nurseries and gardens in southern California.

Instructor: David Squires, landscape architect and principal of AROUNDYOU, Inc.

Cost: $485 (before 1/1/14); $534 (after 1/1/14)

Class begins on February 2, 2014 (4 meetings)

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