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Courtesy Nomade Aventure, © Agathe and Thomas Haevermans

If you’ve ever wanted to go somewhere less traveled to draw and paint plants like the botanists and artists of past centuries, here is your opportunity.

Scientific illustrator Agathe Haevermans and botanist Thomas Haevermans have announced they will lead a botany and illustration tour of Madagascar in the fall.

This tour is a 14-day adventure that includes travel by foot, bus, boat and dug-out canoe. Travelers will visit national parks and marine reserves, seaside villages, local markets, pristine forests, and meet with Malagasy botanical artists. Travelers will fill their sketchbooks with images daily while learning about Madagascar’s flora and fauna. Madagascar is home to thousands of species believed not to exist anywhere else on earth.

Here is a brief look at the itinerary:

    Day 1
    Arrival in the Malagasy capital, visit a botanical and zoological park, meet Malagasy botanical artists.

    Day 3
    Hike to the top of Montagne des Français, visit the Orangea forest, sketch the Baobabs, pachypodiums, and other succulent plants.

    Day 4
    Visit a dense rainforest.

    Day 5
    Visit geological features, go on a hike and add images to your sketchbook.

    Day 6
    Visit Ankarana National Park, sketch the botanical curiosities you encounter.

    Day 7
    Visit an uninhabited island and explore the lagoon.

    Day 8
    Visit one of the last primary forests where you can find almost all the endemic flora and fauna in northern Madagascar. Travel by cut-out canoe.

    Day 9
    Morning drawing workshop with Agathe at the hotel. Afternoon on your own.

    Day 10
    Visit local markets in a seaside village.

    Day 11
    Visit Ankarafantsika National Park.

    Day 12
    Explore Ankarafantsika National Park.

    Day 13
    Walking tour of the City of Flowers.

    Day 14
    Botanical drawing workshop and other options available on this day.

The full itinerary of this adventure can be viewed on the website of Nomade Aventure, the travel company organizing this trip.


More About Your Experienced Guides

Agathe and Thomas Haevermans are both members of the Société des Explorateurs Français (Society of French Explorers).

Agathe Haevermans is the scientific illustrator at the Muséum National Histoire Naturelle (Museum of Natural History) in Paris. She is also the president of the Société Française d’Illustration Botanique (French Society of Botanical Illustration), and the author of several books, including The Art of Botanical Drawing: An Introductory Guide (2009).

Thomas Haevermans is a botanist who has conducted research throughout Asia and Madagascar. He now manages the botanical team at the Institute of Systemics, Evolution, and Biodiversity at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris.

Accompanying the Haevermans will be a team of local French-speaking guides and local park guides.

This adventure begins on October 20, 2018, in the capital city of Antananarivo.

Cost: 2929 €


(Note: The duration and price shown in the itinerary does not include an international return flight so to allow travelers to book a return trip most appropriate for their situation)


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Lady Finger Bananas, watercolor. © 2018 Sally Jacobs, all rights reserved

Sunday’s at the
Farmers Market

tag Gallery
Los Angeles, CA
April 17 – May 12, 2018

Contemporary botanical artist, Sally Jacobs, continues her exploration of Los Angeles’ farmers market in Sundays at the Farmers Market.

A watercolor artist and foodie, Sally visits the farmers market weekly to select specimens that inspire creativity in both her studio and her kitchen.

Sally’s paintings have been on exhibit in juried shows in New York and San Francisco, and at museums in New York, Minneapolis, and Phoenix. She was an award-winner at the Brand 37 Works on Paper exhibition at the Brand Library and Art Gallery and is one of the artists featured in Today’s Botanical Artists, a book about botanical artists in North America.

Meet Sally at the opening reception on Saturday, April 21, 2018 (5-8 pm). Learn from Sally during her Artists’ Talk scheduled for Saturday, April 28 from 3-4 pm.

Interested in trying botanical art yourself? Sally will teach you How to Draw a Leaf on Saturday, May 5 from 1-3 pm. Contact Sally to reserve your place in class. Class size is limited.

Visit the tag Gallery at 5458 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm. (View Map)



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Read a review of Today’s Botanical Artists and learn from the artists featured in this book (begin here).

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The Scientific Illustration Distance Program begins a new session next month. During this term, students have the opportunity to learn traditional and digital techniques.

Here is what’s new 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 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. Sign up for the SIDP newsletter to keep abreast of opportunities.


    Gretchen Kai Halpert
    Scientific Illustration, Session II, Pen and Ink

    March 27-May 29, 2018
    1:00-3:00 or 7:00-9:00 EST or email
    On-line

    Pen and Ink is a staple for scientific illustrators. This class gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in proficiency. Pen and ink, crowquill, line and wash techniques, composition, scratchboard, working from life, professional practices, final projects, practice with preparing and sending artwork digitally. The course includes handouts; tutorials; weekly live video conferencing; small classes, individual attention. Beginning and intermediate students.


    Gretchen Kai Halpert
    Scientific Illustration, Session III, Color

    March 27-May 29, 2018
    1:00-3:00 or 7:00-9:00 EST or email
    On-line

    Session III includes watercolor, colored pencil, digital options, advanced composition and projects, professional practices and preparation for internships/independent studies/or portfolio development. Live video conferencing, email, weekly critiques and assignments, recorded tutorials. Prerequisites: having completed Sessions I and II, or permission of the instructor.

To apply, complete the Registration Form or contact Gretchen.

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Sign up for the website or email Gretchen.

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Coral Guest, author, teacher, and fine artist launches a new website about her life and her career as a flower painter. The site features selected works representing Coral’s amazing 40-year career as a painter and draughtswoman.

In the very early days of the current renaissance of botanical art, Coral Guest’s book, Painting Flowers in Watercolor: A Naturalistic Approach, stood out from other books and became one of the classic references used in the field of botanical art. You can learn more about this book in a conversation Coral had with ArtPlantae readers in 2012.

While we may be most familiar with Coral’s watercolor paintings, Coral has worked in a variety of media throughout her career. On the new website, ​you will find examples of works created in oil, acrylic, carbon and watercolor, as well as pieces created with carbon, charcoal and watercolor. Coral’s online portfolio is composed of ten sections, each highlighting​ work from a particular time period or project. I recommend viewing each section of the portfolio (and website) in the order they appear because these sections are not merely a collection of images, but distinct chapters in Coral’s life. Within each section viewer’s are lead on a docent tour, if you will, by Coral Guest herself. You might want to wait until you have more than a few minutes to explore the new site. You will need time not only for the story Coral tells ​but for the opportunity to learn from her paintings. You won’t want to miss the story about light told by the chrysanthemums and butterhead lettuce. You’ll also not want to miss the lessons to be learned from Coral’s color studies.

This week, carve out a few moments for yourself and visit CoralGuestBotanic.com.

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By Wohlfarth Galleries

Opuntia polyacantha (Prickly Pear) © 2001 Donald Davidson, all rights reserved

Botanical Field Illustrations in Watercolor II
Donald Davidson
Wohlfarth Galleries
Washington, DC
March 10 – April 6, 2018

Botanical illustrator Donald Davidson will launch a second solo show of dramatic watercolors of native botanicals at Wohlfarth Galleries in Washington, DC. This exhibition opens March 10 and continues through April 6, 2018. Last year’s show nearly sold out and focused on works from deserts and Vieques, Puerto Rico, as will this year’s show.

Viewers will find a return to the spare, unvarnished approach that seemingly belies Davidson’s devotion to neo-expressionism back in the 1980’s. In his depiction of the Puerto Rican native plant, Talinum fruticosum, an edible succulent related to portulaca found in many DC-area gardens, the artist captures this plant’s rooted, yet lively dance of nature with direct brush and pen strokes that reveal the anatomical elements key to its botanical identification.

Davidson received his first solo museum show as a painter of native flora from the Centennial Museum of El Paso in 2004. This exhibition became a traveling show displayed at visitor centers within the National Parks system. His work was on view in 2016 in the exhibition, Flora of the National Parks, at the US Botanical Garden on the Smithsonian Mall.

Awarded the Presidential Gold Medal for Volunteer Service, Davidson has created over 600 watercolors spanning 20 years, as an artist-in-the-park, under the auspices of the US Department of Interior in support of its mandate to monitor and preserve native species on public lands nationwide. Ten percent of sales will be donated to Friends Group of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge to help with Hurricane Maria recovery.

Meet Donald and ask questions about his work during the opening reception scheduled for Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 3-5pm. Wohlfarth Galleries is located in the Brookland Arts’ District, one block from Red Line Metro (map). Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 AM – 4 PM and by appointment.


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Kick-off the spring season with this class by Botanical Dimensions:

© Donna Torres, Brugmansia sanguinea

Botanical Illustration
The Art of Seeing, Drawing and Painting Plants

A 2-day workshop with artists Donna Torres and Kathleen Harrison
Occidental Center for the Arts
Botanical Dimensions
Occidental, CA
March 3-4, 2018
10 AM – 4 PM

This 2-day weekend workshop will focus on the accurate representation of plants in graphite and watercolor. Kathleen Harrison will lead the first day of drawing. We will introduce how to see the form of a plant, review tools and materials, and will each make a graphite drawing of a plant. Donna Torres will teach the second day, teaching specific watercolor techniques used in botanical art, color theory and special techniques to bring life into your plant illustration. You may register for the entire weekend, or choose one of the days, as space allows.

View additional information and registration options on the class website.



About Botanical Dimensions

Founded in 1985 by Kathleen Harrison and Terence McKenna, Botanical Dimensions collects and protects plants of ethnographic-medical significance and their lore, educates people about plants and mushrooms, and preserves ecosystems and traditions of ecological knowledge. Learn more at www.botanicaldimensions.org

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Ann S. Hoffenberg, Paperbark Maple (2017), Acer griseum, Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Watercolor on paper, 9 x 13 inches. © Ann S. Hoffenberg. Courtesy of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the New York Botanical Garden.



Save the date!

The third triennial exhibition by the New York Botanical Garden and the American Society of Botanical Artists is coming to Southern California.

Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens, will be at
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens from May 19 through August 27, 2018. This exhibition will be on view in the Flora-Legium Gallery at the Brody Botanical Center.

This juried exhibition includes 43 artworks in watercolor, oil, graphite, colored pencil, and ink, depicting everything from seedpods to bark to an entire forest floor.

“Out of the Woods” highlights the role public gardens and arboreta play in engaging visitors with trees and their ecological and utilitarian roles. It also underscores the conservation, research, and scholarship occurring at these public institutions.
 
“By bringing these subjects to life through their work, this extraordinary group of botanical artists creates new pathways for communicating the beauty and value of plants to contemporary life,” said James Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens at The Huntington. “I can’t think of a more critical time than now to be hosting this show and talking about this topic.”

A catalog will accompany the exhibition. It will be available for purchase at the Huntington Store.

Drop-in family activities about botanical art will be offered in the Brody Botanical Center every Saturday and Sunday throughout the exhibition. Family activities will be led by members of the Botanical Artists’ Guild of Southern California (BAGSC) from noon to 4 p.m.

Also on view in the Brody Botanical Center will be Amazing Trees, a BAGSC adjunct exhibition featuring the work of local contemporary botanical artists.


About The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. It is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA (map).



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This exhibition will travel to St. Charles, MO then Tucson, AZ and then to Chaska, MN after its stop at The Huntington. Learn more at Exhibitions to Visit.

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