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Erica Beade
Scientific Illustrator

Erica Beade is an illustrator specializing in science, health and nature subjects and has taught observational drawing for many years, with a particular focus on the natural world. She offers independent workshops and also more formal classes through the Harvard Museum of Natural History (and occasionally other venues). She also offers private classes and workshops for individuals and groups. Information about upcoming classes is posted on her teaching website, Observational Drawing.

View portfolios of Erica’s work at www.mbcgraphics.com, Science-Art.com, and www.cafepress.com/mbcgraphics.

During the summer, Erica teaches outdoor sketching workshops in Cambridge – usually at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. A schedule of upcoming classes follows. News and other announcements can be viewed on her website. Please email Erica for more information or to join her email mailing list.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sketching Trees: Thursday, June 1
  • Sketching Plants & Flowers in Pencil: Tuesday, June 6
  • Sketching Plants & Flowers in Colored Pencil: Thursday, June 8
  • Capturing Natural Textures with Pencil: Saturday, June 17
  • Landscape Sketching: Wednesday, June 21

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ASBA Reed-Turner Artists’ Circle

The Reed-Turner Artists’ Circle and the Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club are pleased to announce the 12th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition & Plant Sale at the Reed-Turner Woodland and Nature Preserve, 3849 Old McHenry Rd. Long Grove, IL (map). The exhibition is scheduled for May 20-21, 2017 from 10am to 3pm. It will feature original works, prints, cards and decorative items for sale. Admission is free.

The Reed-Turner Artists’ Circle consists of dedicated botanical artists from throughout the Chicago-area. The Group is guided by the parameters and goals of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), one of the premier organizations promoting botanical art around the world. Consistent with ASBA’s mission, the Group works to further the interest in botanical art, conservation science, botany, and horticulture at the local level. The Group also strives to emphasize the beauty and importance plants play in our daily lives by increasing public awareness through education, promotion, and exhibition of its members’ art in collaboration with local institutions.

The ASBA Reed-Turner Artists’ Circle meets at the Reed-Turner Woodland and Nature Preserve on the last Saturday of each month from 9:30-11:30 am. Members of the public with an interest in botanical art are most welcome.


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Eagle Hill Institute
www.eaglehill.us
The Humboldt Field Research Institute offers professional-level natural history science seminars and learning opportunities addressing all aspects of natural history. The Institute publishes three journals about natural history and the environment — the Northeastern Naturalist, the Southeastern Naturalist, and the Journal of the North Atlantic.


    Drawing and Painting Birds in Watercolor and Colored Pencil

    May 28 – June 3, 2017

    Scientific illustrator Dorie Petrochko will lead a one-week class dedicated to drawing and painting birds. Students will study avian anatomy using taxidermy mounts and skins. They will also learn how to sketch birds in the field and through live video cams. For more information, download the color flier.


    Nature Journaling: Pen and Ink and Color Pencil Techniques

    July 9-15, 2017

    Sketch the beautiful Maine coast during this one-week summer session taught by illustrator Dolores R. Santoliquido. Students will learn how to capture the personality and details of their surroundings using both words and sketches. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience. Students will work in the field and in the classroom. For more information, download the color flier.

    For information about costs and lodging, click here.

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The Conservatory for Classical Art in Edmond, Oklahoma​ invites you to spend three days with French botanical artist Vincent Jeannerot.

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Wendy Hollender

Draw Botanical
www.drawbotanical.com

Draw Botanical’s online program offers a thorough immersion into the world of scientifically accurate, three-dimensional, and artistically rendered natural illustration. Whether you’re just broaching this unique skill or are already an expert, these step-by-step instructions and extensive videos are an invaluable guide, created by one of the nation’s leading experts in the field, Wendy Hollender. Each lesson here increases in complexity to build your skill set in a clear, concise, and accessible way. With a focus on the natural world through the botanical life-cycle, each project is not only a technical study but a beautiful piece of artwork in and of itself.

  • Single light source toning technique
  • Principles of perspective for drawing flowers
  • The fundamentals of plant anatomy
  • Colored pencil and watercolor combined techniques
  • Color Theory of the natural world

Two Subscription Programs Available:

    The Practice of Botanical Drawing:
    $40 monthly or $400 for a year (Comprehensive Course)

    Botanical Basics:
    $20 monthly or $200 for a year (Short 30 minute lessons)

    Access to Both Programs for $50 monthly or $500 for a year

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ArtPlantae
www.ArtPlantae.com
ArtPlantae is an educational blog written for artists, naturalists, and educators pursuing interests in botany, botanical art, and environmental education. Celebrate Earth Day and National Environmental Education Week with ArtPlantae at the following locations:

    Be a Botanist-Explorer
    Sunnylands Center and Gardens
    Rancho Mirage, CA
    www.sunnylands.org

    Follow in the footsteps of botanist-explorers and learn how to observe and document plants while sketching in the gardens at Sunnylands. Participants will be introduced to the history of botanical illustration and the fascinating world of plants. Participants are invited to bring their own sketchbooks. Sketchbooks should not be larger than 9” x 12”. Alternatively, a clipboard with printer paper works wonderfully too. A folding stool or camping stool to use in the garden is suggested, but not necessary. Pencils will be provided.
    Fee: $10 per participant. Space is limited.

    Saturday, April 8, 2017
    9:30 – 11:30 am
    Register Online


    Desert Institute
    Joshua Tree National Park Association

    Old School House Lectures
    Twentynine Palms, CA

    Learn about Henry R. Mockel, an East Coast artist and former resident of Twentynine Palms who recorded desert life in his sketchbook and who is known for his illustrations of desert wildflowers. The Old School House Museum is located at 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277. (Map & Directions)

    Friday, April 14, 2017
    Lectures begin at 7:00 pm
    Fee: $5 at the door


    Earth Night in the Garden

    Western Municipal Water District Demonstration Garden
    Landscapes Southern California Style
    Riverside, CA
    (Directions)

    Celebrate Earth Day 2017 at this wildly successful family event hosted by the Western Municipal Water District (WMWD). Environmental education organizations and environment-friendly businesses will each host an activity. There will also be photo opportunities with Drippy the Water Drop, Pam the Lady Bug, Ribbit the Frog, Mother Nature, and Mr. Bumble Bee. The WMWD garden is located at 450 E.Alessandro Blvd, Riverside, CA.

    Thursday, April 20, 2017
    3:00 – 7:00 pm
    FREE


    Family Day at Sunnylands

    Sunnylands Center and Gardens
    Rancho Mirage, CA
    www.sunnylands.org

    Kick-off National Environmental Education Week with ArtPlantae at Sunnylands. This annual Family Day event is dedicated to the wonders of nature and science. There will be exploration stations about birds, insects, monarch butterflies and other animals. ArtPlantae will host two botanical art stations — one for children and one for adults. See you there!

    Sunday, April 23, 2017
    9:30 am – 2:00 pm
    FREE


    Henry Mockel’s Desert Wildflowers

    Fullerton Arboretum
    Fullerton, CA
    www.fullertonarboretum.com
    Finish National Environmental Education Week by learning about Henry R. Mockel, an East coast artist known for his paintings of California desert plants. In 1917 he published “Mockel’s Desert Wildflower Notebook,” a book featuring descriptions and illustrations of 133 desert plants. Learn more about Henry and begin your own wildflower notebook while sketching in the Arboretum’s Desert Collection. Participants should bring a mixed media sketchbook no larger than 9” x 12”. Class fee includes selected art supplies. Fee: $60 non-members, $50 members

    Saturday, April 29, 2017
    1:00 – 4:00 pm
    Register Online


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For the past six years, Elaine Searle has hosted relaxing and rejuvenating botanical art retreats in Italy. She returns to Italy this year and invites you to spend spring, summer, and fall with her in Umbria!

Elaine will host four painting holidays in 2017. They are:

  • Flowers and Fruits of Early Summer ( May 25 – June 1, 2017)
  • Wild Flower Composition (June 2-9, 2017)
  • Late Summer Study Sheet (August 24-31, 2017)
  • Colours of Autumn (September 1-8, 2017)

Watch this short video to learn more about Elaine’s painting holidays. Visit www.paintbotanical.com for everything you need to know about each retreat.



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