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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

    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

    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

    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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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).


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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By The Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators

The Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators (PSBI) is presenting a unique fine art exhibit at the 2018 Philadelphia International Flower Show, March 3-11. This exhibit includes a gallery of botanical art and artists’ demonstrations. Botanical art combines science and artistic interpretation to create pleasing, accurate depictions of plants and flowers.

The theme this year is Wet Feet: Plants That Live in a Watery World. Plants that have “wet feet” live in or along places like bogs, lakes, rivers, streams, estuaries, swamps and marshes around the world. Look for the artist’s signage with their artwork that identifies the plant and its habitat, and why the artist chose it.

The PSBI artists have been demonstrating the techniques of botanical art at the Philadelphia Flower Show since 1998, one year after PSBI was formed. Their demonstrations are part of the PSBI mission to educate the public on the intricacies of botanical art. It is an art form that is a tradition particularly in the Philadelphia area: in the 18th Century John and William Bartram founded and illustrated North America’s first botanical garden.

The PSBI is the local non-profit professional organization for botanical art. It sponsors art classes for youth, and its members teach botanical art in multiple venues.

For more information, visit the PSBI website or contact Amy Stewart.

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© Pamela Burgess, all rights reserved
Mountain Aloe (Aloe marlothii), B&W photograph with digital color added, limited edition, museum-quality pigment print, 10 x 7.5 inches

the naturalist’s desk:
language + landscape

Los Angeles County Arboretum
& Botanic Garden
Arcadia, CA
January 27 – June 23, 2018

Pamela Burgess explores the concept and meaning of landscape through art and text in the naturalist’s desk: language + landscape, a one-person exhibition opening next weekend at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden.

Installed throughout the Arboretum Library, the show features work in various media including drawings and poetry, sculpture and photography, selections from the Library’s collection of botanical books, and artwork based on specimens found in the Garden. Together, the library and the exhibition are presented as an oversized cabinet of curiosities adorned with books, drawings, and strange unidentified roots. A map and self-guided tour of the installation will be available for visitors.

Arboretum guests are encouraged to make repeat visits to this exhibition as additional works will be added throughout its six-month run. Meet Pamela and explore the recently renovated Arboretum Library during the opening reception on Saturday, January 27 (2:00-4:30 p.m). An Artist’s Talk will begin at 3:00 p.m.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is located at 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007 (map).

About Pamela Burgess

Pamela Burgess is a contemporary Los Angeles artist whose work is motivated by a fascination with nature and its materials, and a reverence for craftsmanship.

Awards include a Durfee Foundation ARC grant and first Artist-in-Residence of Theodore Payne Foundation. Exhibitions include the Sturt Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens, Occidental College, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Avenue 50 Studio, and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

Community environmental work includes board member of the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park (from 1997), board member of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants and chair of its Arts Council (2010-2016), member of the 2007 City of Los Angeles Elysian Park Master Plan Oversight Committee.

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