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The Minnetonka Center for the Arts invites you to Beauty and Truth: Botanical Art Then and Now, a conversation about the past, present and future of botanical art. Guest speaker Kathy Allen, Andersen Horticultural Librarian at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, will be joined by contemporary botanical artists who will show how botanical drawings and paintings are created. You will also view artwork juried into Flora and Fauna Illustrata, a program documenting plants, insects and animals that live or pass through the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Beauty and Truth: Botanical Art Then and Now will occur Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Reservations are required. Enrollment is limited to 30 (ages 16 and up). Cost: $14 members, $16 non-members.

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While at Minnetonka Center for the Arts, don’t miss an exhibition of botanical art by the students of Suz Galloway. The exhibition Contemporary American Botanicals is on view in the Murphy Room through March 30, 2017. More Info

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2017_lansuobashowposter-1Botanical artists from the Pacific Northwest present Lan Su in Bloom, an exhibition inspired by the plant collection at Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon. Visit the Garden this spring to learn about the native plants of China from the following artists and educators:

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By Ruskin School of Art

Last year artist, writer and broadcaster Sarah Simblet taught
The New Sylva: Drawing Trees, a course based on the book she co-authored with Gabriel Hemery, The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest & Orchard Trees for the Twenty-first Century. Sarah will offer this course again August 11-15, 2017 at the Ruskin School of Art. This 5-day non-residential programme is a fascinating and intensive exploration of trees and landscape, with a major component being fieldwork at Rousham House and its park by William Kent, the seminal landscape designer.

Sarah will also teach Botanical Drawing, a course designed to accompany her book, Botany of the Artist: An Inspiration Guide to Drawing Plants. This is an intensive
7-day programme in August (non-residential), and takes place in the Ruskin School of Art (the Faculty of Fine Art of the University of Oxford), and at the neighbouring University of Oxford Botanic Garden. 

Further information can be found on the Ruskin website. Reservations can be made through the University of Oxford’s online store.

Sarah will also teach a number of other amazing courses, including human anatomy. Details can be found on our website. 

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By Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents
Exquisite Patterns in Nature from March 19 – June 30, 2017. This exhibition includes selections of artwork and books from the Hunt Institute’s permanent collections that are representative of, or inspired by, the fascinating configurations in the architecture of all organisms.

The patterns on display include simple symmetries and more complex tessellations and fractals; growth rings, whorls and logarithmic spirals; explorations of larger patterns observed through groupings of like plants and plant parts; the visual study of plants in complex decorative arrangements and examples of these patterns in practice.

    Opening reception
    Join us Sunday, March 19, 2017, 2-4 p.m. for the reception. At 2:30 p.m. the curators will give a short introduction to the exhibition in the gallery.

    Open House 2017
    Our annual Open House on Sunday, June 25 (1:45-4:30 p.m.) will include a talk (2:00-3:00 p.m.) and an exhibition tour (3:15-4:00 p.m.). Librarian Charlotte Tancin will present A celebration of plants, enjoying endless variety of form and kind, a talk and display from the Institute’s rare book collection. Striking historical illustrations of selected kinds of plants or aspects of their forms will be on display. She will talk briefly about each image, discussing what can be seen in the image and how the published image would have supported the work of botanists at the time, such as in floristic studies, reports of explorations, monographs on a family or genus, documenting new introductions or celebrating exotic garden plants. This event is free and open to the public.

[Insect- and wind-borne pollen of Dicotyledoneae and Monocotyledoneae], watercolor on paper by Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden (1907–2007), ca.1990, 25 × 17.5 cm, for her The Clover and the Bee: A Book of Pollination (New York, Thomas Crowell, 1990, p. 12), HI Art accession no. 7408.39, Rights, except gift industry, held by Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.

[Insect- and wind-borne pollen of Dicotyledoneae and Monocotyledoneae], watercolor on paper by Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden (1907–2007), ca.1990, 25 × 17.5 cm, for her The Clover and the Bee: A Book of Pollination (New York, Thomas Crowell, 1990, p. 12), HI Art accession no. 7408.39, Rights, except gift industry, held by Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.

About the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation. To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides publications and other modes of information service. The Institute meets the reference needs of botanists, biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers and the public at large, especially those concerned with any aspect of the North American flora.

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Chilean Flame Bush, watercolor, 8 x 8”, © Sharon Birzer, all rights reserved

Chilean Flame Bush, watercolor, 8 x 8”, © Sharon Birzer, all rights reserved

Welcome the Honolulu Museum of Art to Classes Near You > Hawaii!

Honolulu Museum of Art

Founded in 1927 as Hawaii’s first visual arts museum. The museum’s current collection features more than 50,000 works from Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

    The Nature of Drawing
    April 8-9, 2017
    10 am – 4 pm

    Learn how to draw the beauty of the Hawaiian islands in this two-day workshop. Scientific illustrator Sharon Birzer will help you achieve creative expression through botanical and biological illustration. Participants will work in graphite and watercolor. Cost: $100.

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In November 2015 illustrator and educator Wendy Hollender launched
A Year of Botanical Drawing, a 12-month subscription program created to provide aspiring botanical illustrators with structured instruction through 2016.

Now one year later, this successful subscription program has evolved into two new online courses. These courses are now available at DrawBotanical.com, the learning platform created specifically for them. Time-strapped nature artists juggling the demands of daily life can choose between relaxing 30-minute instructional meditations in Botanical Basics or step-by-step instruction in colored pencil and watercolor in The Practice of Botanical Drawing. To learn more about each program, click on the links above. If you would like to go on a tour of the new learning platform and would like to “meet” with Wendy herself, be sure to watch the video on the DrawBotanical.com homepage.

Purchase a one-year subscription to The Practice of Botanical Drawing between now and Christmas Eve (December 24, 2016) and receive 5% off the course fee of $400 when you use the promotional code HOLIDAYSALE12 during checkout. A one-year subscription to The Practice of Botanical Drawing includes complimentary access to Botanical Basics.

Begin your study of botanical illustration or give the gift of botanical art to your favorite nature artist, classroom teacher or informal science educator.

Find out more at DrawBotanical.com

About Wendy Hollender

Wendy Hollender is a botanical illustrator, author and instructor. She is the author of Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color and Botanical Drawing: A Beginner’s Guide. She is the co-owner of Botanical Arts Press, LLC and the illustrator of Foraging and Feasting: A Basic Field Guide & Wild Food Cookbook written by Dina Falconi. Wendy has years of experience introducing botanical illustration to new audiences.

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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 programs about 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.

    Scientific Illustration, Session I, Graphite
    January 9 – March 13, 2017
    7:00-9:00 EST or email

    Develop strong drawing skills in graphite. Learn perspective, proportion, scientific conventions, lighting, textures, transferring, scanning, preparing work for website. Includes handouts, tutorials, live video conferencing, interaction with classmates. Students work in graphite and are introduced to crow quill with ink. This class is for both beginners and intermediate students. Advanced students should talk with Gretchen before enrolling.
    Cost: $990 USD per 10-week session

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    Scientific Illustration, Session II, Pen and Ink

    January 11 – March 15, 2017 
    7:00-9:00 EST or email

    This class includes: pen and ink techniques; use of crowquill on drafting film, bristol board and white scratchboard; developing composition, conducting research, anatomy studies, professional practices, final projects, handouts, tutorials, live video conferencing, interaction with classmates. 
    Cost: $990 USD per 10-week session

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