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More than thirty years ago, The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) established the first formal certificate program in botanical art in North America. This program is comprised of ten foundation courses plus electives in either watercolor, colored pencil, drawing, or natural science illustration.

If you’ve always been interested in this program, but never had the time to take a class during the regular school year, consider the Garden’s summer school program. Next month NYBG will launch their summer school for botanical artists. Four courses will be offered and all will be taught as summer intensive classes. These fast-track classes will be taught in less than half the time of regular classes.

Fast-track Botanical Art Courses (Summer 2018)

    Botanical Drawing I: Methods and Materials Intensive
    Learn observation techniques and learn about proportion, foreshortening, perspective, and line weight. This class is a prerequisite for all classes in the certificate program. Two sessions will be offered this summer.

    Cost: $479.00 Non-Member, $435.00 Member

    NYBG Location:
    Instructor: Linda M. Nemergut
    July 9-20, 2018
    10 AM – 1 PM

    Midtown Center Location:
    Instructor: Rose Marie James
    July 9-20, 2018
    10 AM – 1 PM

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    Pen and Ink Intensive

    Monday, Wednesday & Friday
    July 9, 11 and 13, 2018
    Learn how to create lifelike botanical illustrations in pen and ink from botanical illustrator and fine artist, Carol Ann Morley.

    Course prerequisite:
    Botanical Drawing II: Developing Your Skills.

    Cost: $479.00 Non-Member, $435.00 Member

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    Colored Pencil Intensive

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
    July 17 – 26, 2018 (no class on July 25)
    10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

    The focus of this course is color theory and application. Learn the techniques botanical illustrators use to create plant portraits and how they can make their portraits look like a drawing or a painting. This class will be taught by botanical illustrator Laura Vogel.

    Course prerequisite:
    Botanical Drawing II: Developing Your Skills.

    Cost: $479.00 Non-Member, $435.00 Member

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    Botanical Drawing II: Developing Your Skills

    Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
    July 30 – August 10, 2018
    10 AM – 1 PM

    Apply Botanical Drawing I skills and techniques to simple relevant subjects. Focus on concepts of light source, value, and shading to create form. Learn to translate color into black and white, and create the illusion of depth and space in your work. This class will be taught by Linda M. Nemergut.

    Course prerequisite:
    Botanical Drawing I: Methods and Materials

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The Ruskin School of Art will host three summer classes with artist and author Sarah Simblet that will change how you observe and capture Nature in all your creative endeavors.

The following classes offer immersive drawing experiences. Participants will receive instruction both in the studio and in the field.

    Botanical Drawing

    August 6-12, 2018

    A seven-day intensive in botanical illustration based on the best-selling book, Botany for the Artist: An Inspirational Guide to Drawing Plants. Participants will immerse themselves in plant morphology and the techniques of botanical illustration to produce drawings featuring the plants at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Christ Church Meadows. This course will inspire confidence in the beginner and refresh the work of experienced artists. No previous experience needed. View course itinerary online.

    The New Sylva: Drawing Trees with Sarah Simblet

    August 20-24, 2018

    Based on the book The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the Twenty-First Century by Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet, this course will be held in the studio at the Ruskin School of Art and in the beautiful gardens of Rousham House in West Oxfordshire. Beginning and experienced students will learn about the morphology of trees and fill their handmade sketchbooks with observations. When reviewing the course itinerary, be sure to watch the short video in which Sarah discusses how she studies trees and prepares to draw them.

    The Drawing Book with Sarah Simblet

    September 3-9, 2018

    No experience is necessary to participate in this in-depth course about drawing. Participants will engage in practical drawing lessons, visit museums, and learn about the history, contemporary practice, and diverse role drawing plays in our lives. Elements of drawing to be discussed include frame, plane, shape, space, line, mark, gesture, time, rhythm, speed, form, surface, texture, lighting, illusion, and perspective. View the course itinerary here.


The Ruskin School of Art offers a range of short courses that may also be of interest to you. View the current schedule for details.

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Attention readers near Cambridge, MA!

Scientific illustrator Erica Beade will teach four outdoor sketching workshops at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Here’s what’s new at Classes Near You > Massachusetts.

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 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 can be found on her teaching website, Observational Drawing.

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

    Outdoor sketching workshops will be held at Mt. Auburn Cemetery and indoor workshops primarily at the Harvard Museum of Natural HIstory or the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, unless otherwise noted. I am offering these workshops independently, so please contact me directly if you’re interested in signing up or learning more.

    • Sketching Plants & Flowers: Thursday, May 24 from 9:00am to 11:00am
    • Sketching Trees: Wednesday, June 6 from from 9:00am to 11:00am
    • Landscape Sketching: Thursday, June 21 from from 9:00am to 11:00am
    • Sketching with Colored Pencils: Saturday, June 30 from from 9:00am to 11:00am

Workshop Fee: $40 each

To register, please contact Erica via email.

To receive information about future workshops, please join Erica’s email list at ObservationalDrawing.com.

Follow Observational Drawing on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/observationaldrawing.

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Botanical Dimensions is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring plants and the cultural knowledge surrounding them.

Next month Botanical Dimensions will host Picturing Plants: Cyanotype and Botanical Drawing as Tools for Depicting Nature. This workshop will be taught by visual artist Klea McKenna and Kathleen Harrison, Director of the Ethnobotany Library in Occidental, CA.

In this weekend workshop, participants will learn how to create botanical illustrations using graphite, pen and ink, and colored pencil. Participants will also learn about cyanotype printing and the history of botanical illustration. Also scheduled is a Saturday evening talk with artist Klea McKenna.

    Picturing Plants: Cyanotype and Botanical Drawing as Tools for Depicting Nature
    Klea McKenna and Kathleen Harrison
    Occidental Center for the Arts
    June 2-3, 2018
    10 am – 4 pm
    Cost: $350
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By Taina Litwak, Program Co-coordinator, GNSI Conference

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators would like to invite you to join us at the 50th Anniversary GNSI Conference in Washington, D.C., July 15-21, 2018. Illustrators, artists, scientists and educators will gather to showcase award-winning work and new techniques that shape diverse fields of inquiry where science and art converge. We hope you will join fellow artists and science communicators this summer at this historic gathering in Washington D.C., where the GNSI began back in 1968.

Conference registration is now open.

View the conference website at http://2018.conf.gnsi.org.

For more information, please contact Shannon Russell, Local Expert, GNSI Conference 2018.

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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)


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

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