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By The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Viburnum opulus, Guelder rose [Viburnum opulus Linnaeus, Caprifoliaceae], hand-colored micrograph on canvas by Rob Kesseler (1951–), 2008, reproduced by permission of the artist. This detail of a leaf shows the stellate hairs (110× magnification).

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents “Worlds Within,” a
unique collaboration between the Hunt Institute (September 22 to December 15, 2017) and the Miller Gallery (September 23 to November 12, 2017). The two venues, at either end of the Carnegie Mellon University campus, are exhibiting botanical micrographs by British artist Rob Kesseler (1951-) alongside botanical wall charts from Carl Ignaz Leopold Kny’s (1841–1916) series “Botanische Wandtafeln” (Berlin, Paul Parey, 1874-1911).


Opening receptions

The opening receptions on Friday, September 22 are open to the public (5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Institute; 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Miller Gallery). Rob Kesseler will be attending both receptions (5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Institute; 6:15-8:00 p.m. at the Miller Gallery).


Panel discussion

A panel discussion, “The artist in the lab, the scientist in the studio,” will be held on Thursday, September 28, 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts, Room CFA-111, Carnegie Mellon University. Rob Kesseler, “Worlds Within” artist, and Steve Tonsor, Director of Science and Research, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and moderator Edith Doron, Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow, Senior Manager of Carnegie Nexus, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh will discuss the evolution of relationships between artists and scientists into research partnerships and will consider potential avenues for the intersections of these two disciplines in the future. This event is free and open to the public. For information, contact the STUDIO.

[Sclereids (support cells) in Fig. 1. Humulus lupulus Linnaeus, Cannabaceae; Fig. 2. Deutzia scabra Thunberg, Hydrangeaceae; Fig. 3. Nuphar lutea (Linnaeus) Smith, Nymphaeaceae], color lithograph by W. A. Meyn (fl.1874–1911), 81.5 × 66 cm, after an original by Carl Ignaz Leopold Kny (1841–1916) and C. Müller (fl.ca.1874–1911) for Kny, Botanische Wandtafeln (Berlin, Paul Parey, 1874–1911, pl. 7), HI Art accession no. 6699.007.


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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By Gretchen Kai Halpert, Director, Scientific Illustration Distance Program

Enjoy Summer; Think Fall!

The Scientific Illustration Distance Program would like to entice you to join us in September for one evening a week of camaraderie, discussion, and critique of the week’s drawing assignment. Check out the website, email questions, and application forms.

    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 programs about natural science illustration. Learn more about the distance learning program in scientific illustration at www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com.


    Scientific Illustration, Session I, Graphite

    September 11-November 13, 2017
    7:00-9:00 EST or email. A 1:00 pm EST will be added if enough interest.

    On-Line
    Session I includes basic drawing skills that are the background to any and all illustration. We cover lighting, scientific conventions, proportion, perspective, and value, working from life and from a variety of natural history objects. Students work in graphite and are introduced to crow quill with ink. This class is appropriate for both beginners and intermediate students. Advanced students should talk with Gretchen before enrolling. Live video conferencing, email, weekly critiques and assignments, recorded tutorials.

    Go to www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com to view the application.


    Scientific Illustration, Session III, Color

    September 12-November 14, 2017
    7:00-9:00 EST or email. A 1:00 pm EST will be added if enough interest.

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

    Go to www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com to view the application.

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Click to visit ObservationalDrawing.com


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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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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The University of Newcastle Australia is offering a six-week course about natural history illustration on edX, an online platform founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration is for aspiring scientific illustrators or anyone who enjoys drawing nature. Participants will learn observation skills and drawing techniques. They will also learn about composition and will study the morphology of mammals, birds and plants.

Participants should plan for up to six hours of homework per week. While this online course is free, a verified certificate of completion is available for a fee.

The instructors for this course are Dr. Andrew Howells and Dr. Bernadette Drabsch, both of the Natural History Illustration program at the University of Newcastle.

Learn more about this free learning opportunity by watching this short video and by reviewing the syllabus online. This course begins on October 26, 2016.


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Gretchen Kai Halpert

www.gretchenhalpert.com
Gretchen Kai Halpert is the founder and instructor of a new online program in scientific illustration. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, 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 and check out her latest blog post about the recent Guild of Natural Science Illustrators conference in Santa Cruz, CA.


    Scientific Illustration, Session I, Graphite

    September 14-November 16, 2016
    7:00-9:00 EST or email. A 1:00 pm EST will be added if enough interest.
    On-Line
    Session I includes basic drawing skills that are the background to any and all illustration. We cover lighting, scientific conventions, proportion, perspective and value, working from life and from a variety of natural history objects. Students work in graphite, and are introduced to crow quill with ink. This class is appropriate for both beginners and intermediate students. Advanced students should talk with Gretchen before enrolling. Live video conferencing, email, weekly critiques and assignments, recorded tutorials.

    Go to www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com to view application on home page.


    Scientific Illustration, Session III, Color

    September 12-November 14, 2016
    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. Live video conferencing, email, weekly critiques and assignments, recorded tutorials. Prerequisites: having completed Sessions I and II, or permission from instructor.

    Go to www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com to view application on home page.

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Kelp Holdfast, watercolor, 11” x 10”; © Sharon Birzer, All rights reserved

Kelp Holdfast, watercolor, 11” x 10”; © Sharon Birzer, All rights reserved

Sharon Birzer
www.sharonbirzer.com
Scientific illustrator Sharon Birzer teaches art at Seattle Pacific University, Seattle Pacific Art Center Arts Corps, Evergreen State College, and Frye Art Museum. View a portfolio of her scientific, botanical and interpretive work on her website.

    The Nature of Drawing
    Frye Art Museum, Seattle
    Tuesday, August 9 – Friday, August 12, 2016
    10 am – 4 pm

    Students explore personal creative expression through biological illustration. Gain confidence in observing form while working with biological subjects to document and interpret what you see. The practice of illustration is complemented by critique sessions allowing students to discuss and respond to each others work. Graphite, watercolor and pen and ink will be covered. Click link below to view more information, including a link to the supply list for this class.

    Cost: $220 member, $280 non-member

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