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University of Oxford Botanic Garden

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is a collection of 13 distinct gardens and seven display greenhouses featuring over 5,000 species of plants. The garden offers educational programs for the public and for teachers. Together with the Harcourt Arboretum, the University of Oxford Botanic Garden forms the Museums and Collections department at Oxford University.

Botanical Illustration with Rosemary Wise

Rosemary Wise, botanical illustrator for the University of Oxford since 1965, will lead these courses. Come along to benefit from her expertise and experience in the beautiful surroundings of the botanic garden. Each class costs £60. Click on the links below for more information about each class and to register.

Introduction to Digital Photography and Botanical Photography
with John Hunt

Saturday, May 18, 2013
10 Am – 4 PM
This is a practical course designed to let you take pictures and learn while you take them. It will cover the basics of digital photography, including learning about macro and close-up photography. With such a wide variety of plants and flowers you will be spoilt for choice. We will also introduce the first steps in post-production, using Adobe Photoshop Elements where you will learn how to start optimising your images. This course is designed to get the best out of the beautiful surroundings of the botanic garden and the best out of you as a photographer. Cost: £60. View Details/Register

Art Workshop with Chloe Fremantle

Saturday, May 4, 2013
10 AM – 4 PM
Artist, Chloe Fremantle, will lead a creative painting workshop, sharing with you her techniques and the inspiration for her work. Examples of her work can be viewed at www.chloefremantle.com. Cost: £60. View Details/Register

More from the University of Oxford Botanic Garden

View the complete schedule of classes to be held at both the Oxford Botanic Garden and the Harcourt Arboretum. The wonderful selection of classes address topics such as: invasive species, bees, woodland management, willow weaving, tree climbing, plant identification and the Winter Lecture Series, Gardens, Plants and Design: A Historical Perspective

View Oxford University’s Public Education Program 2012/2013

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New ebook by Mindy Lighthipe

4″ x 6″

5″ x 7″

8″ x 10″

Drawings and painting in these sizes are easy to scan at home on a desktop scanner on a scanning surface that is
8.5″ x 11″. But what do you do with the rest of your work that is not only larger than this surface, but larger than your entire scanner?

Thanks to technology and natural science illustrator, Mindy Lighthipe, there is now a short practical guide to scanning your artwork.

Scan YOUR Art is a 17-page guide in which Mindy demonstrates how to scan a 11″ x 14″ painting using nothing more than your computer, your scanner, your printer and Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0.

Mindy walks you through the process carefully and includes screenshots of each step so you can follow along as you replicate each step at home.

Mindy provides “how to” information such as:

  • How to create a folder for scanned images.
  • How to scan an image in two parts.
  • How to straighten a crooked image.
  • How to crop an image.
  • How to work with Layers in Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0.
  • How to make quick color adjustments.
  • How to resize an image.
  • How to format a greeting card.

Mindy also provides information about printing companies and an online resource through which you can learn all the ins and outs of Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0.

Scan YOUR Art is available as an ebook and can be purchased for $1.99.

Learn more about Scan YOUR Art

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Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > Northern California:

Gardens at Heather Farm, Walnut Creek

The Gardens at Heather Farm are comprised of twenty demonstration gardens. This six-acre garden is also an outdoor classroom. The garden offers many classes about plants, botany, botanical art and the environment. It also has its own florilegium. The florilegium project is managed by botanical artist, Catherine Watters. Visit the website to view the complete schedule of classes.

  • Successful Citrus for the Diablo Valley – October 13, 9:30 – 11:30 AM. Four Winds Growers, developers of dwarf citrus will share everything you ever wanted to know about successfully growing a large variety of citrus throughout the Diablo Valley. Plants will be available for sale.
    Cost: $20.
  • Patio Gardens: California Native Plants for Containers – October 20, 2012; 9:30 – 11:30 AM. Join Pete Veilleux, East Bay Wilds Nursery for a course in growing California natives in containers. Learn about the most suitable containers to use, soil and soil mixes, and the plants that work best. Pete will also be offering containers and his fabulous native plants for sale. Cost: $25
  • Improving Your Garden Photography – November 3, 2012; 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Bring your camera (DSLR or point & shoot) and a tripod if you have it. Learn about camera settings such as ISO, shutter speed, aperture, file size and macro settings; plus compositional skills and direction of light. Then practice your new skills in the garden while receiving guidance from instructor Jen Kennedy. Cost: $25
  • The Gardens in Autumn – November 10, 2012; 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Patrice Hanlon & Susan Handjian will show you the beauty of an autumn garden. Many plants have more subtle but equally lovely bark color as well as fruits, berries, and seedpods. Learn about proper plant selection for your site; why it’s best to plant in the fall; and tips for maintaining your garden using principles of sustainability.  Receive a plant list that will help you create a fall palette for your garden. Cost: $25

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Davidia involucrata © Niki Simpson. Courtesy Royal Horticultural Society.

Taking A Closer Look
Royal Horticultural Society
Lindley Library, Wisley
September 4 – December 9, 2012

Botanical artist, RHS medal winner, and photographer Niki Simpson combines traditional botanical art with the latest in photographic technology in her solo exhibition at the RHS Lindley Library.

On view are 14 portraits of plant species grown at RHS Garden Wisley. In each composite illustration, Simpson brings attention to the morphological features of each plant and in doing so, creates fourteen beautiful digital botanical illustrations.

Fiona Davison, Head of RHS Libraries and Exhibitions, said, “The RHS is committed to preserving our horticultural heritage for all gardeners and garden-lovers to enjoy. This new exciting collection of works on display is a fascinating reminder that history never stands still, and that new technologies can go hand in hand with traditional techniques to create not only historical records, but also beautiful pieces of art.”

Niki Simpson worked in the RHS Botany Department for many years and managed the Herbarium Image Collection. Niki earned the prestigious RHS Gold Medal (1998) for her traditional botanical watercolor paintings and, in 2003, began exploring digital techniques for botanical art. Her digitally created botanical illustrations received RHS Gold Medals in 2007 and 2008.

Exhibition hours at the RHS Garden Wisley are 11 AM – 4 PM daily. For more information, visit the RHS Lindley Library website.

About RHS Lindley Libraries

The RHS Lindley Libraries are the largest visual and written resource on horticulture in the world. Collections including books, art, photographs and archives span 500 years of Britain’s gardening heritage. Designated as an outstanding collection in 2011, the Lindley Libraries work to safeguard Britain’s gardening heritage, promote access to our collections and share information on all aspects of gardening.

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Now at Classes Near You > Washington:

North Cascades Basecamp, Mazama

A bed-and-breakfast style lodge surrounded by acres of protected cedar forest, the North Cascades Basecamp serves as a homebase for outdoor adventures such as hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing and a host of other activities offered through the camp’s Ecology Center. Biologists Kim and Steve Bondi purchased the recreation center in 2010 and created the Ecology Center to offer learning opportunities for guests.

    Capturing the Shades of October with Photographer, Teri J. Pieper
    October 7-9, 2012; Friday 1 PM thru Sunday 1 PM
    Up to ten photographers will have the opportunity to explore the Methow Valley with cameras and tripods in hand while Teri J. Pieper helps them discover their own unique vision of fall colors in the Methow Valley. Workshop fee includes two nights lodging, six meals and materials. Teri’s work has been featured in a variety of publications including the National Audubon Society magazine and The Nature Conservancy of Washington magazine among others. Her formal photography education was at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, MT. View Teri’s gallery of nature photography online. Location: Methow Valley, Mazama, WA
    View Details/Register

    Painting Watercolors of Autumn with Watercolorist, John Adams

    October 13-14, 2012; 10 AM – 1 PM
    Learn to paint brilliant, colorful autumn scenes in the North Cascades mountains. Each day will include an instructor demonstration of painting mountains and trees with bright watercolors of fall, followed by individual instruction as you create your own painting based on the demo or an idea that you bring to the class. All levels of experience are welcome. Instructor John Adams is a professional artist, designer, teacher and signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
    Location: Methow Valley, Mazama, WA
    View Details/Register

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New Jersey State MuseumBotanica Magnifica:
Photographs by Jonathan Singer

New Jersey State Museum
April 21 – August 26, 2012

Inspired by the work of both early and contemporary botanical artists, photographer Jonathan Singer set out to develop a digital photography technique that would capture a viewer’s emotions through lighting and detail, and surpass “the capability of brush and paint” (Singer et al., 2009). In 2009, Singer’s now-famous photographs were published in Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World’s Most Extraordinary Flowers & Plants.

Selections from the five-volume, baby elephant folio-sized Botanica Magnifica are now on view at the New Jersey State Museum. Launched earlier this year, Botanical Magnifica: Photographs by Jonathan Singer has been presented as a two-part exhibition. This approach enabled the museum to display more pieces from Singer’s collection. On view since January 28, the exhibition is now in its last three weeks and will close on August 26, 2012.

To view the spectacular photography of Jonathan Singer, whom many refer to as a modern-day John James Audubon, visit the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, NJ Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 AM – 4:45 PM.

Botanical Magnifica: Photographs by Jonathan Singer is curated by guest curator, Dr. Karen Reeds, a Harvard-trained historian of science and medicine and an independent exhibition curator. Reeds is also the author of When the Botanist Can’t Draw: The Case of Linnaeus, an article that was featured in the teaching and learning column last year. In her article, Dr. Reeds discusses Linnaeus’ preference for descriptive text over botanical illustrations. In November, Dr. Reeds will present Mark Catesby and his Botanical Forerunners at a special symposium celebrating the contributions made by this 18th-century artist and naturalist.

Literature Cited

Singer, Jonathan M. and W. John Kress, Marc Hachadourian. 2009. Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World’s Most Extraordinary Flowers & Plants. New York: Abbeville Press.

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Become an artist/explorer in 2013!

Natural science illustrator, Mindy Lighthipe and photographer Nancy Richmond have announced their 2013 Artistic Adventure Tour to Costa Rica.

Learn about the plants and animals of Costa Rica while learning how to draw, paint and photograph the lush environment that surrounds you.

To view the complete itinerary and to view images from previous trips, click here:

Art & Photography Tour – Costa Rica

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