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Don’t miss these summertime learning opportunities. Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > Massachusetts:


ART+BIO Collaborative

www.artbiocollaborative.com
The ART+BIO Collaborative in Cambridge, MA fosters the integration of science, nature, and art through novel collaborations, research, and education. They design innovative art+science curriculum and turn public spaces into interactive learning environments.

    ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico
    June 7-14, 2014
    Embark on an artistic exploration of the diverse tropical wildlife of Puerto Rico, including rainforest, mountain, beach and coastal environments.
    Registration Deadline: May 19, 2014
    View Details/Register


    DESERT LIFE: Field Studies of Art+Nature in the Southwest

    August 9-16, 2014
    Discover the unique beauty of the desert in this one-of-a-kind artistic journey through white sand dunes, black lava rock, underground caverns, and mountain landscapes of West Texas and New Mexico.
    Registration Deadline: July 21, 2014
    View Details/Register

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Looking for inspiration and adventure?

Artist Andie Thrams has announced her teaching schedule for 2014. Take a look!


Andie Thrams

www.andiethrams.com
Andie is a painter and book artist devoted to creative work in wild places. She teaches in California, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii. Her work is widely exhibited and honored, and is held in many private and public collections. Get the latest news about Andie’s popular classes on her website. Here is what’s coming up in 2014:

  • Wild Yoga, Wild Art & Ecology on the Big Island of Hawaii – March 9-15
  • Individual Artist Mentoring & Creativity Coaching – March 31 – June 2
  • Field Journal Studies: San Francisco Botanical Garden – April & May
  • Field Journal Studies: UC Berkeley Botanical Garden – May 12
  • Color Mixing Intensive: Spring Wildflowers – May 23-25
  • Watercolors in the Wild: Sierra Flora – June 14-19
  • Botanical Explorations: Papermaking & The Artist’s Book – August 25-29
  • Watercolor Intensive: Methods, Materials & Magic – Sept. 2-5
  • Wild Forest Wild Art – October 3-5

This information has been added to Classes Near You > Northern California.

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Botanical Illustration of Desert Flora
Desert Studies Center, Zzyzx, CA in the Mojave National Preserve
Apr 11-13, 2014 (Friday night to Sun afternoon)

Learn how to draw artistic and realistic flowering plants in a way designed to understand the form, function, and identification of native plants. Exciting
hands-on experience both in the lab and in the field amid native flora habitats. Techniques in pencil, pen, and watercolor. Learn how to:

  • Focus on comprehensive line drawing stressing contour, volume and perspective.
  • Make drawings of minute structures to full-scale renditions of plants.
  • Understand how artistic and scientific skills work together.

This 1-unit field study course is based at the Desert Studies Center (of California State University) located within the Preserve at Soda Springs (Zzyzx), about an hour outside Las Vegas, about a three-hour drive from Riverside. The course fee includes two nights’ lodging at the Center (dormitory rooms & some couples rooms), and fresh cooked breakfast and dinners; bag lunches and tapas on Friday night. Participants will be sent information via email about the Center and what to bring with them. NO VEHICLE REQUIRED ONCE YOU ARRIVE, so great for car share to and from this special location. Cost: $325

Instructor Donald Davidson is an artist with over 500 pieces of art featured in the Traveling Artist Wildflower Project with the National Park Service.


Course Schedule
:
Friday, April 12: 8-10 p.m.
Saturday, April 13: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, April 14: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.


Registration Deadline
:
Register by March 28, 2014. Cite registration # 124−CPF−F61

View Details/Register


This information can also be found at Classes Near You > Southern California.

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An exciting new learning opportunity at Classes Near You > Mississippi:


The Illustrated Garden, A Studio Blog

www.valwebb.com
See Val Webb’s online tutorial, Botanical Drawing with Pencil and Watercolor. Connect with The Illustrated Garden on Facebook. For more information about the class below, email Val Webb.

    Artist-Naturalist Workshop: An Introduction to Botanical Art
    Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR)
    In conjunction with the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA)
    Moss Point, MS
    May 9-10, 2014

    Join illustrator Val Webb, coastal ecologist Jen Buchanan and WAMA education director Melissa Johnson at the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve to learn about freshwater habitats, saltwater habitats and plant anatomy while learning how to draw the plant life at the Reserve.

    This two-day adventure includes an overnight stay at the NERR dormitory and two meals. Cost: $95 Non-WAMA Members; $85 WAMA Members.

    View Photos & Itinerary

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2014_PRIMER-ASPEN_flier-2 Here is what’s new at
Classes Near You > Colorado!


Marjorie Leggitt
Leggitt Design & Illustration

View Marjorie’s Gallery at Science-Art.com
Marjorie is a scientific illustrator who creates illustrations for clients in the fields of botany, zoology, medicine, and education. Her artwork also appears on the seed packets Botanical Interests seed company. You can learn more about the work Marjorie and other illustrators do for Botanical Interests in an interview with Andrew Keys at RadioGarden, a series produced by Horticulture Magazine.


    The Plein-Air Watercolor Primer

    March 22 & 23, 2014
    DC Art Press, Denver
    Instructors: Marjorie Leggitt and Leon Loughridge
    Time: 9am – 3:30pm
    Price: $360.00 (includes custom traveling watercolor kit, gourmet lunch)

    This  new workshop qualifies as a pre-requisite for the September POSTCARDS FROM…Aspen multi-day workshop. Priority is given to those registrants who also place a deposit for the Postcards from Aspen workshop.

    This 2-day weekend workshop introduces all the basics to plein air watercolor painting and, starting this year, is the pre-requisite for the fabulous 4-day POSTCARDS FROM…Aspen watercolor workshop in September. Leon and Marjorie explore everything you need to know for painting outdoors -– working with a limited outdoor palette, building color washes and color builds, developing essential core abstractions, using values and temperatures to create “mini” space-filled compositions.


    Back to Basics: Drawing with Confidence

    April 14-17, 2014
    VOC in Washington Park, Denver
    Instructors: Marjorie Leggitt and Susan Rubin
    Time: 9am – 2:30pm 
    Price: $414.00  
    This fun four-day workshop returns to the drawing basics of Line, Shading, Perspective, and Composition to bolster your drawing skills and boost your confidence. Revisit the principles of light, form, and depth to flesh out compositions both big and small. Practice linear and aerial perspective to accurately portray physical and atmospheric depth. Develop composition strategies to create dynamic artwork. Instruction, exercises, practice, and individual guidance will assure that in just four days you’ll solidify those shaky skills and draw anything better and faster every time.


    POSTCARDS FROM…Aspen, Colorado

    September 10-14, 2014
    The Aspen Meadows Resort (home of the Aspen Institute)
    Instructors: Marjorie Leggitt and Leon Loughridge
    Price: $1360.00 ($395.00 single supplement)

    Includes: 4 nights lodging, instruction, workshop booklet, watercolor sketch books, gourmet breakfasts and lunches, 24-hour health club, outdoor pool and hot tub, tennis court access and equipment, complimentary bicycle rental, full business center access, 24-hour shuttle service to and from downtown Aspen and the Aspen Airport.

    Please note: This workshop has a pre-requisite of the Plein-Air Watercolor Primer (March 22 & 23) or a previous Leggitt/Loughridge POSTCARDS FROM.. workshop.

    This 4-day plein air watercolor workshop is a perfect follow-up to the Plein Air Watercolor Primer workshop and previous Leggitt/Loughridge Postcards From… workshops. Starting at a more advanced level, students delve into the challenging aspects of CVCT. From value sketches and temperature schematics to capturing light throughout the day, students learn how to use “schematics” for problem-solving, to improve time management, and to develop larger and more complex watercolors. Each day presents enticing landscape exercises, composition opportunities, personal instruction and guidance.


    Back to Basics: Drawing with Confidence
     
    September 16-19, 2014 
    VOC in Washington Park, Denver
    Instructors: Marjorie Leggitt and Susan Rubin
    Time: 9am-2:30pm   
    Price: $414.00

    This fun four-day workshop returns to the drawing basics of Line, Shading, Perspective, and Composition to bolster your drawing skills and boost your confidence. Revisit the principles of light, form, and depth to flesh out compositions both big and small. Practice linear and aerial perspective to accurately portray physical and atmospheric depth. Develop composition strategies to create dynamic artwork. Instruction, exercises, practice, and individual guidance will assure that in just four days you’ll solidify those shaky skills and draw anything better and faster every time.

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See the new page for Classes Near You > New Zealand!


Rebecca Brown-Thompson

www.rbrown-designs.com
Rebecca Brown-Thompson is a botanical artist from Oregon and New Zealand who works with paper, paint, felt and beads.

    Field Sketching and Drawing Workshop
    Saturday and Sunday, March 22 – 23, 2014
    9 AM – 5 PM

    Participants will learn introductory drawing techniques and will apply these techniques to field sketching. They will also learn how to accurately record what they see whether is it for journalling, a science study, or just for fun. This workshop at the Lake Hawea Community Centre at Lake Hawea, Central Otago in New Zealand.

    For more information and to register, contact Rebecca
    Brown-Thompson
    by March 1, 2014.

    Visit Rebecca’s website to learn more about her and to view her online gallery, including sample pages of her book Rebellious Beads in which she demonstrates how to create natural history-themed beadwork.

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Do you teach botanical art classes, botany classes, book arts classes or lead nature journaling adventures in your community? Tell others!

I am working on the Classes Near You section one page at a time and you are invited to add your classes to this popular section.

Updates and class announcements will be posted at the beginning of each week and the most time-sensitive announcements will be posted first. Please understand that an announcement about your class may not be posted immediately.

If you already have a listing in the Classes Near You section, please check it to see if it is current. If it is not, please send updates.

The page for California has been updated. Here is information that may be of particular interest:

  • Filoli and Maryjo Koch are offering many inspiring classes in 2014. Visit their listings in the section for Northern California to learn more.
  • In Southern California, mixed media artist Jane LaFazio and watercolorist Brenda Swenson have a year’s worth of learning opportunities scheduled. The writing workshop with Paula Panich, The Literary Gardener, will be held this month at the LA Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Register now to participate in this workshop about the deep connection between storytelling and plants.

And for those interested in botanical art, don’t miss the new classes at the
Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden!


Go to Classes Near You > California

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