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.

When browsing the stacks for primary literature about drawing and learning, we usually read articles written by faculty who study these topics. The voices of students participating in these studies are seldom heard. There might be a quote here or there and examples of student work, but that’s it.

Today I am happy to bring attention to an article that changes this. In the current issue of The STEAM Journal sixth-grade student Rudaba R. Hasan writes about the importance of visualizing science in Visualizing a Plant Cell. In this article about using art to learn about science, we learn how Hasan and fellow sixth-grade students turned an assignment to draw plant and animal cells into an engaging infographic using color, lively characters and informative text.

Learn more about this project by reading Visualizing a Plant Cell, now available online on the journal’s website.

Literature Cited

Hasan, Rudaba R. (2016). Visualizing a Plant Cell. The STEAM Journal. Vol.2: Iss. 2, Article 33. DOI: 10.5642/steam.20160202.33. Retrieved from http://scholarship.claremont.edu/steam/vol2/iss2/33

About The STEAM Journal

The STEAM Journal is an international transdisciplinary peer-reviewed open access online journal focused on the relationship between art and science. Learn More

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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

    Registration Form 

    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

    Registration Form

By Bonnie Driggers, BAEE

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If you are still looking for the perfect gift for an artist or gardener on your list, why not surprise them with a copy of American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants: of the Mid Atlantic?

The nonprofit organization Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE) published the book in 2014. All profits from book sales go to support native plants. In 2016 BAEE issued grants totaling $46,000 to three nonprofit organizations: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA; Earth Sangha, headquartered in Fairfax, VA; and the National Fund, which supports the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC. You can learn more about BAEE’s grants and activities on our blog.

Read more about this award-winning book on the publisher’s website.

Class begins next week

Instructor and author Anne-Marie Evans will teach a one-week class
(November 28 – December 2, 2016), emphasizing three dimensionality and perspective. She has chosen Ilex verticillata (Winterberry) as the plant subject for this class. Plant specimens will be provided. Class will be held 10 am – 3 pm, daily. Cost: $650

If you are interested in this learning opportunity, please contact Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment (BAEE) at baee.info@gmail.com ASAP.


Columbia Baptist Church
103 West Columbia St. (Room 100)
Falls Church, VA 22046

The Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens invite you to express your artistic voice through composition in a three-day workshop with naturalist and international award-winning artist Hillary Parker.

Designed for students with intermediate to advanced drawing skills,
Expressing Your Artistic Voice Through Composition will be held
January 10-12, 2017 (9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.). Workshop participants will learn how to compose a drawing before making that first mark on their paper.

To register, please contact wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu or call (781) 283-3094.

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View all botanical art classes at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens here.

The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts in Lake Oswego, Oregon invites you to participate in Beyond the Point: The Fine Art of Colored Pencil and Graphite.

Colored pencil and graphite artists are invited to submit work showing how they apply colored pencil &/or graphite to a variety of surfaces including, but not limited to paper, wood, stone and board. Work may be 2D or 3D. Both colored and graphite, dry and water-soluble pencils may be used. This special exhibition will feature local and national artists such as Mary McCarty, Pat Averill, and Tracy Frein.

Beyond the Point is one of three juried exhibitions planned for the 54th Annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts (June 23-25, 2017). Below is an overview of all exhibiting opportunities:

    Beyond the Point: The Fine Art of Colored Pencil and Graphite
    Special exhibition featuring works in colored pencil and graphite.

    The Artist’s Vision: The Skies Opened

    The Artist’s Vision juried exhibition is a popular venue for both emerging and established artists in the 2D and 3D arts.

    Craft in the Park: Fine Art and Craft

    This is an outdoor booth show located in Lake Oswego’s George Rogers Park showcasing original handcrafted fine art and craft in fifteen categories.

View Exhibition Info / Deadlines

About the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

The Festival, an event created by Lakewood Center for the Arts, is a major regional arts event located in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Lake Oswego is located 9 miles south of Portland, Oregon. The Festival presents the creative endeavors of recognized and emerging artists and enjoys an outstanding reputation for bringing special exhibits of quality and diversity to a weekend that is accessible to everyone. Attracting some 25,000 visitors during the three day event, the Festival includes several art exhibits, food booths, music, and fine art crafts. The Festival is held in the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego and George Rogers Park. It features multiple art exhibits, music, dance and demonstrations. The special exhibit is housed at Lakewood Center. Other art exhibits (Open Show, Lake Oswego Chronicle, Artist’s Vision and Student Exhibits) are also located at Lakewood Center. Craft in the Park, with more than 110 artists, is located at George Rogers Park across the street from Lakewood Center.

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