Hortus botanicus Leiden
Founded in 1590, the Hortus botanics Leiden is the oldest botanic garden in the Netherlands. Included in its historic collection are plants from Asia, Europe and South Africa. Research on plant species continues to this day and the Garden plays an important role in the cultivation and preservation of endangered species.
Summer Botanical Art Workshop with Anita Walsmit Sachs
- Day 1 – Introductions, garden tour, afternoon focus on pencil drawing
- Day 2 – Learn about materials used by botanical illustrators, receive instruction about paint, color mixing and composition.
- Day 3 – Transfer drawings to watercolor paper, begin painting
- Day 4 & 5 – Continue painting, daily discussion, individual attention.
April 11-15, 2016
Create accurate sketches and record the development of plants or individual structures in black & white or color. The course itinerary follows:
Includes morning coffee, brasserie lunch and afternoon drinks. Information about payment and lodging will be provided upon registration. A small optional assignment will be assigned before the workshop begins.
To register, contact Anita.
About Anita Walsmit Sachs
Anita Walsmit Sachs is the former director of the art department and former scientific illustrator at the National Herbarium in the Netherlands at the University of Leiden. She is an award-winning artist who has received two gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society and whose work is included in the Highgrove Florilegium, a historic collection featuring selected plants growing at HRH The Prince of Wales’ home at Highgrove in Gloucestershire. In 2006, Anita and some of her students formed the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists.
Anita was the featured guest in January 2013. Read an interview with Anita and her conversation with ArtPlantae readers here.