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ArtPlantae
www.ArtPlantae.com
ArtPlantae is an educational blog written for artists, naturalists, and educators pursuing interests in botany, botanical art, and environmental education. Celebrate Earth Day and National Environmental Education Week with ArtPlantae at the following locations:

    Be a Botanist-Explorer
    Sunnylands Center and Gardens
    Rancho Mirage, CA
    www.sunnylands.org

    Follow in the footsteps of botanist-explorers and learn how to observe and document plants while sketching in the gardens at Sunnylands. Participants will be introduced to the history of botanical illustration and the fascinating world of plants. Participants are invited to bring their own sketchbooks. Sketchbooks should not be larger than 9” x 12”. Alternatively, a clipboard with printer paper works wonderfully too. A folding stool or camping stool to use in the garden is suggested, but not necessary. Pencils will be provided.
    Fee: $10 per participant. Space is limited.

    Saturday, April 8, 2017
    9:30 – 11:30 am
    Register Online


    Desert Institute
    Joshua Tree National Park Association

    Old School House Lectures
    Twentynine Palms, CA

    Learn about Henry R. Mockel, an East Coast artist and former resident of Twentynine Palms who recorded desert life in his sketchbook and who is known for his illustrations of desert wildflowers. The Old School House Museum is located at 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277. (Map & Directions)

    Friday, April 14, 2017
    Lectures begin at 7:00 pm
    Fee: $5 at the door


    Earth Night in the Garden

    Western Municipal Water District Demonstration Garden
    Landscapes Southern California Style
    Riverside, CA
    (Directions)

    Celebrate Earth Day 2017 at this wildly successful family event hosted by the Western Municipal Water District (WMWD). Environmental education organizations and environment-friendly businesses will each host an activity. There will also be photo opportunities with Drippy the Water Drop, Pam the Lady Bug, Ribbit the Frog, Mother Nature, and Mr. Bumble Bee. The WMWD garden is located at 450 E.Alessandro Blvd, Riverside, CA.

    Thursday, April 20, 2017
    3:00 – 7:00 pm
    FREE


    Family Day at Sunnylands

    Sunnylands Center and Gardens
    Rancho Mirage, CA
    www.sunnylands.org

    Kick-off National Environmental Education Week with ArtPlantae at Sunnylands. This annual Family Day event is dedicated to the wonders of nature and science. There will be exploration stations about birds, insects, monarch butterflies and other animals. ArtPlantae will host two botanical art stations — one for children and one for adults. See you there!

    Sunday, April 23, 2017
    9:30 am – 2:00 pm
    FREE


    Henry Mockel’s Desert Wildflowers

    Fullerton Arboretum
    Fullerton, CA
    www.fullertonarboretum.com
    Finish National Environmental Education Week by learning about Henry R. Mockel, an East coast artist known for his paintings of California desert plants. In 1917 he published “Mockel’s Desert Wildflower Notebook,” a book featuring descriptions and illustrations of 133 desert plants. Learn more about Henry and begin your own wildflower notebook while sketching in the Arboretum’s Desert Collection. Participants should bring a mixed media sketchbook no larger than 9” x 12”. Class fee includes selected art supplies. Fee: $60 non-members, $50 members

    Saturday, April 29, 2017
    1:00 – 4:00 pm
    Register Online


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Carol Woodin

www.carolwoodin.com
Carol is an award-winning freelance artist whose specialties include orchids, rare wildflowers, heirloom fruits and garden plants. Visit her website to view her workshop schedule. Upcoming classes include:

    Roses in Watercolor on Vellum
    Roses and vellum were meant to go together. Capturing color and texture of petal and leaf on a warm, translucent surface will yield rich and lifelike rose portraits. Learn drybrush techniques in watercolor on vellum through demonstrations and practice using roses from the collections at the US Botanic Garden or Brookside Gardens.


    Roses in Watercolor on Vellum

    Brookside Gardens
    Wheaton, Maryland
    May 18 and 19, 2017
    9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    View Details/Register (see page 16)


    Roses in Watercolor on Vellum

    US Botanic Garden
    Washington, DC
    May 20 and 21, 2017
    9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
    View Details/Register

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New York Botanical Garden
www.nybg.org
The New York Botanical Garden is home to one of the longest-running botanical art certificate programs in the country. View their current schedule online. Don’t miss what’s coming up this holiday season!

    Flower Grouping
    Thursdays, 11/3/16 – 11/24/16
    11:00am – 04:00pm
    Midtown Center, Room C
    Instructor: Adele Rossetti 
    Bring a heightened reality to your painting. Learn to gracefully arrange botanical subjects in your compositions and use color, value, and focus to create convincing three-dimensional images. Add depth to a single stem with many flowers, or a group of different flowers combined in one image. Prerequisite: Botanical Watercolor. 
    Register
    © Adele Rossetti, All rights reserved

    © Adele Rossetti, All rights reserved


    Oriental Lilies in Color

    Wednesdays, 11/30/16 – 12/14/16
    06:00pm – 09:00pm
    Midtown Center, Room C
    Instructor: Rose Marie James
    These bold, exotic flowers make striking paintings. Learn the basic botany of the lily family while developing skills in painting the lovely, graded pinks of the “Stargazer” lily. Learn to make fluid color changes, as well as capture the textures of the flowers and the linear structure of the foliage. Prerequisite: Color Pencil I or Botanical Watercolor.
    Register

    © Rose James, All rights reserved

    © Rose James, All rights reserved



    Botanical Drawing I: Methods and Materials

    Wednesdays, 01/11/17 – 02/15/17
    10:00am – 01:00pm
    NYBG, Watson Room 312
    Instructor: Linda M. Nemergut 
    Accurate observation translates into sensitive, realistic drawings and is an essential skill for botanical artists. Using basic shapes, fruit, and leaves, learn contour drawing with an emphasis on proportion, and explore techniques such as foreshortening, perspective, and line weight. 
    Courtesy: New York Botanical Garden

    Courtesy: New York Botanical Garden


    Botanical Drawing I: Methods and Materials

    Wednesdays, 01/11/17 – 02/15/17
    06:00pm – 09:00pm
    Midtown Center, Room C
    Instructor: Laura Vogel 
    Accurate observation translates into sensitive, realistic drawings and is an essential skill for botanical artists. Using basic shapes, fruit, and leaves, learn contour drawing with an emphasis on proportion, and explore techniques such as foreshortening, perspective, and line weight. 
    Register

    Courtesy: New York Botanical Garden

    Courtesy: New York Botanical Garden


    Eastern Woodland Habitat
    Fridays, 02/10/17 – 03/03/17
    10:00am – 01:00pm
    NYBG, Watson Room 312
    Instructor: Patricia Wynne
    The oak/hickory woodland of North American once stretched unbroken from New England to the Ozarks and the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River. It was the most diverse temperate forest ecosystem in the world. We will study the habitat, past, present, and future focusing on the many small animals and plants that inhabit it. This class will stress research, composition, and narrative. We will discuss the history of scientific illustration and professional assignments, with an emphasis on clarity. Includes a special session at the American Museum of Natural History and a walk in The New York Botanical Garden’s own oak/hickory habitat. Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I 
    Register
    © Patricia Wynne, All rights reserved

    © Patricia Wynne, All rights reserved



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Mo-Ranch
www.moranch.org
Mo-Ranch is a retreat and conference center open to the public located on 500 acres in Hunt, Texas. It is also home to the Environmental Leadership Program, a hands-on outdoor program.

    Fall Painting Retreat
    September 22-25, 2016
    Class times vary

    Four-day, three-night painting retreat led by professional artists. Designed for artists of all skill levels who would like to dive in and dedicate their retreat time to plein air painting. Pastels, oil paints, acrylics and watercolors are all welcome painting mediums.

    Leisure artists, beginners and experienced artists welcome!

    Cost:
    Hotel, Single Occupancy: $550
    Hotel, Double Occupancy: $400
    Commuter Rate: $200

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Lewisham Arthouse, London
www.lewishamarthouse.org.uk
The Lewisham Arthouse once served as the central library of Deptford. Designed by architect Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas (1868-1948) and funded by Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), this former library is now a public gallery and studio space for professional artists. Artist studios are open to the public once per year. Exhibitions in the gallery are open to the public year-round, free of charge. Botanical illustration classes are taught by Alison Day.

    Beginning April 11, 2016

    Drawing from Plant Life
    Ten weeks, Monday afternoons
    April 11 – June 20, 2016
    1:00 – 2:30 PM

    This introductory course aims to provide an opportunity to explore the art and science of botanical Illustration. Students will have the opportunity to explore both drawing and painting plants while learning a range of graphic techniques used to represent plant material. Some basic theory is taught and where relevant, historical and contemporary practice is referenced.

    Students are asked to bring their own ideas and specimens to the course as well as drawing plants provided. Basic materials are provided , together with reference literature, students must provide their own sketch book pencils and colours.

    All are welcome, no experience needed. This is a small class and provides and supportive and relaxed environment in which to draw.

    Places are limited so booking is required. Cost for each course is £95/90 concessions.

    For enrolment details and booking, contact Alison Day at the Lewisham Arthouse.

    Transport : BR/Overground New Cross/New Cross Gate.
    Bus 136, 21, 436, 321.
    Disabled access

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Dore_FieldSketchingPlease welcome the Art.Science.Gallery. to
Classes Near You > Texas!


Art.Science.Gallery.

http://artsciencegallery.com
Art.Science.Gallery. is an art gallery and science communication space in Austin, TX and the first art gallery in the nation to feature science-related artwork exclusively. Follow the Gallery on Twitter (@artscigallery) and Facebook.


    Field-Based Sketching & Nature Reportage Drawing

    Sundays March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2016
    2:30-5:00pm

    Illustrator Jedidiah Dore will teach you how to create location-based drawings and illustrations with emphasis on natural and botanical scenes, and will inspire you to create projects based on class drawings. Drawing trips to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Zilker Botanical Garden, and the Austin Nature & Science Center will begin or end with short lectures and group critique. There is an optional full-day field trip on the last day of class for an extra fee. Students are responsible for admission fees to each park and location (est. $3-10 per trip). No drawing experience is necessary. This class will be based at Art.Science.Gallery. in Austin, TX.

    Cost: $155 per student (5 meetings, 12.5 hours)

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    About Jedidiah Dore, MFA

    An award-winning illustrator, Jedidiah Dore is founder/owner of
    Ink & Sword art and design studio. He earned a BFA in drawing and communication design and an MFA in painting from the Pratt Institute and studied under artist Dave Passalacqua at the Passalacqua School of Drawing and Illustration. Follow him on Twitter (@inkandsword).

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© Margaret Saylor, all rights reserved

© Margaret Saylor, all rights reserved

Please welcome Margaret Saylor to
Classes Near You > Pennsylvania!


Margaret Saylor

margaretsaylor.com
Margaret Saylor is a Pennsylvania artist with many years of design experience. She earned a Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden and teaches botanical art in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York. Margaret is the Editor/Designer of The Botanical Artist, the quarterly journal of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Margaret’s complete teaching schedule is available on her website.

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    Painting Mushrooms: Woodland Jewels of the Forest

    September 24, 25 and 26, 2015
    Th, F and Sa from 10 AM to 3:30 PM, 3 sessions
    Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE 19707

    Much of the mystery and intrigue surrounding mushrooms stems from the tiny kingdom on the forest floor that they inhabit. Join Margaret Saylor for a three-day workshop where you will examine different types of fungi and mushrooms, then sketch, compose, and build a unique and accurate painting. Including secondary elements such as spiky grasses, brittle leaves, satiny acorns, or even woodland critters adds interest to your composition while teaching the viewer more about the habitat of the particular mushroom the artist has chosen to depict. Concepts will be taught through demonstrations and individual instruction. All levels of ability are welcome!

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