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Next week The New York Academy of Medicine Library will host the 2nd Annual #ColorOurCollections Week.

Cultural institutions around the world will share coloring sheets featuring material from their rare book libraries, archival repositories, special collections and general collections. Follow the hashtag #ColorOurCollections on your favorite social media channel February 6-10, 2017 and join in the fun. Explore the collections of museums and libraries online, download pages to color and post your colorful creations to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

This event is organized by The New York Academy of Medicine Library. View a list of participating institutions and their respective social media channels online.


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Related – Botanical Art Coloring Books

(Links updated 2/4/17)

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ColorfulLeavesAt first glance Colorful Leaves looks like any other coloring book. But the moment you begin to read the introduction, you discover it is not your average coloring book. It is instead a coloring book and a how-to book rolled into one nice package.

Written by writer and illustrator Gail Selfridge, Colorful Leaves is a 45-page lesson in observing leaves, transferring images and capturing Nature’s colors. Selfridge, a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), was awarded the ASBA’s Anne Ophelia Dowden education grant in 2015. The award enabled her to write Colorful Leaves so she could introduce new audiences to the world of plants through the peaceful and revealing process of leaf rubbing.

The line illustrations in Selfridge’s new book should not be viewed simply as shapes to be colored. They should be viewed as the author intended, as templates to use while exploring color media and botanical art techniques. Selfridge helps new and experienced artists with their experimentation by offering recommendations for pencils, colored pencils, markers, paint and paper. Selfridge explains:

Botanical art is an art form that can be learned and enjoyed by both children and adults, and it is a pleasurable activity that can be pursued for a lifetime. Establishing a preliminary image is often the most challenging and difficult step in this learning process. By starting with these line images, fussing over measurements and details is avoided thus allowing one to get on with learning, not only about the specimen, but also about using various art materials and techniques. These preliminary images can be repeatedly transferred and used to explore many different techniques, both traditional and digital.

Colorful Leaves can be used for personal enjoyment or it can be used by community arts programs, botanical gardens, arboretums, public schools, 4H groups, garden clubs, etc. as an educational outreach activity that provides an enjoyable experience, encourages observation of plants, and provides tools for the accurate portrayal of plants.

Included in Colorful Leaves are line illustrations for 23 trees and four shrubs. Tree genera represented are: Quercus, Platanus, Acer, Cercis, Ulmus, Populus, Fraxinus, Gingko, Aesculus, Liquidambar, Prunus, Diospyros, Morus, Carya, Pyrus, and Malus. Shrub genera represented are Euonymus, Rhus and Rubus.

This week we have the opportunity to learn from Gail Selfridge. You are invited to join the conversation. Post your questions or comments below.



Special Opportunity for Educators from Gail Selfridge
Populus deltoides © 2016 Gail Selfridge. All rights reserved

Populus deltoides © Gail Selfridge

The American Society of Botanical Artists funded Colorful Leaves, and my objective never was to make money selling it. I want to put the publication in the hands of persons who would make use of it. To that end I will send six complimentary copies (including shipping) to anyone who agrees to use them as part of an educational program in exchange for photos of the event and a short (no longer than one page) description of what they did, and the results/success of the program.

Request your complimentary copies of Colorful Leaves.
[Note: Offer no longer available]




Update February 2017

Colorful Leaves is now available for free on the ASBA website. Visit the page about Gail’s project to download a copy of the book and to read how teachers have used Colorful Leaves in their classrooms.





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Our conversation with artist, teacher and landscape designer Kellie Cox-Brady continues…


I understand you are creating a coloring book about native plants. When will this book be available? How many species will be featured?


Kellie
: Yes! I am very excited about this project. I am working with a friend from college who is also a horticulturist, she is writing really fun descriptions of each plant and I am almost done with the illustrations. The coloring book should be available by November. There will be around 24 different plant species featured in the coloring book. My goal with the book is to educate kids on native plants while also bringing an artistic focus from each plant.


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The popular coloring book,
Colorful Edibles, is back in stock!

A blend of botanical art and economic botany, Colorful Edibles is truly a coloring book for all ages. Garden teachers will find this activity book to be a helpful teaching tool because not only does it explain where familiar fruit and vegetables come from, it touches upon the subjects of botany, history, agriculture and nutrition.

Colorful Edibles is available at ArtPlantae Books, your source for exhibition catalogs and activity books by the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting public awareness of contemporary botanical art, to honoring its traditions, and to furthering its development. A portion of each sale is donated to the ASBA.

A wonderful activity book for summer, stock up before your next road trip with the kids!


Colorful Edibles
($8.99)
36 pen and ink drawings by contemporary botanical artists

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The coloring book, Colorful Edibles, was the brainstorm idea of botanical artist and organic farm owner, Wendy Hollender. Grounded in a desire to promote the work of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), a small committee was formed to raise awareness about the ASBA through the development and sale of products created by its members. It took about one year for the first idea, a coloring book, to take shape. Botanical illustrator Bobbi Angell signed on as Co-Project Coordinator and Editor. Graphic artist and book designer, Charlotte Staub Thomas, also joined the project. Together they created a coloring book highlighting the contemporary botanical art of 26 ASBA members.

Editor, Bobbi Angell, says it was easy to get artists involved in this project. The project team made a specific request for pen-and-ink illustrations so that they could include as many ASBA artists as possible. They received 85 submissions from 38 artists. Because they wanted to keep the book inexpensive, only 36 illustrations were selected. The illustrations in Colorful Edibles showcase the strong and diverse line work of ASBA members, and includes work from new artists along side work by more established artists, things Angell said the project team was hoping to accomplish.

Most pages of the coloring book feature a full-page illustration. Informative passages about each fruit and vegetable are included on each page. Angell wrote the passages with young readers in mind. Through her writing, Angell makes reference to the origin and domestication of each fruit and vegetable so that readers learn about the history of their food. She also includes comments from contributing artists.

Colorful Edibles is truly a coloring book for all ages. Garden teachers will find this activity book to be a helpful teaching tool because it not only explains where familiar fruit and vegetables come from, it touches upon the subjects of botany, history, agriculture and nutrition.

The project team hopes to expand the coloring book format to other books about native plants and wildflowers.

Colorful Edibles can be purchased on the ASBA website.

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