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Now at Classes Near You > Florida!

Mindy Lighthipe

Mindy Lighthipe is an award-winning natural science illustrator and the author of the children’s book Mother Monarch. She leads tours to Costa Rica and teaches natural science illustration online.

    Wonderful Watercolor
    Drawing the Beauty of Nature
    March 22 – May 24, 2017
    Twelve weeks

    Learn painting techniques and color mixing techniques. Explore the properties of a new color each week, engage in conversation with classmates and your instructor. Cost: $179

    Foundation Drawing

    Drawing the Beauty of Nature
    March 22 – July 28, 2017
    Ten weeks

    Learn how to illuminate natural forms so you can view, measure and draw them. Practice drawing form and surface contours. Engage in conversation with classmates and your instructor. Cost: $149

    Drawing the Beauty of Plants

    March 22 – May 10, 2017
    Eight weeks

    Learn the morphological features of plants so you can study, measure and draw their features with accuracy. Engage in conversation with classmates and your instructor. Cost: $129

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Mindy Lighthipe – Drawing​ the Beauty of Nature.

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Kick-off the new year with a tropical adventure!

Here is what’s new on the Classes Near You pages for Florida and Massachusetts.

Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens at The Kampong

Certificate Program in Botanical Art and Illustration

    Join Sarah Roche at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Florida to enjoy five days of botanical art! Learn how to create easy field sketches on the grounds of the stunning Kampong historic home and garden. Explore rudiments of form from live specimens as you create graphite studies, then learn how to add color in watercolor. Take home a journal filled with field sketches useful for future projects and filled with memories of a unique tropical experience.

    Botanical Art at The Kampong with Sarah Roche

    Wellesley College Botanic Garden in collaboration with
    The Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden
    January 20-24, 2014
    9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

    Cost: WCBG Friends or Kampong Members, $495; Non-members $595

    Fee includes class instruction, two half-day visits to local botanical gardens, and a Thursday evening lecture by Sarah Roche.

    Travel, accommodations, food and other expenses are not included. Dormitory accommodations at The Kampong may be arranged on a first-come basis. For those arriving on Sunday, January 19, 2014, a get-acquainted gathering will be arranged. Contact the WCBG Friends office for more information.

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Begin the new year learning how to add finishing touches to your botanical paintings. See what’s new at Classes Near You > Florida!

Florida Society of Botanical Artists

A chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the FSBA hosts workshops with visiting instructors and conducts public demonstrations at group exhibitions. Visit their website to learn more.

    Finishing Touches with Hillary Parker
    January 25-27, 2013
    10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Sarasota, Florida

    Award winning botanical artist Hillary Parker will teach a three-day course that will cover the finishing techniques used to complete your artwork. Topics and demonstrations include details, texture, sharpening and cleaning edges, and contrast balancing. For registration information, please contact Susan Benjamin.

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Botanical Art at
The Kampong

January 15-17, 2013
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Go to the tropics in January! Learn how to create field studies at The Kampong, home of the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Coconut Grove, Florida. Artist and teacher, Sarah Roche, will lead this special class that is a collaborative offering between The Kampong and the Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens. Cost: $325 members, $400 nonmembers. Fee excludes travel, accommodations and food. Click on the image for more information.

Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Certificate Program in Botanical Art and Illustration
This program offers several weekly and two- or three-day classes on botanical art and scientific illustration with Sarah Roche and Jeanne Kunze and and visiting instructors. The courses offered through this program cover all aspects of botanical art. Here is a peek at the 2012-2013 schedule:

  • Graphite Fundamentals: Basic Drawing Skills
  • Learning Botany by Drawing
  • Leaves 101
  • Plant Painting for the Petrified
  • Photoshop Demystified
  • Extreme Lumps and Bumps
  • smART Business
  • Colored Pencil Fundamentals

Download the 2012-2013 Course Schedule

This information has been added to the Classes Near You pages for Florida and Massachusetts.

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Mindy Lighthipe and Patricia J. Wynne have created a five-day sketching, drawing and painting adventure in central Florida.

Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > Florida:

Studio 16

Custom classes, art tours, and self-published instructional books can be found at Studio 16, the classroom and art studio of natural science illustrator, Mindy Lighthipe. To register for classes, contact Mindy.

    Five-Day Botanical Art & Wildlife Workshop – October 22-26, 2012. Natural science illustrator, Mindy Lighthipe, and illustrator, Patricia J. Wynne, will lead this workshop in which participants will learn how to create field sketches and plein air paintings of flora and fauna. This workshop will be held in Gainesville, Florida. Each day of the workshop will be taught in a new location. Daily adventures include private tours of Kanapaha Botanical Garden, Lubee Bat Conservancy, Carlson Springs Conservation Sanctuary, the Butterfly Rainforest at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, and Paynes Prairie. Cost: $750.
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    Botanical Art Workshop with Mindy Lighthipe

    September 8-9, 2012; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Study simple flowers, fruit and vegetables in this introduction to botanical art. Learn how to create form using graphite and the techniques Mindy uses to create her award-winning watercolor paintings. Cost: $125. View Details/Register

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Edible Plants Illustrated
Florida Society of
Botanical Artists
Venice Art Center
Venice, Florida
April 9 – May 3, 2012

The Florida Society of Botanical Artists invite you to their new exhibition!

Botanical art is enjoying a renaissance and, although it often depicts far-flung marvels of the botanical world, this juried exhibition of fifteen contemporary practitioners illustrates some common and uncommon plants people have used for food both in the past and the present.

The role of botanical art is to blend the scientific study of plants with artistic presentation. The 38 works in Edible Plants Illustrated were created using watercolor, colored pencil, graphite and silverpoint, and show the wide range of media employed by today’s botanical artists.

Founded in 2005, the Florida Society of Botanical Artists (FSBA) is a chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Meet the artists this Friday at the opening reception. A reception will be held on April 13, 2012 from 5-7 PM at the Venice Art Center.

Venice Art Center
390 South Nokomis Avenue
Venice, Florida 34285
April 9 – May 3, 2012
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Mindy Lighthipe’s 30 Days, 30 Leaves Challenge

On October 1, natural science illustrator and author, Mindy Lighthipe launched a 30-day challenge. Her primary objective is to learn about the plants of Florida by drawing one leaf from a different plant each day. Joining Mindy on her 30-day adventure are members of the Botanical Artists Group on Facebook.

On Day 1 Mindy outlined her objectives for the month. On Day 2, she wrote about her visit to Kanapaha Botanical Garden and discussed leaf anatomy. On Day 3, she painted a leaf from her datura plant. Then yesterday, she shared her experiences using the Icarus Drawing Board, a tool she learned about at the 2008 conference of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

What is she doing today?

Go to www.botanicalpainting.com to find out!

The leaves Mindy creates for her 30-day challenge are available for purchase at her Bugs, Beasts & Botanicals store on Etsy.


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