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For the past six years, Elaine Searle has hosted relaxing and rejuvenating botanical art retreats in Italy. She returns to Italy this year and invites you to spend spring, summer, and fall with her in Umbria!

Elaine will host four painting holidays in 2017. They are:

  • Flowers and Fruits of Early Summer ( May 25 – June 1, 2017)
  • Wild Flower Composition (June 2-9, 2017)
  • Late Summer Study Sheet (August 24-31, 2017)
  • Colours of Autumn (September 1-8, 2017)

Watch this short video to learn more about Elaine’s painting holidays. Visit www.paintbotanical.com for everything you need to know about each retreat.


Elaine Searle shares her passion about botanical art, discusses how students learn best

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Click to view itinerary at Quench Travel.

Click to view itinerary at Quench Travel.

Travel to Puglia, Italy!

Award-winning botanical artist Margaret Best will teach in southern Italy next Spring. Join Margaret to spend eight luxurious days exploring the “heel” of Italy’s boot.

Travel highlights include visits to botanical gardens, local markets and historic UNESCO villages. Traveling artists will also participate in a cooking class and will have exclusive use of a large garden studio overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

Travel dates are April 12-20, 2015. Starting costs are €3555 per person. Actual cost varies, depending upon the accommodations selected. Register before October 10, 2014 and receive a discount of €125. Here is a currency converter to help you plan.

Reserve your spot in the garden studio at Masseria Montenapoleone today!

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Learn about Jane’s FREE class with Strathmore Artist Papers!

Jane LaFazio

Jane is a mixed media artist and a member of the San Diego Sketchcrawl group. Jane teaches at conferences across the U.S. and leads classes in Italy and Greece too. In addition to sketching classes, Jane teaches workshops in collage, mixed media, and quilting. There are always many, many opportunities to learn from Jane in-person. Below is a short list of classes that may be of interest to you. To view all of Jane’s upcoming classes, see her teaching schedule online.

Also see this interview with Jane and her Ask The Artist Q&A with readers.

    FREE! Artful Card-making Techniques

    Jane will co-teach this online course with artist Joanne Sharpe through Strathmore’s Artist Studio. This class begins on September 3, 2013 and is designated at Workshop 3 in the roster. Act now to join the forum for this class — it already has more than 1,300 members!
    Join the forum for Workshop 3

    Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style

    Six-week online class.
    Learn how to record your life, your summer vacation and other adventures using a loose and quick style of journaling. Participants in this online class will learn a new technique or subject each week and will receive links to supporting material. Communicate with fellow participants and see each others’ projects progress. Designed for beginners. Cost: $85. Online classroom will open Fall 2013.
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    Sketching and Watercolor in a Mixed Media Journal

    Six-week online class.
    Learn to draw from life using Jane’s quick approach to drawing. Take your art journaling to a whole new level! Cost: $90. Online classroom will open Fall 2013.
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Learn from Jane In-person

  • Walking and Watercolor in Italy – October 7-13, 2013
  • ArtWalk: San Diego – January 13-19, 2014
  • ArtWalk: Italy – May 24-30, 2014
  • ArtWalk: The French Riviera – June 1-7, 2014
  • Nature Journaling in Massachusetts – September 12-14, 2014

This information can also be found at Classes Near You > Southern California.

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BotanicalArtIntoThirdMilleniumSales of the wildly popular Italian catalog, Botanical Art into the Third Millenium, are winding down. Unsold catalogs need to be returned to Italy at the end of the month. Only eleven copies remain. After these copies are sold (or returned to the publisher), this catalog must be ordered from the publisher in Pisa, Italy.

The eleven remaining copies are the “hurts” — catalogs that received bumped corners during their trip to California (see example). The pages of these catalogs are in new condition, clean and secure in the book.

Bumped corners, interior pages clean and tight. 15% off, plus free US shipping.

Bumped corners, interior pages clean and tight. 15% off, plus free US shipping.

To move these copies out, we’re having a hurts sale. These eleven copies are priced at 15% off and will ship free to any US address.

The catalog is paperback, has 244 pages and illustrations. The exhibition features over 150 pieces of art, including work by Margaret Stones, Rory McEwen and Margaret Mee, as well as art from the Shirley Sherwood Collection.

Pages 1-69 present the collection and the exhibition. They contain about 12 illustrated pages. Pages 70-235 are the catalogue. The catalogue is divided in 5 sections. Each section has a 2 page presentation (1 page in Italian, 1 page in English). So out of 165 pages, 10 of them are text only, 155 are full-page illustrations. Pages 236-243 are index pages. The book is 7.9″ x 10.5″.

To add this catalog to your library while it is still being shipped from California, go to ArtPlantae Books.

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New at Classes Near You > New York!

Gretchen Kai Halpert

Gretchen Halpert is a scientific illustrator and biologist with many years of experience creating illustrations for the medical field, for scientific research, and for commercial clients. Gretchen also teaches classes in the book arts and leads journaling classes.

    Gardens and Villas of the Italian Lakes
    June 21-30, 2014
    Join Gretchen on an eight-day tour of northern Italy! Enjoy two travel days plus eight days exploring lush gardens and ancient villas in the Italian lakes region of northern Italy (plus a pop over to southern Switzerland). Visit Venice, Murano, Doge’s Palace, Giusti Giardino, Como, Lugano (Switzerland), Bellagio, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Villa Cicogna, Isola Madre and Isola Bella. This botanical tour is presented by Botanical Travel Tours and operated by the Royal Horticultural Society in conjunction with Collette Vacations.

    Gretchen will offer botanical sketching and travel journaling tips and demos for those interested. Contact Gretchen by email or at 607-767-6936 if you have questions about this tour.

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Zingiber officinale (Ginger).© Ingrid Finnan. Collection of Shirley Sherwood. All rights reserved.

Zingiber officinale (Ginger)
Oil on paper, © Ingrid Finnan
Collection of Shirley Sherwood. All rights reserved.

The exhibition catalog Botanical Art into the Third Millenium has arrived from Italy!

This catalog was published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name now on view at Museo della Grafica in Pisa, Italy. This exhibition features botanical art from all over the world and will be on view through July 15, 2013.

In an announcement about the exhibition, curators Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi and Alessandro Tosi write:

At the dawn of the third millennium, botanical painting constitutes a realm of expression of astonishing variety and vitality. In a tradition that has continued without interruption since the Renaissance, when artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer inaugurated a new vision and a new manner of interpreting the natural world, down through the centuries with the work of such great European artists as Jacopo Ligozzi, Maria Sibylla Merian, Nicolas Robert and Pierre-Joseph Redouté, the universe of Flora has provided art with some of its most enduring and fascinating motifs.

The aim of Botanical Art into the Third Millennium is to provide an overview of the latest and most original work being produced in this genre, in a geographic dimension without limits and reflecting the unique diversity and specificity of local environments.

This unique exhibition catalog is now shipping from ArtPlantae Books.
Pre-orders are being processed and shipped. New orders will be processed in a timely manner.

Here is more information about this wonderful piece of botanical art history:

  • Paperback, 244 pages and illustrations
  • Features over 150 pieces of art
  • Each two-page spread has one page in Italian and one page in English
  • Includes the work of Margaret Stones, Rory McEwen, Margaret Mee
  • Includes contemporary botanical art from the Shirley Sherwood Collection, such as the painting of Zingiber officinale (Ginger) by Ingrid Finnan above.


Botanical Art into the Third Millenium is available for purchase at ArtPlantae Books. Order now to save on international shipping fees. While supplies last.

Order today at ArtPlantae Books

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7c4d2e1f4ced43b38be5553328ec3e3b ArtPlantae Books has the opportunity to sell the catalog to “Botanical Art Into the Third Millenium“, an exhibition now on view in Pisa, Italy. Before it decides to bring this catalog to North America, it needs to determine if there is interest in this title beyond those who have already expressed an interest. The sales price will be $45 plus USPS Standard Shipping.

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