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Erica Beade
Scientific Illustrator

Erica Beade is an illustrator specializing in science, health and nature subjects and has taught observational drawing for many years, with a particular focus on the natural world. She offers independent workshops and also more formal classes through the Harvard Museum of Natural History (and occasionally other venues). She also offers private classes and workshops for individuals and groups. Information about upcoming classes is posted on her teaching website, Observational Drawing.

View portfolios of Erica’s work at www.mbcgraphics.com, Science-Art.com, and www.cafepress.com/mbcgraphics.

During the summer, Erica teaches outdoor sketching workshops in Cambridge – usually at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. A schedule of upcoming classes follows. News and other announcements can be viewed on her website. Please email Erica for more information or to join her email mailing list.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sketching Trees: Thursday, June 1
  • Sketching Plants & Flowers in Pencil: Tuesday, June 6
  • Sketching Plants & Flowers in Colored Pencil: Thursday, June 8
  • Capturing Natural Textures with Pencil: Saturday, June 17
  • Landscape Sketching: Wednesday, June 21

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Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Certificate Program in Botanical Art and Illustration
http://www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends
Our program offers several weekly and one- to three-day classes on botanical art with lead instructor and Education Director Sarah Roche as well as Carrie Megan, Carol Ann Morley, Esther Klahne, and many other visiting instructors from near and far. The courses offered through this program cover all aspects of botanical art. Along with Sarah’s twice-yearly offerings, Foundations of Botanical Drawing and Painting and the more advanced Techniques of Botanical Drawing and Painting, here is a brief overview of the 2016-2017 course offerings:

  • Carrie Megan’s Drawing Pine Cones; Assorted Vegetables & Herbs: Library Page; and Spring Flowers Decomposed
  • Liz Haywood-Sullivan’s smART Business: Creative Management Techniques for Artists
  • Carol Ann Morley’s Drawing in the Greenhouses: From Root to Tip and Colored Pencil Review
  • Jeanne Kunze’s Introduction to Watercolor: Three Colors and Mark Making Techniques: Your Inner Doodle
  • Hillary Parker’s Expressing Your Artistic Voice Through Composition and Mastering Washes
  • Esther Klahne’s Floral Collage: In the Style of Mrs. Delany
  • Ellen Duarte’s Introduction to Scientific Pen Techniques
  • Susan Fisher’s Color Mixing for Artists and Study the Masters
  • Ann Swan’s Pushing the Boundaries: Composition with Colored Pencil and Vibrant Colors and Tactile Textures with Colored Pencil
  • Sarah Roche’s beginner class, Drawing and Painting for the Petrified


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New England Wild Flower Society

www.newenglandwild.org
Conserving and promoting New England’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes. Educators and parents may be especially interested in the Society’s Go Botany program.

    Willows
    Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
    Saturday, April 23, 2016
    10 am – 3 pm

    This class will introduce you to the fascinating willow family and help you recognize and identify local and alien species in spring. After a class discussion that will include a slide show and demonstration of live material, we will visit a field site nearby and observe a few willow species. Bring a hand lens and waterproof footwear.
    Cost: $60 members, $75 nonmembers

    Eligible for Continuing Education Units and satisfies requirement for certificate program. View Details/Register


    Measuring Soil Health and Managing Site Challenges in an Urban Landscape

    Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
    Sunday, April 24, 2016
    9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    This hands-on, indoor/outdoor workshop introduces the concept of the soil health assessment and the implementation of soil health indicators for evaluating the biological, chemical, and physical attributes of soil as they pertain to the constraints of a site. Use of these soil health indicators will help landscape architects, garden designers, arborists, and landscape professionals determine the appropriate products, tools, equipment, and techniques needed to correct soil constraints and to develop a seasonal maintenance plan for a newly installed landscape, from installation to establishment and on to maturity. Bring a bag lunch.
    Cost: $86 member, $104 nonmember

    Eligible for Continuing Education Units and satisfies requirement for certificate program. View Details/Register


    Native Herbaceous Plant Materials: Early Season

    Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
    Thursdays, April 28, May 12, June 9 and Tuesday May 24
    1:00 – 3:30 pm

    Discover numerous native perennials suitable for New England gardens. We’ll look at native herbaceous plants that bloom in spring and early summer, focusing on how to use them effectively to create beautiful landscapes and gardens. Be prepared to walk in the Garden each day. This class is appropriate for landscape professionals and avid home gardeners. It is a companion to Native Herbaceous Plant Materials: Late Season, but can be taken separately.
    Cost: $154 member, $182 nonmember

    Eligible for Continuing Education Units and satisfies requirement for certificate program. View Details/Register

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A new school year begins in the Certificate Program in Botanical Art and Illustration at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens. Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > Massachusetts:


Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Certificate Program in Botanical Art and Illustration
http://www.wellesley.edu/wcbgfriends

This program offers several weekly and one- to three-day classes on botanical art with lead instructor and Education Director Sarah Roche as well as Carol Govan, Carrie Megan, Carol Ann Morley, Esther Klahne, and other visiting instructors. The courses offered through this program cover all aspects of botanical art. Along with Sarah’s twice-yearly offerings, Foundations of Botanical Drawing and Painting and the more advanced Techniques of Botanical Drawing and Painting, here is a brief overview of the 2015-2016 course offerings:

  • Carrie Megan’s Beginning Botanical Drawing I and II classes and Seed Pods: Larger than Life in Black & White and Ranunculus (or Roses) in Spring
  • Carol Govan’s Introduction to Botany Through Drawing
  • Susan Fisher’s Color Mixing for Artists
  • Carol Ann Morley’s Pen & Ink I: Foundations for Botanical Rendering
  • Ann Swan’s Taster Day and Tactile Textures, Tips and Tricks
  • Esther Klahne’s Season of Wither: A Studio Focus on Vellum
  • Denise Walser-Kolar’s Painting on Vellum
  • Lara Call Gastinger’s Painting in Sepia
  • Sarah Roche’s beginner class, Drawing and Painting for the Petrified
  • Sarah Roche’s studio focus class Leafy Greens

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Welcome The Trustees of Reservations to Classes Near You > Massachusetts!


The Trustees of Reservations

www.thetrustees.org
The Trustees preserve properties of scenic, historic and ecological value in Massachusetts and manage almost 25,000 acres for public use and enjoyment. A botanical drawing class and a nature poetry class begin this week. What a wonderful way to blend botany, botanical art and poetry.

    Botanical Drawing in Colored Pencil
    Rutland Washington
    Rutland’s Haven Community Gardens
    Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27
    9:30 – 11:30 am
    Basics of color theory and application and fundamentals of botanical illustration are the focus of this course. Learn to mix and blend colors while drawing flowers and fruit at Rutland’s Haven Community Gardens.

    Cost: $35 members, $45 non-members (per session)
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    Poetry Writing & Performance

    Rutland Washington
    Rutland’s Haven Community Gardens
    Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26
    6-8 pm
    Write and draw in your journals! Learn about the broad genre of Nature Poetry and focus on writing and the art of poetry performance. In this class, voice, form and image are considered. Some writing experience recommended.

    Cost: $140 members, $180 non-members (for 4-session course)
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Helen Allen is coming to Wellesley!

Helen is the Principal and Diploma Course Director at the Chelsea School of Botanical Art in England. She will visit the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens this summer to teach three courses for artists of all experience levels.

Save these dates on your calendar:

    Let’s Get Started
    Does the white expanse of a beautiful clean sheet of paper fill you with dread? About this one day course Helen Allen says, “I love to draw, compose and prepare my paper carefully before contemplating adding paint. I will demonstrate throughout the day the methods of careful preparation with no fuss, therefore no stress. Move from observations into drawings on tracing paper to composition and transfer of the drawing to watercolor paper.” While this course is for all artists, Helen also adds, “If you are taking either of the following painting workshops with me this should help you get ahead of the game.” (CBA: non-credit)

Monday, June 22, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
BAC 15 150X
WCBG Friends Members $135 / Non-Members $170


Dare to Be Different! … and achieve the perfect flower portrait composition

Work through the logical stages of a flower portrait to create the best composition and drawing which should then be a JOY to paint. With Helen Allen as your guide, begin with a review of the drawings you have brought in and a discussion of various ways of recomposing the elements to reach a stunning layout – including how to use aerial perspective effectively. Work on quick tonal drawings to evaluate your composition’s balance of line, form and color. Color notes and checks are essential to really know your combinations work and you won’t be left with MUD! Helen’s demos of techniques and how to maximize the drama in your painting help you to finish the painting with confidence.

Please note: In preparation for this course please bring with you drawings on tracing paper (vellum style) of your chosen plants and the plant you are depicting. We shall be working on a small composition with the constraints of a margin. The finished size should fit into a 12” square small works frame, with or without a mat.

Tuesday, June 23 – Thursday, June 25, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
BAC 15 150/BAC 15 250
WCBG Friends Members $395 / Non-Members $495


Arthur Harry Church: the Man, the Magnification & the Magic

Arthur Harry Church was an English artist and science teacher who made botanical plates showing enlarged sections of flowers to illustrate floral mechanisms. His use of floral diagrams was integral to his work. Study his methods and finished work with Helen Allen as your guide. Although there will be an opportunity to draw using a microscope, Helen will also have some pre-drawn examples that you may like to trace onto watercolor paper. Precision in drawing is key to this exacting and exciting way of creating an interesting piece that is botanically accurate and aesthetically pleasing. (CBA: half elective) Plan your piece within the constraints of a 12” square small works frame, with or without a mat. Your color work will involve working with watercolor in a flat way but showing detail.

Saturday, June 27 – Sunday, June 28, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
BAC 15 151i
WCBG Friends Members $265 / Non-Members $330

To register for a class, contact wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu or call (781) 283-3094

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Helen Byers Botanical Art Workshops 2015 Helen Byers
www.helenbyers.com
Helen Byers is an artist and illustrator who is active in several genres and mediums. She was born in Brazil, grew up in northern California and Mexico, and now lives in Massachusetts. She qualified for the PhD in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara and taught literature and writing at the college level before moving to the Pacific Northwest to work as a freelance literary editor. After moving to Boston in 1988, she embarked on a career as an author, illustrator, and editor for educational publishers.

Since 2013, Helen has turned full-time to her lifelong love of art, teaching botanical drawing and painting in Massachusetts at Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston), the Concord Art Association, and Fruitlands Museum (Harvard). She is also a regular instructor in New Mexico, at Ghost Ranch (Abiquiu), where her courses include a field-sketching workshop focused on high-desert fauna and flora, co-taught with biologist Janet Darrow.

    Sensuous Succulents: Botanical Drawing in Colored Pencil
    Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Massachusetts
    March 14–15, 2015
    10 AM–4 PM

    This workshop will celebrate the forms and features of succulents—xerophytic plants that need little water because they store it in their cells. Join us to learn and practice using colored pencil to record the intriguing textures, colors, and contours that you see. Our goal will be more to learn from small-scale studies than to produce finished works, and we’ll spend extra time on color layering and blending. All levels welcome.

    TO REGISTER: email education@towerhillbg.org or call 508.869.6111


    Introduction to Botanical Illustration

    Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Albany, New Hampshire
    May 23–25, 2015

    This exciting new three-day workshop will cover the basics of botanical illustration in graphite, ink, colored pencil, and watercolor. Amid Tin Mountain’s scenic setting in the White Mountains we will explore conventional uses and effects of each medium and technique. Indoors, our plant subjects will be provided; outdoors, we’ll see what we may find! Relaxed sessions, daily demos, and plenty of individual attention. Some drawing experience helpful.

    TO REGISTER: email cblodgett@tinmountain.org or call 603.449.6991


    Flowering Trees & Shrubs: Botanical Drawing & Painting

    Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Massachusetts
    May 30–31, 2015
    10 AM–4 PM

    Take another look at textures in this two-day workshop focused on woody stems, shiny leaves, and delicate petals. Discover what beautiful and detailed effects you can achieve, working in layers with colored pencil or watercolor. Try both techniques, or concentrate on one. Will your subject be a rhododendron or weigela, dogwood or magnolia? You and Mother Nature will decide! All levels welcome; drawing experience helpful.

    TO REGISTER: email education@towerhillbg.org or call 508.869.6111


    Botanical Drawing & Painting: Plants of the High Desert

    Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center, Abiquiu, New Mexico
    June 15–21, 2015

    The unique altitude and climate of Ghost Ranch’s 20,000+ acres host a surprising diversity of trees, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers. In this spectacular setting, learn and practice two illustration techniques for rendering them artfully and accurately. Relaxed classroom sessions will be devoted to detailed work in colored pencil and watercolor, drawing and painting in layers. Field excursions will offer chances to locate and identify plants in several habitats. Instructional demos, individual attention, and inspiration from “the land of enchantment” will combine to make this an unforgettable week! All levels welcome.

    TO REGISTER: Register online or call 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or 4121



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