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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

View program details and register at
Mindy Lighthipe – Drawing​ the Beauty of Nature.

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Regular readers of this blog are familiar with the art and photography tour to Costa Rica led by Mindy Lighthipe and Nancy Richmond.

Recently Mindy and Nancy announced a new tour for 2016. The new tour is a trip to Honduras (May 21-30, 2016)! This adventure includes relaxing accommodations at one of the top 50 eco-lodges in the world, a rating assigned by National Geographic.

Sketching, hiking, rafting, snorkeling, mangrove forests, butterflies and waterfalls are a part of this new experience.

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Each year the Pollinator Partnership hosts Pollinator Week, a weeklong event highlighting the “birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants (and) are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food” (Pollinator Partnership). The Pollinator Partnership has been an advocate for pollinator awareness since 1996.

Although Pollinator Week is held in June each year, pollinator awareness and education is important year-round. If you live in southern California, here is an opportunity to learn about pollinators during the upcoming winter break.

This past weekend, a new exhibition about California pollinators opened at the Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum at the Fullerton Arboretum in southern California. Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers is a traveling exhibition featuring educational displays about:

  • Pollination and Fertilization
  • Flowers & Their Pollinators
  • Mimicry in Pollinators
  • Bees & Wasps
  • Butterflies & Moths
  • Beetles
  • Flies
  • Observing Pollinators

Unlike exhibitions that take a purely scientific look at plants and pollinators, the current exhibition includes an artistic perspective on these topics by featuring the photography of plantsman and photographer, John Whittlesey, and the watercolor paintings of students in the Art department at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). Whittlesey’s photographs of pollinators in wild and garden settings are at the heart of the exhibition. The paintings by CSUF students complement his photos and introduce visitors to some of the plants and landscape scenes they will discover as they explore the peaceful 26-acre arboretum.

When planning a visit to the Fullerton Arboretum to view Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers, consider participating in one or more of the learning opportunities offered during the exhibition. These opportunities to learn about native plants, nature photography and insects come just in time for springtime studies in your classroom or programs:

Learn about pollinators at the Fullerton Arboretum

(November 2 – December 28, 2014)

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Natural Science Illustrators Promote Pollinator Awareness

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Get ready for Costa Rica 2015!

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Mindy Lighthipe

Custom classes, art tours, books, ebooks, videos and artwork can be viewed on Mindy’s website. To register for classes, please contact Mindy.

Artistic Adventure Tour – Costa Rica

February 6-16, 2015

In this 10-day workshop, you will tour Costa Rica with botanical and nature artist, Mindy Lighthipe, and nature photographer
Nancy Richmond. Travel to different locations where the rainforest will by your classroom. Learn field sketching, field research, color notation, composition and how to use digital photography for reference details. This workshop is for all levels and welcomes photographers as well.

Some of the places you will visit include:

Go to Costa Rica Art Tours to view the detailed itinerary for this trip.

Cost: $3,549 per person
Save $250 discount if registered before August 1, 2014.

Any questions? Contact Mindy Lighthipe or call 352-226-0949.

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Early Registration Deadline is September 1, 2013
SAVE $250!

Each year natural science illustrator, Mindy Lighthipe, leads an art and photography tour to Costa Rica. The early registration deadline is fast-approaching. If you’ve considered this trip, don’t forget that you can save $250 if you register before September 1.

Why go to Costa Rica? What will you get out of it?

Mindy describes her tour and how Costa Rica continues to inspire her art:

A new adventure awaits!

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A new adventure awaits at Classes Near You > Florida!

Mindy Lighthipe

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.

    Bugs, Beasts & Botanicals Artistic Adventure Tours
    Costa Rica 2014

    February 4-13, 2014
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    Imagine this…

    Upon arriving in Costa Rica, you are greeted by a driver who takes you to Hotel Bougainvillea to join up with fellow artists and instructors Mindy Lighthipe and Nancy Richmond. After a tasty dinner, you retire for the evening in this exciting garden paradise.

    The next morning you awake to begin your Costa Rican adventure and go all-in to enjoy one amazing experience after another. One-of-a-kind adventures include a visit to a toucan rescue ranch, a rainforest and a waterfall garden. They also include bird walks, drawing in the field, painting and learning about photography.

    Sound like fun?

    Learn more about this unique opportunity and download an itinerary on Mindy Lighthipe’s website, BotanicalArtPainting.com.

    Save $250 if you register before September 1, 2013!

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The following workshops by Mindy Lighthipe have been added to CLASSES NEAR YOU > NEW JERSEY:

Studio 16

Custom classes, individual instruction, 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 at Mlighthipe@mac.com
or call 908-769-7417.

  • Let’s Paint Butterflies – June 20, 2009. Learn how Mindy manages her collection and how she paints butterfly lifecycles. Mindy recently earned a silver medal from the Royal Horticultural Society for her paintings of insect lifecycles. Fee: $100, cost includes insect specimens. 10 am – 4 pm.
  • SAVE THE DATES! – Art Tour to Costa Rica – February 5-14, 2010. Travel to the south Pacific region of Costa Rica. Brand new itinerary! View full itinerary here.


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