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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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Lisa Coddington invites you to join her on an adventure to draw and paint tropical plants on Grenada, one of the Spice Islands of the Caribbean.

See what’s new in the Classes Near You sections for New Mexico and the
West Indies!

Lisa Coddington

Lisa Coddington is an artist, instructor and the owner of True Gesso Panels, archival gesso panels for painting and silver point. Lisa invites you to join her on an adventure drawing and painting tropical plants on Grenada, one of the Spice Islands of the Caribbean.

    Tropical Botanical Art Workshop, Grenada, West Indies
    Beach Front Hotel
    Grenada, West Indies
    March 16-20, 2014

    Now is the perfect time to reserve your space for a special five-day class in Grenada, West Indies Island. Draw and paint where tropical plants flourish and where they consistently win awards at the Chelsea Flower Show in England. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist you are invited to learn step-by-step drawing and watercolor techniques at this unique location. This botanical art session supports participants’ individual artistic goals with personal attention and demonstrations. The Grenada Horticulture Society will share their award-winning Chelsea Flower Show experience. Free time is scheduled to enjoy island tours and relax on island beaches.
    An extra day includes other tours of the island.

    Cost: $550 USD, excludes airfare, hotel and meals.

    For more information and to register, contact Lisa Coddington via email or call 315-256-8639.

    Registration Deadline: January 20, 2014

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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.

    View complete itinerary

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In my review of Marianne North: A Very Intrepid Painter by Michelle Payne, I ramble though calculations as I think aloud as to how Marianne North could have completed 832 paintings in 14 years. What have you discovered about how she worked that would make such an impressive accomplishment possible?

It is impressive! Calculated out it’s something like one painting every six days for fourteen years! And when we consider that the majority of this work was done on-the-spot in distant locales, the achievement becomes even more impressive. There are a few factors that made North’s project as prodigious as it was: first, and a great lesson to all, was the possession of an extraordinary work ethic. North woke early and worked through all kinds of weather, sometimes for up to twelve hours a day. She also famously preferred plants to people, and was often able to carve extra time to work by excusing herself from the many social obligations central to colonial and ex-pat community life in the places she visited. In Sarawak, for example…

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Telopea speciosissima, Waratah, 1837-1842; Miss Maund; Benjamin Maund, publisher; Maund’s The Botanist; handcoloured engraving on paper; Collection: Art Gallery of Ballarat; Purchased with funds from the Joe White Bequest, 2010

Capturing Flora: 300 Years of Australian Botanical Art
September 25 – December 2, 2012
Art Gallery of Ballarat

The much-anticipated exhibition featuring three hundred fifty drawings and prints celebrating Australia’s wildflowers opens tomorrow at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Visitors to the Art Gallery of Ballarat can attend free talks, attend workshops and take home one of many themed keepsakes created around this exhibition. Visitors will have their choice of a 280-page hardcover catalog, a 2013 calendar, a perpetual diary, note cards, coasters, magnets, mirrors and more!

Entertaining the idea of traveling to Australia to see this exhibition in person? If you are, you don’t have to spend too much time planning because the planning has been done for you. Take a look at these Ballarat in Bloom travel packages.

Special events are planned throughout the exhibition. A summary is provided below. Visit the exhibition’s Programs and Events page to learn more.

Free Talks

  • Art Insight, September 26
    Engraving, lithography, scientists and intellectuals
  • Let’s Talk Poetry, October 9
    Poetry, Australian landscapes and bush poetry
  • Art Insight, October 10
    The life and work of botanical illustrator, Margaret Flockton.
  • Art Insight, October 24
    The work of John Pastoriza-Piñol.

Concerts and Recitals

  • Musica Botanica, October 3
  • Artists Inspire Artistry, November 9 and November 13
  • VOX: Flower Songs, November 10


  • The Microscopic realm with Lauren Black, September 28

The Art Gallery of Ballarat is open daily from 9 AM – 5 PM.
Admission $12, Concession $8, Child and Gallery Members Free

A Look at ‘Capturing Flora’, courtesy The Art Gallery of Ballarat

Pelargonium australe, East Coast form by Margaret Stones; watercolour & pencil on paper; Collection: Art Gallery of Ballarat; Purchased with funds from the Hilton White Bequest, 2011

Metrosideros lophanta, date?; Pierre Joseph Redouté; Gabriel, engraver; plate 56 from Henri Duhamel du Monceau’s Traite des arbres et arbustes que l’on cultivee en France en pleine terre [Trees and Shrubs that are grown in the ground in France]; handcoloured engraving on paper; Collection: Art Gallery of Ballarat; Purchased with funds from the Joe White Bequest, 2012

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Looking for adventure?

See what’s new at Classes Near You > Mexico!

Amelia Hoopes

Amelia is the Director of Cylburn Nature Science Camp in Baltimore and teaches botanical art at Cylburn Arboretum. Learn more about Amelia and view examples of her work in the ASBA Member Gallery.

    Botanical Art in Zirahuen
    June 20 – July 4, 2012

    Come to the shore of one of the cleanest lakes in Mexico to learn how to paint realistic watercolor illustrations of native wildflowers. Brush up on drawing skills and practice traditional watercolor techniques of graded wash, wet-in-wet and drybrush as you enjoy beautiful weather and the unique flora of Mexico’s central highlands. Swim in Lake Zirahuen, go zip-lining far above the lake, hike in the pine forests, bird-watch, sing around the campfire and partake in wholesome meals created from the organic produce of Michoacan, the “breadbasket of Mexico.” This one-of-a-kind adventure will be led by experienced botanical art instructor, master naturalist and science teacher Amalia Hoopes.

    Cost: $546, includes 2 meals/day; does not include lodging or transportation. For an additional fee, transportation can be arranged to and from the Ixtapa/Zihuatenejo airport on Tuesday or Wednesday, June 19th or 20th and on Wednesday or Thursday, July 4th or 5th. Transportation can also be arranged to and from the Morelia airport. Please contact Amalia Hoopes for lodging information. Options range from free camping to a resort hotel.

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Arts & Archives Tour
with Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski
of Denver Botanic Gardens

March 22 – April 3, 2012

This 12-day tour includes visits to the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew Gardens, viewings of work by Maria Sibylla Merian, William Bartram, Mark Catesby and others. Also included are a tour of the British Library’s medieval illuminations and herbals collection, plus visits to the studio of botanical artist Ann Swan, the home of William Morris, a 150-year old art store, a pharmacy museum, the headquarters of Faber Castell, and so much more! Click on the image to download the itinerary and to read the irresistible details.

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