Archive for the ‘Drawing’ Category

Jennifer Landin is the featured guest for September. Her research about using drawing as a learning tool in a biology classroom is based upon Posner’s Theory of Conceptual Research. I asked Jennifer what Posner’s Theory is all about. She replied:

Posner basically says that you start with a preconception. When you get some new information, you either integrate it with your current knowledge or you need to adjust your current understanding into something new. The problem is that the world often makes sense with our preconceptions, and changing can be kind of uncertain and scary. So in order to change, it’s got to really be worth it…

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Author and illustrator, Sarah Simblet, will lead a studio course in botanical drawing July 8-12, 2013 at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art at the University of Oxford.

Inspired by her book Botany for the Artist, this special learning opportunity includes:

    Learning how Sarah researches, collects and works with plants in her studio.

    A tour of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden.

    An opportunity to draw in the Garden and learn how to work outdoors.

    A study of lines, marks and gesture.

    A study of shape, length, volume and form.

    A study of light, tone, optical illusions, linear perspective.

    A study of paper and how to create a field sketchbook.

    An opportunity to view the original work of Ferdinand Bauer.

To download the course itinerary and to register, visit the Botanical Drawing page on the Ruskin School website.

Sarah’s intensive drawing course will inspire confidence in beginners and refresh the work of more experienced artists. No previous experience needed. Basic materials are provided. Participants completing the course will leave with a portfolio of experimental and traditional drawings and skills relevant to both fine art practice and botanical illustration.

Cost: £750.00 (convert currency)

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

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I hope you are enjoying the conversation with Katie Zimmerman. I asked Katie if she was going to write a book based on her years of research.

She replied:

I’m in the final stages of writing up my dissertation, and all along I’ve been writing with the book in mind. There are a few books out there already, but they have all treated North as an anomaly in the “intrepid spinster” vein. I don’t want to downplay North’s extraordinary achievements and personality, but to really understand her work and its value beyond its eccentricity, we need a more complete narrative. North’s individualized vision and visualizations, however idiosyncratic, were…

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Anita Walsmit Sachs is the director of the art department and a scientific illustrator at the National Herbarium in the Netherlands at the University of Leiden. Ten years ago, Anita started teaching botanical art classes at the university’s botanical garden. During the next four years, enrollment in her classes grew. In 2006, Anita and some of her students formed the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists. Now 136 members strong, the Society will celebrate its seventh anniversary in April.

The focus of Anita’s work as a scientific illustrator is to visualize botanical information. Integrating information observed in dried plant specimens with the verbal instructions from botanists with whom she works, Anita creates line drawings in pen and ink that contain more information than could ever fit in a color photograph.

Please welcome Anita Walsmit Sachs, our special guest for January.

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Ten weeks of botanical illustration and mixed media – online and at your own pace! Here’s the latest at Classes Near You > Alabama:

The Illustrated Garden, A Studio Blog

Val Webb is Derwent Pencils’ Feature Artist for 2012!
She will post drawing tutorials each month at Derwent’s blog, Love Pencils. See Val Webb’s online tutorial, Botanical Drawing with Pencil and Watercolor. Connect with The Illustrated Garden on Facebook. For more information about the classes below, or to register, email Val Webb.

    Draw & Paint Six Culinary Herbs
    This new online class is a mix of botanical illustration, economic botany and gardening. Students will learn how to create pencil studies, ink-and-wash-sketches and mixed media paintings using watercolor and colored pencil. This 10-lesson, four month class begins on January 7. Students will have access to video demonstrations, instruction pages, examples, and assistance through a private password-protected website. Students work at their own pace and can access the website at their convenience during the four month class period. Cost: $50. View Details/Register

Also see Val’s upcoming classes in Mississippi

Catch of the Day: Drawing Mississippi Gulf Marine Life
in Pen and Ink

Saturday, November 3, 2012; 10 AM – 3 PM. No experience necessary! All supplies and materials provided! Learn how to draw fish and shellfish using pen and ink. Location: The Mary C.O’Keefe Cultural Center, Ocean Springs, MS. Cost: $120 View Details/Register

Draw and Paint Holiday Botanicals

Saturday, December 1, 2012; 10 AM – 3 PM. No experience necessary! All supplies and materials provided! Celebrate the Christmas season and learn scientific illustration techniques to create drawings and paintings of seasonal plants using gouache and colored pencils. Location: The Mary C.O’Keefe Cultural Center, Ocean Springs, MS. Cost: $120 View Details/Register

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Many new exhibitions have been added to the Exhibits to Visit section. So many in fact, it is necessary to create an announcement to bring attention to all of them.

Some exhibitions are already open and others will open this week, such as the exhibition at the Northbrook Public Library in Northbrook, IL featuring the award-winning botanical art of Heeyoung Kim. On view will be the collection of paintings for which Heeyoung was awarded a gold medal by the Royal Horticultural Society earlier this year.

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Now at Classes Near You for Texas, Montana, and California:

Mike Sibley Fine Art

Mike Sibley is the author of Drawing from Line to Life, an inspiring instructional book about creating realistic drawings in graphite. Here is your chance to learn from a Master!

  • Graphite Techniques – San Antonio, Texas. June 3-5, 2011. Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center. View details
  • Graphite Techniques – West Yellowstone, Montana. June 12-17, 2011. Holiday Inn West Yellowstone. View details
  • Graphite Techniques – Los Angeles, California. June 24-26, 2011. Torrance Airport Meeting Room (Zamperini Field). View details
  • Graphite Techniques with Mike Sibley – Look for Mike’s next online class at DrawSpace.com.

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