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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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This information has also been posted to Classes Near You > Massachusetts.

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By Margaret Best


Canadian botanical artist Margaret Best will lead a once-in-a-lifetime tour in the Netherlands about the art and history of the tulip.

Margaret is a regular teacher at the Dundas Valley School of Art in Canada and is one of three teachers at the school selected to be an Artist in Residence on Select River Cruises in 2017.

To coincide with Tulip Time in April, Margaret will be offering lectures on the Art of the Tulip from the Ottoman era to contemporary portrayal, while traveling luxuriously on the waterways of the region. She will be also offering instruction on keeping an illustrated journal of this memorable trip with spectacular tulip specimens and other seasonal flowers both on board and in famous gardens. Touring artists will visit the Winter Garden in Mechelen, Hortus Botanicus Leiden, and Keukenhof.

For non-artist partners, friends or spouses there are a wide range of small-group tours to choose from to soak up the European culture and to partake in the unique food and beverage offerings. art-of-the-tulip-20062016 Like specialty cheese, chocolate, beer and a visit to the Delft China factory.

Seeing this remarkable spectacle of color is on most plant lover’s bucket list. For botanical artists, combining Margaret’s tuition with expert tour guides on a Select Cruise line famous for a more personalized treatment of guests, it will be unforgettable.

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Dore_FieldSketchingPlease welcome the Art.Science.Gallery. to
Classes Near You > Texas!


Art.Science.Gallery. is an art gallery and science communication space in Austin, TX and the first art gallery in the nation to feature science-related artwork exclusively. Follow the Gallery on Twitter (@artscigallery) and Facebook.

    Field-Based Sketching & Nature Reportage Drawing

    Sundays March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2016

    Illustrator Jedidiah Dore will teach you how to create location-based drawings and illustrations with emphasis on natural and botanical scenes, and will inspire you to create projects based on class drawings. Drawing trips to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Zilker Botanical Garden, and the Austin Nature & Science Center will begin or end with short lectures and group critique. There is an optional full-day field trip on the last day of class for an extra fee. Students are responsible for admission fees to each park and location (est. $3-10 per trip). No drawing experience is necessary. This class will be based at Art.Science.Gallery. in Austin, TX.

    Cost: $155 per student (5 meetings, 12.5 hours)

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    About Jedidiah Dore, MFA

    An award-winning illustrator, Jedidiah Dore is founder/owner of
    Ink & Sword art and design studio. He earned a BFA in drawing and communication design and an MFA in painting from the Pratt Institute and studied under artist Dave Passalacqua at the Passalacqua School of Drawing and Illustration. Follow him on Twitter (@inkandsword).

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Fall leaves © Linda C. Miller, all rights reserved

Fall leaves © Linda C. Miller, all rights reserved

Believe it or not, the end of summer is beginning to appear on the horizon. School begins next month and the seasons will change once again.

If you live in the vicinity of Williamsburg, Virginia, you have the opportunity to capture the changing seasons with botanical artist Linda C. Miller.

Here is what’s new in the Classes Near You sections for Virginia and
North Carolina.

Linda C. Miller


Linda is a botanical artist from Virginia and the artist in residence at The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC. Learn more about this special honor. Linda teaches in North Carolina and in Virginia. Visit Linda’s blog, Botanical Art Today to learn about her classes and upcoming gallery appearances.

    Fall Botanical Workshop
    The Elizabethan Gardens, Odom Hall. © Linda C. Miller, all rights reserved

    The Elizabethan Gardens, Odom Hall. © Linda C. Miller, all rights reserved

    The Elizabethan Gardens
    Manteo, NC
    September 28-30, 2015
    9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Use your artistic skills to illustrate and create a Botanical Portrait working with flora from The Elizabethan Garden’s greenhouses and grounds. Learn basic drawing skills, observation, and watercolor techniques to create a botanical painting. Beginner and advanced students welcome!

    Materials list provided by instructor. For additional information, please contact Linda. To register, contact The Elizabethan Gardens at
    (252) 473-3234.

    Two Day Workshop Option:
    $100.00 member, $120 non-member

    Three Day Workshop:
    $150.00 member, $180 non-member

    Class limit: 10

    Fall Nature Journal Class

    Freedom Park Interpretive Center Building
    Williamsburg, VA
    November 14, 2015
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Learn how to keep your own nature journal. Instructor Linda Miller will demonstrate ways of journal-keeping including drawing flora, making quick landscape studies and nature poetry. No experience necessary. Please bring your own journal, pencil, and a small package of colored markers.

    Class Fee: $15 per person
    Class Limit: 10

    Painting Fall Leaves in Watercolor

    Freedom Park Interpretive Center
    Williamsburg, VA
    Wednesdays: October 28, November 4 & 11, 2015
    10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Learn how to draw and paint fall leaves. Instructor will provide watercolor paper. Please bring your own journal, pencil and watercolor paints.

    Workshop Fee: $75 per person
    Class Limit: 6

    Private Watercolor Lessons with Linda C. Miller

    Limited to four guests each session, designed especially for you.
    Learn more about Linda at Linda Miller Botanical Art.
    Half-day: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. ($75 per person).
    Full-day: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ($125 per person).


When in Williamsburg, don’t miss Birds, Bugs, and Blooms: Observing the Natural World in the 18th Century, now at Colonial Williamsburg through January 2, 2017.

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Information about the Spring 2015 workshop Botanical Illustration of Desert Flora has been announced. Here is the latest at Classes Near You > Southern California!

UC Riverside Extension Program


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Natural science illustrator and science educator, Rick Simonson, and two fellow guides will lead an 11-day trip to the Galapagos Islands next Spring through the organization Education First College Study Tours. Here is a glimpse of what is planned for this upcoming adventure schedule for May 13 – 23, 2015:

  • Day 1 – Fly to Ecuador
  • Day 2 – Guided tour of Quito
  • Day 3 – Fly to Baltra and continue to Santa Cruz Island. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.
  • Day 4 – Boat excursion to San Cristobal Island
  • Day 5 – Boat excursion to Floreana Island
  • Day 6 – Return to Baltra, visit Twin Craters, return to Quito
  • Day 7 – Visit Cotopaxi National Park
  • Day 8 – Travel to Riobamba to visit Andean villages
  • Day 9 – Travel to Guamote to take part in cultural exchange activities, return to Riobamba
  • Day 10 – Travel to Guamote to take part in cultural exchange activities, return to Quito
  • Day 11 – Depart for home

Visit the website of Education First College Study Tours to view a detailed itinerary and for more information.

$4,229 (age 29 and under, triple/quad room occupancy)
$4,529 (age 30 and over, double room occupancy)

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Summer is coming, are you ready?

The Gardens at Heather Farm is excited to announce that its esteemed preschool Summer program,
Terrific Tuesdays, will be returning on June 17th!

Children and parents will enjoy up to 12 weeks of savory snacks, rousing read alouds, kid creative crafts, and spectacular science! Join us every Tuesday as we learn how to turn banana peels into lettuce, how to use the sun as our very own personal paint brush, and how to make nature journals to document our exciting new adventures.

Register now to reserve your spot and we promise to make this a worthwhile summer. Pre-registration required! Parents may choose from one of two 6-week program options (June 17 – July 22 or July 29 – September 2), as well as sign-up for all 12-weeks!

Questions? Comments? Cannot wait to join us?

Please do not hesitate to contact Mariel, the Youth Education Manager by email or at (925) 947-6712. We look forward to spending Terrific Tuesdays with you and your little loved ones!

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