Archive for the ‘travel’ Category

Courtesy Nomade Aventure, © Agathe and Thomas Haevermans

If you’ve ever wanted to go somewhere less traveled to draw and paint plants like the botanists and artists of past centuries, here is your opportunity.

Scientific illustrator Agathe Haevermans and botanist Thomas Haevermans have announced they will lead a botany and illustration tour of Madagascar in the fall.

This tour is a 14-day adventure that includes travel by foot, bus, boat and dug-out canoe. Travelers will visit national parks and marine reserves, seaside villages, local markets, pristine forests, and meet with Malagasy botanical artists. Travelers will fill their sketchbooks with images daily while learning about Madagascar’s flora and fauna. Madagascar is home to thousands of species believed not to exist anywhere else on earth.

Here is a brief look at the itinerary:

    Day 1
    Arrival in the Malagasy capital, visit a botanical and zoological park, meet Malagasy botanical artists.

    Day 3
    Hike to the top of Montagne des Français, visit the Orangea forest, sketch the Baobabs, pachypodiums, and other succulent plants.

    Day 4
    Visit a dense rainforest.

    Day 5
    Visit geological features, go on a hike and add images to your sketchbook.

    Day 6
    Visit Ankarana National Park, sketch the botanical curiosities you encounter.

    Day 7
    Visit an uninhabited island and explore the lagoon.

    Day 8
    Visit one of the last primary forests where you can find almost all the endemic flora and fauna in northern Madagascar. Travel by cut-out canoe.

    Day 9
    Morning drawing workshop with Agathe at the hotel. Afternoon on your own.

    Day 10
    Visit local markets in a seaside village.

    Day 11
    Visit Ankarafantsika National Park.

    Day 12
    Explore Ankarafantsika National Park.

    Day 13
    Walking tour of the City of Flowers.

    Day 14
    Botanical drawing workshop and other options available on this day.

The full itinerary of this adventure can be viewed on the website of Nomade Aventure, the travel company organizing this trip.

More About Your Experienced Guides

Agathe and Thomas Haevermans are both members of the Société des Explorateurs Français (Society of French Explorers).

Agathe Haevermans is the scientific illustrator at the Muséum National Histoire Naturelle (Museum of Natural History) in Paris. She is also the president of the Société Française d’Illustration Botanique (French Society of Botanical Illustration), and the author of several books, including The Art of Botanical Drawing: An Introductory Guide (2009).

Thomas Haevermans is a botanist who has conducted research throughout Asia and Madagascar. He now manages the botanical team at the Institute of Systemics, Evolution, and Biodiversity at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris.

Accompanying the Haevermans will be a team of local French-speaking guides and local park guides.

This adventure begins on October 20, 2018, in the capital city of Antananarivo.

Cost: 2929 €

(Note: The duration and price shown in the itinerary does not include an international return flight so to allow travelers to book a return trip most appropriate for their situation)

View map and itinerary

More Images

(Click on image to enlarge)

Read Full Post »

By Ruskin School of Art

Last year artist, writer and broadcaster Sarah Simblet taught
The New Sylva: Drawing Trees, a course based on the book she co-authored with Gabriel Hemery, The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest & Orchard Trees for the Twenty-first Century. Sarah will offer this course again August 11-15, 2017 at the Ruskin School of Art. This 5-day non-residential programme is a fascinating and intensive exploration of trees and landscape, with a major component being fieldwork at Rousham House and its park by William Kent, the seminal landscape designer.

Sarah will also teach Botanical Drawing, a course designed to accompany her book, Botany of the Artist: An Inspiration Guide to Drawing Plants. This is an intensive
7-day programme in August (non-residential), and takes place in the Ruskin School of Art (the Faculty of Fine Art of the University of Oxford), and at the neighbouring University of Oxford Botanic Garden. 

Further information can be found on the Ruskin website. Reservations can be made through the University of Oxford’s online store.

Sarah will also teach a number of other amazing courses, including human anatomy. Details can be found on our website. 

View course information for The New Sylva – Drawing Trees

View course information for Botanical Drawing


Read Full Post »

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.

Click on either image to download the itinerary.


Read Full Post »

Click image to download announcement.

Click image to download announcement.

Hortus botanicus Leiden

Founded in 1590, the Hortus botanics Leiden is the oldest botanic garden in the Netherlands. Included in its historic collection are plants from Asia, Europe and South Africa. Research on plant species continues to this day and the Garden plays an important role in the cultivation and preservation of endangered species.

    Summer Botanical Art Workshop with Anita Walsmit Sachs
    April 11-15, 2016
    Create accurate sketches and record the development of plants or individual structures in black & white or color. The course itinerary follows:

    • Day 1 – Introductions, garden tour, afternoon focus on pencil drawing
    • Day 2 – Learn about materials used by botanical illustrators, receive instruction about paint, color mixing and composition.
    • Day 3 – Transfer drawings to watercolor paper, begin painting
    • Day 4 & 5 – Continue painting, daily discussion, individual attention.

    Cost: €395,00
    Includes morning coffee, brasserie lunch and afternoon drinks. Information about payment and lodging will be provided upon registration. A small optional assignment will be assigned before the workshop begins.

    To register, contact Anita.

About Anita Walsmit Sachs

Anita Walsmit Sachs is the former director of the art department and former scientific illustrator at the National Herbarium in the Netherlands at the University of Leiden. She is an award-winning artist who has received two gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society and whose work is included in the Highgrove Florilegium, a historic collection featuring selected plants growing at HRH The Prince of Wales’ home at Highgrove in Gloucestershire. In 2006, Anita and some of her students formed the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists.

Anita was the featured guest in January 2013. Read an interview with Anita and her conversation with ArtPlantae readers here.

Read Full Post »

For the past three years, Gaynor Dickeson has worked diligently to raise the profile of contemporary botanical art in Norway. She has done so successfully through the botanical art holidays she leads on the banks of the Oslo Fjord. Gaynor invites you to join her on the next holiday workshop scheduled for this summer.

Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > Norway:

Botanical Art Workshop Holiday in Norway 2016

June 24 – July 1, 2016

Award-winning botanical artist Gaynor Dickeson will lead a botanical art workshop in Norway in 2016. Travel to the banks of the Oslo Fjord and spend your mornings immersed in botanical art.

Study botanical art every morning after breakfast from Saturday through Thursday. Afternoons are free to explore. During the afternoon, Gaynor will be either in the studio and available for advice, or will be out guiding an afternoon visit to an UNESCO Geopark Area with masses of wild flowers.

Description of the class:

  • Botanical art/illustration demonstrations and individual instruction.
  • Maximum: 12 students
  • Suitable for new beginners and highly experienced botanical artists who want to improve in specific techniques. As classes are kept deliberately small, everyone can be accommodated.
  • Media: Colored pencil, watercolor and/or graphite

View Details/Register

Read Full Post »

Download schedule

Download schedule

Five years ago the Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) announced its distance learning program in botanical art and illustration. Their unique format combines long-distance learning via computer with live classes at the Gardens.

This year the DBG program will expand its reach to include classes that will be taught in Arlington, VA. This exciting move is in response to many requests the program has received from people in this area.

Classes will be taught at Gallery Underground at The Shops at 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA.

Individuals interested in earning a Foundational Certificate in Botanical Illustration should click on the image above to download the schedule.

Gallery Underground will host the following three-day classes:

  • Botanical Illustration in Pencil (Feb. 19-21, 2016)
  • Into the Dark: Cast Shadows (March 11-13, 2016)
  • Color Mixing (March 18-20, 2016)
  • Expressive Ink on Paper and Mylar (April 8-10, 2016)
  • Nature Observed: Field Sketching as a Reference for Studio Work (May 13-15, 2016)

To take advantage of this new learning opportunity, register here.

Read Full Post »

Discover the plants of the Mojave Desert this spring in a weekend workshop offered by UC Riverside Extension. Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > Southern California:

University of California, Riverside
Extension Program

Botanical Illustration of Desert Flora

March 18 – 20, 2016
The class begins at 8 PM on Friday and ends at 4 PM on Sunday.

Learn how to draw artistic and realistic flowering plants in a manner designed to understand the form, function, and identification of native plants. Exciting hands-on experiences both in the lab and in the field amid native flora habitats.

  • Learn botanical illustration techniques in pencil, pen, and watercolor.
  • Focus on comprehensive line drawing stressing contour, volume and perspective.
  • Make drawings of minute structures to full-scale renditions of plants.
  • Understand how artistic and scientific skills work together.

This class qualifies for credit toward certification in Nature Field Studies at UCRX. This field class at the Desert Studies Center in the Mojave National Preserve and is operated by CSU Fullerton. The Center is located within the Preserve at Soda Springs (Zzyzx), about an hour outside Las Vegas and a three-hour drive from Riverside, CA. The course fee includes two nights’ lodging at the Center. Cost: $325

The instructor for this course is Donald Davidson of the Traveling Artist Wildflowers Project.

Contact Donald Davidson if you have questions for the instructor.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: