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Denver Botanic Gardens Artist in Resedence_Page_1The Denver Botanic Garden has issued a call for artists for the 2016 Artist-in-Residence program. Resident artists are expected to contribute to the Garden by “interpreting the botanic gardens’ purpose as a place of preservation, conversation, education and diversity into images or works which bring others enjoyment and a deeper understanding of the environment some may never visit.”

Artists are expected to spend five days per week on-site during their six-week residency. Three residency opportunities are available: April 20 – May 29, 2016;
June 15 – July 24, 2016; and August 10 – September 18, 2016.

This residency opportunity provides a stipend of $3,000 to be used for housing and materials. To view details and eligibility requirements, download the call for artists.

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There are only 2 spaces left in Margaret Best’s April/May 2016 workshop in Spain. Non-artist friends, partners or spouses are also welcome.

The workshop accommodation is a beautifully restored 16th century house in an aromatic garden surrounded by 3000 acres of olive and orange groves. As for all of Margaret’s previous painting trips, this workshop/tour is capably managed on the ground by Kiloran McRae for the Quench Travel Group of Toronto.

Five glorious days of painting will be spent in a spectacular setting high in Sierra Moreno Mountains, just north of Seville in the heart of Andalucía with options to tour the historic sites of Seville and Barcelona. As always, Quench’s remarkable local connections will make for an unforgettable, cultural immersion. Tapas, flamenco dancing, sherry bodegas, historical gardens …

Many of the already registered participants have been on 3 or more of Margaret’s destination workshops. Their enthusiasm for these unique painting opportunities speaks to the quality of their previous experiences. Botanical artist and ASBA member Jan Clouse and her husband Charles of Santa Barbara have this to say about their previous trips with Margaret and Kiloran:

Margaret knows how much Jan appreciates her guidance and mentoring, but the sustained exposure to her teaching skills provided by these trips is inestimable. We both admire Kiloran’s skills as well. Where do we start? Guide? Translator? Chaperone? Student of Medieval history? Plant identifier? She does it all at breakneck speed — in two, sometimes three, languages. Can’t praise her too highly either.

The food was as always, rave-worthy … impressive botanical gardens, the welcoming horticulturists, and historical sites as well… Altogether we had terrific experiences as botanical painter, guitarist, and tourists.

For details about this unique painting opportunity and a chance to explore some remarkable art and sites of historical significance in Spain, visit
Exclusively Quench online.

Previous Margaret Best/Quench workshop destinations include:

  • Tuscany, Italy
  • Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
  • Newfoundland, Canada
  • Cotswold’s, England
  • Puglia, Italy


Margaret Best discusses color in botanical art, provides tips for informal educators

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Botanical Art and Tours in PROVENCE, France

May 27 – June 02, 2016
Arles, France

Four botanical art/drawing sessions and tours during the week.

Learn botanical drawing and watercolor in Southern France with Lisa Coddington. Experienced artists and bashful beginners are welcome. Scheduled classes and personal attention will refine your botanical art skills. There will be unique and wonderful opportunities to sketch and photograph Southern France in the blush of spring.

This workshop includes:

  • Five nights accommodations with bath ensuite in Arles.
  • One night accommodation with bath ensuite in Marseille.
  • Two formal and two informal painting classes and a “Welcome” wine and cheese reception.
  • Two half-day tours and one full-day tour; picnic at the Pont du Gard.
  • Breakfast daily and more!

FEES include:

    8-9 participants – $2495.00
    10-12 participants – $2255.00

Cost based on share lodging
*Limited single supplement $275.00

Place your deposit by August 31 to receive complimentary art supplies.

For itinerary details, please contact Lisa Coddington. For travel information, please contact Harriet at Cultural Encounters or call (505) 982-8264.

View Lisa’s online gallery at LisaCoddington.com

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The Art of Flowers
Princeville, HI
August 3-7, 2015  
9 AM to 3 PM

A five-day botanical art workshop about the Renaissance techniques of the French Court Masters with Olivia Braida-Chiusano, founder and director of OM Art Designs and the Academy of Botanical Art in Sarasota, Florida.

This workshop will be held at the Princeville Community Center on the island of Kauai.

Designed for beginning to advanced artists, this insightful class in classical botanical art technique offers individual instruction and includes:

  • Slide presentation of “A Brief History of Botanical Art.”
  • Plant subject, paper supplies, pencils, erasers, syllabus, and handouts.
  • Daily refreshments
  • One complimentary group dinner during the study week.
  • A FREE copy of a botanical art publication by James White and Lugene Bruno, past and present curators at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University.

Participants wishing to paint their subjects must bring their own painting supplies.

Cost: $875 per person

Tuition does not include travel and hotel. Please contact The Academy for hotel information and for information about the Princeville area. Participants must to make their own hotel reservations.

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Kathleen McKeehen, Scientific Illustrator

Kathleen is a teacher and freelance illustrator. Her work has appeared in Organic Gardening Magazine and The Herb Companion. View Kathleen’s artwork in the ASBA Members’ Gallery or at the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators’
Science-Art.com. Kathleen welcomes both beginners and advanced students to her classes.

    Painting the Produce Section
    June 27-28, 2015
    9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

    In this two-day workshop with illustrator Kathleen McKeehen participants will learn about washes and dry-brush techniques botanical illustrators use to paint realistic fruit and vegetables. Beginning artists are welcome and encouraged to attend. Participants with experience in watercolor painting will have the opportunity to work with challenging subjects.

    Kathleen McKeehen is a freelance scientific illustrator who teaches botanical drawing and painting at her studio in Indianola, WA, at Gage Academy of the Arts in Seattle and at The Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle, WA. Kathleen’s painting of Arbutus menziesii (Pacific Madrone) is featured in Today’s Botanical Artists by Cora B. Marcus and Libby Kyer (2007).

    2-day workshop without lodging $225
    2-day workshop with lodging $540

    Lodging option includes two nights lodging at the Methow Valley Inn with continental breakfast. Contact the Confluence Gallery to register.
    (509) 997-ARTS

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Join Margaret on the island of Fiji!

The information below has been posted to Margaret’s main listing at
Classes Near You > Canada and on the new page for Fiji.

Margaret Best

Margaret Best is an award-winning artist and respected teacher. Her artwork has been shown in many exhibitions about contemporary botanical art and is featured in the book, Today’s Botanical Artists, by Cora Marcus and Libby Kyer. Margaret teaches in Canada, England, Bermuda, Italy, Morocco, Fiji, South Africa and the United States. Her work is held in both public and private collections, including the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Margaret teaches both watercolor and colored pencil.

    Botanical Art Workshop with Margaret Best

    September 19-26, 2015
    Daku Resort

    Learn botanical art in the morning and take part in afternoon excursions to experience Fijian culture. This seven-day botanical art holiday will be based at Daku Resort and includes plenty of time for relaxing and painting at your own pace.

    Visit local shops, villages and an organic herb garden. Explore Flora Tropica Botanical Gardens, learn about palms and coconuts and experience Fijian culture.

    Program Includes

Return airport transfers from Savusavu to Daku Resort.

    • 7 nights accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities

    • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners
Workshop fees
    • Lectures and excursions as indicated

    Program Excludes 

    • Comprehensive Travel Insurance
Optional activities not listed on the program
Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, massages, private trips
Meals taken in transit at the airport

    $1,700 US (single room)
    $1500 US (twin share room)
    $830 US (non-painting partner)

    Travel Information
    Fiji Airways flies directly to Fiji from Los Angeles and Vancouver.

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    About Fiji

    The Republic of Fiji is a country in the island region of Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean. Explore this part of the world below:

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Botanical Art Workshop Holiday in Norway 2015
June 28 – July 5, 2015

Award-winning botanical artist Gaynor Dickeson will lead a botanical art workshop in Norway in 2015. Travel to the banks of the Oslo Fjord and spend your mornings immersed in botanical art.

Demonstrations and one-on-one instruction will occur after breakfast between Monday June 29 – Saturday July 4. Afternoons are free to explore. Gaynor will be available in the studio for advice on most afternoons. This workshop is suitable for new beginners and highly experienced botanical artists. Class limit is 12 students. Students will work in graphite, colored pencil and watercolor.

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