Teacher Directory: Gretchen Kai Halpert



Gretchen Kai Halpert earned a BA in Botany from Connecticut College, studied biological illustration at the University of New Haven Graduate School and received a certificate in Scientific and Technical Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)/CE in 1986. Halpert taught medical and natural science illustration for RISD/CE, Brown University, Wheaton College and a wide variety of botanical and nature organizations locally, nationally and abroad since 1994, and now offers an on-line series of classes. Her drawings have appeared in books, journals and scientific publications, at zoos and nature preserves. Halpert is past president of The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI, Inc.), is on the advisory board of the Guild of Asian Botanical Artists (GABA) and is a member of the ASBA, the Sci-Art network of Thailand and the GNSI-Finger Lakes, where she now resides. For a full biography, portfolio, list of courses and exhibitions, go to www.gretchenhalpert.com. For information on the Scientific Illustration Distance Program, go to www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com


Elmira, New York USA


Phone: (607) 767-6936 Email: ghalpert@stny.rr.com Website: www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com


Watercolor, Pen & Ink, Graphite


Rhode Island School of Design/CE; The Alternative School for Math and Science; Scientific Illustration Distance Program; Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Previously: The Botanic Gardens at Roger Williams Park; Blithewold Gardens, Cornell Plantations; Spannocchia Foundation; Wheaton College; Brown University


Teaches BotanyOwn StudioTeaches AdultsTeaches Children Ages 10 and older Critiques offered Critiques offered by mail

Travel Range

Anywhere, as long as travel expenses and time are covered


Along with traditional botany and botanical illustration, I also teach scientific illustration, nature and travel journaling. The focus of my nature journaling courses is to be outside, observing and documenting plants in their natural habitat and the ecosystems in which they live. My on-line scientific illustration classes are tailored to students' interests.