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Color and Composition
Offered byScientific Illustration Distance Program

Bring your drawings to life in color! Students learn color theory; explore watercolor; colored pencil on paper, board, film and toned paper; and are invited to include digital media. This class helps students develop advanced compositions and info-graphics. Students complete three portfolio pieces and prepare for internships/independent studies, if desired. Professional practices, handouts, tutorials, live video conferencing and email are included.

Open to students having completed Sessions I and II in the SIDP, or by permission. Contact gretchen.halpert@gmail.com for more information.

Meets On
Mondays on-line
InstructorGretchen Halpert
FormatCritique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
VenueOn-line
Address
ContactGretchen.Halpert@gmail.com
Fee$1190
Halpert, Gretchen
On-line
Nature Journaling: Spring's Renewal
Offered bySchool of Botanical Art & Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens


An artist's nature journal documents the beauty of nature in a unique and personal format. Nature journals can be filled with scientific observations, pressed leaves or imaginative drawings and notes. Students receive a set of prompts for nature walks that highlight seasonal themes and encourage intimate connection with nature. Discover what plants and animals are at work in our neighborhoods and capture the seasons by using expressive linework and a changing color palette.


This program is offered by the School of Botanical Art & Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens.


https://www.botanicgardens.org/programs/nature-journaling-springs-renewal-online

Meets On
Monday, April 22, 29, May 6, 13 & 20, 1-4 pm (MST)
InstructorSarah Pedry
FormatDemonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
VenueZoom
Address
Contact720-865-3670
Fee$235 member, $280 non-member
Pedry, Sarah
Online
Studio Focus: Spring Flowering Trees
Offered byMassachusetts Horticultural Society

One of the prettiest sights of the gardening year is the show provided by spring. In the Garden at Elm Bank, at this time of year, there is plenty to draw and paint throughout, but the stars of the show are the Spring Flowering Trees. The dogwoods, viburnums and magnolias will be flowering as well as many other species. In this four-week class with Sarah Roche, celebrate the beauty of the spring as we take advantage of the garden’s splendor. We will record what we see through sketches and watercolor studies and create detailed studies of the trees’ transient flowers and emerging foliage. 

Meets On
4 Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2024; 10:00am - 1:00pm; in-person, Garden at Elm Bank
InstructorSarah Roche
FormatDemonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
VenueMassachusetts Horticultural Society, Garden at Elm Bank
Address
Garden at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street
Wellesley 02482 USA
Contactesprague@masshort.org or register here: masshort.org/botanical-art
FeeMassachusetts Horticultural Society Members: $250; Non-members: $300
Roche, Sarah
Massachusetts
Fundamentals of Graphite Shading
Offered byLewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Richmond VA - USA

In this course, you will:

–Learn about the different types and qualities of graphite, and how and when to use them

–Explore the different results that can be achieved according to the techniques and materials used

–Investigate the essential role of accurate observation associated with a simple system of progressive depiction of shades

–Understand how to achieve precision and uniformity of lines and edges

–Practice rendering smooth and beautiful gradients and how to make eventual corrections to them

–Examine methods for correcting errors and avoiding causing severe damage to the paper and finishing

This course will include drawing demonstrations of the various skills that will be discussed. Individualized feedback will be provided to each student. A practical understanding of analytical drawing and of the fundamentals for perceiving and representing light and shade is recommended, but all are welcome. Students who want a refresher on graphite techniques prior to taking this course can find support in a free guidebook and a video tutorial provided by the instructor.

Meets On
every Wednesday from May 8 through May 29, 2024, 5:30 pm EDT
InstructorRogério Lupo
FormatCritique, Demonstration, Discussion, Lecture
VenueOnline
Address
Contacthttps://www.lewisginter.org/event/fundamentals-of-graphite-shading/
FeeMember $164, Non-Member $197
Lupo, Rogério
Richmond VA - USA - Online
Refined Hatching with Pen Nib & Ink
Offered byLewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Richmond VA - USA

In this course, you will learn:

–The mechanisms of how the nib works

–How to investigate the source of issues and take measures to fix them

–How to keep the nib perfectly clean and always functioning like a brand new one

–How to hold and move the nib on the paper correctly so as to get the best of its resources – including obtaining the finest lines possible 

–How to represent light and shade in all its nuances

–How to apply the methods addressed to illustrate real botanical subjects

–How to proceed to make corrections, erase the ink and remake the drawings

–How to recognize the qualities of a good paper and much more

This course will include drawing demonstrations of the various skills that will be discussed. Individualized feedback will be provided to each student. Students are encouraged to review the instructor’s free guidebook prior to the start of the course. 

Meets On
every Thursday from May 9 through June 6, 2024, 5:30 pm EDT
InstructorRogério Lupo
FormatCritique, Demonstration, Discussion, Lecture
VenueOnline
Address
USA
Contacthttps://www.lewisginter.org/event/refined-hatching-with-pen-nib-ink/
FeeMember $209, Non member $250
Lupo, Rogério
Richmond VA - USA - Online
Capturing Seasonal Color: Spring Herbs
Offered byMassachusetts Horticultural Society

In this class with Tara Connaughton, we will capture the soft greens and colors of the season through studies of deliciously scented spring herbs. Focus will be on observational drawing and mixing accurate color to render the nuances of our chosen plant subjects. Students should have completed at least one Foundations of Botanical Drawing and Painting class, or equivalent.

Hybrid class: May 9 & 23, in-person at the Garden at Elm Bank; Cheney Room, Education Center; May 16, online via Zoom

Meets On
3 Thursdays, May 9, 16, 23, 2024; 10:00am - 2:00pm; in-person & online via Zoom
InstructorTara Connaughton
FormatDemonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
VenueMassachusetts Horticultural Society, Garden at Elm Bank & online via Zoom
Address
Garden at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482 USA
Contactesprague@masshort.org or register here: masshort.org/botanical-art
FeeMassachusetts Horticultural Society Members: $185; Non-members: $225
Connaughton, Tara
Massachusetts
Painting Big - Enlarging Roses Petals and Leaves with Úrsula Romero
Offered byAtelier Clos Mirabel in South West France

The week with Úrsula Romero will begin with a walk around the enchanting grounds of Atelier Clos Mirabel, where you will source your fragrant roses and lushious leaves. Back in the studio, Úrsula will guide you through the process of how to create a large, supersized painting of your chosen flower, petal or leaf. You will learn more about the structure of flowers and how to use different paper types, brushes and paints and how to take risks with your art. As the week unfolds, Úrsula will show you how to paint black backgrounds in watercolour, how to light subjects and how to mix natural greens, browns and greys. How to create textures using dry brushes and how to layer watercolours without them turning muddy. 


You’ll be left to develop your own work under Úrsula’s supervision over the course and will be guided through the technique of burnishing once finished. This course is suitable for all levels because Úrsula gives each student individual attention, guidence and instruction, which means this relaxing week away at Atelier Clos Mirabel is ideal for anyone – from beginners to masters. Úrsula also supports you while you work in your own time and encourages a sense of curiosity in trying out new techniques, so that you feel confident in finding methods that you might prefer to use when back at home. You will finish the course more relaxed, with one or two large paintings underway, a wealth of knowledge on painting, information on how to sell your art and develop your own ideas and have an enormous a sense of empowerment.


https://atelier.clos-mirabel.com/botanical-art/


atelierclosmirabel@gmail.com


Meets On
18 - 25 May 2024 Botanical Art Retreat - France
InstructorÚrsula Romero
FormatDemonstration, Hands-on
VenueAtelier Clos Mirabel - France
Address
276, Avenue des Frères Barthélémy
Jurançon, Pau 64110 FRA
Contactatelierclosmirabel@gmail.com
FeeTutor's Fee: 450 euros per participant + Full Board Accommodation: 1595€ to 2695€ per week based on room choice & single or shared occupancy
Romero, Úrsula
Jurancon - Pau - South West France
Longleaf Pine in Watercolor and Pen and Ink
Offered byNorth Carolina Botanical Garden

In this three-day workshop, we will explore the beauty of the longleaf pine and learn how to paint it using watercolors. We will start with a tour of the garden to get inspired and choose our own subject. During the workshop, we will focus on painting the leaves of the longleaf pine in watercolor and adding details such as cones in sepia or black pen and ink. You will also learn about cross-hatching techniques in watercolor and pen and ink through several demonstrations.

Meets On
Monday - Wednesday, May 20 - 22, 2024; 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
InstructorVincent Jeannerot
FormatCritique, Demonstration, Discussion
VenueNorth Carolina Botanical Garden
Address
100 Old Mason Farm Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 USA
Contacthttps://reg.learningstream.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-cbaa58e0fecb49a1890a159e3d1388d4
Fee$350
Jeannerot, Vincent
North Carolina, USA
Lucy Smith in Transylvania
Offered byTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration - James de Candole

6 nights and 5 days of tuition in a class of just 6 students. For details, please visit www.podart.space.

Meets On
5 full days of tuition
InstructorLucy Smith
FormatHands-on
VenueTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration in Copsa Mare
Address
Principala 135
Copsa Mare 557046 ROU
Contactjames.decandole@outlook.com
Fee2250 EUR
Smith, Lucy
Romania
Introduction to Botanical Art: Foundations in a Week
Offered byMassachusetts Horticultural Society

If you have an interest in plants an da yearning to record what you see on paper, then this class is for you. All experience levels welcome. Explore the world of botanical art over four days in this course designed especially for you - the beginner. Sarah Roche guides your experience through structured exercises, projects and demonstrations, exposing you to the basic techniques and methods of botanical drawing and watercolor painting. This class is our introductions series for botanical art beginners. There will be a break for lunch on the longer days.

Meets On
In person: June 3-5: 9:30am - 2:30pm; June 6: 9:30am - 12:30pm
InstructorSarah Roche
FormatDemonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
VenueMassachusetts Horticultural Society, Garden at Elm Bank
Address
Garden at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482 USA
Contactesprague@masshort.org or register here: masshort.org/botanical-art
FeeMassachusetts Horticultural Society Members: $315; Non-members: $365
Roche, Sarahg
Massachusetts
Food for Thought: Tales from the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists (RMSBA)
Offered bySchool of Botanical Art & Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens

This free online series addresses professional practices and highlights botanical artists, Denver Botanic Gardens staff and speakers from the field. Advanced registration is required to receive the Zoom link.


This program is offered by the School of Botanical Art & Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens.


Register here: https://catalog.botanicgardens.org/DateSelection.aspx?item=4901

Meets On
Friday, June 7, Noon - 1 pm
InstructorRMSBA
FormatLecture
VenueZoom
Address
Contact720-865-3670
FeeFree with registration
RMSBA
online
Botanical Drawing and Painting with Catherine Watters
Offered byAtelier Clos Mirabel in South West France

Join Catherine Watters for one week of drawing and painting the incredibly diverse flora of Atelier Clos Mirabel, using watercolours to capture the colours and textures of the plants.


After our walk in the grounds, we will head to the studio where Catherine will introduce her 10 stages to successfully illustrate a subject. You will carefully observe, measure and draw your subject focusing on form, light and texture. 


After composing your illustration, we will discuss the properties of watercolours and transparent colour mixing. You will apply several layers from the base tea wash to the dry brush finishing touches, using proper lighting to make your subject come to life. 


The course will include a PowerPoint presentation on ‘The History of Botanical Art’, numerous demonstrations and an exhibition on the last day. 


Catherine will also show you how to create a Botanical Journal to document your experience at Clos Mirabel. This is a lovely way to capture a special moment in a magical place.


Students will work with graphite and watercolour, however if you prefer, you can use coloured pencils. All levels of experience are welcome.


https://atelier.clos-mirabel.com/botanical-art/


atelierclosmirabel@gmail.com



Meets On
8 - 15 June 2024, Botanical Art Retreat - France
InstructorCatherine Watters
FormatDemonstration, Hands-on
Venue Atelier Clos Mirabel - France
Address
276, Avenue des Frères Barthélémy
Jurançon, Pau 64110 FRA
Contactatelierclosmirabel@gmail.com
FeeTutor's Fee: 450 euros per participant + Full Board Accommodation: 1595€ to 2695€ per week based on room choice & single or shared occupancy
Watters, Catherine
Jurancon - Pau - South West France
Sketching in the Gardens with Gretchen Halpert
Offered byTemple University Ambler Arboretum

Sketching from life and learning techniques for capturing the beauty and atmosphere of the gardens, participants will explore the big picture to the smallest detail and include written text alongside their drawings. This workshop begins with a discussion and demonstration of tools, tricks, media, and techniques. Specific exercises, free drawing time, and sharing of our work round out this full day of drawing.

Meets On
10 am to 4 pm
InstructorGretchen Halpert
FormatCritique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Tour
VenueTemple University Ambler Arboretum
Address
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002 USA
Contactsharonjimg@verizon.net
Fee135
Halpert, Gretchen
Pennsylvania
Sketching in the Gardens
Offered byTemple University

Spend a day in the Ambler Arboretum with Scientific Illustrator, Gretchen Halpert. Participants will sketch from life and learning techniques for capturing the beauty and atmosphere of the gardens. Participants will explore the big picture to the smallest detail, and include written text alongside their drawings. This workshop begins with a discussion and demonstration of tools, tricks, media, and techniques. Specific exercises, free drawing time, and sharing of our work round out this full day of drawing in a beautiful setting. A materials list is displayed on the registration page.

Meets On
Sunday
InstructorGretchen Kai Halpert
FormatCritique, Demonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
VenueAmbler Arboretum
Address
Philadelphia, PA 19122 USA
Contacthttps://noncredit.temple.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=169217371#courseSectionDetails_169221334
Fee135 USD
Halpert, Gretchen
Pennsylvania, USA
Beautiful Butterflies in Watercolor
Offered byMassachusetts Horticultural Society

Butterflies are a welcome visitor to our gardens in the summer months and play a crucial role in the pollination of many plants. A newly installed butterfly house in May at MHS will be home to Butterflies in Bloom, an immersive exhibit with tropical butterflies and the nectar plants that sustain them. Join Tara Connaughton as we observe, draw, and paint the unique colors and patterns of these beautiful, winged insects as they begin to grace the blossoms in the butterfly house. For artists who have completed at least one beginner botanical art class.

Meets On
Hybrid class: 6/10 & 17, in person, Garden at Elm Bank; 6/13, online via Zoom
InstructorTara Connaughton
FormatDemonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
VenueMassachusetts Horticultural Society, Garden at Elm Bank
Address
Garden at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482 USA
Contactesprague@masshort.org or register here: masshort.org/botanical-art
FeeMassachusetts Horticultural Society Members: $185; Non-members: $225
Connaughton, Tara
Massachusetts
Watercolors and the Graphite Pencil
Offered byMassachusetts Horticultural Society

Values do the work and color gets the credit. This double-media method with Susan T. Fisher is a great way to explore the benefits of both graphite pencils and watercolor paints. Graphite is perfect for developing a full range of values without the worry of watercolor application as a single media. Also, the addition of watercolor with graphite can create a variety of interesting opportunities to achieve a unique botanical piece. Participants will practice value application to subjects and add watercolors for a richer effect. The two mediums together will help clarify what can be confusing about the use of watercolor alone and expand the creative expression of mixed media in botanical work. Demonstrations and discussion time will focus on the importance of creating believable values at the start.

Prerequisite: Suitable for artists who have completed at least two Foundations of Botanical Drawing and Painting classes, or equivalent.

Meets On
5 days: June 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 2024, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
InstructorSusan T. Fisher
FormatDemonstration, Discussion, Hands-on, Lecture
VenueOnline via Zoom
Address
Contactesprague@masshort.org or register here: masshort.org/botanical-art
FeeMassachusetts Horticultural Society Members: $350; Non-members: $425
Fisher, Susan T.
Zoom
Intersections Lecture: Art and Environment: Navigating a Rapidly Changing World
Offered bySchool of Botanical Art & Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens

Artist and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design professor Regan Rosburg has traveled to ecologically impactful regions of the world for the past 20 years and has become an advocate for artistic voices joining the conversation on climate change, over-consumption and human impact. In this talk, Rosburg weaves together climate change, the Anthropocene, ecopsychology, ceremony and ecological spirituality.


This program is offered by the School of Botanical Art & Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens.


https://catalog.botanicgardens.org/Selection.aspx?item=5326&sch=293011

Meets On
Wednesday, June 12, 6:00-7:30 pm
InstructorRegan Rosburg
FormatLecture
VenueZoom
Address
Contact720-865-3670
Fee$10 member, $12 non-member
Rosburg, Regan
Online
Artist's Skills: Digitizing Your Artwork
Offered bySchool of Botanical Art & Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens

Have you ever wanted to make prints of your artwork or wished you had a good digital image of your illustration to post online? Learn how to digitize your artworks with a standard household scanner and how to tidy up your files in Photoshop so that they’re ready to turn into prints or use online. No Photoshop experience required. Students need access to Adobe Photoshop and a scanner for this online course.

 

This program is offered by the School of Botanical Art & Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens.


https://www.botanicgardens.org/programs/artists-skills-digitizing-your-artwork-online

Meets On
Saturday, June 15, 10 am - 1 pm (MST)
InstructorAlex Boersma
FormatLecture
VenueZoom
Address
Contact720-865-3670
Fee$65 member, $75 non-member
Boersma, Alex
Online
Pollinators and Summer Flowers
Offered byMassachusetts Horticultural Society

In this short three session class, led by Lead Instructor Sarah Roche, we will take advantage of the Butterfly House at Elm Bank, and the wide range of flowers in the gardens around it.


Working on a series of studies, we will investigate the relationships between the many different species of insect and the flowers that they pollinate that we find in the gardens. We will record their beauty in graphite, ink and watercolor.


Suitable for artists of all abilities.

Meets On
In person: 3 Tuesdays: June 25; July 2, 9, 2024; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
InstructorSarah Roche
FormatDemonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
VenueMassachusetts Horticultural Society, Garden at Elm Bank
Address
Garden at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482 USA
Contactesprague@masshort.org or register here: masshort.org/botanical-art
FeeMassachusetts Horticultural Society Members: $210; Non-members: $260
Roche, Sarah
Massachusetts
Sarah Simblet in Transylvania
Offered byTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration - James de Candole

6 nights and 5 days of tuition in a class of just 6 students. Led by Sarah Simblet from the John Ruskin School of Fine Art, students will spend the week drawing trees and plants. For more details, please visit www.podart.space

Meets On
5 full days of tuition
InstructorSarah Simblet
FormatHands-on
VenueTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration in Copsa Mare
Address
Principala 135
Copsa Mare 557046 ROU
Contactjames.decandole@outlook.com
Fee2350
Simblet, Sarah
Romania
Isik Guner in Transylvania
Offered byTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration - James de Candole
Meets On
5 full days of tuition
InstructorIsik Guner
FormatHands-on
VenueTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration in Copsa Mare
Address
Principala 135
Copsa Mare 557046 ROU
Contactjames.decandole@outlook.com
Fee2250 EUR
Guner, Isik
Romania
Evening in the Garden with Vincent Jeannerot
Offered bySchool of Botanical Art & Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens is thrilled to host Lyon, France-based botanical artist for a week of in-person programs. Join us in person in August for these upcoming programs. Reach out to sbai@botanicgardens.org for discounted hotel rates:


Evening in the Garden with Vincent Jeannerot

Spend a lovely summer evening at our Chatfield Farms location with watercolorist Vincent Jeannerot. Enjoy light refreshments while you tour the grounds with Chatfield Farms staff to hear about what's growing. Vincent will discuss what he looks for in botanical subjects. Wear your walking shoes and bring your questions for this special opportunity to see the farm and its gardens from multiple perspectives as the sun sets.


Register for event here: https://catalog.botanicgardens.org/default.aspx?q=vincent&tagid=10&from=04%2F09%2F2024&until=04%2F09%2F2025



Meets On
Thursday, August 1, 6-8 p.m.
InstructorVincent Jeannerot
FormatDiscussion
VenueDenver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield Farms
Address
8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd
Littleton, CO 80128 USA
Contact720-865-3670
Fee$50 member, $60 non-member
Jeannerot, Vincent
Colorado, USA
Summer Fruit and Vegetables in Watercolor
Offered bySchool of Botanical Art & Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens is thrilled to host Lyon, France-based botanical artist for a week of in-person programs. Join us in person in August for these upcoming programs. Reach out to sbai@botanicgardens.org for discounted hotel rates:


Summer Fruit and Vegetables in Watercolor - 3 day workshop

Paint the bounty from the summer garden! Join renowned watercolorist Vincent Jeannerot for this special three-day watercolor workshop. Through all-class demonstrations and personalized feedback, Vincent will guide students to select the perfect fruit or vegetable subject, prepare the composition, set up the palette and show how to build volume using the cross-hatching method. By the end of this three-day intensive workshop, you'll be well on your way to completing a finished watercolor painting!


Register for the event here: https://catalog.botanicgardens.org/default.aspx?q=vincent&tagid=10&from=04%2F09%2F2024&until=04%2F09%2F2025

Meets On
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, August 3, 4, & 5, 9:30 am - 3 pm
InstructorVincent Jeannerot
FormatDemonstration, Hands-on
VenueDenver Botanic Gardens
Address
1007 York St
Denver, CO 80206 USA
Contact720-865-3670
Fee$495 member, $595 non-member
Jeannerot, Vincent
Colorado, USA
Drawing in the Garden: Sunflowers in Color Pencils
Offered byMassachusetts Horticultural Society

Get out into the garden and draw amongst the flowers with botanical artist & instructor, Carol Ann Morley. This summer will bring a special garden exhibit of Sunflowers to the Garden at Elm Bank. Capture the beauty of Sunflowers with quick sketches, study the details of the flower’s structure through observation and add color notes of their vibrant colors. In the classroom have fun creating a color pencil palette to work from and discover what combinations work best for portraying greens and the tricky color yellow.

This class is for artists with some graphite experience.

Meets On
In person: 2 days: August 7 & 8; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
InstructorCarol Ann Morley
FormatDemonstration, Discussion, Hands-on
VenueMassachusetts Horticultural Society, Garden at Elm Bank
Address
Garden at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482 USA
Contactesprague@masshort.org or register here: masshort.org/botanical-art
FeeMassachusetts Horticultural Society Members: $225; Non-members: $275
Morley, Carol Ann
Massachusetts
Art of the Lot-et-Garonne, France 2024
Offered byMassachusetts Horticultural Society

Sarah Roche and Massachusetts Horticultural Society are excited to offer this seven-day painting experience based at Saint-Grégoire, Sarah's house in the Lot-et-Garonne region of south west France, close to the market town of Castillonnès. We will find our painting inspiration in Sarah's gardens and at the local markets, selecting and bringing back the fruits and vegetables of the harvest to study and paint at Saint-Grégoire. Each day you may tackle small studies of your market finds, or spend the week working on a full painting in watercolor. The small group setting (10 artists max.) means that each participant will enjoy plenty of guidance and demonstration. 

In late summer, the jostling crowds are gone, but the countryside is beautiful and the harvest is at its most delicious. Each day there is a market in a different ancient local bastide village. Each one is steeped in history and their narrow winding streets are a maze of beautiful old houses with hidden gardens and courtyards. There will be time to explore the beautiful Dordogne and Lot regions of south west France, enjoy the delicious local French cuisine and sample the wines of the region, as well as explore the local towns, countryside and chateaux.

Accommodations: Haven on the Hill, Lalandusse, Lot et Garonne. Travelers will stay in a shared double room, all en suite.

Some drawing experience required.


Meets On
August 28 - September 4, 2024; 7 days/night
InstructorSarah Roche
FormatDiscussion, Hands-on, Tour
VenueSaint-Grégoire, Lot-et-Garonne, France
Address
FRA
Contactesprague@masshort.org for more information
FeeMassachusetts Horticultural Society Members: $1,950; Non-members: $2.250; $1000 deposit due at registration; balance due April 1, 2024
Roche, Sarah
France, Saint-Grégoire, Lot-et-Garonne
Elaine Searle in Transylvania
Offered byTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration - James de Candole
Meets On
5 full days of tuition
InstructorElaine Searle
FormatHands-on
VenueTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration in Copsa Mare
Address
Principala 135
Copsa Mare 557046 ROU
Contactjames.decandole@outlook.com
Fee2250 EUR
Searle, Elaine
Romania
Julia Trickey in Transylvania
Offered byTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration - James de Candole
Meets On
5 full days of tuition
InstructorJulia Trickey
FormatHands-on
VenueTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration in Copsa Mare
Address
Principala 135
Copsa Mare 557046 ROU
Contactjames.decandole@outlook.com
Fee2250 EUR
Trickey, Julia
Romania
Painting Beautiful Fruits on Vellum in France
Offered byDenise Walser-Kolar

Learn my approach to painting on vellum during this five-day workshop at the beautiful Clos Mirabel in the south of France. We will begin by doing some exercises on small bits of vellum to learn technique and to get a feel for painting on this surface. Then, we will explore the grounds of Clos Mirabel to choose painting subjects. Apples, pears, plums, figs, kiwis, and berries will be at their peak this time of the year. You might also choose to do a Hoefnagel-Inspired painting of the treasures you find in the gardens.

 

​This class is designed for students new to vellum (learn how to successfully paint on vellum) as well as for more experienced vellum painters (learn new tricks and techniques). The workshop combines demonstrations, discussion of materials and techniques, hands-on time for developing skills, and lots of individual attention and feedback. Handouts with step-by-step instructions will be provided.

 

Experienced vellum painters can use this as a studio class to work on anything they like.

Meets On
Daily from 10am - 4pm
InstructorDenise Walser-Kolar
FormatHands-on
VenueAtelier Clos Mirabel
Address
276 av des Frères Barthélémy 64110
Jurançon FRA
Contactdenisewalserkolar@gmail.com
Fee€450 (class only, does not include accomodations)
Walser-Kolar, Denise
Jurançon, France
Jackie Isard in Transylvania
Offered byTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration - James de Candole
Meets On
5 full days of tuition
InstructorJackie Isard
FormatHands-on
VenueTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration in Copsa Mare
Address
Principala 135
Copsa Mare 557046 ROU
Contactjames.decandole@outlook.com
Fee2250 EUR
Isard, Jackie
Romania
Creating Dynamic Botanical Compositions using Coloured Pencil Techniques with Ann Swan
Offered byAtelier Clos Mirabel in South West France

Join Ann Swan at Atelier Clos Mirabel for a 5 day botanical art workshop in the French Pyrenees ~ South West France. Enjoy wonderful surroundings, delightful accommodation and delicious meals.


Strong composition is essential to creating memorable works of art and this is particularly so in botanical art. Good composition can lift a work from the mundane to the sublime.


On this course we will be looking at what makes a good composition and ways of improving our own composition. Ann will demonstrate and use exercises to help you to develop a sense of your own style and give you a framework within which to compose your work and create work with ‘wall appeal’!


Ann is happy to include all levels of ability in the group, so complete beginners through to more advanced improvers. Everyone will be encouraged to work at their own pace with support, advice, individual attention and demonstrations from Ann whenever needed.


https://atelier.clos-mirabel.com/botanical-art/


atelierclosmirabel@gmail.com



Meets On
Atelier Clos Mirabel in South West France
InstructorAnn Swan
FormatDemonstration
VenueAtelier Clos Mirabel - France
Address
276, Avenue des Frères Barthélémy
Jurançon, Pau 64110 FRA
Contactatelierclosmirabel@gmail.com
Fee400 pounds sterling per participant + Full Board Accommodation: 1595€ to 2695€ per week based on room choice & single or shared occupancy
Swan, Ann
Jurancon - Pau - South West France
Mary Ellen Taylor in Transylvania
Offered byTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration - James de Candole
Meets On
5 full days of tuition
InstructorMary Ellen Taylor
FormatHands-on
VenueTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration in Copsa Mare
Address
Principala 135
Copsa Mare 557046 ROU
Contactjames.decandole@outlook.com
Fee2250 EUR
Taylor, Mary Ellen
Romania
Oh my Gourd!!
Offered byGail Dentler

 Oh My Gourd!!!!

Level: Beginner with drawing knowledge, Intermediate


Description: Learn botanical illustration while learning watercolor techniques. You will learn observation skills, watercolor techniques and a basic understanding of scientific labeling of a plant and measuring. 

Meets On
Art Center Fort Bend, Rosenberg Tx.
InstructorGail Dentler
FormatHands-on
VenueArt Center Fort Bend, Rosenberg, Texas. https://artleaguefortbend.org
Address
2012 Avenue G, Rosenberg, TX 77471
Rosenberg, TX 77471 USA
ContactGail Dentler, gaildentler@gmail.com
Fee50
Gail Dentler
Rosenberg, Texas, on location
Anne-Marie Evans in Transylvania
Offered byTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration - James de Candole
Meets On
5 full days of tuition
InstructorAnne-Marie Evans
FormatHands-on
VenueTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration in Copsa Mare
Address
Principala 135
Copsa Mare 557046 ROU
Contactjames.decandole@outlook.com
Fee2500 EUR
Evans, Anne-Marie
Romania
'Creating Contrast Highlighting Highlights and Deepening Darks’ with Ann Swan
Offered byAtelier Clos Mirabel in South West France

Join Ann Swan at Atelier Clos Mirabel for a 5 day botanical art workshop in the French Pyrenees ~ South West France. Enjoy wonderful surroundings, delightful accommodation and delicious meals.


“We see objects because of light and in order to create realistic images of plants we need to fully understand light and observe how it reacts with our subjects to describe their shapes.”


In this workshop Ann will show you how to interpret light and shade and to accurately capture these contrasting tonal values to create a true sense of three-dimensional form and volume in your work.


Ann will demonstrate ways of creating realistic highlights and sheen and help you choose convincing shade colours to create depth in shadows whilst maintaining vibrant colours so that your work will come to life on the page. 


You will be able to put all this into practice on a more finished piece with guidance on composition and full support from Ann.


https://atelier.clos-mirabel.com/botanical-art/


atelierclosmirabel@gmail.com


Meets On
26 April - 3 May 2025
InstructorAnn Swan
FormatDemonstration, Hands-on
VenueAtelier Clos Mirabel - France
Address
276, Avenue des Frères Barthélémy
Jurançon, Pau 64110 FRA
Contactatelierclosmirabel@gmail.com
FeeTutor's Fee: 400 pound sterling + Full Board Accommodation: 1595€ to 2695€ per week based on room choice & single or shared occupancy
Swan, Ann
Jurancon - Pau - South West France
Carol Woodin in Transylvania
Offered byTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration
Meets On
5 full days of tuition
InstructorCarol Woodin
FormatHands-on
VenueTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration in Copsa Mare
Address
Principala 135
Copsa Mare 557046
Contactjames.decandole@outlook.com
Fee2250 EUR - this includes full board and accommodation in your own room, 5 days of tuition and airport transfers (Sibiu)
Woodin, Carol
Romania
Botanical Sketching and Painting with Lara Call Gastinger
Offered byAtelier Clos Mirabel in South West France

During this week of Botanical Sketching and Painting in the French Pyrénées with Lara Call Gastinger we will be observing, drawing and painting the local flora of Atelier Clos Mirabel.


We will go through the process of how to create a botanical painting, starting with sketching and learning the important characteristics of plants.


We will seek botanical inspiration from the acreage of Atelier Clos Mirabel and with a trip to the blooming meadows of the Pyrénées.


After the first day of sketching, we will focus on using watercolours to capture the colours and textures of the plants. In the end, we will work on composition and how to create a finished botanical painting.


Enjoy wonderful surroundings, delightful accommodation and delicious meals.


https://atelier.clos-mirabel.com/botanical-art/


atelierclosmirabel@gmail.com


Meets On
7 - 14 June 2025 Botanical Art Retreat - France
InstructorLara Call Gastinger
FormatDemonstration, Hands-on
VenueAtelier Clos Mirabel - France
Address
276, Avenue des Frères Barthélémy
Jurançon, Pau 64110 FRA
Contactatelierclosmirabel@gmail.com
FeeTutor's Fee: 450 euros per participant + Full Board Accommodation: 1595€ to 2695€ per week based on room choice & single or shared occupancy
Gastinger, Lara Call
Jurancon - Pau - South West France
Dianne Sutherland in Transylvania
Offered byTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration
Meets On
5 full days of tuition
InstructorDianne Sutherland
FormatHands-on
VenueTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration in Copsa Mare
Address
Principala 135
Copsa Mare 557046
Contactjames.decandole@outlook.com
Fee2250 EUR - this includes full board and accommodation in your own room, 5 days of tuition and airport transfers (Sibiu)
Sutherland, Dianne
Romania
Isik Guner in Transylvania
Offered byTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration
Meets On
5 full days of tuition
InstructorIsik Guner
FormatHands-on
VenueTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration in Copsa Mare
Address
Principala 135
Copsa Mare 557046
Contactjames.decandole@outlook.com
Fee2250 EUR - this includes full board and accommodation in your own room, 5 days of tuition and airport transfers (Sibiu)
Guner, Isik
Romania
Elaine Searle in Transylvania
Offered byTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration
Meets On
5 full days of tuition
InstructorElaine Searle
FormatHands-on
VenueTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration in Copsa Mare
Address
Principala 135
Copsa Mare 557046
Contactjames.decandole@outlook.com
Fee2250 EUR - this includes full board and accommodation in your own room, 5 days of tuition and airport transfers (Sibiu)
Searle, Elaine
Romania
Asuka Hishiki in Transylvania
Offered byTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration
Meets On
5 full days of tuition
InstructorAsuka Hishiki
FormatHands-on
VenueTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration in Copsa Mare
Address
Principala 135
Copsa Mare 557046
Contactjames.decandole@outlook.com
Fee2250 EUR - this includes full board and accommodation in your own room, 5 days of tuition and airport transfers (Sibiu)
Hishiki, Asuka
Romania
Sarah Morrish in Transylvania
Offered byTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration
Meets On
5 full days of tuition
InstructorSarah Morrish
FormatHands-on
VenueTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration in Copsa Mare
Address
Principala 135
Copsa Mare 557046
Contactjames.decandole@outlook.com
Fee2250 EUR - this includes full board and accommodation in your own room, 5 days of tuition and airport transfers (Sibiu)
Morrish, Sarah
Romania
Autumn produce of the Pyrenees with Laura Silburn
Offered byAtelier Clos Mirabel in South West France

Join Laura Silburn at Atelier Clos Mirabel for a 5 day botanical art workshop in the French Pyrenees ~ South West France. Enjoy wonderful surroundings, delightful accommodation and delicious meals.


Explore the botanical delights of this flora-rich part of the world in the Autumn. Laura will help you examine a chosen plant or vegetable through careful observation and sketchbook work. You will then compose an image that reflects its natural character whilst observing botanical truth. You will be guided on how to take your planned drawings through to a completed botanical watercolour and then the techniques to take your picture to the ‘next level’ using dry-brush finishing.


Laura teaches extensively in her home county of Cornwall in the UK and online. Laura has work in the RHS Lindley Library and the Shirley Sherwood collection, which shows at the gallery in Kew Gardens, The Hunt Institute, the Florilegium of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, and the Eden Project Cornwall.


https://atelier.clos-mirabel.com/botanical-art/


atelierclosmirabel@gmail.com

Meets On
11 - 18 October 2025, Botanical Art Retreat - France
InstructorLaura Silburn
FormatDemonstration, Hands-on
VenueAtelier Clos Mirabel - France
Address
276, Avenue des Frères Barthélémy
Jurançon, Pau 64110 FRA
Contactatelierclosmirabel@gmail.com
FeeTutor's Fee: 450 euros per participant + Full Board Accommodation: 1595€ to 2695€ per week based on room choice & single or shared occupancy
Silburn, Laura
Jurancon - Pau - South West France
Jacqui Pestell in Transylvania
Offered byTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration
Meets On
5 full days of tuition
InstructorJacqui Pestell
FormatHands-on
VenueTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration in Copsa Mare
Address
Principala 135
Copsa Mare 557046 ROU
Contactjames.decandole@outlook.com
Fee2450 EUR - this includes full board and accommodation in your own room, 5 days of tuition and airport transfers (Sibiu)
Pestell, Jacqui
Romania
David Morrison in Transylvania
Offered byTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration - James de Candole
Meets On
5 full days of tuition
InstructorDavid Morrison
FormatHands-on
VenueTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration in Copsa Mare
Address
Principala 135
Copsa Mare 557046 ROU
Contactjames.decandole@outlook.com
Fee2650 EUR - this includes full board and accommodation in your own room, 5 days of tuition and airport transfers (Sibiu)
Morrison, David
Romania
Vincent Jeannerot
Offered byTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration - James de Candole
Meets On
5 full days of tuition
InstructorVincent Jeannerot
FormatHands-on
VenueTransylvania school of botanic art and illustration in Copsa Mare
Address
Principala 135
Copsa Mare 557046
Contactjames.decandole@outlook.com
Fee2650 EUR - this includes 5 days of tuition and 6 nights, all food and drink and accommodation in your own room, plus airport transfer (Sibiu airport)
Jeannerot, Vincent
Romania
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