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by Deb Shaw

Poster for the GNSI 2014 Conference, © 2014, GNSI

Poster for the GNSI 2014 Conference, © 2014, GNSI

Many BAGSC and ASBA members also belong to The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). If you’ve wanted to attend a GNSI Conference, or learn more about this wonderful organization, this is a great year to do so. The GNSI Conference will be held in Boulder, Colorado this year in July and will include a field trip to the Denver Botanical Gardens, as well as presentations, workshops and field trips important to botanical artists.

GNSI 2014 Conference Registration Is Open and Early Bird Discounts go until the end of May!

Join the GNSI in Boulder, where the mountains meet the plains!

Come and enjoy a one of a kind experience and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow illustrators in a beautiful setting. The Conference is filled with presentations, workshops and field trips designed to inspire. Some concentrate on technique, with experts in drawing, painting, scratchboard, block printing, Photoshop, Illustrator, and digital devices sharing their expertise. Others focus on the gritty details of making a living in this challenging, but exciting career. With so many choices, participants can customize their learning experience under the inspirational setting of Boulder’s Flatirons and modern Colorado University campus.

Register before May 30th and SAVE $50 on Full Registration!

Review the offerings on the conference website:


  • Live Animal Drawing
  • Building Backgrounds for Animal Subjects
  • Sculpting Insects in Polymer and Wire
  • Beginning Photoshop
  • Make Your Own Sketchbook, Then Use It!
  • Sketch A Storybook
  • Discovering Scratchboard Techniques
  • Colored Pencil Possibilities
  • Painting Small Animals
  • Osteology Sketching
  • From Sketch to Print
  • Intermediate Photoshop
  • Modeling in 3DS Max
  • Adobe Illustrator for Science Illust: Symbols
  • Sculpting Fossils, 2-day workshop
  • Watercolor, 2-day workshop
  • Social Media for Artists
  • Personal productivity with your iPad
  • Contract and Copyright


  • Shanahan Ridge
  • Dinosaur Ridge
  • Eldorado/Fowler Hike
  • CU Extravaganza
  • Wild Animal Sanctuary
  • NOAA Tour
  • Celestial/Dushanbe Teahouse
  • Avery Brew Pub
  • Denver Botanic Gardens/Natural History Museum
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, 2-day trip


  • Birth of the Beehive’s Mesoamerica Resiste Illustration
  • Create Your Own Jobs and Get Paid to Travel
  • Using illustration to Teach ‘Critical Looking’ in a Zoology Lab
  • Making Photos and Art Press Ready
  • Hand-Painted Linoleum Block Prints
  • (Not Always) Funny Pages: Science Through Sequential Art
  • Marvelous Mucus: Learning about the Little-Known World of Land Snails
  • Tactile Graphics: Images for the Blind
  • Gyotaku -What your Third Grade Art teacher didn’t tell you
  • Japan and its Fish Markets – a look at the fish art and culture of Japan
  • Saving a Tropical Jewel in the Heart of Vancouver
  • Nature Based Sculpture
  • iPad Tips and Tricks
  • How to Work Faster Photoshop: Shortcuts and File Setups
  • Ready, Set, Sell! Proactive Marketing Strategies
  • Teaching Illustration as a Biology Course
  • The case of the Missing Beak: Kati the Kea
  • Saving the Kakapo from extinction–Expedition to New Zealand
  • Creating backgrounds combining traditional and digital techniques
  • Art Creation From the Client’s Point of View
  • Lighting and Textures: Optimizing Your Renders
  • Botanical Illustration–Then and Now
  • Illustrating Nature: Stylized Realism for Children’s Books
  • An Exploration in Public Health Communication

Hope to see you in Boulder in July!

by Tania Norris, posted by Deb Shaw

Multi-petalled flower, watercolor work in progress. © 2014, Akiko Enokido.

Multi-petalled flower, watercolor work in progress. © 2014, Akiko Enokido.

Akiko Enokido will be coming to the Virginia Robinson Gardens to teach us how to work on multi-petalled flowers and how to shade. Plus, students can also bring unfinished work to finish.

For those who have taken a class from Akiko before, you know that she not only brings her wonderful artist’s talent to share but also a teacher’s understanding of how to help those of us who aspire to be better artists.

I look forward to seeing you, and if you have any questions please email me and I will try to to help.


JUNE 24 AND 25, 2014, 9.30 – 3.30 daily

Classes will be held in the Pool Pavilion, Virginia Robinson Gardens, 1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills.

Fee for the two day session is $200 for Friends of Robinson Gardens and $225 for non-members. A non-refundable deposit of $100 to hold space can be accepted but full payment must be received by June 20.

To make reservations visit or call Bianca at (310) 550-2068.

Mail check, made payable to:
1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, Ca 90210

A supplies list will be sent to all participants upon registration. Coffee, tea and water will be provided, but please bring your own lunch.

Akiko Enokido is a long time award winning member of Botanical Artists organizations in America and Japan and and has been accepted in the most important exhibitions in both countries. Her beautifully rendered paintings are known for their exquisite color, detailing and composition and are prized by their owners including the Hunt Institution, curators of the most important modern botanical collection in America.

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