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by Patricia A. Mark and Deb Shaw

Olga Eysymontt will be teaching two botanical art workshops this summer at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens (LA Arboretum) through the Extension Program at Otis College of Art and Design.

The first is a two-day drawing and painting workshop, “Heirloom Tomatoes in Watercolor/Colored Pencil. The focus for this workshop will be techniques for conveying the perception of light and shadow, mixing color and continuous tone. Prior experience in drawing botanical subject matter is helpful. A supply list is on the Otis workshop registration site (included on the link below):
Heirloom Tomatoes in Watercolor/Colored Pencil
Saturday, July 7, and Sunday, July 8, 2018
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Science Lab Classroom
Cost: $185
LA Arboretum & Botanic Garden (link to map)

The second two-day drawing and painting workshop, “Eggplants in Watercolor/Colored Pencil,” will be held in August. This workshop also will cover the techniques for conveying light and shadow, mixing color, and continuous tone. Changing the subject matter from tomatoes to a variety of eggplants allows exploration of different techniques and effects. A supply list is on the Otis workshop registration site (included on the link below):
Eggplants in Watercolor/Colored Pencil
Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19, 2018
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Oak Room
Cost: $185
LA Arboretum & Botanic Garden (link to map)

Both workshops will be held indoors at the LA Arboretum. Class details will be sent to registrants. There are still a few seats remaining. Take one or both classes!

Questions? Call Otis Extension at 310-665-6850, or email extension@otis.edu

by Jude Wiesenfeld and Deb Shaw

Kathie Miranda, Strelitzia spp., Bird of Paradise, colored pencil on film. © 2016.

Kathie Miranda, Strelitzia spp., Bird of Paradise, colored pencil on film. © 2016.

Kathie Miranda had been slated to give a workshop at the Weird, Wild & Wonderful Symposium at The Huntington, but unfortunately couldn’t make it due to a sudden family emergency. BAGSC is pleased to announce that Kathie will be coming to Southern California to teach Colored Pencil on Film at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in January, 2017:

Tuesday, January 24 – Thursday, January 26, 2017
9:30 am – 3:30 pm each day
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Bamboo Room and Oak Room
Maximum Registration: 16 students

Cost, BAGSC Members: $300
Non-Members: $330

BAGSC Special Discount: receive 10% off

BAGSC is offering a special discount for Kathie’s workshop:

  • New BAGSC members receive a 10% discount for a total cost of $270
  • Current BAGSC members registering for the workshop BEFORE December 12, 2016 receive a 10% discount for a total cost of $270

Mylar is a wonderful media for colored pencil, and allows the artist to work on both sides of the film. Visit the new BAGSC website to view the full workshop description, costs, directions, and information, and to download a PDF materials list: http://bagsc.org/index.php/classes/kathie-miranda

Kathie’s Weird, Wild & Wonderful Symposium workshop filled immediately, so don’t delay on this opportunity to learn Kathie’s techniques and to receive a substantial discount!

About the Instructor

Kathie Miranda is an award-winning artist, juror and educator of botanical art. She teaches at The Art Students League, NYC and the New York Botanical Garden. She is an active member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society and the Colored Pencil Society of America.

by Ted Tegart, LA Arboretum, posted by Deb Shaw

If you love plants and like to draw, this workshop on botanical drawing is custom-made for you! Join instructor Cristina Baltayian for a three day workshop on drawing autumn leaves in colored pencil on wood.

Drawing is a fundamental skill in botanical art and its importance should never be underestimated. In these three days, you will:

  • Hone your observation skills
  • Be guided through sketching and line drawing exercises
  • Discover how to arrange shapes on a page and make a pleasing composition
  • Translate a 3-dimensional subject onto a 2-dimensional surface

This exploration in colored pencil on wood will show you how to start and finish a botanical portrait of a leaf. If your curiosity is piqued and you wish to investigate further, please join the on-going Tuesday Botanical Art classes from 10am-2pm.

Three Day Workshop:

Thursday November 12, Friday November 13, Saturday November 14

10am-3pm (includes lunch break)
$255 Arboretum members for workshop
$275 non-members for workshop (Includes Arboretum Admission)
You may bring your lunch or purchase it at the Peacock Café
ALL LEVELS WELCOME. SUPPLIES WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE START OF THE CLASS, although students may bring their own colored pencils if desired.
Pre-registration required: please call 626.821.4623.

Cristina Baltayian holds a Botanical Illustration Certificate from Cornell University. She has a background in drawing (graphite, charcoal, pen and ink), two-dimensional design, watercolor, and colored pencils. Her work is in public and private venues, and has been shown at Filoli, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Chapman University, Virginia Robinson Garden and in an adjunct Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California group exhibition presented by the botanical gardens at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Gardens. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, and The Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California.

by Suzanne Kuuskmae, posted by Deb Shaw

Cristina Baltayian will be teaching a day-long (10 am – 4:00 pm) botanical colored pencil techniques class on July 11, 2015 at Destination: Art in Old Torrance. The cost will be $90 for the day; you can bring your lunch or we will order out.

Contact Suzanne Kuuskmae to sign up or get further information. Come enjoy our comfortable, co-op studio/gallery for the day.

We will have a second session on August 8!

Destination: Art is located at:
1815 West 213th Street, Suite 135
Torrance, California 90501
(310) 742-3192
Destination: Art Map and Directions

by Michael Best, posted by Deb Shaw

Fiji flower.

Fiji flower.

This botanical art retreat ticks all the right boxes . . . tropical location, abundance of exotic flowers and fruit, acclaimed teacher, great accommodation, all meals, great facilities dedicated to the arts, lots to see and do — and all at a great price!

Getting there couldn’t be easier with Fiji Airways flying directly from LAX.

Imagine seven days in this tropical paradise where the biggest challenge is going to be selecting a specimen from among the exotic native orchids, colorful ginger plants and fascinating tropical fruit. Work in water color or colored pencil for three hours each morning and then relax or sight-see in the afternoon. Or, if you prefer, paint all day — your choice.

Take a non-painting partner if you wish. There is more than enough for them to see and do while you paint.

One of many beautiful beaches on Fiji.

One of many beautiful beaches on Fiji.

This 19th to 26th September, 2015 retreat is being organized by Paradise Courses of Sydney. All the details, including the schedule and reservation information, can be found on their website.

Find out more about Margaret’s art and teaching at www.bestbotanical.com and the retreat at www.dakuresort.com. A PDF brochure about the resort can be downloaded here: Daku Resort Savusavu eBrochure.

Imagine . . .

One view from the Daku Resort in Fiji.

One view from the Daku Resort in Fiji.

by Deb Shaw

Our dear Jill Berry at the Los Angeles Arboretum will be retiring shortly. BAGSC sends out a BIG THANK YOU to Jill for all your years of help, service, and support.

Many of us got our start in botanical art at the LA Arboretum, in classes taught by Olga Eysymontt. Jill was a big part of our experience there, and we will miss her. Jill, congratulations on your retirement, and we wish you all the happiness and fulfillment in the years ahead. Thank you!

Our collaboration and support of the Arboretum will continue, of course. The schedule for Cristina Baltayian’s classes has been announced for January – June, 2015 at the Arboretum. These classes will be exploring color pencil, graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor on various papers, vellum and other surfaces. The emphasis will be on plant observation, drawing, composition, color theory and matching, and medium techniques.

Tuesdays,  2015  (10 am – 2 pm)
January: 6, 13, 20, 27
February: 3, 10, 17, 24
March: 3, 10, 17, 24
April: 7, 14, 21, 28
May: 5, 12, 19, 26
June: 2,  9,  16, 23

Cost: $275 Arboretum members per month; $295 non-members per month (includes Arboretum admission)

To register: Pre-registration required; please call the Class Registration line at 626.821.4623. Class participation is limited to a minimum of five students and a maximum of 12. A supply list will be provided upon registration. You may bring your lunch or purchase it at the Peacock Café.

Additionally, this year continues the “Arboretum Plant Introduction Project.” Cristina’s students, along with BAGSC members will be studying and portraying many of the Arboretum plant introductions from the last 50 years.  The goal is to build a collection of paintings that will celebrate and document the invaluable contribution of the Los Angeles Arboretum to the state of California.

About the Instructor

Cristina Baltayian has a background in drawing (graphite, charcoal, pen and ink), two-dimensional design, watercolor, and colored pencils. Her work has been shown at Filoli, the Los Angeles County Arboretum, and Chapman University Leatherby Libraries. She is a  member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, and The Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California.

by Deb Shaw

We’re pleased to confirm the locations for Eileen Sorg’s BAGSC-sponsored workshop, “COLORED PENCIL STEW.”

"A Bug In Your Ear," mixed media by Eileen Sorg, © 2014, all rights reserved.

“A Bug In Your Ear,” mixed media by Eileen Sorg, © 2014, all rights reserved.

The workshop on Monday, March 9–Tuesday, March 10, 2015 will be held at the Los Angeles Arboretum.

The workshop on Thursday, March 12–Friday, March 13, 2015 will be held at the Santiago Nature Center, in the Santiago Park Nature Reserve, freeway-close off of Memory Lane in Santa Ana, Orange County (near the Main Place mall).

Leslie Walker reports a good number of deposits have already come in, so for those of you who were waiting to see which location matched which dates, it’s time to send in your deposit. Maps, times and materials lists will be emailed once full payment has been received.

For convenience, here’s the “save-your-place” deposit information:

Costs will be $250.00 for a two-day workshop for BAGSC and Colored Pencil Society members, $275.00 for non-members. Please send a $50.00 non-refundable deposit, made out to BAGSC, to Leslie Walker and be sure to indicate whether you would prefer the March 9 − 10 dates at the Los Angeles Arboretum, OR the March 12 − 13 dates in Orange County at the Santiago Nature Center.

Want to take both workshops? Please send a $100.00 non-refundable deposit and let Leslie know that as well.

by Suzanne Kuuskmae, posted by Deb Shaw

Botanical colored pencil artist and sought-after teacher, Wendy Hollender will be here for a two-day workshop:
April 1 – 2, 2015

She will be stopping in Torrance at Destination: Art on her way back from her two-week class in Kauai. The cost will be $200 for the two days, and as space is going to be limited so that we can really get her full attention, please send a deposit check of $100 made out to Destination: Art to Suzanne Kuuskmae.

This will hold your spot with the balance due 30 days before the workshop. Her last class here a few years back was a sellout and very popular.

by Deb Shaw

Cristina Baltayian will be teaching Botanical Art & Illustration at the Los Angeles County Arboretum:
Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014
10am-2pm; Oak Room
$275 members; $295 non-members

These classes will explore color pencil, graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor on various papers, vellum and other surfaces. The emphasis will be on plant observation, drawing, composition, color theory and matching, and medium techniques. All levels of experience are welcome, and participants will find a very high degree of personalized attention. Class participation is limited to a minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 12.

The class fee is for four (4) Tuesdays each month. The next session will be: December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014. You may bring your lunch or purchase it at the Peacock Café. A Materials List will be provided upon registration.

In addition, an exciting project has begun, in which, in conjunction with the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, students will be studying and portraying many of the Arboretum plant introductions from the last 50 years. The goal is to build a collection of paintings that will celebrate and document the invaluable contribution of the Los Angeles Arboretum to the state of California.

Class fees include admission to the LA Arboretum. For more information, visit the class website page. Pre-registration is required; call 626.821.4623. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is located at: 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007.

 

And one more for all you photography buffs out there…

The LA Arboretum will also hold a workshop on “Night Photography in the Garden”
Saturday, November 22; 7-9pm
Instructor: Frank McDonough
$30 members; $35 non-members

Photographers don’t miss this opportunity to photograph the Arboretum when it’s at its most interesting and unusual; at night. Bring your cameras, LED lights, lasers and specialty light sources and go on the hunt for unique, unusual, and beautiful nighttime picture-taking opportunities. Note: Headlamp required; tripod and DSLR recommended. Please call the class register line at 626-821-4623 to register.

by Deb Shaw

"A Bug In Your Ear," mixed media by Eileen Sorg, © 2014, all rights reserved.

“A Bug In Your Ear,” mixed media by Eileen Sorg, © 2014, all rights reserved.

Save the dates for the week of March 9, 2015, when Eileen Sorg comes to teach a BAGSC-sponsored workshop, “COLORED PENCIL STEW” in Southern California.

This two-day workshop will teach you how to use pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencil together to create richly detailed pieces of art. This mixed media approach allows for a quick build up of color and value while still leaving room for the beautiful detail and control of colored pencil. You will learn watercolor and colored pencil application tips, and how to extract the best qualities of each medium in this fun and informative workshop.

We are anticipating a high demand for Eileen’s workshop, and so may offer two, two-day classes back-to-back if the numbers are there. Member fee rates will be offered to BAGSC members and members of the Colored Pencil Society.

Watch this blog for updates on how to register (coming soon)!

About the Instructor
Eileen Sorg’s work is collected internationally and is known for its complexity and vibrancy. Her students appreciate her “full disclosure” method of teaching, where no information is held back. Eileen is a Signature member of the Colored Pencil Society, the Society of Animal Artists, and the International Guild of Realism.

by Jill Berry, posted by Deb Shaw

Cristina Baltayian will be teaching “Botanical Art & Illustration” at the Los Angeles Arboretum, four Tuesdays in November:
November 4, 11, 18, 25
10 am–2 pm; Oak Room
$275 members; $295 non-members (includes admission)

Explore colored pencil, graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor on various papers, vellum and other surfaces. Class emphasis will include: plant observation, drawing, composition, color theory and matching, and medium techniques. All levels are welcome. Participants will enjoy personalized attention.

In conjunction with a project by BAGSC members, students may focus on portrayal of many of the last 50 years of LA Arboretum plant introductions in order to build a collection of paintings that will celebrate and document the invaluable contribution of the Los Angeles Arboretum to the state of California.

Pre-registration is required. To register, call the Registration Line at 626.821.4623.
Garden admission is included when you register for a class.
Class participation is limited to a minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 12.

Many botanical artists come to their craft from the applied arts: textiles, jewelry, ceramics and more. BAGSC member Deb Shaw will be teaching two botanical art workshops at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, in conjunction with the exhibition “A Quest for Beauty: The Art of Van Cleef & Arpels.” The workshops will be held on February 4 and February 11, 2014 and will explore using graphite, colored pencil and watercolor techniques. Classes will draw from live specimens, using the original drawings of flowers and jewelry on display in the Nature Gallery of the Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition as inspiration.

Enhance your experience by attending the optional 1 PM Gallery Talk and tour of the exhibition, led by Bowers Museum staff (20 minutes) and is free with class registration. Original drawings and paintings for designs are on display in addition to the spectacular jewelry, including many paintings with botanical themes.

Session I | February 4: Graphite and Colored Pencil

Session II | February 11: Graphite and Watercolor

Fee: Individual class: Members: $15, Non-Members: $25
Series: Members $25, Non-Members: $35

One time “materials fee”, payable to instructor: $15

There are a few spots still available. For reservations: e-mail education@bowers.org or call the Education Department at 714.567.3677.

“A Quest for Beauty: The Art of Van Cleef & Arpels” is a heritage exhibition spanning more than 100 years of history. The exhibition displays jewelry, watches, and precious accessories, as well as archive drawings and documents of the Place Vendôme High Jewelry Maison. More than 200 pieces from the private collections of Van Cleef & Arpels are  on display. The exhibition is built around four themes that continue to inspire the Maison: Nature, Elegance, Exoticism and Femininity. The exhibition ends on February 15, 2014.

Bowers Museum is located near the intersection of the 5 and the 22 Freeways, at: 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706.

by Jill Berry, posted by Deb Shaw

Now that 2014 is here, the Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden classes are all  beginning again!  Below is the schedule for botanical art through June, 2014 of botanical art and illustration classes with Cristina Baltayian, Instructor:

All of the classes listed below meet on  Tuesdays,  from 10 am – 2 pm.

January 7, 14, 21, 28:  Basics of color theory and color mixing
February 4, 11, 18, 25:  Spring Bulbs (on February 11, this class will meet in the Bamboo Room)
March 4, 11, 18, 25:  Wisteria (on March 11, this class will meet in the Bamboo Room)
April 1, 8, 15, 22:  Arboretum Florilegium, subject to be decided (on April 11, this class will meet in the Bamboo Room)
May 6, 13, 20, 27:  Basics of Composition
June 3, 10, 17, 24:  Fruits, subject to be decided

Fee: $255 per month for Arboretum members; $275 per month for non-members
Fees includes Arboretum admission. Class participation is limited to a minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 12.
Pre-registration is required; please call the Class Registration line at 626.821.4623.
A supply list will be provided upon registration. You may bring your lunch or purchase it at the Peacock Café.

These classes will be exploring color pencil, graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor on various papers, vellum and other surfaces. The emphasis will be on plant observation, drawing, composition, color theory and matching, and medium techniques.

In addition, this year, in conjunction with the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, students will be studying and portraying many of the Arboretum plant introductions from the last 50 years. The goal is to build a collection of paintings that will celebrate and document the invaluable contribution of the Los Angeles Arboretum to the state of California.

Cristina  Baltayian  has  a  background  in  drawing  (graphite, charcoal, pen and ink),  two-dimensional  design,  watercolor, and colored pencils. Her work has been shown at Filoli, the Los Angeles County Arboretum, and Chapman  University. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, and The Botanical Guild of Southern California.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is located at  301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007-2697, Phone: 626.821.4624, Fax: 626.821.4642

by Patricia Van Osterhoudt

(left to right) Lori Fields, Arillyn Moran-Lawrence, Cristina Baltayian, and Gayle Uyehara gather around Lee McCaffree (seated) while she demonstrates a technique.

(left to right) Lori Fields, Arillyn Moran-Lawrence, Cristina Baltayian, and Gayle Uyehara gather around Lee McCaffree (seated) while she demonstrates a masking fluid technique. Photo by Clara Josephs, © 2013.

Hairs, dots, indentations! It’s enough to make the hairs on your neck stand up and salute! Who can count the hairs on a lime green Icelandic Poppy stem or the odd shaped rectangles on a peanut shell, and more importantly, why would one want to? This is the question all botanical artists wrestle with in the process of drawing and painting from nature, and it is one Lee McCaffree skillfully guided fourteen artists through in a two-day workshop on November 9 – 10, 2013 at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) in Newport Beach. The classroom is in a LEED Platinum building at the ENC; the space is light and airy, perfect for botanical painting.

Through Lee’s expertise as an artist and teacher, we were encouraged to experiment with several specimens including peanuts, dry grasses, pussy willows, and various types of bumpy leaves. We began with careful observations and then did tracings for form, shape, and texture. From these we did graphite drawings as a reference point to come back to often during the actual painting. Lee continually stressed the importance of an accurate drawing for a successful painting. In the painting process we mixed color and did washes staying within the lines of the pencil lead, which all built up to texture. Many of the artists used color pencils as well. Most importantly, Lee encouraged everyone to move along rather than dally over any one particular part so we could “get the feel” for various types of texture. That nudge kept us all going!

Throughout the workshop, Lee consistently demonstrated the techniques she wished us to attempt. During the demos, she made comments such as the “importance of letting each layer of paint dry so that after several layers the light from other colors could shine through.” Later as we painted and drew, she consistently came around to each student giving constructive and creative comments that helped us move to a new and improved place. As she circled back to see our progress, she made very encouraging comments such as, “Great, see how much better that shading looks now!” As we worked side-by-side with our attention focused completely on the subject at hand (peanuts in the shell), Cristina Baltayian looked up and quietly stated, “We are the Peanut Gallery!”

In our final critique, as each artist laid her many paintings and drawings on the end of each table, Lee asked, “What did you like and not like about creating your art?” Overall, we had a general feeling that we were encouraged to try new and more challenging subjects having learned the techniques for how to get there. I always think of the botanical workshops as “a booster shot,” and I certainly got that from Lee!

A special thank you goes out to Leslie Walker, Deb Shaw, Clara Josephs, and Diane Daly for organizing this fantastic workshop!!

by Cristina Baltayian, posted by Deb Shaw

Thumbnail of colored pencil artwork by Cristina Baltayian, © 2013, all rights reserved.

Thumbnail of colored pencil artwork by Cristina Baltayian, © 2013, all rights reserved.

Cristina Baltayian will teach a five-day class in colored pencil techniques with botanical art, including colored pencil washes, layering colors, burnishing, blending, the basics of color mixing, and more. Drawing and composition skills will be emphasized, and students will do some quick sketching to capture the characteristics and rhythm of the plant.

The class will be held at the Virginia Robinson Gardens in the Pool Pavilion
1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, California 90210

Monday, October 28 – Friday, November 1
10 am – 3 pm

Cost is $400 for Friends of Robinson Gardens members; $475 for non-members. Register online, or by phone, 310.550.2068, or by mail at the address above: Friends of Robinson Gardens, memo “October Botanical.”

Cristina has a background in drawing (graphite, charcoal, pen and ink), two-dimensional design, watercolor and colored pencils. Her work has been exhibited at Filoli, the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Chapman University Leatherby Libraries, and the Robinson Gardens Florileguim. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Colored Pencil Society of America and the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California. Cristina also currently teaches botanical illustration classes at the Los Angeles  Arboretum.

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