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by Cristina Baltayian, posted by Deb Shaw
Cristina Baltayian’s botanical art workshops at the Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden begin again  October 2, 2018. These classes will explore colored pencils, watercolors, watercolor pencils, graphite, and some of us are exploring gouache, colored backgrounds, and more.

Regular classes will meet on Tuesdays. Registration is available on a monthly basis. Additional month-long sessions will meet in November and December, although there will be only three classes in December due to the holidays.

10am-2pm (includes lunch break) / Oak Room
$275 Arboretum members per month / $295 non-members per month (includes Arboretum Admission)

October           2, 9, 16, 23
November       6, 13, 20, 27
December       4, 11, 18 (only 3 classes – $205/$225)

Register online on the Arboretum website (scroll down to find “Botanical Art & Illustration” with links to the monthly registration).

Questions? Please call the Arboretum Education Department at 626.821.4623.

The Arboretum is located at: 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007.

from the Los Angeles County Arboretum Education Dept., posted by Deb Shaw

Cristina Baltayian will resume classes in botanical art starting in January, 2108. 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.

Four (4) Tuesdays per session per month                                                                        
10:00am-2:00pm (including lunch break) / Oak Room

January            9, 16, 23, 30
February          6, 13, 20, 27
March             6, 13, 20, 27
April                3, 10, 17, 24
May                 1, 8, 15, 22
June                 5, 12, 19, 26

$275 Arboretum members per month / $295 non-members per month (includes Arboretum Admission)

To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007.

by Deb Shaw

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden has announced the schedule for Cristina Baltayian’s Botanical Art and Illustration classes.

Each session meets four (4) Tuesdays per month, from 10 am – 2 pm (includes lunch break) in the Oak Room:

January          10, 17, 24, 31
February        7, 14, 21, 28
March             7, 14, 21, 28
April               4, 11, 18, 25
May                 2,   9, 16, 23
June                6, 13, 20, 27

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

To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

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

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, 626.821.3222.

by Deb Shaw

Cristina Baltayian will continue her monthly series of botanical art classes at the LA Arboretum through the Fall:

4 Tuesdays per session per month
10am – 2pm (includes lunch break) / Oak Room

The Fall session dates are:
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 22
December 6, 13, 20, 27

Costs are $275 for Arboretum members per month / $295 non-members per month (includes Arboretum Admission).

To register, please call the LA Arboretum Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

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. 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.

The LA Arboretum is located at: 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007.

by Teri Kuwahara, posted by Deb Shaw

small ARTboretum logoThe students in the Botanical Art and Illustration Class at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden will present ARTboretum!, botanical art show and sale. The beauty of capturing nature in a realistic style using watercolor and color pencil will be on display at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden on
Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
April 29, 30 and May 1, 2016,
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Electronic Pomegranate Postcard“I have been honored to teach the botanical illustration class for the last four years,” said instructor Cristina Baltayian. “The best way to highlight the value of the Arboretum and its botanical art educational program is to allow you to see the inspiration, talents, and visions of the students.”

Twelve artists will display original art and fine art giclees in the Oak Room for this weekend event. In addition, prints and greeting cards will also be available for sale. Artists will demonstrate techniques and will be available to answer questions. The public is invited to attend the Artists’ Reception and Catalog Signing on Saturday, April 30 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Catalogs for the show will be available for sale while supplies last.

Admission to the art show and sale is free with admission to the Arboretum.

BAGSC Members participating in the show are: Cristina Baltayian, Nancy Beckham, Melanie Cambell-Carter, Nancy Grubb, Teri Kuwahara, Kathy Morgan, Juanita O’Marah, Marilyn Parrino, Robyn Reilman, Jude Wiesenfeld.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located at 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA.

by Cristina Baltayian, posted by Deb Shaw

Grapes and vine, Cristina Baltayian, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Grapes and vine, Cristina Baltayian, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Cristina Baltayian will be resuming her popular series of Botanical Art and Illustration classes at the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens on January 5, 2016.

The classes are held on the first four Tuesdays of each month, 10 am – 2 pm, in the Oak Room. Cristina’s first six-week unit will be Aerial (atmospheric) Perspective. Create “flat-free” paintings! Students will explore depth of composition, showing distinct foreground, middle ground, and background with a variety of techniques.

Enrollment is open to the public through the Education Department at the Arboretum, 301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia CA 91007. Tuition is discounted for Arboretum members. Call the Arboretum at 626-821-3222 or email Cristina for more information.

P.S. from Deb Shaw: Apologies to all for the late posting on this. It was emailed to me while I was on the road, and I wasn’t able to post it on short notice. If you are interested in Cristina’s classes, please contact the LA Arboretum with the information above, or click on Cristina’s name to email her.

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 Cristina Baltayian, posted by Deb Shaw

Cristina Baltyian will be showing work in "Works on Paper," at SAGA Fine Art.

Cristina Baltayian will be exhibiting her artwork in “Works on Paper,” at SAGA Fine Art.

Cristina Baltayian will be showing 15 paintings at SAGA Fine Art in an exhibition entitled Works on Paper. Showcasing artwork in watercolor, pastel and pencil, the exhibition runs from February 17 – March 27, 2015. An opening reception will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 5 – 7 pm.

SAGA Fine Art specializes in representational Plein Air, Landscape, Figurative and Still Life paintings by contemporary artists. It is located at 110 West Lime Avenue, Monrovia, California 91016, 626.358.5563. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 – 6 pm.

Congratulations, Cristina!

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

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 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.

by Cristina Baltayian and Jill Berry, 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.

BAGSC member Cristina Baltayian will be teaching two classes in June at the Los Angeles Arboretum, as well as classes in her studio:

JUNE CLASSES AT THE LOS ANGELES ARBORETUM:

Fruits
Tuesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24
10am-2pm (includes break for bring you own lunch or at Peacock Café); Oak Room
$255 members; $275 non-members

Introduction to Botanical Illustration: A 4-day Workshop
This introductory workshop on botanical drawing covers the  fundamental skill of drawing in botanical art. In this intensive workshop, participants will learn skills and techniques of graphite pencil and its range of beautiful tones from light silver to rich black, ideally suited to botanical drawing. In these four days, students will learn how to start and finish a botanical portrait, as well as:

  • Hone 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

Additional botanical art instruction is provided in the on-going Tuesday Botanical Illustration classes from 10 am – 2 pm.

Four Day Workshop:
Wednesday, June 25
Thursday, June 26
Friday, June 27
Saturday, June 28
10 am – 3 pm (includes lunch break)

$325 Arboretum members for all four days
$345 Non-members for all four days (Includes Arboretum Admission)

You may bring your lunch or purchase it at the Peacock Café. Plants for drawing subjects, will be provided by the Arboretum.

Pre-registration required: please call 626.821.4623.

CLASSES AT CRISTINA BALTAYIAN’S STUDIO:

Cristina also teaches classes at her studio on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 1 pm to 4 pm. For more information, please email her.

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, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Chapman University, and Virginia Robinson Gardens. She is a member of the American Society of  Botanical Artists and The Botanical Guild of Southern California.

by Jill Berry, posted by Deb Shaw

DSCN6512-685x240SpringTopia is at the Arboretum, Celebrating a World of Plants!
Saturday, May 3 & Sunday, May 4
10 am—3:30 pm

SpringTopia features guest speakers, walking tours with experts, music, children’s activities and entertainment, botanical art and mosaic demonstrations, Gift Shop specials, delicious food at the Peacock Café, free tram tickets for Arboretum members, and colorful blooms at Wildflowering L.A.

A full schedule of activities are on the Arboretum’s website.

BAGSC members Cristina Baltayian and Marilyn Parrino, along with Nancy Beckham will be demonstrating Botanical Art:

  • Saturday, May 3, 10am-1pm, demonstrations by Cristina Baltayian
  • Sunday, May 4, 11am-3pm, demonstrations by Cristina Baltayian, Nancy Beckham and Marilyn Parrino
  • Location:  Oak Room Patio near Peacock Fountain

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

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