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by Leslie Walker and Deb Shaw

Leslie Walker delivering her Hechtia argentea to the World Bromeliad Conference. The painting is wrapped in bubble wrap. Photo by Robert Kopfstein, © 2018.

Leslie Walker delivering her Hechtia argentea to the World Bromeliad Conference. The painting is enclosed in a plastic bag. Photo by Robert Kopfstein, © 2018.

BAGSC member Leslie Walker delivered her commissioned graphite drawing of Hechtia argentea to be shown at the World Bromeliad Conference 2018. This year’s conference was held in San Diego, May 29 – June 3, 2018.

The Hechtia argentea is endemic to Mexico. This Bromeliad has a thick stem, really almost a trunk covered with the remains of old leaves, similar to the appearance of a palm tree skirt. The leaves are covered with tiny white scales, hence the name, “argentea” which means “silvery.”

The plant specimen had many more leaves; the challenge of drawing the Hechtia was editing out which leaves to draw, in order to be both true to the plant and yet make it understandable to view.

The artwork was on display during the World Bromeliad Conference.

Hechtia argentea by Leslie Walker, © 2018. Partial image (cropped) of artwork, taken with an iPad.

Hechtia argentea by Leslie Walker, © 2018. Partial image (cropped) of artwork, photo taken with an iPad.

by Olga Eysymont and Beth Stone, posted by Deb Shaw

Passion Flower study, Olga Eysymontt, © 2008, all rights reserved.

Passion Flower study, Olga Eysymontt, © 2008, all rights reserved.

BAGSC Founder and Member Olga Eysymont will begin her next six-week graphite pencil workshop this coming Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Entitled “Botanical Illustration: Plant Studies,” this workshop will explore the subject of plant families, with the goal of demonstrating both correct representation of the specimen, as well as a good compositional design. An emphasis on correct placement of light on form will be emphasized, in order to produce an authentic and realistic illustration.

The fundamental necessary skills to accomplish this begins with a 3-step process:

  1. contour drawing on tracing paper,
  2. compositional layout and value studies of the specimens on tracing paper, and, finally,
  3. a transfer of the tracing onto drawing paper for a final rendering.

Students will be expected to bring all of their own plant material after the first class.

“Botanical Illustration: Plant Studies,” in graphite, will meet for six Sundays, from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, beginning Sunday, June 12, 2016. Sundays: 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24, and 8/7.

Registration

Register online through Otis College of Art and Design Continuing Education. All classes will be held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The non-credit course (#25440) is $435 plus fees of $25 registration, $14 insurance and 2.75% on-line convenience, for a total of $487. Certificate and Credit options are also available for additional cost.

The linked page also has an option (see lower left) to register offline (PDF), if preferred. This PDF form includes email, FAX and phone registration information.

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

Workshop Outline

Session 1: Apples or Pears

Session 2: Nuts or Seeds and Pods

Session 3: Root Vegetables

Session 4: Leafy Greens or Herbs

Session 5: Mushrooms

Session 6: Succulents

Class Materials:

14″ x 17” Strathmore Drawing Pad Series 400, Medium or equivalent. (You may use another brand, but please, no sketch or recycled paper.

14” x 17” Medium Weight Tracing Paper (any brand)

Drafting Pencil with Holder and Sharpener

HB and 2B leads (at least 2 each)

Eraser Stick

Erasing Shield

Drafting Brush

Mars Drafting Dots (masking tape)

Portable Task Light (Ott-Lite)

(Vis a Vis wet erase fine point marker, Clip, 8″ x 10″ Plexi and 8″ x 10″ format supplied by teacher for $10.00)

by Cynthia Jackson and Clara Josephs, posted by Deb Shaw

Olga Eysymontt's demonstration of carbon dust, graphite dust and pencil techniques. Photo by Cynthia Jackson, © 2016, all rights reserved.

Olga Eysymontt’s demonstration of carbon dust, graphite dust and pencil techniques. Photo by Cynthia Jackson, © 2016, all rights reserved.

In each of Olga’s classes, we show our progress on what we had started the class before. Recently, that meant we shared our composition of the seedpods, cotton plant, bottlebrush branch, pussy willow, or whatever each of us had chosen. After the critique we continued to finish the drawing we had started.

One session ago we had a demonstration of carbon dust technique by Olga. She had done a pepper using graphite dust, carbon dust, and a combination of both, including the pencils that she had listed on the list of supplies we got for the class. She uses old makeup brushes for some of the application of the dust. The shorter handles are easier to work with when applying the carbon dust or graphic dust. Olga suggested we start with an outline of a simple object—nothing complicated. It turns out this technique is a very fast way, comparatively, to do a drawing. One classmate had drawing almost completed before the end of the class, beautifully done. And it’s fun!

We were asked to try to continue practicing with the carbon dust and other work we had started. We are learning a lot!

by Beth Stone
029A wonderful series of weekly classes has just concluded at the LA Arboretum and Botanic Garden. This Otis College course was taught by Olga Eysymontt. Each class in the series built upon the preceding progressing from contour drawing to shading exercises then on to visualizing basic forms as they apply to increasingly complex botanical subjects. Artistic composition was also a theme throughout.

Copy (1) of 027For some students the material was brand new, for others it was review, for myself it certainly filled in some gaps. Without question, all the subject matter and techniques which Olga covered are foundational to botanical art.

Olga makes great use of a combination of demonstration, class discussion and one-on-one guidance. Each class included at least one opportunity to share our progress with and learn from one another. Each session concluded with a homework assignment. I found this particularly valuable and just the right level of effort to keep me engaged between classes. Practicing the concepts on my own really helped to reinforce each lesson.

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By the end, each of us had several completed works…and one more work in progress to keep that momentum going.

Watch for Olga’s next series coming up in January 2016. I highly recommend it!

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by Deb Shaw

Close on the heels of the “Weird, Wild & Wonderful” Symposium at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC), opened their supplemental exhibition of botanical oddities, in the Brody Botanical Center’s Banta Hall at The Huntington.

The reception for the BAGSC adjunct exhibition was packed with family, friends, colleagues and the public. Weird, Wild & Wonderful Second New York Botanical Garden Triennial Exhibition was also open for viewing and enthusiastically received. Photo © Gayle Uyehara, 2015.

The reception for the BAGSC adjunct exhibition was packed with family, friends, colleagues and the public. Weird, Wild & Wonderful Second New York Botanical Garden Triennial Exhibition was also open for viewing and enthusiastically received. Photo © Gayle Uyehara, 2015.

The opening reception on Saturday, 1 August was well-attended and great fun. BAGSC members have been rotating shifts, providing botanical art demonstrations and talking with the public all week, including:

  • Bonnie Born Ash
  • Cristina Baltayian, colored pencil
  • Nancy Beckham, colored pencil
  • Melanie Campbell-Carter, colored pencil and watercolor
  • Jan Clouse
  • Diane Daly, watercolor
  • Estelle DeRidder
  • Kate Gaman
  • Cynthia Jackson
  • Susan Jackson
  • Clara Josephs, watercolor
  • Suzanne Kuuskmae
  • Tania Marien
  • Patricia Mark
  • Terri Munroe, graphite and watercolor
  • Kathy Morgan, watercolor
  • Marilyn Parrino
  • Lesley Randall
  • Gilly Shaeffer, watercolor
  • Mitsuko Schultz, watercolor
  • Janice Sharp, metal point and colored pencil
  • Deborah Shaw, graphite on vellum
  • Beth Stone
  • Leslie Walker
  • Jude Wiesenfeld

The BAGSC adjunct exhibition features 72 artworks by 37 members, including: Bonnie Born Ash, Cristina Baltayian, Nancy Beckham, Melanie Campbell-Carter, Jan Clouse, Diane Daly, Estelle DeRidder, Nancy Grubb, Asuka Hishiki, Cynthia Jackson, Susan Jackson, Clara Josephs, Joan Keesey, Suzanne Kuuskmae, Teri Kuwahara, Patricia Mark, Lee McCaffree, Arillyn Moran-Lawrence, Kathy Morgan, Terri Munroe, Alyse Ochniak, Marilyn Parrino, Dolores Pope, Kathlyn  Powell, Lesley Randall, Veronica Raymond, Robyn Reilman, Norma Sarkin, Mitsuko Schultz, Gilly Shaeffer, Janice Sharp, Deborah Shaw, Beth Stone, Gayle Uyehara, Lori Vreeke, Leslie Walker, Jude Wiesenfeld.

An exhibition of Botanical Oddities, illustrations by the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California will continue each day through Sunday, August 9, 2015, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm in The Frances Lasker Brody Botanical Center at The Huntington.

The Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial Exhibition exhibition also will be open each day, Friday – Sunday, August 7 – 9, plus will continue to be open on weekends only until August 23.

Exhibition information and hours posted at huntington.org

Join us before the BAGSC paintings are whisked away!

by Janice Sharp, posted by Deb Shaw

Exploring stencil leaf rubbings in graphite and colored pencil at The Huntington.

Exploring stencil leaf rubbings in graphite and colored pencil at The Huntington. BAGSC artists are demonstrating for the public August 1 – 9 in conjunction with our group show of botanical oddities by the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California. “Weird, Wild & Wonderful,” The New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial Exhibition, will be open each day through August 9, and then weekends only through August 23. Photo © Janice Sharp, 2015.

Today was a great family day at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. All afternoon groups of children were attracted to the stencils, pencils and paper we had set out to try their hand at preparing botanical themed rubbings.

Children had fun creating leaf and flower rubbings from stencil templates. They explored the different graphite pencil hardnesses and the effect that could be achieved with light and hard pressure on the pencils. Some ventured into color pencils choosing a favorite color to create shapes or writing their name to claim ownership of their creations. One adventurous artist started with graphite to define outlines then filled in with color.

While most of the budding artists were very young, there were also older “children” who wanted to create a work of art.

I had a fun afternoon giving basic instructions on how to do a rubbing, although most of my time seemed to be spent handing out fresh pieces of paper and sharpening pencils.

Exploring stencil leaf rubbings in graphite and colored pencil at The Huntington. Photo © Janice Sharp, 2015.

Exploring stencil leaf rubbings in graphite and colored pencil at The Huntington. Photo © Janice Sharp, 2015.

A number of parents had to use all their persuasive powers to convince their children that The Huntington offered activities other than rubbings and they should explore them before the close of day.

by Clara Josephs, posted by Deb Shaw

Here is some helpful information regarding the cost of Olga’s Sunday class at the LA Arboretum. The base cost of the class (through Otis) for noncredit is $435 plus the required amount of $39 for insurance and registration fees. You may deduct up to two $50 ($100 total!) discounts as they apply to you.

Choose from any two of the following:

  • Senior, 60 and over: subtract $50
  • KCRW member with valid card in your name: subtract $50
  • Early bird registration until August 23: subtract $50
  • Alumni discount: subtract $50

Take two discounts and the cost of the class is $374 for 8 full days of instruction!

For convenience, here is the basic information posted in a previous BAGSC Blog post:
Graphite for Botanical Illustration. Classes will held for 8 Sundays, from September 13 through November 1, 9:30–4:30 and is appropriate for all skill levels. Register through Otis College 310 665 6950 class # XILU3556. This class is not yet up on the website, but will fill quickly. If you are interested, register soon by phone.

by Clara Josephs, posted by Deb Shaw

Passion Flower study, Olga Eysymontt, © 2008, all rights reserved.

Passion Flower study, Olga Eysymontt, © 2008, all rights reserved.

Olga Eysymontt, one of the founding members of BAGSC and the first botanical art teacher to many of us, is returning to the Los Angeles Arboretum to teach her iconic class, Graphite for Botanical Illustration. If you have not had the opportunity to study with Olga, now is your chance. Classes will held for 8 Sundays, from September 13 through November 1, 9:30–4:30 and is appropriate for all skill levels. Register through Otis College 310 665 6950 class # XILU3556. This class is not yet up on the website, but will fill quickly. If you are interested, register soon by phone.

This hands-on drawing course enables teaches students to observe and draw plants with accuracy, develop perceptual acuity, analyze the role of light on form, and use tonal value skills that are essential in drawing any subject. Classes will be held at the LA Arboretum. This course is suitable not only for beginners but also for those students with extensive drawing experience. Course includes demonstration, class discussion, and critique.

First class materials: 14″ x 17” Strathmore Drawing Pad Series 400, Medium (no sketch or recycled paper; you can use another brand), 14” x 17” Medium Weight Tracing Paper (any brand), 3 Drafting Pencil Holders and 1 Sharpener, Leads: 2H, HB and 2B leads (at least 2 each), Eraser Stick, Erasing Shield, Drafting Brush, Mars Drafting Dots (masking tape), Portable Task Light (Ott-Lite). Vis a Vis wet erase fine point marker, Clip, 8″ x 10″ Plexi and 8″ x 10″ format supplied by teacher for $10.00.

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 Deb Shaw

BAGSC member Deb Shaw will be teaching a two-part class on drawing gourds at the Bowers Museum:
Wednesday, November 5 and 12
1 pm – 4 pm
in the John M. Lee Court

Fall gourds, covered with bumps, ridges, nooks and crannies, are wonderful subjects for exploring how to create the illusion of three-dimensions on a flat piece of paper. Learn how lighting, shadows, highlights and reflected light create three-dimensional form.  This two-part workshop will use graphite, graphite powder, charcoal, charcoal powder and instant coffee as drawing and painting media.

Session I: Graphite (pencil) and graphite powder, Wednesday, November 5
Session II: Charcoal, charcoal powder, and instant coffee, Wednesday, November 12

Fee: Individual class: Bowers Museum members: $15; General public: $25
Series: Bowers Museum members: $25; General public: $35

One-time materials fee payable to instructor: $15
Advance reservations required to enable the accurate purchase of supplies.
Minimum 8 students or class will cancel.

Tickets may be purchased online; onsite at the Visitor Services Desk, or by calling Bowers Museum Reservations at 714.567.3677.

Questions? Email programs@bowers.org
Tickets are non-refundable. All proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Educational Programming.

Deborah B. Shaw, Cucurbita maxima, Buttercup Squashes and Section, watercolor on paper. © 2013, all rights reserved.

Deborah B. Shaw, Cucurbita maxima, Buttercup Squashes and Section, watercolor on paper. © 2013, all rights reserved.

About the instructor:
Deborah Shaw has a degree in fine art from Pomona College, The Claremont Colleges, where she also studied botany and native California flora. Ms. Shaw is an active member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and has taught art and botanical art at numerous venues, including The Getty, The Huntington, Virginia Robinson Gardens and Bowers Museum.

Deborah’s work has been displayed in juried and non-juried exhibitions, and is in private collections. Her work also is in the permanent collection at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University. She has received numerous awards for art, illustration, design, product design and advertising. Her preferred media include graphite, watercolor, colored pencil, scratchboard, Illustrator and Photoshop.

 

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 Deb Shaw

Deborah Shaw, pen sketch of branch of Nicotania glauca  Graham (Tree tobacco), an invasive species in California. © 2014, Deborah B. Shaw

Deborah Shaw, pen sketch of branch of Nicotania glauca
Graham (Tree tobacco), an invasive species in California. © 2014, Deborah B. Shaw

BAGSC member Deborah Shaw will be teaching “Journaling in your Garden” workshops during the month of June at the J. Paul Getty and Bowers Museum.

At The Getty Center:
On Sundays, June 1 and June 15, 2014, 3:30 – 5:30 pm, Deb will be teaching “Drawing from the Masters: Creating a Garden and Wildflower Journal.” These workshops are part of the Getty’s tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sundays of the month. “Creating a Garden and Wildflower Journal” will focus on the value of journaling, what to look for, and how to draw leaves and flowers. The workshop is free, and all experience levels are welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm the day of the workshop at the main information desk, no preregistration required.

The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049. Admission is always free; parking is $15.00.

At Bowers Museum:
Deborah also will be teaching a two-part series on Tuesdays, June 10 and June 17, 2014, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the John M. Lee Court at Bowers Musuem. Drawing and Painting Wildflowers and Flowers from your Garden will cover what to look for when looking at flowers and leaves, perspective tips, and graphite and color techniques to quickly capture plants and wildflowers in your journal.

Costs for individual classes are $15.00 for Bowers members, and $25.00 for non-members. Both workshops are available for Bowers members for $25.00, and $35.00 for non-members. A $15.00 materials fee is payable at the time of the class. Advance reservations required to enable the accurate purchase of supplies: e-mail or call the Education Department at 714.567.3677.

These workshops complement lectures at the Bowers on Renaissance Gardens (June 7) and Wildflowers (June 21). Bryan C. Keene, assistant curator of manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum will be giving the lecture about Renaissance Gardens. BAGSC members who participated in last Summer’s demonstrations at The Getty in conjunction with their “Gardens of the Renaissance” show will remember Bryan’s wonderful exhibition. Bryan will discuss the design, function, and meanings behind the many types of gardens planted in Europe between 1400-1600. Delve into illuminated manuscripts to discover how art, science, religion, myth, diet, and world travel shaped the evolving Renaissance garden.

The “Wildflowers” lecture and book signing will be given by Robert L. Allen. His recent publications, “Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains” can be purchased at the Bowers Gallery Store.

Bowers Museum is located in Santa Ana, CA, at 2002 North Main Street, 92706. Directions are included in the link above to Bowers Museum.

Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sundays of the month at the Getty Center. In June, discover the practice of garden and wildflower journaling with botanical artist Deborah Shaw. Learn the value of journaling, what to look for, and how to draw leaves and flowers. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm at the Information Desk. – See more at: http://getty.edu/visit/cal/courses/#sthash.ZK5yoRze.dpuf
Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sundays of the month at the Getty Center. In June, discover the practice of garden and wildflower journaling with botanical artist Deborah Shaw. Learn the value of journaling, what to look for, and how to draw leaves and flowers. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm at the Information Desk. – See more at: http://getty.edu/visit/cal/courses/#sthash.ZK5yoRze.dpuf
Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art every first and third Sundays of the month at the Getty Center. In June, discover the practice of garden and wildflower journaling with botanical artist Deborah Shaw. Learn the value of journaling, what to look for, and how to draw leaves and flowers. All experience levels welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring sketchpads. This is a free program. Sign-up begins at 2:30 pm at the Information Desk. – See more at: http://getty.edu/visit/cal/courses/#sthash.ZK5yoRze.dpuf

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 Tania Norris, posted by Deb Shaw

Just a reminder for those that have not signed up, that there are still a few spots available in Jenny Phillips class at the Virginia Robinson Gardens (VRG).

Jenny’s classes are always fun and rewarding and this time the three day class is drawing in preparation for the watercolor class the following week. So if possible, please take both segments as they are really one class. For those unable to take the drawing section, it will mean that you won’t be able (probably) to finish the painting in one week.

Jenny suggested roses as the subject but as most gardens have been pruned am not sure of availability so we may have a different subject and if so, one that can be included in the Florilegium. Or we may have a choice of subject.

For those that took Anne-Marie’s classes and painted wisteria and/or coral tree, we are hoping that while Jenny is here that they will be judged and the best two added to the Florilegium.

Please bring your finished paintings to VRG by April 8th. Please have them in a protective cover, unsigned if possible but clearly marked on  the back of the painting with your name and phone number. Please remember that if your painting wins, you keep the copyright but you are giving the painting to Virginia Robinson Gardens and they will have the right to reproduce the painting for cards, prints, folio or anything else that flower paintings can used and that any monies from the sales of the reproductions belongs to VRG. The paintings will be aded to the permanent collection at the Gardens.

roses

 

The following is the information for Jenny’s class:

April 10, 11 and 12, 2013
Drawing beautiful botanically correct roses in graphite

April 15 – 19, 2013
Focusing on a florileguim quality painting in watercolor of a rose

Jenny Phillips is one of the most renowned botanical artists in the world and one of the most popular and experienced teachers. She has her own Botanical Art School in Melbourne, Australia, and has her paintings in many notable collections, including that of H.R.H. Prince Charles. Jenny’s teaching always includes effective ways to achieve maximum effect with ease and her wit is always evident.

Classes will be held at Virginia Robinson Gardens from 9 – 3:30 on each of the days listed above.

A supplies list will be sent to all participants. Coffee, tea and water will be provided, but please bring your own lunch. Painting subject may change due to availability of garden roses in April.

Fees for the three day session are $375 for VRG and BAGSC members; $450 for non-members. The five day session is $595 for VRG and BAGSC members; $650 for non-members. A deposit of $100 per class to hold the space can be accepted, but is non-refundable.

To make reservations, visit the Virginia Robinson Gardens online; call 310.550.2068; or mail a check to: Friends of Robinson Gardens, 1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Questions? Contact Tania Norris.

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