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July 1, 2014 (All day) - September 10, 2014 (All day)

Fourth Coast Illuminated Exhibit

DATES: July 1 - September 10, 2014
LOCATION: Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI

GNSI artists of the Great Lakes region (states that border the Great Lakes) invite you to visit their exhibit, Fourth Coast Illuminated, featuring subjects native to the Great Lakes region. Sixty-nine works from 30 GNSI members in a wide variety of media will be on display in the Kalamazoo Nature Center’s Glen Vista Gallery. Plan extra time to stroll the Center’s beautiful, well-groomed trails, and let the kids explore the educational exhibits in the air-conditioned Interpretive Center. The KNC offers special programs every month.

During the exhibit...
July 27, 2014 (All day) - August 2, 2014 (All day)

This seminar focuses on scientific illustration of natural science subjects using color pencil. Instruction will stress drawing skills, accuracy and specific color pencil techniques for producing exacting images of chosen subject matter. Field exploration will include observing the surrounding beauty of the Humboldt Institute and seeking out a variety of specimens to work from throughout the week. Maine’s magnificent shoreline is a short hike from the studio space, providing and infinite supply of fascinating subjects to render. Although the primary direction of the workshop will involve the use of color pencil, participants are welcome to bring other color media of their choice for mixed media experimentation. Time will be allotted throughout the week for the...

September 10, 2014 - 9:00am - September 14, 2014 - 4:00pm

POSTCARDS FROM....Aspen, Colorado
September 10-14, 2014
Location: The Aspen Meadows Resort (home of the Aspen Institute)
Instructors: Marjorie Leggitt and Leon Loughridge
Price: $1360.00 ($395.00 single supplement)
Includes: 4 nights lodging, instruction, workshop booklet, watercolor sketch books, gourmet breakfasts and lunches,
24-hour health club, outdoor pool and hot tub, tennis court access and equipment, complimentary bicycle rental,
full business center access, 24-hour shuttle service to and from downtown Aspen and the Aspen Airport.

Please note: This workshop has a pre-requisite of the...

September 16, 2014 - 9:00am - September 19, 2014 - 2:30pm

September 16-19, 2014
Location: VOC in Washington Park, Denver
Instructors: Marjorie Leggitt and Susan Rubin
Time: 9am - 2:30pm
Price: $414.00

This fun four-day workshop returns to the drawing basics of Line, Shading, Perspective, and Composition to bolster your drawing skills and boost your confidence. Revisit the principles of light, form, and depth to flesh out compositions both big and small. Practice linear and aerial perspective to accurately portray physical and atmospheric depth. Develop composition strategies to create dynamic artwork. Instruction, exercises, practice, and individual guidance will assure...

September 17, 2014 (All day) - September 27, 2014 (All day)

Art Safari in South Africa!

September 17-22 and 22-27, 2014
by Bruce Bartrug

Join Africa Geographic's Art Safari in South Africa's game-rich, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, and indulge your senses with a four night exclusive stay at The Bush House, whilst enjoying informal instruction from professional wildlife artist Francisco Hernandez. Safari programs before and after this workshop can be tailor made and quoted to specs, as requested or required. Please contact, or phone us on +27 21 7624974.

Francisco Hernndez is an accomplished...

September 18, 2014 - 5:00pm - December 18, 2014 - 7:00pm

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents "Dangerous Beauty: Thorns, Spines and Prickles" from 18 September to 18 December 2014. This exhibition includes artworks and books that depict the formidable and yet beautiful defensive structures of thorns, spines and prickles that have evolved to protect plants from predation. Featured are drawings, watercolors, prints and books displaying thistles, teasels, cacti, roses, berry brambles, stinging nettles and citrus trees.

Join us Thursday, 18 September 2014, 5–7 pm for an opening reception. At 5:30 pm Assistant Curator of Art Carrie Roy will give a short introduction to the exhibition in the gallery. We will also open on Saturday, 11 October, 1–4 pm, during Carnegie Mellon University’s Ceilidh Weekend festivities. Docent...

October 6, 2014 (All day) - November 3, 2014 (All day)

Advanced Watercolor. October 6-Nov 3, 2014
Prerequisite: Watercolor 2

Take your prior experience in watercolor to a new level on your artistic journey. Challenge yourself with further exploration into the realm of reflected light, shadow, texture and atmosphere. Strengthen the foundation of your art with advanced techniques on subjects most familiar in the Sonoran desert.

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute

Instructor: Linda Feltner
Certificate Elective Prerequisite: Watercolor 2 Fee: $150 museum members/$200 nonmembers
Dates: 5 Mondays 1- 4pm Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3

October 27, 2014 (All day) - November 2, 2014 (All day)

Days of the Dead (Días de los Muertos) is the Latin American holiday coinciding with Halloween and All Souls’ Day. This week-long workshop/retreat explores the cultural history, ideology, and creative whimsy of this ancient acknowledgment and transcendence of death. We make traditional Mexican crafts, including papel picado (cut paper banners), sugar skulls, and ofrendas (memorials to departed loved ones). Mornings include poetry reading, discussion, and crafts; evenings offer videos, firelight, and comraderie. Afternoons and a free day offer time to hike, visit nearby sites (such as the Georgia O’Keeffe house in Abiquiu, or Ojo Caliente Hot Springs), or drive to Santa Fe. The course is housed at historic Casa del Sol, overlooking the spectacular landscape that...

October 31, 2014 - 9:00am - November 2, 2014 - 3:00pm

Sonoran Desert Birds II- Weekend Workshop, October 31-Nov 2, 2014. (9am-3pm)

Take your bird drawing skills up a notch! This workshop will move beyond bird drawing basics and concentrate on techniques and skills that will achieve greater accuracy. Developing critical observation we will improve our sketching skills.

Observing live birds will enhance the study of form, balance, and movement. Further techniques for drawing and painting feathers as well as eyes, beaks and feet, will provide greater confidence and accuracy. Our study will include slides, specimens, as well as the engaging avian ambassadors from the desert museum.

Instructor: Linda Feltner
Certificate Elective Prerequisite: Drawing I + Sonoran Desert Birds Workshop I (or equivalent)...

February 6, 2015 (All day) - February 16, 2015 (All day)

Artistic Adventure Tour- Costa Rica February 6-16, 2015
Mindy Lighthipe- Botanical and Nature Artist
Nancy Richmond- Nature Photographer

In this 10 day workshop students will tour the country of Costa Rica. Travel to different locations where the rainforest is our classroom. Learn field sketching, field research, color notation, composition and to use digital photography for reference details. This workshop is for all levels and welcomes photographers as well.

Some of the places visited are:
- Selva Verde Lodge
- Arenal Volcano
- Toucan Rescue Ranch
- Else Kientzler Botanical Garden

A detail of the itinerary is available at:...