Following on from yesterday's post about How to become a botanical illustrator is information about a two day workshop in July with the two professional botanical illustrators who work for the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.
Details are listed below and on the page for Australasia: Botanical Art and Illustration Courses
Class: Scientific Illustration with Elkan and Wardrop - a two-day workshop in black and white scientific botanical illustration.
Instructors: Lesley Elkan and Catherine Wardrop, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust illustrators,
Level: Suitable for beginners and experienced students.
Dates: 20-21 July 2017 (2 day workshop)
Where: Joseph Maiden Theatre, Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Price: AUS$320 (Foundation & Friends Member AUS$280)
The two days workshop includes:
Botanical illustration rendering in pen and ink
Many congratulations to Jacqui Pestell who was awarded an M.B.E. in the New Year's Honours List for her contribution to Botanical Art Education in Scotland.
Jacqui is the Director of Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
She has developed and is the Course Director for the very successful RBGE Diploma and RBGE Certificate Courses in Botanical Illustration.
The New Year Honours are announced formally in the London Gazette - in this case in Gazette 61803 for the New Years Honours List 2017 - see below for the specific announcement for Jacqui.
Jacqui Pestell trained at Trent Polytechnic and Goldsmiths in London, majoring
in textile and fashion, and Education of Art and Design. After working as a
textile designer for four years, she qualified as a teacher working in schools in
London while developing her reputation as a freelance illustrator, artist and
mural painter. Jacqui became the Artist in Residence at the Royal Botanic
Garden Edinburgh in 1997 where she has established a reputation as a first class
teacher and botanical artist. Jacqui has helped to develop the classes in
Botanical Art and is now become the permanent Arts Education Officer within
RBGE. Jacqui is also responsible for developing the new Edinburgh Diploma in
The botanical art classes have become one of the most popular fixtures on the Garden’s Adult Education programme
Book Review: Botanical Illustration
Author: Valerie Oxley
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - This is an excellent manual for those who like their botanical art to lean towards illustration with a strong botanical slant.
This book differentiates itself by focusing on botany. It's very detailed and practical and consequently very helpful.
It provides lots of detailed facts, useful information, tips and techniques - doubtless derived from the author's many years of teaching botanical illustration and developing a diploma course.
For example, it includes
It's a sub-page of The Best Botanical Art Instruction Books in the Education Section.
Botany for the Artist: An Inspirational Guide to Drawing Plants
Author: Sarah Simblet
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - This is the best rated book on the market for those who want to understand more about
The quality of the text and illustrations is first class and the whole book provides a fresh perspective on botany for the artist while losing none of the fundamental and enduring truths of what is required of botanical illustration.
The emphasis of this book is on:
It's a sub-page of The Best Botany Books for Botanical Artists and Illustrators in the Botany section.
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