The Association of British Artists is developing a resource about Beginner's Botany for Botanical Art. This post highlights what is available.
It's part of a new series of articles and videos associated with promoting learning amongst those new to botanical art.
Elaine Allison, the new President, has produced two excellent videos which started off as a live streaming event - plus two blog posts. The focus of both is on The three B's.... Beginner - Botany-Botanical Art
You can find the videos on the BRAND NEW ABBA Channel called - ABBA for All. It's worth subscribing to this with your Google account if you want to follow what they produce.
I think it's an excellent idea. In my opinion, it's also something that more botanical art societies should do - although in order to emulate what ABBA is doing it does take
Episode 1: Simple Flowers
There is something more important than knowing what parts of the plant are called and that is what does it really look like. This requires detailed anatomical observation. Where possible, it is really useful to see the plant growing in the wild. Get to know the habitat, location with respect to other plants and if it is the same species, how the form can change depending on where it grows.
The FIRST module focuses on simple flowers and provides a short introduction to basic descriptive botany
Using a common native plant, the Geranium, the module considers
Episode 2: Complex Flowers
Understanding how the flower is put together is the first step in producing a great piece of artwork that is botanically accurate.
Botanical art teachers have been asking me for my advice in recent days about things they need to think about when planning for future courses / workshops / tuition for students of botanical art and illustration.
This post follows on from my previous posts about:
BELOW is a summary of the advice I have offered and have to offer about:
[Today's planned post about selected artists re Plantae 2020 is taking longer than anticipated - hence this replacement!]
The one thing that is certain is that the virus is not going away any time soon.
All that is happening right now is that the reproduction rate is being cut - but a very small percentage of the community has been infected and the virus is still in the community.
Other than that we know that:
I doubt if any sensible person would book and attend courses unless you can demonstrate in an explicit way what you are doing to keep people safe.
Overall, I think most botanical art teachers need to consider that special arrangements may need to prevail for a year or more. It could be longer - but we just don't know at this stage.
Many of you will be unable to attend botanical art classes, courses and workshops during the Coronavirus Crisis.
However there are a couple of alternatives for learning more techniques about how to draw and paint plants to botanical standards away from a physical face to face class. These are:
Guide to Online Botanical Art Instruction & Courses
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