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Nora Bejarano

Barbara Van Blomestein

Linda Borris

Leslie Buckle

Louise Chenier

Sarah Dabrowski

Elaine Ferrier

Susan Filshie

Gail Finlayson

Teresa Gabinet

Jackie Gallagher

Anita Granger

Susan Greenbloom

Sara-Jane Gruetzner

Jannis Hare

Cherin Harris-Tuck

Lyndel Hill

Brenda Hill

Jessica Hsiung

Maeve Hughes

Judith Jamieson

Stephanie Keeley-Bunting

Leslie Kirton

Diane Kowal

Bert Liverance

Elizabeth Malicki

Cecilia Martin

Christine McDonald

Pamela Meacher

Brenda Mitchell

Nighat Mohsin

Jan Mok

Marguerite Nault-Kubera

Pamela Padwick

Nellie Sue Potter

Linda Read

Twila Robar-DeCoste

Catherine Scott

Claire Sinclair

Myra Sourkes

Michael Spillane

Pamela Stagg

Judie Thompson

Suzanne Whistance-Smith

Patricia Williams

Mary Rose Woodbridge

Joan Wright

Instructor Michael Spillane is offering the following workshops at Southampton Art School, in Southampton, Ontario in 2016. Registration details are shown after the three workshop descriptions.

The Fundamentals of Botanical Drawing

1 Clematis M SpillaneThis three-day workshop is ideal for those wishing to learn a range of skills relating to botanical drawing. Students will be given step-by-step instructions on how to progress through botanical drawing projects using graphite/pencil, coloured pencils and pen & ink. The drawing process when choosing botanical subjects will be discussed along with exercises on gesture, contour drawing, blending, burnishing and pen & ink techniques. The workshop is best suited to students with some drawing experience and an interest in botanical art.

Dates: June 8, 9 & 10, 2016
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: $225.00
Skill Level: All Levels – Adult/Teens 15+

Brilliant Floral Portraits with Coloured Pencils

2 Orchid M SpillaneThis workshop will show students how to produce stunning effects in coloured pencil botanical work, equal to that of watercolour painting. Easy to use and convenient to store and replace, coloured pencils can be used alone or combined with graphite. Techniques such as burnishing and layering, along with accurate colour matching, tonal rendering and composition will help students to master this rewarding medium. A step-by-step floral portrait will be the focus of the workshop.

Date: July 16 & 17, 2016
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: $155.00
Skill Level: All Levels – Adult/Teens 15+

Floral Portraits in Pen & Ink with Watercolour

3 Iris M SpillaneThis workshop is ideal for the botanical artist looking for something a little different. A step-by-step floral project will be the focus of the two-day workshop with demonstrations, one-on-one interaction with students and detailed instructional handouts. Studies will lead up to the completion of a tonal drawing in graphite, followed by exercises designed to explore the intricate textures used in pen and ink drawings. The project will then be completed in pen and ink with subtle watercolour washes.

Date: August 30 & 31, 2016
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: $155.00
Skill Level: All Levels – Adult/Teens 15+

To register for these workshops, contact:

Darlene McConnachie, Director at 519-797-5068
Southampton Art School
201 High St, Southampton, Ontario

Website: http://www.southamptonart.com

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or: Michael Spillane 905-891-8422

http://www.spillane-arts.com

Material lists are available online

You are invited to attend our Coloured Pencil and Watercolour Club meetings resuming in January 2016. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month to work on our own projects, exchange ideas and tips and hear about the newest art products. Hot drinks are provided; bring your own snacks.

Our monthly meetings in 2016 will be held:

  • Wednesday, January 20th
  • Wednesday, February 17th
  • Wednesday, March 16th
  • Wednesday, April 20th
  • Wednesday, May 18th
  • Wednesday, June 15th

Time: 10 am to 3 pm 

Cost: $15 per session to cover room rental

Location: 2727 Yonge St, Toronto  (free underground guest parking)
Party room (PH level)

Please RSVP three days before the meeting date as we need to book the appropriate room:

Mary Rose @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

Luisa @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The American Society of Botanical Art is calling for entries for two exhibitions:

  • 18th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition – Submission deadline: February 5, 2016
  • Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens – Submission deadline: April 28, 2017

Click the link below for more information.

https://www.asba-art.org/exhibitions/calls-for-entries

The current exhibition at the Hunt Institute in Pittsburgh, The Mysterious Nature of Fungi, runs to December 17, 2015. You can read an article by the curators of this exhibit in the Institute’s Fall 2015 Bulletin. Click the link below to download a pdf file of the bulletin. http://www.huntbotanical.org/publications/show.php?185

Michael Spillane will be offering the following workshops in botanical drawing in the spring of 2016.

Botanical Drawing with Coloured Pencils Workshop

3 Orchid M SpillaneThis two-day botanical drawing workshop will spotlight a truly versatile medium and teach students how to produce stunning effects equal to watercolour painting. Easy to use and convenient to store and replace, coloured pencils can be used alone or combined with graphite. Techniques such as burnishing and layering, along with accurate colour matching, tonal rendering and composition will help students to master this rewarding medium.

Instructor: Michael Spillane

Location: Toronto Botanical Garden - 777 Lawrence Ave E, North York

Date: April 23 & 24, 2016

Length: 2 days

Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with 1 hour for lunch

Cost: Members: $110.00 + HST; Non-members: $125.00 + HST

To register: Contact Michael Spillane – 905-891-8422
  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
www.spillane-ars.com
or, Toronto Botanical Garden – 416-397-1340

The Fundamentals of Botanical Drawing

This three-day workshop is ideal for those wishing to learn a range of skills relating to botanical drawing. Students will be given step-by-step instructions on how to progress through botanical drawing projects using graphite/pencil, coloured pencils and pen & ink. The drawing process when choosing botanical subjects will be discussed, along with exercises on gesture, contour drawing, blending, burnishing and pen & ink techniques. The workshop is best suited to students with some drawing experience and an interest in botanical art.

Instructor: Michael Spillane

Date: April 2, 3 & 10, 2016

Length: 3 days

Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with 1 hour for lunch

To register: Contact Laura Paghal, Director 519-767-1317
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or, Michael Spillane 905-891-8422
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http://www.wyndhamartsupplies.com

Our spirited Annual General Meeting was held on September 24, 2015 in a lovely meeting room provided by Luisa Klopchic, refreshments organized by Mary Rose Woodbridge.

The highlight of the meeting was a digital presentation by Penny Milton, BAC member & Volunteer Consultant on the results of her organizational review of BAC which involved current and former members. The Coordinating Group discussed and prioritized her many recommendations and brought forward a plan to address 5 goals during this fiscal year. The motion to incorporate BAC as a charity and to revise BAC governance structure was approved by members who voted, either in person at the AGM or by email.

We now have a Vice President, Jackie Gallagher, and one new Regional Director in the west - Linda M. Le Geyt.  Gail Finlayson offered to administer our Facebook Page along with Penny Milton. Jackie pointed out that we need more volunteers to step forward to help us through this next critical year of rebuilding and developing services that benefit our members and advance botanical art in Canada.

Other highlights of the meeting included a clear and detailed 2015-16 budget prepared by Treasurer, Karen Logan. Deirdre Mackintosh offered her enthusiastic membership report, Raquel Baranyai her communications report and Louise Hill her website report. A discussion on how to improve the website took place.

Karen Logan reported on the upcoming juried exhibition — we are all grateful for her immense organizational talent (with Gerry Jenkinson's support) in putting this together.

Myra Sourkes reported on the proposed American Society of Botanical Art global exhibition planned for May 2018. Members present were excited at the invitation from ASBA that BAC host the Canadian concurrent botanical art show.

The meeting adjourned with snacks, photos and thanks to our members.


BAC 2015 AGM 1BAC AGM Attendees, from left to right: Karen Logan (Treasurer), Mary Rose Woodbridge, Gail Finlayson, Jackie Gallagher (Vice-Chair), Ann Love (Regional Director - Ontario), Hannah Levitt, Deirdre Mackintosh (Membership Director), Raquel Baranyai (Communications Coordinator), Myra Sourkes, Luisa Klopchic, Nellie Sue Potter and Penny Milton. (photo - Louise Hill).


BAC 2015 AGM 2 CG Members, Raquel Baranyai and Ann Love.


BAC 2015 AGM 3 Refreshments were appreciated by all.


BAC 2015 AGM 4 Gail Finlayson displaying her door prize.


BAC 2015 AGM 5 Gail Finlayson and Penny Milton.

Margaret Walsh Best is offering the following fall workshops at locations in Newfoundland. To register for any of these workshops, please contact Margaret at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fall Colours in the Landscape

Enjoy a weekend surrounded and inspired by nature as you work in watercolour and/or graphite to capture the beautiful fall colours. Details on directions, accommodations and expanded workshop description will be sent to interested participants. Note: Only two spaces remaining.
Level: Beyond Basics

Date and Time: Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, 2015, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Island View Studio (Margaret’s Studio) – Tors Cove, Newfoundland

Cost: Two-day workshop $165 +HST.

Simplifying Watercolour – an Introduction

Come and bring a friend for a day of fun with watercolours! This workshop is designed for those who have had little or no experience with painting or for those who have painted in another medium and want to experience the possibilities of watercolours. It will focus on the materials and tools which will contribute to your success and then follow with demonstrations giving you time to practise and enjoy this wonderful medium.
Level: Introductory

Date and Time: Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: St John’s, Newfoundland

Cost: $85 +HST. (ALL materials are included in this workshop.)

Tools & Techniques of Watercolour

Enjoy a day of experimenting with the tools of watercolour as you create a series of mini pieces, each designed to illustrate a different technique in this exciting medium. Learn the best uses for traditional painting tools and try other unconventional tools and techniques. Lots of demonstration will be combined with one-on-one instruction as you get the time to experiment.
Level: Introductory and Beyond Basics

Date and Time: Sunday, November 8, 2015, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: St John’s, Newfoundland

Cost: $85 +HST. (ALL materials are included in this workshop.)

For further information refer to:

www.margaretwalshbest.com/workshops/

Nellie Sue Potter has announced the following Fall courses she will be teaching at Swansea Town Hall. Swansea Town Hall is located north of the Gardiner Expressway and south of Bloor Street and it offers free parking and easy TTC access. For maps and directions, go to www.swanseatownhall.ca

COURSE 1: TECHNIQUE CORNUCOPIA

Our subjects in this course will be abundant arrangements of fall fruits, flowers and vegetables. We will explore a broad range of drawing techniques, including: using guidelines and construction lines to achieve proper proportion and perspective; using a viewfinder and format lines; using negative shapes in composition, drawing, foreshortening and perspective; how scale and interest affect composition; using lights, darks, highlights and shadows, and how to light your subject to show form and texture. A materials list will be provided to registrants by September 23.

Dates and Times: Tuesdays, October 6 - November 3, 2015, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at Swansea Town Hall.
Decision date: September 22, 2015

Fee for 5 weeks: $232.59

To register: Please email Nellie Sue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and send a cheque for $232.59 to Nellie Sue Potter, 2775 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6P 1Y4.

COURSE 2: COLOURED PENCIL TECHNIQUE

This course is designed to build on the skills gained in Technique Cornucopia, as you develop your skill in using the vibrant and versatile medium of coloured pencil. Using artists' quality coloured pencils such as Faber-Castell Polychromos, we will practice techniques such as colour layering, colour blending, adjusting value, indentation, lifting methods, saturation, and burnishing. Our subjects will be the abundant arrangements of fall fruits and vegetables that you've already practiced with in the previous course. A materials list will be provided to registrants by October 23.

Dates and Times: Tuesdays, November 10 - December 1, 2015, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at Swansea Town Hall. Decision date: October 22, 2015

Fee for 4 weeks: $186.00

To register: Please email Nellie Sue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and send a cheque for $186.00 to Nellie Sue Potter, 2775 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6P 1Y4.

COURSE 3: 10 THINGS YOU CAN LEARN FROM A PUMPKIN

The colours and forms of autumn squashes and pumpkins are astonishing. Last year I was captivated by the Robin's- egg blue of a Hubbard squash beside the oranges and golds of other fall vegetables. They also provide us with opportunities to show concave, convex, smooth, rough, netted, and corky surfaces; forms within forms; inside, outside, colours, shadows, deep colour, bright colour, overlapping elements, and surface pattern versus form. In short, there is much to learn from this jolly vegetable. This course will be taught at the intermediate to advanced level. You may use graphite, ink, coloured pencil or watercolour.

Dates andTimes: Wednesdays, October 28 - December 2, 2015, Noon - 3:00 pm at Swansea Town Hall.
Decision date: October 10, 2015

Fee for 6 weeks: $279.11

To register: Please email Nellie Sue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and send a cheque for $279.11 to Nellie Sue Potter, 2775 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6P 1Y4.

Contact: Nellie Sue Potter / Nature Art Studio

416-797-5968

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You are invited to the Botanical Artists of Canada's juried exhibition, Botanical Treasures at the Woodland Edge. Come and enjoy beautiful artwork by BAC members depicting plants that grow in the varied and ecologically important habitat at the edge of the woods.

We are pleased to announce that our jurors for this exhibition are:

KATHRYN CHORNEY - Professor, Academic Advisor, Bachelor of Illustration Program, Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design at Sheridan College.

SHELLEY WALL - professor in the Biomedical Communications program at U of T, with a background in both fine art and scientific/medical illustration.

ALEX HENDERSON - Royal Botanical Gardens' Curator of Collections/Horticulturist

Location: The Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, Toronto

Dates: The exhibition runs from October 28 to November 8, 2015.

Opening Reception and Juror's Awards: Join us on Saturday October 31, 1:00 - 3:00 pm for the reception and awards presentation. Refreshments will be served.

Refer to our evite below for location and gallery hours details. Please feel free to download the image or pdf version of the evite and send it to your friends.

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2015 BAC Juried Exhibition Evite-Poster

The Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators are pleased to announce their upcoming Members' Exhibit 2015, to be held at the Giant's Rib Discovery Centre, located at the Dundas Valley Conservation Area in Hamilton ON. This will be SONSI's fifth annual members' exhibit since the group formed in 2010.

For the first time, SONSI has chosen a theme for the exhibit: The Natural and Cultural History of Southern Ontario, with subject matter ranging from historical reconstruction to native plants and animals. The theme allows SONSI members to showcase their dedication to illustrating the natural environment of our region and their commitment to sharing this dedication with a larger community of art and nature lovers.

Did you know that research has shown that exposure to nature is beneficial for both our physical and mental health and well-being? Even if one is not able to get outdoors, health benefits can be gained simply by looking at images of nature (or even seeing the colour green).

So, do yourself a physical and mental favour, come out to the Giant's Rib Discovery Centre, and see the latest exhibit of beautiful science and nature-themed art by SONSI members, as well as some spectacular fall colours!

The exhibit is open for viewing on Saturdays and Sundays 10 AM - 3 PM, from Sept 5 thru to Nov 1, 2015. Please check out the Dundas Valley Conservation Area's website for more information, Trail Centre hours, location, and directions. All visitors to the Conservation Area are asked to pay a $10/vehicle entry fee, to help support Trail and Area maintenance.

Click here for a printable version of the exhibit poster.

(Courtesy of http://sonsi.ca)

BAC Members may be interested in reading artist and instructor Michael Spillane's blog on the botanical art workshops he held at the Southampton Art School this summer. Click this link to his blog on his personal website.

https://spillanestudiooffinearts.wordpress.com/

In August, the Royal Canadian Mint released a new silver coin designed by Celia Godkin, which features a beautiful Giant Sulpher butterfly drinking nectar from a wild strawberry flower. The butterfly and wild strawberry plants can be found in the bogs, meadows and roadside ditches in the northern and western regions of Canada.

Click on the link below to view the coin on the Mint’s website.

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You are invited to come to the Coloured Pencil and Watercolour Club.

We will resume our monthly meetings after the summer break on the third Wednesday of the month.

  • Wednesday September 16th 2015
  • Wednesday October 21st 2015
  • Wednesday November 18th 2015

Time: 10 am to 3 pm 

Cost: $15 per session

Location: 2727 Yonge St, Toronto
                  Party room (PH level)

Please RSVP if you plan to attend or contact us for further information:

Mary Rose @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 416 443-8098 or

Luisa @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 416 488-3381

When: September 26, 10 AM to 4 or 5 PM
Where:
The Community Room at Fortinos, 60 Quarry Edge Dr., Brampton, Ontario: https://goo.gl/maps/TzL5d
Who: Anyone who registers
Fee: There is no fee for SONSI members. A donation of $5 would be appreciated from non-members, to help us pay for the cost of food (IF you plan to join us for lunch).
RSVP: To This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 17

AGENDA: This year's Presentation Day is a full schedule of unique workshops! We have three experts who have generously agreed to show you their techniques.

9:30 - 10:00 AM Arrive
10:00 - 11:25 Coloured pencil workshop by Nellie Sue Potter (see details below)
11:25 - 11:35 Break
11:35 - 1:00 Archaeological illustration workshop by Kathryn Killackey (see details below)
1:00 - 2:00 Lunch - funded by SONSI, provided by Foos. Vegetarian, gluten- and nut-free items will available
2:00 - 4:00 (possibly longer) Acrylic demo by Linda Montgomery (see details below) The room must be vacated by 5:30 PM.
5:30 PM ish meet at a nearby restaurant for a casual dinner (not funded by SONSI). When you RSVP, please indicate if you intend to join us for dinner so appropriate reservations are made.

Coloured Pencil Workshop by Nellie Sue Potter

sonsi 1 potterNellie Sue will provide paper, subjects, and tools for techniques. This workshop will provide an introduction to the use of colored pencils in botanical illustration. Nellie Sue will give an overview of the medium and discuss materials and techniques. She will then demonstrate some of the processes and techniques. Participants will have the chance to try these techniques themselves. Please bring coloured pencils, pencil sharpener, graphite pencils, a white eraser, and a kneaded eraser. Nellie Sue Potter is a botanical artist who teaches in Toronto at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Toronto Botanical Garden and the High Park Nature Center. Her tree illustrations grace the cover and interior of the latest publication in the City of Toronto’s Biodiversity Series: Trees and Shrubs of Toronto.


Archaeological Illustration Workshop by Kathryn Killackey

sonsi 2 killackey smThis workshop will provide an introduction to archaeological artifact illustration. Artifact illustration is a distinct sub-discipline of science illustration with its own set of conventions and styles. Kathryn will provide an overview of these conventions and styor different archaeological materials. She will then demonstrate the illustration process, from initial examination of the artifact through final digital editing. Attendees will have the chance to follow along and draw a coffee mug (which we can pretend is a rare archaeological vessel) according to archaeological conventions. Please bring a coffee mug (remember - more decoration equals more challenging to draw!), pencils, eraser, ruler, and a caliper if you own one. Kathryn Killackey is a science illustrator with extensive experience illustrating archaeological subjects from a range of time periods and geographic areas. She has been the project illustrator for the Çatalhöyük Research Project for the past 9 years.


Acrylic Demonstration by Linda Montgomery

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Margaret Walsh Best invites you to come and enjoy the historic community of Ferryland, on Newfoundland’s Southern Shore, while taking in an art workshop at the Colony of Avalon archaeological site. Be inspired by the flowers and plants of the site’s heritage gardens.

The workshop includes:

  • Colony of Avalon admission and guided tour
  • Two day workshop in the gardens and indoor studio space
  • A workshop intended to accommodate different levels of ability and capability from the beginner to the advanced.

Instruction and demonstration by artist Margaret Walsh Best (www.margaretwalshbest.com) who will present techniques for drawing and painting a variety of historic plants found in the Gentleman’s Garden and the Herb Garden. Learn techniques for capturing the unique characteristics of the plants of your choice. Work will be done using graphite and/or watercolour- the choice of each participant.

Cost: Two-day workshop $165 +HST. Kits of all necessary art supplies for the two days will be available at a small additional cost for those who request them. ($7)

Registration: Contact the Colony of Avalon by phone at 709-432-3200 or 1-877-326-5669 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Ask us about accommodations, dining options and area attractions.For details visit www.colonyofavalon.ca