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Members

Barbara Van Blomestein

Linda Borris

Louise Chenier

Sarah Dabrowski

Dawn Dougall

Elaine Ferrier

Susan Filshie

Gail Finlayson

Jackie Gallagher

Yvonne Gaudet

Anita Granger

Susan Greenbloom

Sara-Jane Gruetzner

Jannis Hare

Cherin Harris-Tuck

Lyndel Hill

Brenda Hill

Ann Honke

Jessica Hsiung

Maeve Hughes

Judith Jamieson

Stephanie Keeley-Bunting

Leslie Kirton

Diane Kowal

Bert Liverance

Deirdre Mackintosh

Elizabeth Malicki

Ev Marron

Cecilia Martin

Christine McDonald

Brenda Mitchell

Nighat Mohsin

Marguerite Nault-Kubera

Pamela Padwick

Rita-Anne Piquet

Nellie Sue Potter

Linda Read

Twila Robar-DeCoste

Suzanne Sanders

Catherine Scott

Janet Shearn

Claire Sinclair

Myra Sourkes

Michael Spillane

Pamela Stagg

Judie Thompson

Suzanne Whistance-Smith

Patricia Williams

Mary Rose Woodbridge

Joan Wright

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

Instructor Michael Spillane is offering the following workshops in July at Southampton Art School, in Southampton, Ontario.

Botanical Drawing With Pen & Ink And Watercolour Washes

spillane zinniaBotanical art is a highly structured art form requiring dedication, commitment and a passion for the subject. Being able to combine technical and botanical accuracy with a high standard of artistic excellence is the goal of this most rewarding discipline. This workshop is specifically designed for students with an interest in learning more about botanical art.
 

Date: July 4 & 5, 2015
Length: 2 days
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with 1 hour for lunch
Cost: $155.00 + HST


Botanical Drawing Using Graphite and Pen & Ink

spillane Iris pen inkThis 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 and pen & ink. The drawing process when choosing botanical subjects will be discussed, along with exercises on gesture, contour drawing and blending techniques with graphite. The workshop is best suited to students with some drawing experience and an interest in botanical art.

Date: July 6 & 7, 2015
Length: 2 days
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with 1 hour for lunch
Cost: $155.00 + HST

To register for these workshops, contact:

Southhampton Art School & Gallery
Box 115 High Street, Southampton, Ontario
Tel: 519-797-5068
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or: Michael Spillane: 905-891-8422 Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website: www.spillane-arts.comsaguelph.co

Elements Exhibition

The Hunt Institute’s current Elements exhibition of beautiful drawings and watercolours of bird nests began in March and runs to June 30th 2015. To view images from the exhibition and read about the artists’ work, check their latest bulletin (click link below).

Open House

The institute is also holding its annual Open House on June 28, 2015, in conjunction with the Elements exhibition. There will be a talk and a gallery tour and opportunities to meet the staff. See the last page of the bulletin for a Schedule of Events.

http://www.huntbotanical.org/publications/show.php?182

Location: 5th floor of the Hunt Library building at Carnegie Mellon University, 4909 Frew Street Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Harris Sparrow - Liz Tudor
Harris Sparrow - Liz Tudor


To launch our fourth year, on Wednesday, May 20th, we are pleased to offer a special feature for this month’s Coloured Pencil and Watercolour Club meeting. Elizabeth H Tudor (Liz) and, we hope, Emily Luks, who is currently away on a fabulous trip to Africa, will be offering another Tips and Tricks workshop for coloured pencil and graphite lovers!

Tips and Tricks II will offer help with improving your work with highlights and shadows as well as show you masking and blending tricks for coloured pencil work.

Liz recommends bringing a sketch book, an eraser, a sharpener, and coloured and graphite pencils, (2H, HB, 2B, 4B). Some drawing supplies will be on hand for you to try out. If you wish, bring your lunch; drinks are provided.

You are invited to the Coloured Pencil and Watercolour Club:

Date: Wednesday May 20th from 10 am to 3pm

Location:
2727 Yonge St, Toronto
Party room (PH floor by elevator.)
Unfortunately the condo parking lot is under repair this month so it is street parking only.

Note: The regular $15.00 for room rental applies.

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

OSBA logoWe are a society of botanical artists who share a love of the plant world. Our goal is to portray botanical subjects with accuracy and artistry within the traditional fine arts of drawing, painting and printmaking.

 

In 2011 a few artists taking Kerri Weller's Botanical Art classes in Ottawa, came together to form the group that is now the Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists. Robert Anderson was our first President, and served well in getting our Charter outline and structure into place, and Kerri was a driving force in getting us started.

Our goal is to promote and encourage the development of botanical art in the Ottawa region with sharing and mentorship, and to arrange annual exhibitions for members.

MEMBER BENEFITS

OSBA Sketch Club meets weekly at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden or the Ornamental Gardens at the Experimental Farm, to sketch outdoors from late spring to early fall.

Four meetings per year give members a chance to converse, share and view art work by their colleagues. Meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Monday of April, June, September and November.

A guest speaker is featured at each meeting.

OSBA Exhibition Opportunities - All members are welcome to exhibit.

We have a permanent exhibition space at Artistic Landscape Design, and our subject matter for the 2015 show was taken from a list of plants significant to Mrs. E. Schmitz founding partner of Artistic Landscape Design in recognition of their 60th anniversary in business.

Our Blog was created a couple of years ago to communicate news of our group to the public, and has been helpful in expanding the number of our members. While we are a small group we currently have a steadily growing membership.

We invite you to visit our blog for more information, and if you are visiting Ottawa please visit our exhibition or join us for one of our meetings.

http://ottawabotanicalart.blogspot.ca/

Botanical Artists of Canada (BAC) is calling for entries for its 2015 juried exhibition, Botanical Treasures at the Woodland Edge, which will be held at the Todmorden Mills Papermill Gallery in Toronto October 28 to November 8, 2015.

The exhibition is open to all Botanical Artists of Canada members in good standing (dues paid). Non-members must apply and pay for membership in BAC prior to sending an entry into the exhibition. Please note: At this time, membership in the Botanical Artists of Canada (BAC) is open only to residents of Canada.

Subject matter for submitted artwork must conform to the theme of the exhibition, which is Botanical Treasures at the Woodland Edge. 

The deadline for submissions is August 28, 2015.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

Conditions for Entry and Entry Form

To enter the exhibition you must complete the BAC 2015 Juried Exhibition Entry Form and submit images of your artwork to BAC. For submission guidelines and instructions, please read the Conditions for Entry and Entry Instructions attached to the Entry Form.

You will need Adobe Acrobat to download and print the entry form below.

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Click to open form: 2015 BAC Call for Entries Form

spillane cattleya orchidWorkshop Description

This two-day 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.

Michael Spillane will be holding coloured pencil workshops at two different locations.

Location I:

Spillane Studio of Fine Arts
94 Lakeshore Road
Port Credit
Mississauga, ON

Date: May 31 and June 7, 2015 (Sundays) 

Length: 2 days

Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $155.00

To register: Contact Michael Spillane: 905-891-8422

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

                        Website: www.spillane-arts.com

Location II:

Southampton Art School
Box 115 High Street
Southampton, ON

Date: June 29 – 30, 2015

Length: 2 days

Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $155.00

To register: Contact Darlene McConnachie, Art School Director

                        Tel: 519-797-5068

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

                        Or: Michael Spillane: 905-891-8422

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                        Website: www.spillane-arts.com

The Royal Canadian Mint has recently released new silver and gold coins designed by Celia Godkin. Three of the coins feature maple leaves, one of which is in full colour and glows in the dark. The fourth coin displays a beautiful coloured hologram of a pygmy snaketail dragonfly perched on pickerelweed flowers.

Click on the links below to view the coins on the Mint’s website.

Maple Leaf Coins:

Pure Gold Coin - Maple Leaves with Queen Elizabeth II Effigy from 1953 - Mintage: 1,500 (2014)

Canadian Maple Leaf 1/2 oz. Silver Coin (2015)

1 oz. Fine Silver Glow-in-the-Dark Coin - Maple Leaves - Mintage: 7,500 (2014)

Dragonfly Coin:

The Pygmy Snaketail - 1/2 oz. Fine Silver Coloured Hologram Coin (2015) - Mintage: 10,000

Tulips – Swansea Town Hall

In this course you will create a tulip sketchbook page and a tulip herbarium sheet. We'll study tulip anatomy and variation in the shape of the tulip petals. We'll see how to render concave and convex petals, how to draw curving leaves and how to represent overlapping elements convincingly.

Dates & Times:

Wednesdays, March 25 until April 29, 2015, noon until 3:00 PM

Decision date: March 17, 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.

Location: Swansea Town Hall is located north of the Gardiner Expressway and south of Bloor Street, and offers free parking and easy TTC access. For maps and directions, go to www.swanseatownhall.ca.
 

Spring Sketchbook – High Park Nature Centre

Look closely at the sprouting spring woodlands and savannahs to create intricate sketchbook pages. With the skilled instruction of botanical artist Nellie Sue Potter you will learn how to draw and identify specimens such as spring ephemeral flowers and buds, new leaves and other treasures found in High Park in mid-May. This course is suitable for all levels and will include time indoors and outdoors.

The High Park Nature Centre is a quiet oasis on the edge of the most pristine corner of the Park – the perfect locale to indulge in a week of natural learning!

Dates & Times:

This workshop spans three sessions and is scheduled for:

  • Thursday, May 7, from 6 – 9 pm
  • Sunday, May 10, from 2 – 5 pm
  • Tuesday, May 12, from 6 – 9 pm

Workshop Fee: 
$150 / 3 sessions

To register for this course, please contact the High Park Nature Centre directly, rather than Nellie Sue.

Here is the link: http://www.highparknaturecentre.com/adult-workshops/

Artist Margaret Walsh Best is holding the following winter workshops in St. John's Newfoundland.

Just drop her a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Simplifying Watercolour- an Introduction

Come and bring a friend for a day of fun with watercolours! Limit of 6
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.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 26 (10:00 am to 4:00 PM)
Location: St. John's studio
Cost: $85 + HST (ALL materials included in this workshop)

Tools & Techniques of Watercolour 2

In the fall Margaret offered "Tools & Techniques of Watercolour 1". This workshop continues with other techniques. No need to have done the earlier one to participate in this March workshop. 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. 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 instructionas you get the time to experiment. Painting kits included for those who need them. Introductory level and beyond basics; all levels are welcome.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 5th, 2015 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Location: St. John's, NL @ MUN Botanical Garden
Cost: $85 + HST

Painting Winter Trees

Experience various methods for painting winter trees. 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 for representing distant groupings of trees or snow-covered close-up evergreens or even mounds of snow on deciduous branches - all of which speak to us of winter. Learn the best uses for your painting tools or try some more unconventional tools and techniques. Demonstration will be combined with one-on-one instruction. Painting kits are provided for those who need them. Introductory level and beyond basics.

Date and Time: Friday, March 6th, 2015 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Location: St. John's, NL @ MUN Botanical Garden
Cost: $85 + HST

The Toronto Botanical Garden, located at 777 Lawrence Avenue East, is offering several winter and spring courses for the botanically inspired.

Botanical Art Studio with Leslie Staple
Winter: Thursdays, January 15 to March 19, 2015 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Spring: Thursdays, April 9 to June 11, 2015 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You can take a full session (10 classes) or a half session (five classes).
Work at your own pace. All levels welcome. Bring watercolour materials and an inspirational subject.

See TBG website:
http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/learn/adult/art/

Lecture - Plant Stories from the Gardiner: Botanical Imagery in Clay
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Join Kelvin Browne, Executive Director and CEO of the Gardiner, to explore the botanical aspects of the Gardiner’s ceramics collection.

See TBG website:
http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/learn/adult/tbg-lectures1/

Digital Botanical Art Prints
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - Noon to 5 p.m.
In this photography course you will take shots of a botanical specimen, transform them into digital botanical sketch images and print them.

See TBG website:
http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/learn/adult/photography-new/

We are a small group of artists who like to meet and enjoy working together on our own art projects. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month in a condo party room from 10 am to 3 pm. The penthouse space and lighting is comfortable and underground guest parking is free. Our club is non profit and charges $15 per session to cover rental of the room. We bring our lunch and hot drinks are complimentary.

2015 Schedule

Wednesday January 21st 2015

Wednesday February 18th 2015

Wednesday March 18th 2015

Wednesday April 15th 2015

Wednesday May 20th 2015

Wednesday June 17th 2015
 

Location: North Toronto at 2727 Yonge Street, south of Lawrence.

You are invited to come and join us. Please RSVP if you would like to attend or for further information.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 416 443 8098

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This 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 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.

Instructor: Michael Spillane

Location:
Guelph School of Art
125 Wyndham St. N
Guelph, ON

Date: March 8 & 15 (Sundays), 2015
Length: 2 days
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with 1 hour for lunch
Cost: $145:00To register contact either:

  • Laura Paghal, Director at 519-767-1317 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Michael Spillane at 905-891-8422 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Link to Workshop on Michael's Blog:
http://spillanestudiooffinearts.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/london-ontario-workshop-the-brush-palette-club-november-2014/

Main Websites:

Redesigned Website

BAC members might like to explore the Hunt Institute's recently redesigned website huntbotanical.org, which contains a wealth of information on botanical documentation and illustration. The November 2014 issue of their bulletin, with an article on their current exhibition Dangerous Beauty, is available online www.huntbotanical.org/admin/uploads/hibd-bulletin-26-2.pdf along with previous archived bulletins going back to 1979.

Call for Entries for the 15th International Exhibition – Fall 2016

This exhibition is open to all botanical fine artists and illustrators whose work has achieved a standard of excellence and who have not yet been represented in the Hunt Institute’s series of International Exhibitions.

 

Deadlines:

  • Complete and send a 15th International Intent to Submit Form via email or post by 30 January 2015.
  • Complete and send the 15th International Submission Form via email or post by 19 June 2015.

For further information refer to http://huntbotanical.org/exhibitions/international/