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An Introduction to Botanical Art

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Sat., Sept. 28, 2013 – Sun., Sept. 29, 2013
$125 for Burke Members, $150 for general public (class size limited to 15)

Learn the basics for creating botanical illustrations from professional botanist, botanical illustrator, and teacher, Dr. Linda Ann Vorobik. Linda, through demonstrations and lectures, introduces participants to drawing skills, parts of the plant, what botanical illustration is when defined precisely, and watercolor techniques as used for painting plant portraits.

The first morning of the workshop begins with introductions and demonstrations followed by supervised drawing to create pencil drafts for watercolors; later in the morning pen & ink supplies are described and techniques are demonstrated. The afternoon consists of lecture/demonstrations on watercolor supplies and techniques followed by drawing and painting time.

The second morning will begin with more demonstrations followed by supervised drawing and painting. The workshop closes with a friendly critique of works produced. All skill levels are welcome: accomplished artists can increase their knowledge of botany and skilled botanists can learn drawing and painting techniques.

Class Schedule:

  • Sat., September 28: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun., September 29: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Dr. Linda Ann Vorobik is a Research Associate at the University Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Washington Herbarium, Burke Museum. She specializes in botanical illustration and plant systematics. She is the principal illustrator for botanical publications including Flora North America Volume 25 (Grasses), The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California, The Jepson Desert Manual, A Flora of San Nicolas Island, and A Flora of Santa Cruz Island. Linda cherishes all three west coast states as home: she holds a PhD from the University of Oregon, Eugene, conducts field research and teaches in the Siskiyou Mountains of southwestern Oregon, is writing a book on the flora of the Sierra Nevada, California, and lives at her family home on Lopez Island, Washington. She was editor of Fremontia, the journal of the California Native Plant Society from 2000-2006 and conducts research on the genus Arabis and Erysimum (rock cress and wallflower genera; Brassicaceae).

As well as executing precise and accurate botanical illustrations for books and journals, Linda sells her color work as originals, prints, and cards, and teaches botany and botanical illustration workshops. For more information, see www.VorobikBotanicalArt.com.

Pre-registration is required by September 13th.  To register, please send a check to the address below made out to the University of Washington. In the memo line please put "Botanical Illustration".

c/o David Giblin
Box 355325
University of Washington
Seattle, WA  98195-5325

For further information or questions please contact David Giblin at dgiblin@uw.edu or call 206-543-1682.