Announcing Master Class with Rogerio Lupo!

I am so pleased to announce that Rogério Lupo will be joining us for a Master Class on April 18, 19, 20, 9am to 5 pm. If you attended the last International Exhibition at the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, his was the drawing that was the talk of the conference! In this class you will have the choice of working with nib pen and ink or graphite. Watch for future details about registration.
Rogério Lupo
, born in 1970 in São Paulo, Brazil, is natural science illustrator and teacher of biological illustration since 1998. Bachelor in Biological Sciences at University of São Paulo (USP) in 1997, had Art Classes at Escola Clássica de Arte (Classical School of Art), São Paulo, from 1993 to 1998. His illustrations are present mainly in academic works, especially on taxonomy and ecology. His quest for more care and artistic value, even in academic and technical illustrations, enlarged his professional potential leading his original artworks to be purchased to integrate private or institutional collections.
He works on a variety of media, being not able to choose one as favorite, always aiming to share his experience in didactical material available for free on internet. Some of his works have been awarded in important competitions, for instance the first prize in 2002 and 2003 of the Margaret Mee National Contest (Brazil) – black and white category – and the first prize in 2010 and 2013 of the Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Botanical Illustration (Australia).

LupoTechnique comparisons

LupoBotanical and zoological

The New Bell Museum of Natural History

Minnesota has a brand new museum - the Bell Museum of Natural History. I attended the gala opening on July 13th. The stars of the Bell are the beautiful dioramas by Francis Lee Jaques, Walter Breckenridge and John Jarosz. They were moved from the previous Bell Museum and refurbished. They are truly spectacular! The planetarium is a wonderful new addition. Check it out!

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The new Bell is surrounded by nature.


The most beautiful dioramas!

Models for teaching botany.

Herbarium Tour

On July 10, 2018 Pen & Ink II students got a tour of the University of Minnesota's Herbarium, conducted by Dr. George Weiblen. There is so much history in the volumes of plant specimens. We are fortunate to have such an important resource here in Minnesota. IMG_6397

Dr. Weiblen shows the group several historical specimens.


This specimen survived the bombing of the Natural History Museum in London during World War II.


Dr. Weiblen explains how the specimens are scanned for inclusion in the World Wide Atlas.


Plants that have been pressed, applied to herbarium sheets, weighted, and waiting to be filed.


After the Herbarium tour, we went over to the U of M's Conservatory to see some very unusual specimens.


Scientific Illustration

We are fully engaged in the Scientific Illustration class that began June 9th. We received a selection of Papua New Guinea plants from Dr. George Weiblen of the University of Minnesota. Herbarium sheets and pickled fruit for figs, nutmegs and a coffee plant were distributed to students and the work began. IMG_6246