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Classes meet once a week for six weeks unless otherwise noted. Class size is limited to 15 people. Materials lists may be downloaded by clicking on “materials list” below the class description.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your reservation for a regular class more than five business days prior to the first class, there will be a non-refundable $50 registration free. If you cancel your registration less than 5 days prior to the first class, no fees will be refunded. Master Classes Registration Fees and Cancellation Policies vary. Current students receive priority placement for Master Classes. If for any reason the class is cancelled, 100% of your fee will be returned.


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2017/2018 School Year

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Sunday Series - Lectures
We are pleased to offer a series of free lectures that will take place on Sunday afternoons at Longfellow House. Subjects will include all things botanical. Join us for tea. Free and open to the public. Reservation required due to limited space. Please register below.

An Introduction to Botanical Art
Sunday, September 3, 2017, 2 pm
Longfellow House
Presenter: Marilyn Garber
The art of botanical illustration has an interesting and sometimes treacherous history. Join us for a free lecture covering 3,500 years of botanical art.





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SESSION 1: September 11 - October 28, 2017
When once we see clearly enough, there is very little difficulty in drawing.
John Ruskin


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Image by Janet Goltz

Drawing I - Beginner
Learn the fundamental skills of beginning drawing while developing your observational skills and your understanding of botanical art. In this class you will explore shape, form, value, negative space and shading techniques with graphite. It will help you to feel more confident with your tools and how to break down complicated subjects into simpler forms. The skills you learn here will give you a necessary foundation for Drawing 2 and will set you up for success in that course and further painting classes.
Mondays, September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
Register by September 4 and save!
Fee: $215
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Image by Nancy Gehrig

The Bounty of Farmer’s Market - Colored Pencil
CLASS FILLED
Think about the lushness of the produce at Farmer’s Market in the fall. Using colored pencils and the layering technique you will learn how to build vibrant greens, rich reds and lush purples and yellows. We will be paying attention to highlights and shadows, cool and warm tones plus edges. Demonstration, hands on instruction and individual attention provided as you work with the layering technique. There will also be discussions on pencils, papers and erasing. This class will be helpful for artists at any level.
Mondays, September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Nancy Gehrig
Register by September 4 and save!
Fee: $215
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Image by Pierre Joseph Redoute

Watercolor 1 - Beginner
Learn essential techniques used in traditional English botanical watercolor painting. Brushes, papers and paints will be explained. Students will choose a painting by P. J. Redoute to transfer and to paint a copy. Learn how to properly load a brush with color for flat washes, graded washes and dry brush. The history of botanical art will be discussed. This class is for the beginner.
Saturdays, September 16, 23, 30, October 7, (skip Oct. 16) 21, 28
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
Register by September 4 and save!
Fee: $215
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NEW!
On Making Botanical Art: Dealing with the Fear

The First in an Occasional Series Devoted to Critical Aspects
of becoming a Botanical Artist
Beginning Sept. 12, Six Tuesday Evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.:
An Overview and Discussion Led by Scott Stapleton of the Book
Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
By David Bayles & Ted Orland

Making botanical art is an inherently intimidating enterprise. You’re inspired by the stunning examples made by those who have gone before you. They appear to have been made, some of them, at any rate, by mortals like yourself. But the medium is so much harder to master than you had imagined. And your first best efforts fail to match what your mind’s eye can see so clearly. And you begin to think, Well, maybe not. Not me. I’m just not cut out to be a botanical artist.

The authors of Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking understand perfectly. They’ve been teaching students like yourself for many years. And their book is an inspiring, instructive, and often funny guide to seeing your way past these and many other traps. Even better, their overall message - that everything you need to become the artist that you are is readily
at hand, it’s in the work itself - is just what you need to make it through to the botanical promised land.

This series is a must for every would-be botanical artist. And for those who are gaining confidence, or even wise in the ways of their art, it’s an opportunity to reflect on and share what we have all learned about making this intimidating art.

No preparation necessary!
By all means, read the relevant chapters ahead of time if you’ve got the time. They’re great. But they’re not required. They’ll be summarized each evening and you’ll get a useful handout as well to refer to.
Don’t feel you have to attend every session.
Registration is not required. Simply show up for the topics that interest you.
Period.
And you don’t have to pay a dime.
We believe so strongly in the importance of this offering
that we want everyone to benefit.
Topics in the Series “On Making Botanica Art: Dealing with the Fear”
With a Few Quotable Quotes to, as It Were, Draw You In
Taken from the book, Art & Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland
Available as a free download at
https://artistryinaction.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/david_bayles_ted_orland_art_and_fear.pdf

Sept. 12: “The Nature of the Problem” and “Art & Fear”

Today artwork does not emerge from a secure common ground: the bison on the wall is someone else’s magic. Making art now means working in the face of undertaintly.” Most artists don’t daydream about making great art - they daydream about having made great art.

Sept. 19: “Fears About Yourself”
“It’s easy to imagine that real artists know what they’re doing, and that they - unlike you - are entitled to feel good about themselves and their art.”

Sept. 26: “Fears About Others” and “Finding Your Work”
“What is sometimes needed is simply an insulated period, a gap of pure time between the making of your art, and the time when you share it with outsiders.” “Look at your work and it tells you how it is when you hold back or when you embrace. When you are lazy, your art is lazy; when you hold back, it holds back; when you hesitate, it stands there staring, hands in its pockets. But when you commit, it comes on like blazes.”

September 3: “The Outside World”
“What makes competition in the arts a slippery issue is simply that there’s rarely any consensus about what your best work is.”

October 17: “The Academic World”

“The chances are (statistically speaking) that if you’re an artist, you’re also a student. That says something very encouraging about the desire to learn - and something very ominous about the attrition rate of those who try. There is, after all, a deadly corollary: most people stop making art when they stop being students.”

October 24: “Conceptual Worlds” and “The Human Voice”

“Compared to other challenges, the ultimate shortcoming of technical problems is not that they’re hard, but that they’re easy.” “Your art does not arrive miraculously from the darkness, but is made uneventfully in the light.”

Click here to download Art & Fear Schedule.

Dates: Tuesdays, September 12, 19, 26, October 3, (skip 10th), 17, 24
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Place: Minnesota School of Botanical Art, Longfellow House
No pre-registration necessary.



SESSION 2: October 30 - December 16, 2017
In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty.
Amit Ray
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Image by Ronda Dick

Drawing 2
Learn to draw botanical subjects accurately and build on the skills that you learned in Drawing 1 while observing botanical subjects with both a scientific and an artistic eye. Using graphite emphasis will be placed on drawing to scale, observing how light falls on form and shading forms convincingly; as well as, creating texture, surface details and composition. You will push your drawing abilities further then before and pick up some botanical identification along the way.
Mondays, October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4
9:30 AM - 12 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
Register by October 23 and save!
Fee: $215
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Image by Linda Powers
Autumn Leaves
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus
Explore mixing the beautiful, yet subtle colors in autumn leaves. You’ll learn wet-on-wet techniques, color mixing and dry brush for surface detail. This class is for those who wish to hone their dry brush techniques, from beginners to advanced.
Mondays, October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4
1:30 PM - 4 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Kathy Creger
Register by October 23 and save!
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Image by Marilyn Garber

Color Theory
Explore color through a series of exercises that will familiarize you with this complex subject. The history of color and color wheels, color terminology, color harmony, colors in nature, clear and neutral colors and mixing greens creams and browns will be covered. You will complete a series of worksheets useful for future reference.
Saturdays, November 4, 11, 18, (Skip November 25) December 2, 9, 16
9:30 AM - 12 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
Register by October 21 and save!
Fee: $225 includes $10 for Worksheets
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Sunday Series - Lecture
We are pleased to introduce a series of lectures that will take place on Sunday afternoons at Longfellow House. Subjects will include all things botanical. Join us for tea. Free and open to the public. Reservation required due to limited space.

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The Art and Techniques of Franz Bauer: First botanical artist Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Sunday, December 10, 2 pm
Longfellow House
Marilyn Garber, Presenter
Franz Bauer (1758 - 1840) came from a family of artists. His early training resulted in his first illustration being published at the age of 13. Bauer, probably the first to draw detailed plant dissections for recording purposes at Kew, lived at a time when the microscope was being greatly improved and the camera lucida was invented. It affected the way in which he worked and influences botanical artists of today. This lecture will feature unpublished photographs of Bauer’s unfinished works, providing clues to his revolutionary techniques.





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SESSION 3: January 8 - February 17, 2018
I did not realize that drawing begins with “not knowing.” That it is always starting again and experimenting afresh each moment of involvement.
Leon Kossoff

Winter Dried Specimens with
Water Soluble Graphite & Watercolor
Do you collect dried seed pods, twigs with twisted and curled leaves still hanging on, dried Milkweed pods, Sunflower heads, Rose hips or dried Teasels? In this watercolor class we will concentrate on creating a striking composition with subjects that have interesting structure, shape, value and texture. You will be introduced to water soluble graphite and paint watercolor on top lending a unique and beautiful affect.  Bring in your dried treasures to paint what winter in Minnesota has to offer.
Mondays, January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12
9:30 AM - 12 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
Register by December 21 and save!
Fee: $215
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Shading in Graphite
Learn to use light and shadow to give your drawings lifelike dimension. In this class we’ll work on seeing how light hits objects and helps describe their form and texture. Practice drawing the lightest lights, the darkest darks and the tonal gradations in between. Use reflected light and cast shadows to make your drawings pop off the page. Start thinking in three dimensions and work toward making shading instinctual.
Mondays, January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Tim Voigts
Register by December 21 and save!
Fee: $215 + $15 for silverpoint

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Image by Marilyn Garber

Watercolor II
Put into practice the principles you learned in Watercolor I. Working with simple plant subjects, students will be shown step-by-step demonstrations in making a contour drawing and then a realistic watercolor painting. This class will focus on expression of form, structure, and color. Additional emphasis will be placed on flat wash, graded wash, glazing, wet-in-wet and dry brush watercolor techniques. For those who have completed Watercolor I or who have some watercolor experience.
Saturdays, January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
Register by December 21 and save!
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Sunday Series - Lectures
We are pleased to introduce a series of lectures that will take place on Sunday afternoons at Longfellow House. Subjects will include all things botanical. Join us for tea. Free and open to the public. Reservation required due to limited space.
E-mail reservation to MarilynGarber@MinnesotaSchoolofBotanicalArt.com

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Truth to Nature - A Useful Future for Botanical Art?
The Example of Charles Herbert Moore

Sunday, February 4, 2 pm
Longfellow House
Scott Stapleton, Presenter
Charles Herbert Moore (1840-1930) was an accomplished American landscape painter who fell under the spell of John Ruskin, the highly influential English art critic, draftsman, watercolorist, and social theorist who championed the phrase “truth to nature”. The phrase is seductive, and you think it would appeal to botanical artists at all times and in all places. Whether it was that helpful to Charles Herbert Moore’s career, however, is the subject of this lecture.
Scott Stapleton is a student at the Minnesota School of Botanical Art. A retired pastor, he has had a long history of engagement with the arts and their significance for consumers and practitioners alike.






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SESSION 4: February 26 - APRIL 7, 2018
You have to show the muse you are serious.
Roseanne Cash



Vegetables in the Root Cellar - Graphite
Carrots, onions, garlic, potatoes and squash make rich subjects for winter drawing. Pick one or a composition of multiple subjects. We will be working in graphite, focusing on rendering a wide range of tones and texture. You will focus on creating form and achieving depth. There will be demonstrations and exercises on graphite techniques and discussion on pencils, paper and other tools. This class will be helpful for artists at any level.
Mondays, February 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Nancy Gehrig
Register by February 15 and save!
Fee: $215
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Drawing Plant Structures - Leaves, Stems, Roots
This course is designed to acquaint those drawing and painting flowering plants with their many varied structures. We will go over terminology relating to plant morphology and will dissect various plant structures. We will use both dissecting microscopes and magnifying glasses to get a good look at microscopic structures in order to draw them in a scientifically correct manner.
Mondays, February 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Lynne Gildensoph
Register by February 15 and save!
Fee: $215
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Image by Marilyn Garber

Flower & Leaf
Continue what you have learned in Watercolor 1, 2 and Color Theory and apply it to a living specimen. The flower will be determined based on the best available specimens. We will begin with an accurate contour drawing, quick shading exercise, and then begin to paint in watercolor.
Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
Register by February 15 and save!
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SESSION 5: April 16 - MAY 26, 2018
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
John Muir


From Small to Large, Increase your Scale!
Large Format Painting! Have you ever wanted to paint a detailed subject on a large scale, but have been too intimidate, lost your way or just don’t know where to begin? In this class you will learn different methods to get your smaller drawings and botanical photographs onto a larger sheet of watercolor paper to really explore the details that your subject offers.   
Mondays, April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
Register by April 2 and save!
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Image by Kathy Creger


Artichokes in Watercolor
This class is for the beginning botanical artist or for the artist who would like to hone their skills. Using the artichoke as a subject, students will make a contour drawing, a value study in pencil and a finished watercolor painting
Mondays, April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Kathy Creger
Register by April 3 and save!
Fee: $215 + $5 specimen Fee
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Pen and Ink I
Pen and ink is an important traditional medium used in scientific illustration. Students will learn about materials and techniques including line and stipple and creating form. A series of exercises will help students transition from graphite to pen and ink.
Mondays, April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
Register by April 3 and save!
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Sunday Series - Lectures
We are pleased to offer a series of free lectures that will take place on Sunday afternoons at Longfellow House. Subjects will include all things botanical. Join us for tea. Free and open to the public. Reservation required due to limited space.
E-mail reservation to MarilynGarber@MinnesotaSchoolofBotanicalArt.com

The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Florilegium
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 2 pm
Longfellow House
What is a Florilegium and why is the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden an important historical Garden? Meet Susan Wilkins, Curator of the Garden and meet the artists who are working on this important ten-year project. Paintings from the Florilegium will be on exhibit.





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SESSION 6: June 4 - July 14, 2018

The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope.
Wendell Berry




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Composition
Botanical art is characterized by extreme attention to detail and technical finesse. But to move beyond an accurate representation of a subject and produce an engaging work of art, something more is required. Most artists have an intuitive sense of design and placement, which can be developed and refined through a study of Composition. A harmonious and balanced composition can direct the eye to move around a painting, sorting the elements into a visual hierarchy with vitality and rhythm.

In this class we will be introduced to basic principles of composition including structure, positive and negative space, focal points, balance, movement and unity. We’ll cover concepts such as the Rule of Thirds, the Golden Section and the Fibonacci sequence, and we’ll experiment with creative ways to break all the rules!
Mondays, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Ben Lander
Register by April 3 and save!
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Drawing Plant Structures - Flowers & Fruits
This course is designed to acquaint those drawing and painting flowering plants with their many varied structures. We will go over terminology relating to plant morphology and will dissect flowers and fruits. We will use both dissecting microscopes and magnifying glasses to get a good look at microscopic structures in order to draw them in a scientifically correct manner.
Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Lynne Gildensoph
Register by April 3 and save!
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Image by S. Latterell

Pen and Ink II
Students will create an illustration of a new-to-science ficus collected in Papua New Guinea by Dr. George Weiblen. Working from herbarium specimens, students will create pen and ink illustrations on film. Students will learn the process used by professional scientific illustrators, from copying herbarium sheets to composing a plate with several of the plants features.
Saturdays, June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
Fee: $215
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