The Minnesota School of Botanical Art is at Longfellow House
4800 Minnehaha Park Drive, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Just west of the historic Minnehaha Falls

Contact us at MinnesotaSchoolofBotanicalArt


LIQUID SHINE: Sculpting form and light and color
July 16, 17, 18, 2015


dramatic lighting can enhance form. The predominant water-colour technique in this workshop will be 'wet into wet’ but with the emphasis on control rather than than experimentation. As a finishing method dry brush will be employed to knit together some of the more freeform passages of colour and create subtle detail. Whilst the specimens will be vegetable, the approach can build continence for tackling other high gloss surfaces such as leaves and reflected light on fruits.

Elaine Searle Bio
Elaine Searle was inspired to become a botanical artist and teacher following completion of the Botanical Painting certificate program directed by Anne Marie Evans in London.  Her striking compositions reflects a former career as a designer. 

An enthusiastic an experienced tutor, Elaine has enjoyed working with students of varying degrees of experience and many nationalities. She travels to the United States and Europe to teach formats ranging from private 1-2-1 coaching to small group masterclasses, conference workshops, online courses and highly popular botanical painting holidays.  Elaine’s work is included in The Highgrove Florilegium, and her paintings have been shown in the 12th International Exhibition at the Hunt Institute.  Her work ‘garden rhubarb’ gained The Talas Award in the 16th ASBA International Show in New York   and her work is represented in a number of private collections in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, July 16, 17, 18
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Fee: $425
Please register by June 15.
To register click on the Class Schedule page and scroll down.

We offer a broad range of botanical art classes with a flexible schedule. The classroom spaces have wonderful natural light. Botanical art is on exhibit and a library of botanical art books is available for students and the public to peruse.

The School is dedicated to furthering the tradition of the art of botanical illustration through teaching courses that combine the scientific and the aesthetic in drawing and painting. Courses are designed for those who want to explore art for pleasure as well as for those who are interested in pursuing the topic in more depth. The School offers three levels of certificates in Botanical Art.

Our plant specimens are just outside our doors! Behind Longfellow House is Longfellow Garden, featuring a variety of annual and perennial plants. Beyond the formal garden is a gentle slope of native prairie plants and grasses.

Please stop in for a visit!