ADULT CLASS SCHEDULE
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 Class Registration Fees and Cancellation Policies vary. If for any reason the class is cancelled, 100% of your fee will be returned.


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2016/2017 School Year

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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

A History of Botanical Art
Sunday, July 24, 2 pm
Longfellow House
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.

An Introduction to Botanical Art
Sunday, August 21, 2 pm
Longfellow House
Interested in knowing more about how botanical art is created? Join us for this free lecture followed by drawing and painting demonstrations.

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Image by Lynn Dolan after Mary Delany

A Sculptural Interpretation of Mary Delany’s
Pancratium maritime, Carolina Spiderlily
In this class, explore the use of paper as a sculpting medium. Using beautifully colored imported crepe-paper, wire and glue, you will be guided through the various techniques employed in creating paper botanical sculptures. Our models in this session will be the iconic “paper mosaic” of the Carolina Spiderlily identified as Pancratum maritimum by the late 18th century country English Bluestocking and botanical artist, Mary Delany. (Instructor will furnish students with extra supplies for further practice and study.)
Monday and Tuesday, August 8 & 9,
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Lynn Dolan
Instructor Bio: Lynn Dolan is a free-lance paper sculptor in Marin County, California, who specializes in detail-oriented replication of plant forms using crepe paper. Educated as a Classicist and a former linguist, Lynn is a life-long amateur naturalist, avid gardener, and admirer of both classical and contemporary botanical art. Although her current focus is on private commissions, her joy is introducing local garden clubs, design groups, and art students to the renaissance of crepe paper sculpting in her popular workshops. She is dedicated to cultivating interest around the country in crepe paper plant sculptures as more than mere “craft” but a form of botanical art accessible to all who love the natural world. Her work is influenced by Mary Delany, Maria Sibyl Merian, Marianne North, Georg Egret, Sir Joseph Banks, Mark Catesby and Jude Miller.
Class Limit: 15
Class Fee: $140, includes $15 materials.


SESSION 1: September 12 - October 24, 2016
When once we see clearly enough, there is very little difficulty in drawing.
John Ruskin

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Image by Linda Medved Lufkin

Drawing I - Beginner Class Filled
Learn fundamental skills for botanical drawing. This class covers the basics of drawing skills for the absolute beginner. Skills that will be developed include learning to observe, how to shade and how to use your pencils. This class will get you past staring at that blank paper and start drawing. This class is for the beginner.
Mondays, September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, (Skip Oct. 17), 24
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
Register by September 4 and save!
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Image by Barb Bjornson
The exotic Protea
The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carl Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus, who could change his form at will. This plant has many diverse characteristics and is among the most ancient of plants as pollen fossils indicate it was in existence 75-80 million years ago. This watercolor class will focus on creating the various textures of the plant from the shiny leaves to textured bracts to the fuzzy inner flowers.
Mondays, September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, (Skip Oct. 17), 24
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Mary Anne O’Malley
Fee: $225 includes $10 Specimen Fee
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Watercolor 1 - Beginner 2 Spaces Remaining

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 17, 24, October 1, 8, (skip Oct. 15) 22, 29
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
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SESSION 2: October 31 - December 17, 2016
In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty.
Amit Ray

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Image by Linda Medved Lufkin

Drawing 2 Class Filled
Learn to draw botanical forms accurately. Using pencil as the primary medium, emphasis will be placed on drawing to scale, observing how light falls on form, shading, creating texture and surface deals. You will crate a final drawing project suitable for your portfolio.
Mondays, October 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5
9:30 AM - 12 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
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Fee: $215
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Image by Faith Clover
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.
Mondays, October 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5
1:30 PM - 4 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Kathy Creger
Register by October 23 and save!
Fee: $215
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Color Theory Class Filled
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 5, (skip 12), 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17
9:30 AM - 12 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
Register by October 23 and save!
Fee: $225 includes $10 for Worksheets
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POMEGRANATES MASTER CLASS WITH JOHN PASTORIZA PINOL!
RETURN VISIT BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Punica granatum
L., is an ancient, mystical unique fruit borne on a small, long-living tree cultivated throughout the Mediterranean region of Persia and the western Himalayan range. Pomegranates are considered an emblem of fertility, fecundity and have a strong affiliation to women. The pomegranate features prominently in myth and religion and is a symbol of the seasons of death and rebirth.
Over three days, Students will learn the intricacies of achieving fine detail with watercolor through a variety of advanced techniques and tools that are invaluable for contemporary botanical artists. As a result, your paintings will be brought to a new level of realism and detail. Students should have skills in drawing and watercolor. The class structure involves a combination of practical demonstrations, class discussions and individual presentation. During the painting project John will assist each student with composition, painting techniques, color theory which will be offered in class and assigned for homework. REGISTER EARLY AS THIS CLASS WILL FILL QUICKLY.
November 11, 12, 13 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
9:00 AM - 4 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Fee: $425 by October 11
$475 if after October 11
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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 11, 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.


SESSION 3: January 8 - February 18, 2017
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


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Image by Mary Anne O’Malley

Luminous Fruit 3 Spaces Remaining
Vibrant complicated colors and creating a glowing quality will be to focus of this watercolor class. You will learn techniques on how to create the illusion of luminosity.
Mondays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13
9:30 AM - 12 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Mary Anne O’Malley
Register by December 21 and save!
Fee: $215
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Image by Marilyn Garber

Drawing in Silverpoint
Silverpoint drawing is the process of using a silver stylus to deposit fine metallic lines on a prepared surface. Over time the silver naturally patinas through oxidation of the metal and becomes as dark as a pencil rendering. Drawing in silverpoint reached its peak during the Renaissance era, and predated the pencil as a drawing tool. Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Durer worked in silverpoint. This class will focus on botanical subjects and will introduce students to drawing in silverpoint on various grounds.
Mondays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13
1:30 PM - 4 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Kathy Creger
Register by December 21 and save!
Fee: $215 + $15 for silverpoint

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Image by Scott Stapleton

Watercolor II 1 Space Remaining
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 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11
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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Image by Charles Herbert Moore

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

Sunday, February 19, 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.



SESSION 4: February 27 - APRIL 8, 2017
You have to show the muse you are serious.
Roseanne Cash

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Image by Linda Medved Lufkin

Magic of Gouache
Pine cones and needles are the subject of this class. Gouache is an opaque water media that can be applied in solid colors and watered down to be less opaque. It is a useful media for botanical art and allows the artist to work from dark to light. To save on the expense of gouache, we will provide gouache tubes for students to share. Cost will be split equally at an estimated cost of $12 - $15 per student.
Mondays, February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
Register by February 15 and save!
Fee: $215 + cost of gouache
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Image by Kathy Creger

Tropical Orchids
Orchids are one of the most fascinating flowers to illustrate. Their grace and subtle beauty offer the artist a challenging yet rewarding experience. First draw and then begin painting your specimen in watercolor. Bring your own specimen or choose an orchid available to purchase in the first class for approximately $35.
Mondays, February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Kathy Creger
Register by February 15 and save!
Fee: $215 + cost of orchid
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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 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
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SESSION 5: April 16 - MAY 27, 2017
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
John Muir



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Image by Mary Anne O’Malley

Peonies
Peonies, the bell of the ball - large flouncy flowers in shades ranging from pale pinks to deep reds. Join Mary Anne for this class that will take you through the steps of drawing and then painting this complicated flower form.
Mondays, April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Mary Anne O’Malley
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Image by Nancy Gehrig

Majestic Trees in Graphite
How does one illustrate the majesty of trees? In this class we will look at the overall structure and shape of tree species as well as the detail. You will be asked to select a favorite tree or tree species and make several drawings of its unique characteristics such as shape, bark, leaves, seeds or nuts. Spring is the perfect time to study branch structure and see the emerging buds and leaves. Using graphite, we will focus on lights, darks and textures.
Mondays, April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Nancy Gehrig
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Fee: $215
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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!
Saturdays, April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Ben Lander
Register by April 3 and save!
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MASTER CLASS WITH JEAN EMMONS CLASS FILLED
USING COLOR EFFECTIVEY IN BOTANICAL ART
JUNE 8, 9, 10, 2017

E-MAIL MARILYNAGARBER@GMAIL.COM TO BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST.

The world of color is rich, complex and ever changing. Our goal is to enliven our botanical paintings as we become more sensitized to it. This three-day workshop is a blend of traditional botanical watercolor technique with impressionist color theory. After working through a series of color exercises, we will paint some small reflective fruits. A generous and engaging teacher, Emmons will help you make your botanical paintings more vibrant and intense as you become comfortable with color. For those with intermediate and advanced botanical art watercolor experience. Limited to 15 students.

Jean Emmons came to botanical art through a love of gardening and a career in book and magazine illustration. Plants afford her the perfect subject matter for studying light on form. Their reflective and iridescent qualities are always a challenge. In 2011, Emmons received her second Gold Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society along with “Best Painting of Show.” In 2005, she won the Diane Bouchier ASBA Founder’s Award for Excellence in Botanical Art. Her work is included in many collections including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Library, The Alicia and Isaac M. Sutton Collection and the Shirley Sherwood Collection.
June 8, 9, 10 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
9:00 AM - 4 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Fee: $425 by May 1
$475 if after May 1
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SESSION 6: June 5 - August 5, 2017

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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An Introduction to Painting on Vellum
Vellum is the most luminous ground to paint on and the brilliance of the colors make for beautiful paintings. If you have been intimidated about working on calfskin vellum, this introductory class is for you. We will cover the various kinds of vellum finishes and the watercolor techniques used. Paintings will be small in scale as we will be working on end-cuts of vellum. Vellum pieces will be for sale in class, ranging from $3 to $10 each, depending on size. Subjects for painting may include seed pods, asparagus spears, individual leaves, sea shells, etc.
Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, (skip July 3), July 10, 17
9:30 AM - 12 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
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Finishing Class
Bring your unfinished paintings and drawings to this class to get advice and instruction on completing the work. Bring in one painting a week and work on six paintings, three paintings to work on for two weeks each, or one to work on the entire six weeks. You will receive individual time to refine and help complete your artworks.
Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, (skip July 3), July 10, 17
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
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Plant Structure for Botanical Artists
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 organs from that differ among plant species. For example, what does it mean that a flower’s stamens are basil fixed and exerted and what does this look like compared to a flower which has epiphyllous stamens? We will discuss how this structural information has been used historically to place species into categories (although we now use DNA sequencing). 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.
Saturdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5
9:30 AM - 12 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Lynne H. Gildensoph, PhD
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2017/2018 School Year

Session 1: September 4 - October 21, 2017

Session 2: October 30 - December 14, 2017

Session 3: January 8 - February 17, 2018

Session 4: February 26 - April 7, 2018

Session 5: April 16 - May 26, 2018

Session 6: June 4 - July 18, 2018

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