2018/2019 School Year

SESSION 1: September 10 - October 27, 2018
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Thomas Merton
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Sketchbook Page by Tim Voigtsb

Field Sketching - Beginner to Advanced
This class meets outside in the beautiful gardens and areas surrounding Longfellow House. Using graphite and fiber-tipped pen, learn how to translate field observations into quick sketches and longer studies. We will sketch trees, flowers, seed heads, small landscapes and other botanical subjects. A field trip away from Longfellow is planned is planned. This is a good introduction for Drawing 1.
Mondays, September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Tim Voigts
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Fee: $225
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Irdaceae
Painting 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.
Mondays, September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
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Fee: $225
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MGAcordianBooks
Accordion Books with marbled paper by Steve Pittelkow

Botanical Accordion Book Series - Beginner to Advanced
Make a beautiful accordion book (6”x8”) in the first class, and then fill it with beautiful botanical drawings and paintings in the following five classes. All book-making supplies are included in the class fee, including a selection of hand marbled papers by Steve Pittelkow.
Saturdays, September 15, 22, 29, October 6, (skip 13), 20, 27
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
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Fee: $250 (includes book making materials)
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ArtFear

Art & Fear: the End is Nigh!
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 Be on hand as intrepid botanical artists from diverse walks in life cross the finish line. You, too, can bridge the gap between fear and confidence, vision and execution. It’s easy...or, rather it’s easy in the same way Hemingway is reported to have said, “It’s easy to write. Just sit in front of your typewriter and bleed.” But Art & Fear people know how to do that! And thrive. Come and see for yourself. No previous experience is necessary. Everything will be provided, including ways of thinking about your art that will transform what you do. Just show up. We’re told it’s eighty per cent of success.
Wednesdays, September 12, 19, 26, October 3, (skip 10), 17
6 PM - 8 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Scott Stapleton
Fee: Free

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SESSION 2: October 29 - December 8, 2018
The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.
Alberto Giacometti


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Drawing by Linda Medved Lufkin

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, October 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
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Painting by Marilyn Garber

Watercolor II - Beginner to Advanced
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.
Mondays, October 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
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PSTesselation
Illustration by Patricia Schmidt

Botanical Tessellations - Beginner to Advanced
Investigate mechanical methods of building beautiful decorative botanical design. For this class, you will learn about tessellations (tilings) and their importance in the decorative arts through time. The exciting work of M.C. Escher will be used as examples and the springboard for your own beautiful botanical design.
Saturdays, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Patricia Schmidt
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ArtFear

Art & Fear: the End is Nigh!
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
Be on hand as intrepid botanical artists from diverse walks in life cross the finish line. You, too, can bridge the gap between fear and confidence, vision and execution. It’s easy...or, rather it’s easy in the same way Hemingway is reported to have said, “It’s easy to write. Just sit in front of your typewriter and bleed.” But Art & Fear people know how to do that! And thrive. Come and see for yourself. No previous experience is necessary. Everything will be provided, including ways of thinking about your art that will transform what you do. Just show up. We’re told it’s eighty per cent of success.
Wednesdays, October 31, November 7, 14, (skip 21), 28, Dec. 5
6 PM - 8 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Scott Stapleton
Fee: Free

We appreciate pre-registration, however please drop in when you can.










SESSION 3: January 7 - February 16, 2019
Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.
Edgar Degas



Drawing 2 - Beginner to Advanced
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 than before and pick up some botanical identification along the way.
Mondays, January 7,14, 21, 28, February 4, 11
9:30 AM - 12 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
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Fee: $225
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Painting by Kathy Creger

Leaves: Colors & Textures - Beginner to Advanced
Leaves are more complicated than one might think, and the sign of a good botanical artist is the quality of the leaves they are able to render. We will focus on drawing foreshortened leaves, accurate placement of veins, and turning leaves. You will complete a plate of different leaves with varying colors and textures.
Mondays, January 7,14, 21, 28, February 4, 11
1:30 AM - 4 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Kathy Creger
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MGFeather
Painting by Marilyn Garber

Feathers - Perfect your Dry-Brush Technique - Beginner to Advanced
Feathers are the perfect subject to practice your dry brush technique and you will be able to complete one or two paintings during this class. Our feather specimens will be on loan from the Bell Museum. Please note: It is illegal to collect bird feathers of migratory birds. However, game birds such as wild turkey and pheasants are legal. If you have feathers of either of these two birds, you are welcome to bring them to class.
Saturdays, January 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16
9:30 AM - 12 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber
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Sunday Series: Endangered Plants in Minnesota
Retired DNR Biological Survey plant ecologist Nancy Sather surveyed 8 Minnesota counties and coordinated monitoring and special searches for the state's federally listed plants for over 25 years. Learn about the life history, habitats, and challenges facing the Minnesota dwarf trout lily, small white lady slipper, Western Prairie fringed orchid and other rarities and how you can become involved in their recovery.
Sunday, February 4
9:30 AM - 12 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Presenter: Nancy Sather
Fee: Free
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SESSION 4: February 25 - APRIL 6, 2019
Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
Clause Monet



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Colored Pencil Botanicals on Dura-Lar Film - Beginning to Advance
What is Dura-Lar and what are the advantages of using it as a drawing ground? In this class you will learn about the best kinds of graphite and colored pencils to use, how the surface is different from working on paper and you’ll experiment with how to take advantage of its transparency. Bring your favorite botanical subject to class.
Mondays, February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
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MGEggplant
Painting by Marilyn Garber

Aubergines (Eggplants) in Watercolor - Intermediate to Advanced
How do you achieve the dark, glossy, rich colors in a deep purple eggplant? These beautiful edible fruits will be the models for learning to make your dark colors sing. You’ll learn how to create a specular highlight as well as diffused soft reflected lights to create a dimensional work of art.
Mondays, February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
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Graphite Drawing Class - Fine Art
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Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6
9:30 AM - 12 PM
Location: Longfellow House
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Fee: $225


SESSION 5: April 15 - MAY 25, 2019
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Aristotle

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MASTER CLASS WITH ROGERIO LUPO
May 18, 19, 20, 2019, 9 am to 5 pm
Rogerio Lupo, born in 1978 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a natural science illustrator and teacher of biological illustration since 1998. He holds a Bachelor in Biological Sciences at the University of Sao Paul in 1997. His exceptional work has won many prestigious awards including First Prize in the 2001 and 2003 Margaret Mee National Contest, and the 2010 and 2013 Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Botanical Illustration.

In this class you will have the choice of working with either graphite or pen nib and ink. The course content includes methods for accurate observation of light and shadow and their subtle nuances; methods of sharpening, handling and moving the pencil for an improved application and filling of graphite; use of delicacy in drawing for efficient use of time, good finishing and preservation of the integrity of the paper; methods of total filling with layers of shade in a gradual mote from light to dark; practical rendering of textures and different colors of objects represented as shades of gray, recognizing luminosities, reflections and contrasts; practice and fast forms of rendering hairs and thorns.

If you choose pen nib and ink you will learn methods for the practice of hatching, challenges involved in it and how to overcome them; shading with hatching and how to render good 3-D drawing illusions of any kind, taking advantage of characteristics of our visual perception and our cognitive and physiological traits; how to represent by hatching the variety of shapes and forms of the natural elements and the technical choices available to render a pen nib shading, corrections and prevention of dramatic errors.

Drawing experience is necessary for this class. Regular students of the Minnesota School of Botanical Art will receive priority placement in this class.

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Drawing by Nancy Gehrig

Trees in Colored Pencil - Beginning to Advanced
Trees are one of the most magnificent plant forms. Here in the Midwest they are a significant part of the landscape, economy and culture. Drawing them presents an interesting challenge. In this class we will be using colored pencil to portray an entire tree or an intriguing portion of a tree such as the juncture of branches. Spring is the perfect time to study tree structure and form and see the emerging buds and new leaves. We will be using layering with colored pencil to achieve rich tones in the detail of bark texture, leaf buds or catkins.
Mondays, April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Nancy Gehrig
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TimBirch
Painting by Tim Voigts


Shading in Graphite - Beginning to Advanced
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, April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Tim Voigts
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LMLSucculent
Image by Linda Medved Lufkin

Cacti & Succulents on Vellum - Watercolor Experience Required
Bring your favorite cacti or succulent to class to use as a model for a painting on a beautiful 6” x 8” piece of Kelmscott vellum. Learn about the different kinds of vellum available and the techniques used to create luminous works of art. This ground was used in antiquity and many botanical arts love it for its vibrancy.
Please register no later than March 18th as it takes a minimum of three weeks to receive the vellum from London.
Saturdays, April 20, 27, May 4, 11, (skip 18), 25, June 1
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Linda Medved Lufkin
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Fee: $255 includes $30 Vellum Fee
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SESSION 6: June 3 - July 20, 2019

If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle.
Albrecht Durer


Graphite with a Pop of Color: Summer Fruits and Flowers
Orchid How might you improve on a sumptuously rendered botanical subject in graphite? How about a pop of color, a red berry or a purple flower, to add that extra sizzle to your piece. With subjects drawn from the flowers and fruits of Minnesota's early summer bounty, we'll focus on form, texture and composition to create a rich and engaging black & whit drawing, then add an exclamation point of color to make the piece really sparkle.
Mondays, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Ben Lander
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KCCOrchid
Painting by Kathy Creger

Exotica: Orchids! - Intermediate to Advanced
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 you specimen in watercolor. Bring in your own orchid plant or chose from specimens that will be available to purchase the first day of class.
Mondays, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Kathy Creger
Fee: $225
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Book Design by Marilyn Garber & Steve Pittelkow

Herbarium Book Construction and Collecting
Create your personal bound herbarium from plants and flowers you collect. In the first class you will create an herbarium book to contain your collection. In the five following sessions you will learn about the ethics of plant collecting, how to collect, press and mount specimens. Hone your observational skills by learning the use of plant identification keys.
Saturdays, June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20
9:30 AM - 12 PM
Location: Longfellow House
Instructor: Marilyn Garber & Lynne Gildensoph
Fee: $275 includes $50 for Book Making Materials
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