Upcoming BAGSC Botanical Art Workshops, 2018

The following are the preliminary line-up of classes for BAGSC members in 2018. Stay tuned to the website, the BAGSC News blog and the BAGSC email blasts for details and additional workshops.

Happy painting!

Magnolia grandiflora, gouache on paper, © Carrie Di Costanzo

Magnolia grandiflora, gouache on paper,
© Carrie Di Costanzo

Introduction on Creating Botanical Paintings with
Impact Using Gouache
with Carrie DiCostanzo

April 11, 12 & 13, 2018

at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens,
Applied Tech. Lab

$300 members/$350 non-members
Final payment due by Thursday, March 29, 2018

Small additional cost for instructor-supplied gouache can be paid the first day of class (see class details).

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See a review of the workshop and great information about gouache on the BAGSC News blog, at: https://bagscblog.com/2018/04/22/carrie-di-costanz...

Aristolochia gigantea, pen and ink, © Lesley Randall, 2018

Aristolochia gigantea, pen and ink,
© Lesley Randall, 2018

Pen and Ink Drawing of the Aristolochiaceae,
and a Botanical Talk
with Lesley Randall

May 10, 11 & 12, 2018

at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden,
Oak Room

$200 members/$250 non-members
Final payment due by May 1, 2018

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See a review of the workshop on the BAGSC News blog, at: https://bagscblog.com/2018/06/16/review-of-lesley-...

Cardiocrinum giganteum, watercolor, Robert McNeill, © 2018

Cardiocrinum giganteum, watercolor, Robert McNeill, © 2018

Using Light to Create Realism in Botanical Art
with Robert McNeil

October 3, 4 & 5, 2018

at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens,
Applied Tech. Labs

$300 members/$350 non-members
Final Payment due by September 1, 2018

Class is full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please contact the BAGSC Education Chair.

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Technique comparisons by Rogério Lupo

Cambessedesia angelana, Melastomataceae, flower and bud. Graphite (left) with added dark background, pen nib and ink (right) using hatching technique. © 2009, Rogério Lupo.

Graphite and Pen and Ink for Scientific Illustration in Botanical Art with Rogério Lupo

Wednesday, March 27 – Friday, March 29, 2019
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens,
Botanical Education Center, Allied Technical Lab

$300 members/$350 non-members
No refunds after March 15, 2019

Class is full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please contact the BAGSC Education Chair.

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Completed BAGSC Workshops, 2018

Ginseng, watercolor on vellum, © 2017 Denise Walser-Kolar, all rights reserved.

Ginseng, watercolor on vellum, © 2017 Denise Walser-Kolar, all rights reserved.

Roots and Leaves on Vellum or Watercolor Paper
with Denise Walser-Kolar

February 7 – February 9, 2018

at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

$300 members/$350 non-members

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Past BAGSC Botanical Art Workshops

BAGSC supports a wide variety of workshops, lectures and field trips. Past classes and instructors can be found here.

Registering for BAGSC Workshops

Click on the link provided for each workshop to see a detailed description, including costs, materials list, and the instructor's biography.

Limited Enrollment

Workshops are limited in size, allowing the instructor to give personal attention to each participant. Membership in BAGSC is not a prerequisite to registering for workshops. Non-members are welcome for a small additional fee. Please contact the BAGSC Education Chair if you have any questions about the skill level required for the workshop.

Become a Member and Enroll

If you are already an ASBA member, consider joining BAGSC as well. BAGSC members is only an additional $15, giving you a discount on the current class, all the benefits of being a BAGSC member, plus the full discount for future classes and events. An added bonus is the camaraderie and being part of a great group of local, like-minded artists.

Not an ASBA member? Join ASBA and BAGSC and receive all the benefits membership can bring!

Payment and Cancellation

Workshops can fill quickly; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment in full, online will reserve your place in the workshop, or you can send payment by check. Click on the "...class details" text; an online payment button for each class is located on the class details page.

If you need to cancel, please inform the BAGSC Education Chair as soon as possible. A $50 non-refundable fee will be subtracted from the total amount unless cancellation is due to emergency issues. Please check the class listings on this page to see the "no refunds" date. Refunds will not be provided for cancellations after the date listed, unless the cancellation is due to a personal or family emergency. Exceptions also will be made if there is a waiting list, or if another participant is available to take the participant's place.

If you would prefer to pay by check, please make the check out to BAGSC and write the instructor's name on the memo line. Please mail your payment in full to: BAGSC Workshop Registration, P.O. Box 50166, Pasadena CA 91115

Art Materials and Specimens

The workshop details page has a downloadable PDF of the necessary art supplies. Some instructors require specific art materials so they can show you their techniques; others may supply an optional list and encourage participants to bring the supplies they usually use.

Occasionally it is difficult to get various art supplies in the US. When that occurs, the instructor may bring "kits" to sell in class. Please order through the BAGSC Program Chair and bring cash to the workshop to pay for the kits.

If you prefer to work with a task light, please be sure to bring it. An extension cord is helpful too.

Location Rules

BAGSC holds workshops at a variety of venues. Many have strict rules regarding parking, food, drink, clean-up, etc. Please adhere to the venue's preferences. We want to be invited back. Carpooling, of course, is always encouraged.

Photography and Video

Some instructors do not mind participants photographing or videotaping their lectures and demonstrations. Others feel it is disruptive to the workshop and the participants. Please check with the instructor before taking any photographs or video. Make sure to get separate permission if you intend to post, rather than simply keep for your own use. Never photograph, videotape, or post an image of a child without the written consent of their parent/guardian.

Workshop Suggestions?

Have a suggestion for an instructor, technique, subject, or medium you would like to learn? Contact the BAGSC Education Chair.