Dry Media III: An Herbarium Art Workshop

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An herbarium is a biorepository of dried, preserved plant specimens for scientific study. The University of Manitoba Herbarium houses the largest collection of vascular plants in Manitoba, with over 76,000 records. Artists will gain access to this plant collection, view specimens beneath dissection microscopes, and capture images with a microscope camera. Projects resulting from the workshop (not limited to drawings) will be shown in a group exhibit at the Forth Gallery from October 6th -12th 2017.

Cost: $60

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Bev Pike, visual artist
  • Catherine MacDonald, visual artist
  • Diana Sawatzky, botanist, hebarium assistant curator

To Apply:

Space is limited. Please submit your name and contact information, with 250 words expressing your interest in this workshop to Diana.Sawatzky@umanitoba.ca by August 11, 2017.

What to Bring:

  • memory stick for storing photos
  • your choice of “dry media” (please do not bring paint, uncontained ink, watercolors, etc.)
  • a bagged lunch


Saturday, Aug. 26

  • 10:00 – Introduction to Botanical Art, Artist talks (Bev Pike, Seema Goel, Chantal Dupas)
  • 11:30 – Introduction to microscope use, camera
  • 12:30 – Lunch break
  • 1:30 – 4:00 – Drawing

Sunday, Aug. 27th

  • Noon – 3:00 – Drawing (optional)

This workshop is dedicated to Linda Fairfield. Read more about her life and contributions in this piece:




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