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Sceitse: November Update

We hope you had a lovely summer and that you’ve all been busy working on your sketches for our latest project!

Get-together 23 November 2019

If you’d like to get together with other members, meet up for coffee, or if you have some questions about the Sketchbook Project, you can meet with members of the Sketchbook Committee and the ISBA Committee for chat and advice in the Curvilinear room from 2.30 to 4.00pm.

Sketchbook key dates!

Pages for sketchbooks are to be handed in at our AGM which will probably be held in March 2020.

We have a date pencilled in for the Sketchbook exhibition: it will be held in November 2020 in the National Botanic Gardens. This exhibition will showcase the botanical artist’s sketchbook.

Small works at the exhibition

As you know members who participate in the Sketchbook project will also be invited to hang one piece of finished work at the 2020 exhibition. The work should be no larger than 500mm x 550mm framed.

Sceitse/Sketchbook – our new project: Workshop supports

Our new project is underway and all members have been informed through our AGM and in correspondence since. We held one workshop for members in the Spring, given by ISBA member Noeleen Frain (many thanks for Noeleen for a great day!) and we’re holding another now in early Summer: Claire Ward comes to us from Wales and will conduct a workshop in the National Botanic Gardens Curvilinear Room on Thursday 16 May. The cost is €35 and places are limited to 12. There are still some places available, check the event listing for more details, including how to apply.

Events

Sceitse, Sketchbook Exhibition

[Sketchbook page by ISBA Member Loredana Geninazza]

A celebration of Irish gardens, a celebration of botanical art.

What lies behind the beautiful illustrations and artwork produced by today’s botanical artists? How much time and research goes into a particular plant portrait? Come to the Visitor’s Centre at the National Botanic Gardens to see for yourself! In 2019, ISBA artists spent time in gardens all over the country and recorded their research, their drawings, their colour-matching skills and their test compositions. We’ve compiled these sketchbook pages into a unique exhibition that provides insights into how botanical portraits are made.

As well as the sketchbooks, which are for exhibition only, the participating artists will have small works on display and for sale.