"Pioneers of Natural History Illustration" / Oak Spring Garden Foundation

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December 1, 2022
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Fine Arts, Humanities

The Oak Spring Garden Foundation (the former estate of Paul and Rachel Mellon near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia) is offering a residential short course based at Oak Spring on "Pioneers of Natural History Illustration" from March 27 - 32, 2023. The course will focus on the work of Merian and Catesby, emphasizing the role that illustrations of the natural world play in the history of science and visual culture. Examining different techniques, methods, observational and pictorial practices, participants will look at the multiple ways that natural history description and illustration were used in the development and production of art and scientific knowledge.  Teaching will take place through talks and workshops led by Merian expert, Kay Etheridge, and Catesby expert, Henrietta McBurney, assisted by Oak Spring Garden Library’s Head Librarian, Tony Willis. A hands-on drawing and print-making exercise will be included in the course. Participants will be accommodated with private lodging on site and all meals. 

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