Botanical Arts & Photography
Botanical Arts & Photography

Botanical Arts & Photography

Our current selection of botanical arts and photography classes and workshops for adults at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.


Photography Club

Every other Thursday
May 17-September 20
7 – 9 a.m.
Resource Room and Gardens

If you love photography and enjoy talking with other enthusiasts, this club is for you! This year, photo club will include mentoring sessions, discussion groups and critiques as well as the peace of having the Gardens to yourself for two hours each morning while the eastern light rises over the Great Lawn. On ten scheduled Thursday mornings throughout the season, gates will open at 7 a.m. for members. Benefits include early-bird class registration for photography classes and eligibility to enter the annual juried exhibition.


Capturing Iridescence in Watercolor

with Marjorie Glick
Monday and Tuesday, September 17 and 18
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In this two-day studio workshop, learn to use the flow and spontaneity of watercolor along with the color theory needed to capture the iridescence of nature. Working with tight cropping of a photo (or specimen) of a butterfly, bird, fish, flower or shell, students will explore how composition, scale and placement can be used to express an iridescent subject. Demonstrations, a photo session in the Gardens, and additional instruction on transparent layering will also be included.

This class counts toward the Certificate in Botanical Arts.


Growing Memory into Memoir at the Gardens

with Barbara Burt
Monday, September 17 to Friday, September 21
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

In five days, transform a potent memory into a short memoir inspired by the natural beauty of the Gardens. The sights, textures and scents of the surrounding environment will create pathways to explore buried recollections and release dormant literary creativity. Participants will spend part of each morning walking in and observing nature, then gather in the Gardens’ library to write, listen to and share work. In addition to on-site morning sessions, the workshop will also include assignments to be completed and shared the next day. On Friday afternoon, workshop writers will celebrate their progress with a public reading at the Gardens. The only prerequisite for this workshop is an open mind and a willingness to honor each other’s writing efforts.


Making an Image from Capture to Finish

with Rob Smith
September 25, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 1:00p.m.


Students will learn the basics of Adobe Lightroom, starting with the capture through creating the final image. The course will include shooting tips, cataloging tips and image selection and processing in Lightroom. Students should bring a camera and a portable computer with Lightroom already loaded.
Weather permitting, time will be spent in the Gardens shooting, then working in the classroom for hands-on processing.


Watercolor Journaling in the Fall Garden

with Hannah Ineson
Saturday, October 6
10a.m. – 4p.m.

This class will focus on fall’s colorful foliage, butterflies and the plants they enjoy as well as many other highlights from our autumn gardens. Simple drawing, watercolor techniques, and decorative lettering will be taught. A drawing pen and pencil, small watercolor kit and journal are the only tools needed. Take home a journal overflowing with inspiration from the Gardens, packed with ideas for many projects to come.
This class counts toward the Certificate in Botanical Arts


In the Shadow of Edwin Hale Lincoln

with Mike Kolster
Saturday, October 13
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Using Edwin Hale Lincoln’s photographs as primary inspiration, this photography class will explore the value of close observation of botanical specimens. In addition to questioning the relevance of Lincoln’s work to our current moment in time, we will include careful consideration of the roles framing, focus and lighting play in our own photography. We will generate images and view results as a group.


Field Trip to the New England Botanical Studies Exhibit

with Frank Goodyear, Kat Stefko, and Melissa Cullina
Friday, October 19
2 – 3:30 p.m.

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick
Join Frank Goodyear, Co-Director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Kat Stefko, Director of Bowdoin’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, and the Gardens’ own Research Botanist Melissa Cullina to explore the New England Botanical Studies exhibit. The exhibit examines the rich body of work by two exceptional New England botanists and artists, Kate Furbish and Edwin Hale Lincoln. Desiring to record their discoveries, each created a vast pictorial archive of their work. Furbish’s chosen medium was pencil and watercolor, while Lincoln’s was photography. Though they did not intersect during their lifetimes, they pictured many of the same species, and their projects were motivated by similar ambitions. Directions and meeting location will be sent to participants in advance of the trip.


Botanical Subjects of Kate Furbish and Edwin Hale Lincoln

with Melissa Cullina
Wednesday, November 7
Noon – 1 p.m.
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick

Join Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ Research Botanist Melissa Cullina for a special tour of Kate Furbish and Edwin Hale Lincoln: New England Botanical Studies at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The exhibit was developed in celebration of the opening of the Roux Center for the Environment, a new building on Bowdoin’s campus supporting interdisciplinary environmental scholarship. During the tour, Cullina will speak about the plants so carefully depicted by Lincoln and Furbish, noting natural history features and habitat preferences of each. She’ll also shed light on the artistic and botanical pursuits of the artists themselves. This tour is free and open to the public.