Workshops & References

Margaret loves teaching. She has a nurturing style that encourages confidence in beginners. She has also developed a fine-tuned skill of identifying where intermediate and advanced painters need to focus in order to progress to higher technical levels.

Margaret’s educational and professional background as an art teacher ideally qualifies her to offer botanical watercolour and coloured pencil classes—a genre to which she has been dedicated for the past twenty years. She has tutored individuals and small groups, and conducted group workshops in Canada, the U.S.A., Bermuda and South Africa. She has also led destination workshops in the UK, Italy, Morocco, and Spain.

She holds nothing back when teaching, guided by something Annie Dillard said: “The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive.”

Upcoming workshop schedule and booking information:

The following are confirmed events. There will be more pending confirmation of dates and topic details. Please check back periodically or use the contact email form (click here) to ask to be on the mailing list.

February 25th and 26th, 2019: Chester Art Center, Chester, Nova Scotia. Drawing with Dimension II. Registration at Chester Art Center – 902 275 5789

March 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th, 2019: Dundas Valley School of Art, Ontario. Drawing and Painting Orchids. Registration: https://dvsa.ca/classes  

March 28th, 29th, 30th, & 31st, 2019: Bermuda Society of Botanical Artists. Education Centre, Bermuda Acquarium, Museum and Zoo. 4-Day Workshop Series.  Registration: https://bermudasba.org/contact/

April 25th, 26th, 27th &28th, 2019: Kensington Art Supplies and Instruction Studios, Calgary, Alberta. 4-day Workshop Series. Registration: www.traditionalbotanicals.com  FULLY BOOKED

May 10th & 11th, 2019: Chester Art Center, Chester, Nova Scotia. Understanding Leaf Structures & Drawing Leaves in Graphite. Registration at Chester Art – Center 902 275 5789 

 June 17th & 18th, 2019: Chester Art Center, Chester, Nova Scotia. 2-day Workshop: Natural Green, Painting Leaves I. Registration at Chester Art Center – 902 275 5789.

June 27th, 28th, 29th & 30th, 2019: Kensington Art Supplies and Instruction Studios, Calgary, Alberta. 4-day Workshop Series. Topics and registration to be advised. FULLY BOOKED

July 5th & 6th, 2019: Chester Art Center, Chester, Nova Scotia. A Focus On Seasonal Flowers To Improve Technique For Petals. Choice of graphite, coloured pencil, or water colour. Registration at Chester Art Center – 902 275 5789.

August 22nd, 23rd, 24th $ 25th, 2019:  Kensington Art Supply and Instruction Studios, Calgary, Alberta. 4-day Workshop Series. Heirloom Fruit and Vegetables.  FULLY BOOKED

September 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th & 13th, 2019: Chester Art Center, Chester, Nova Scotia. 5-Day Intensive Workshop. Heirloom Fruit of Nova Scotia.  Registration at Chester Art Center – 902 275 5789 FULLY BOOKED

October 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th 2019: Kensington Art Supply & Instruction Studios, Calgary, Alberta. 4-day series: Heirloom Fruit and Vegetables. FULLY BOOKED

October 25th & 26th 2019: Chester Art Centre, Chester, Nova Scotia. Fall Colours – Falling Leaves, Falling Fruit. This is a botanical art workshop on colour and technique in your choice of coloured pencil or watercolour. Registration at Chester Art Center – 902 275 5789. 

November 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th, 2019: Bermuda Society of Botanical Artists. Education Centre, Bermuda Acquarium, Museum and Zoo. 4-Day Workshop Series.  Registration: https://bermudasba.org/contact/ 

November 19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd: Dundas Valley School of Art, Ontario. 19th November: Botanical Drawing – Seasonal fruit and vegetables. Newcomers welcome. 20th, 21st & 22nd: An Exploration of Red.- A study of seasonal fruits or berries. Attendance at Botanical Drawing or attendance at earlier botanical art workshops is a prerequisite. Registration at https://dvsa.ca/classes 

November 25th & 26th 2019: Chester Art Centre, Chester, Nova Scotia. Fall Textures and Details. Fall plant subjects are about bursting pods, wrinkled rose hips, berries, acorns, nuts, dried grass, cat tails – all subjects offering a display of unique textures and details. Participants will be guided through working in a choice of graphite, coloured pencil or watercolour mediums in creating a botanical study inspired by a seasonal subject. Registration at Chester Art Center – 902 275 5789. 

May 2nd & 3rd 2020: Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. Introduction to Botanical Art. A free lecture on the history of botanical art will also take place. Details to be announced. Inquiries: https://arcac-artsplace.weebly.com/

 

You can see more about Margaret’s workshops and classes on her Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/MargaretBestBotanical/

 

Workshop participant references:

“Thank you Margaret for your wonderful workshop at Chester Art Centre. You are such a gifted teacher.” – Katherine MacPherson, Marvin’s Island, Nova Scotia. 

“I feel that the 3-day workshop was a complete eye opener. I look at the drawing that I did and know that it is completely different from the staid spray of the plant that I would have produced without you! You have so much knowledge to impart and a wonderful ability to do so.” – Gwenda Caplan, Johannesburg.

“Thank you so much for a wonderful workshop! I learned a lot and enjoyed the heck out of myself.” – Susan Tomlinson, Lubbock, Texas.

“I enjoyed the course tremendously. It was stimulating both intellectually and creatively. Thank you for your personal encouragement . It does help to motivate and get on with doing and persevering.” – Helene Nel, Pretoria.

“This is my fourth class with Margaret. I so admire her teaching. She’s a world-class educator and well known internationally.” – Margaret Johnson, Sarasota, Florida.

“Thank you so much for your inspiring workshop and your very generous sharing of knowledge and time. Green will never be the same!” – Julie Wilson, Stilbaai, South Africa.

“Your class has been invaluable and incredible! I have learned more in your class than years elsewhere. Wish we had 10 more days.” – Barbara, San Francisco.

“You exude a most refreshing and elite style of instruction with such grace and professionalism that is quite inspiring. You are truly gifted and I am grateful for your patience and willingness to share instruction with others. Thank you for all the valuable time and energy that you have devoted to botanical art. I appreciate how you create the most engaging workshops to share your wisdom and insight.” – Nina Clark Ph.D., New Brunswick.

“Thank you for a very useful class. I wish the class had been longer. Your knowledge and skills have been inspiring and the call has been empowering. I do hope that you do the Filoli again.” – Peggy Irvine, San Francisco.

“I really enjoyed your workshop. I found the slides where you pointed out examples to illustrate what you were saying, very beneficial . . . another aha moment for me was your explanation of how overworking occurs so easily. I have battled with this forever.” – Lesley Berry, Mmabolela, South Africa.

“Recently I was lucky enough to take several of Margaret’s classes in watercolour and pencil. I was concerned that I would flounder in a class of more advanced artists, but thanks to Margaret’s teaching skills , I was able to relax, learn and ultimately be pleased with my progress. Margaret possesses a rare combination of talents; not only is she a very accomplished artist , she is an exceptionally competent teacher. She truly enjoys passing on what she knows.” – Marg Hammond, Bermuda.

“In Margaret’s classes we are clearly in the hands of not only an expert, which is a great feeling, but an expert with wonderful vision and enthusiasm. I feel reinvigorated and confident. I can’t wait for the next class.” – Myra Sourkes, Toronto.