Upcoming Events

Our 2019 Activities Calendar is here!

Click here for the full list! We have great workshops, hikes, and tours planned for the New Year!

Please Note: Reservations for events are non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend, you may transfer your reservation to another participant.

Meanwhile, please be sure to visit our Exhibits page for information about any exhibits we have coming up. And be sure to check out the Other Events page for exhibitions and other activities in which our members participate. And don’t forget to watch for Calls for Entries deadlines!

NCalSBA 13th Annual General Membership Meeting


Saturday, March 30th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Visitor Education Center
86 Canada Road
Woodside, CA 94062

Please join us for Portfolio sharing, Technique demonstrations featuring members Nancy Wheeler Klippert (color pencil on drafting film) and Bernard Halliwell (silver point), Reports on Upcoming Activities, Future plans and Exhibits

plus a Catered Lunch & Drypoint Demo by Barry Ebner

Eucalyptus Kybeanens by Nancy Wheeler Klippert

(Admission to Historic House and Gardens not included)

Reservation Required — RSVP by March 18th to:
Allison Walker, 768 Church Street #6, San Francisco, CA 94114

For questions or to confirm reservation, contact Allison – (650) 248-4805 or email Allison

Blossom Days at Darpinian Farms


Many of you have requested the opportunity to visit our farm In Modesto to see and paint blossoms. Because of the unpredictable and transitory nature of fruit and nut tree blossoms, it is impossible to schedule a field day on the farm too far in advance.

The window of bloom can range between the end of January through the first 2 weeks in March. Therefore, I propose to establish a Blossom Watch email list for those who are interested in making the trek out to the Modesto area to view, photograph, paint and/or draw almond and peach blossoms and are willing to be “in the moment” on the timing of the trip.

To sign up, please email Kelly Darpinian by January 15 and ask to be added to the Blossom Watch list if you are interested in joining us on this adventure!

Click here for more information.
If you have questions, you may also call Kelly Darpinian at 209-272-1026.

Special Behind the Scenes Tour of the California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 1:00 PM


Location: Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, SF
RSVP to Ruth Cox by January 5, 2019.

Please join NCalSBA for a private behind the scenes tour with an emphasis on the Botanical/Herbarium Collections. The California Academy of Sciences’ herbarium is the largest collection of vascular plants in the western U.S. and the sixth-largest collection in the country.

Cost: (Includes 15% discount): Adult General (non-Academy member)–$30.56: Admission + Behind the Scenes tour: $21.21 Total cost: $51.77

Academy Members – Free Admission + $21.21 special tour (Non-refundable)

Please use bottom portion of the attached flyer to submit payment & indicate whether you are an Academy member.

Please make check out to NCalSBA.

Good news – each Behind-the-Scenes Tour guest receives reserved planetarium show seats to any show before or after the tour as well as express entrance to the Rainforest of the World exhibit. The Academy is open until 5pm. Also on now is Giants of Land and Sea, a new exhibit. Explore the tallest trees, mightiest mammals, and giant natural forces that make Northern California like nowhere else in the world.

Click here for flyer.

“Testing Colors & Paper: Taking the Mystery Out of It and Choosing the Best For You” with Dorothy Hunter, Saturday, March 2, 2019, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Location: Atherton Arts Foundation room at
Holbrook Palmer Park
150 Watkins Ave. Atherton, CA
Questions: Dorothy Hunter

You will have the opportunity to ‘test, compare & try’ at least 10 different brands of colored pencils on at least 8 different papers and choose what you like best!

Discussion will include the use of various pencils and papers for your desired outcome, how to correct an ‘oops’ (different erasers/techniques), pencil sharpeners, tricks and tips, as well as completing a paper of the ‘greens’ from all brands of pencil.

$25 NCalSBA members * $30 non-members*
*fee for this class is a ‘donation’

**A supply fee of $10 will be collected in class (do not include this $10 in ‘class fee’ check which is to be mailed to reserve your spot)**

All colored pencils will be provided for you to use during class.
Papers will be provided for you to use in class and take home.

Bring a pencil or pen for note taking on the various papers or bring a notebook.

Bring a sack lunch (there is a refrigerator available.) A light morning snack will be available, as well as, ice water and hot water for tea.

To hold a spot, please send your check MADE OUT TO:
NCalSBA to Dorothy Hunter, 152 James Ave, Atherton, CA 94027

Pen Nib and Ink and Graphite Hybrid Workshop for Scientific Illustration in Botanical Art with Rogério Lupo,
March 22 – 24, 2019, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM all 3 days


Location: Woodhall, 501 Orinda Woods Dr, Orinda
For further questions or information, contact Susan Mark-Raymond.

Cost: $350 members and $400 non-members

Cambessedesia angelana, Melastomataceae, flower and bud
Graphite (left) with added dark background, pen nib and ink (right) using hatching technique.
© 2009, Rogério Lupo

Rogério Lupo, is one of the finest contemporary scientific illustrators in the world, with many top awards from prestigious institutions. He was born in 1970, in São Paulo, Brazil, and has been teaching biological illustration since 1998. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of São Paulo and has studied art at Escola Classica de Arte. He works in a variety of media, always aiming to share his experience with didactical material available for free on the internet. He was awarded the first prize in the Margaret Mee National Contest (Brazil) in 2002 and 2003, black-and-white category, and the first prize in the 2010 and 2013 Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Illustration(Australia).

Mr Lupo’s true passion is working with pen nib and ink, “I believe I have some rare pearls to distribute and I can teach some simple procedures that substantially improve the outcome”. However, “there is some uniqueness to my graphite technique also…” Therefore, “the hybrid course has the potential of meeting more widely the needs or wishes of students”.

Botanical Art and Artists, Scientific Illustration Instruction by Rogério Lupo

Click here for more information and registration form.

Drawing Roses in Colored Pencil with Nina Antze, May 8 – 10, 2019


Location: The Bishop’s Ranch, Healdsburg, CA
RSVP to Susan Mark-Raymond

May is high time for roses in Sonoma Country. Join us for two days and two nights of warmth and relaxation, drawing and painting beautiful roses and other spring flowers at The Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg. Colored Pencils are a fun, safe and portable and meditative way to express oneself artistically. We will explore a variety of colored pencil techniques and learn how to blend, burnish and create new colors while incorporating the techniques of botanical drawing. We will also play with ways to incorporate and work with watercolor pencils and do some journaling outside.
All levels welcome.

Cost: NCalSBA Members $430 and Non-NCalSBA Members $460

Click here for more information and registration form.

2019 Board Meetings

All members are invited to attend our board meetings.
Contact the president (president@ncalsba.org) for details of location.

In the Works

As always, if there is something you’d be interested in that we haven’t considered, please let us know!. And be sure to check back often for updates!