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 demonstration featuring member Nancy Wheeler Klippert (color pencil on drafting film), 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 is included with meeting attendance.)

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


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. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Lupo earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of São Paulo and has studied art at Escola Classica de Arte. 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).

Workshop Description: This will be a hybrid workshop: the same class will hold students using both graphite and pen nib and ink techniques. All the hints and explanations about both media take place in the same room, but individually each attendee will use one technique for their project. Participants will have the instructor’s full assistance and guidance, since the workshop is limited to the same number of students as if it were a single technique workshop. Note: Each participant will receive both my graphite and pen and ink guidebooks.

Botanical Art and Artists, Scientific Illustration Instruction by Rogério Lupo

Click here for more information and registration form.

Cummins Iris Gardens Tour (with the Cummins) and Sketching Day (with Maria Cecilia Freeman), Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Location: Cummins Iris Gardens
165 Canham Road, Scotts Valley, CA
(831) 438-3360
Cost: $40 NCalSBA Members and $50 Non-Members
Click here to purchase your ticket to this event.

Irises of all types in the hundreds will be in full bloom at the Cummins Iris Garden in Scotts Valley in a beautiful rural setting. The irises, peonies, fruit trees and wildflowers bloom against the backdrop of a historic barn surrounded by antique farm implements and a bird house collection. After a tour of the property with the owners, we’ll gather at tables to take a close look at the structure of iris flowers from a botanical artist’s point of view. Cissy will demonstrate an approach to drawing and painting a watercolor sketch of an iris and talk about some different ways to keep a botanical sketchbook or journal – bring your own to share! In the remaining hours we can linger to draw at picnic tables or wander the gardens to sketch or paint en plein air.

Please bring a bag lunch and beverage. Dress in layers as it may be cool in the morning.

Please contact Celia Bakke, celia.bakke@sjsu.edu or 408-455-2822 for further information.

Driving Instructions: From CA-17 North take the Granite Creek Road exit towards Scotts Valley. Turn right onto Scotts Valley Road and almost immediately turn left onto Glenwood Drive (the first intersection). Continue on Glenwood Drive to Canham Road and turn right. The Cummins Gardens is the first driveway on the left.

From CA-17 South take Granite Creek Road exit. At the signal cross Scotts Valley Road onto Glenwood Drive. Continue on Glenwood Drive to Canham Road and turn right. The Cummins Gardens is the first driveway on the left.

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!