Past Events


Saturday, December 8 at 11:00am: We enjoyed celebrating the season together at our annual potluck Holiday Party at RISD in Providence. We shared portfolios and sketchbooks, and Tom hosted our traditional Yankee swap with his usual panache!

Saturday, November 10: Our joint meeting with the GNSI Greater NY Chapter at Yale’s Peabody Museum in New Haven. About 9 of us from our chapter attended. Armand Morgan gave a tour of some dioramas and explained their making including film footage of the preparators’ actual making of the mounts and the artist painting the murals. He explained the mathematical system the artist used for creating perspective on a curved surface. It was very interesting to see all that went into their making. Afterwards we had a lunch provided by members of the NY chapter and shared portfolios which included some explanations of working methods and materials. It was agreed that this joint meeting event should become an annual or at least biennial event. Perhaps we can reciprocate. (Armand Morgan is Senior Museum Instructor in the Education Office at Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History, where he designs educational materials, develops courses and workshops, and runs the Peabody’s docent program. A professional scientific illustrator, his work has appeared in articles and books published by Yale departments, the Yale Peabody Museum, the Washakie Museum, Oxford University Press, the Oklahoma Geological Survey, the Boston Museum of Science and Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics. )

Photo of joint meeting of NY and NE Chapters at Yale

Portfolio share at the 2012 joint meeting of the New England and Greater NY chapters

Saturday, October 20 from 1:00-4:00pm: Opening Reception for “A Closer Look: Recent Works by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators – New England Chapter at the South Shore Nature Center, 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell, MA. Oct. 17 to Nov. 26, 2012.  Tricia Cassady gave a walk and talk about Vernal pools and Clare Walker Leslie did a bird sketching program prior to the reception. For demonstrations Clare Walker Leslie had nature sketches, Frances Topping watercolor, Nancy Miinigerode scratchboard, Tricia Cassady a computer loop on vernal pools and Marybeth Hanley dissection and viewing algae under a microscope. The show will be up till November 26th. Please stop by to view it.

Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16: Linda Feltner Raptor Workshop – Audubon Center, 218 Day Road, Pomfret CT, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Please download the registration form for more information and to sign up. Click here to visit Linda’s website.

Saturday, September 22: Business Meeting & Exhibit Drop Off – Our September business meeting to discuss upcoming programs and activities; portfolio sharing (a great way to get inspired and inspire others); book swap (bring any art/natural science books you’d like to give away, and we’ll have a raffle for those interested)! Feel free to send in your ideas for programs and activities you’d like to see in upcoming meetings!

Friday, June 22 – Monday, June 25: 4. Pick up the ferry in Booth Bay, lodging at the Monhegan House bed and breakfast. Go to website to make reservations: Contact MJ Brush for more information.

Saturday, May 12th 10:00: Business meeting at RISD. After the meeting, we will visit the Providence company “Picture This” to see Scott Simmons and watch how they do framing.

Saturday, April 28 – Sunday, April 29, 10-4: RISD Scratchboard Workshop given by Trudy Nicholson (take a look at Trudy’s beautiful scratchboard work on

Sunday, March 18: Sketching at Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA. Arrive at 10:00, meet at the gift shop at noon. Hours are 9-5 every day. Bring a stool.

Saturday, Feb 11 or Saturday, Feb 18: Sketching field trip at the UConn Botanical Center. Virge will check for dates.

Saturday, January 14, 2012 – RISD – 9:15am – Business/Planning Meeting

2012 planning meeting on at the RISD Waterman Building – Room 11. Please come and help plan out some activities for the coming year. (Snow date is Sat. January 21st)

The Soul of the Sketchbook – After our business meeting we will have a slide presentation which Frances Topping rented from GNSI National – 26 GNSI members sharing some of their work and personal sketches and comments and thoughts about sketching. Bring a sketch book to share with the group.

It’s a new year – resolution for GNSI-NE members (this is my resolution) – let’s work on some new artwork for our 2012 show at the South Shore Nature Center in Norwell – The winter months are a good time for painting – and new members, we would love to have you show your work!

Check out our events from 2011 and earlier