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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Botanical Miniatures

(Botanical Miniature by Barbara East)

A miniature is generally defined by a surface area of 24-25 square inches or less. The acceptable size for exhibited miniatures is 6”x4½” and any single object need to be 2 inches or less.  (more of the definitions, please click here). Miniature painting traces its roots back to the book paintings and illuminated manuscripts created in the 7th century. In traditional miniatures every detail of the subject matter is miniaturized. The final art shows exemplary composition, use of media and application technique.
The Royal Society of Miniatures Painters, Sculptors & Gravers was founded in 1896 in England.The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. was initiated in the beginning of 1930s. Today Miniature Artists of America is the only honor society in the world recognizing miniature artists. You can find up-to date information about other Miniature Art Societies and Organizations here.

The botanical illustration program recently completed elective graphite/colored pencil class: Botanical miniatures with Susan Rubin as the instructor. A sampling of the art produced on that class is posted on the BI-Facebook. The largest piece produced was 4”x5” and the smallest 1.25”x1.75". 

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