Teacher Directory: Helen Byers


Background

Helen Byers is an artist and educator working in several genres, including botanical drawing and painting and natural history illustration.  Her professional background includes teaching of art and literature at the college level, art journalism, book illustration, and a career as a writer and curriculum designer in educational publishing.

Since 2013 she has taught numerous botanical drawing and painting courses at Tower Hill Botanic Garden (MA), Concord Art (MA), and Tin Mountain Conservation Center (NH). She also teaches annually at Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center (Abiquiu, NM). 

Helen's drawing "Pineapple: Ananas comosus" was included in the ASBA 19th Annual International Exhibition. Other group exhibitions in which she has recently participated include "The Art of Woody Plants" (Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 2016), "The Habitats and Wildlife of Mass Audubon Sanctuaries" (Blue Hills Trailside Museum, MA, 2016), "The Art of Science / The Science of Art" (Massasoit Community College, MA, 2016), ASBA Small Works "¡Go Tropical!" (Miami, 2015), the New England Flower & Garden Show (Boston, 2014, 2015, 2016); and the "Frances S. Roddy" and "Members Juried" shows (Concord Art, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Her natural history illustration credits include Coming to Terms with Archaeology and Old Bones (The Museums at Ghost Ranch: Abiquiu, NM, 2013).

Location

Maynard, MA USA

Contact

Phone: (978) 897-6577 Email: helizabyers@gmail.com Website: http://www.helenbyers.com

Media

watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, pastel, charcoal, graphite, ink

Focus

botanical drawings & paintings of plants, flowers, vegetables, seedpods, fungi; also, natural history drawings & paintings of fauna (animals, insects), bones, shells, etc.

Affiliation

The American Society of Botanical Artists, the New England Society of Botanical Artists, Concord Center for the Visual Arts

Offerings

Own StudioTeaches AdultsTeaches Children Ages 14-17 Critiques offered

Travel Range

U.S. (including Alaska & Hawaii) and International

Comments

Visit Helen's website for a listing of her current course offerings, testimonials, and slideshows of students' work.