Laura Bethmann

I'm a watercolor painter who gardens, prints plants and writes books

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Nature Printing Presentations for Your Organization


The Art, Craft and Science of Nature Printing: a lecture/demonstration


Hand Printing from Nature: Botanicals

Printing from the Source: Botanicals and Other Organic Life


Nature Printing charges our creativity and renews our kinship with the natural world.

Nature is vast and beautiful. The experience of hand-printing life brings Nature and Art together.
The programs I present are explorations of the art, craft, and science of this ancient, little-known technique.

Nature prints have been made by cultures all over the globe, and by luminaries such as Leonardo da Vinci and Benjamin Franklin.

Artists, gardeners, and anyone who loves nature and enjoys creating with their hands will benefit from learning this engaging, historic, inventive process. Nature printing recreates the glorious forms and patterns of life on earth . . . if only we could hold a bit of the sun, clouds and stars in our hands we would nature print them too!

For more information about my presentations, or if you're interested in having me present to your group or organization, please contact me.


I had such fun and such a wonderful experience creating No need to label them.))beautiful works of art in Laura's class! She showed us step-by-step how to use objects in nature to produce beautiful prints and cards. I was actually amazed by and seriously proud of my creations… An inspirational class!
Elizabeth Gittleman, East Brunswick Art Center, E. Brunswick, NJ

Laura, Everyone absolutely loved you. It's unprecedented, but we would love to have you back next year. Bernice Rappoport, Program Planner, Suburban Artist Guild, E. Brunswick, NJ

I've been presenting lecture/demos and workshops since 1997. Here's a partial list:


Gardens and Gardening Organizations

The Philadelphia Botanical Club, Philadelphia, PA
The Herb Society of America, units in NJ, NY, PA
Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, Boylston, MA
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia, PA
The Philadelphia Flower Show, Philadelphia, PA
Master Gardeners of Ocean County, Toms River, NJ
Long Beach Island Garden Club, Beach Haven, NJ
Country Garden Club, Franklinville, NJ
Green Thumb Garden Club, Somers Point, NJ
Herb Gatherers, East Norriton, PA
Sand Dollar Garden Club, Seaside Park, NJ
Bayberry Garden Club, Brielle, NJ
Gardening by the Sea, Cape May, NJ


Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ
Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ
Kuser Farm Mansion, Hamilton, NJ
Tuckerton Seaport Museum, Tuckerton, NJ

Art and Craft Organizations

The Craft Barn, Lingfield, Surrey, UK
Philadelphia Calligraphers Guild, Philadelphia, PA
Seastone Papers, West Tisbury, MA
Suburban Artist Guild, East Brunswick, NJ
Freehold Art Society, Farmingdale, NJ
Ventnor Cultural Center, Ventnor, NJ
Ocean County Artist Guild, Island Heights, NJ
Pine Shores Art Association, Manahawkin, NJ
Bayside Art Center, Ocean City, NJ
Manasquan River Group of Artists, Manasquan, NJ
Long Beach Island Foundation, Loveladies, NJ
Atlantic City Art Center, Atlantic City, NJ
East Brunswick Art Center, East Brunswick, NJ
Mid-Atlantic Arts Assoc., events at Cape May, NJ


Milton Hershey School, Hershey, PA
Georgian Court College, Lakewood, NJ
Chatham Middle School, Chatham, NJ
Kent Place School, Summit, NJ
Atlantic County Teen Arts Festival at Stockton University, NJ
NJ State Teen Arts Festival at Lambertville, NJ
Pinelands Regional Adult School, Little Egg Harbor, NJ

Retail Establishments

Sickles Garden Market, Little Silver, NJ
Living Landscapes Garden Center, Barnegat, NJ
Herbs and Such, Medford, NJ
Thistledown Farm, Mays Landing, NJ
A.C. Moore Art & Craft, Middletown, NJ
Borders Bookstore, East Brunswick, NJ
Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Freehold, NJ
Jane Law Art Studios, Surf City, NJ
The Rosemary House, Mechanicsburg, PA


Atlantic County, NJ Branch: Absecon Ocean County, NJ Branches: Stafford, Tuckerton, Little Egg Harbor,
Toms River, Lavallette, Barnegat, Berkeley

National Trade Shows
Hobby Industry Assoc. Conventions, Dallas, TX and Anaheim, CA
National Art Material Trade Assoc. Convention, Las Vegas, NV


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