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Homeschool Day: Mysteries of Mycology

While often thought to be plants, fungus such as mold, yeast and mushrooms make up their very own kingdom! Join us as we explore the similarities and differences between plants and fungi, investigate specimens from the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi and mix up your own bread mix to take home.

 

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while at the Gardens. Food will also be available for purchase from Offshoots Café. Please note that all activities will take a 30 minute break from 12:00-12:30 for families, staff and volunteers to enjoy lunch.

 

Price: $11 per day per child; discounted package price (all 5 days) $44

One adult per family is free of charge. Additional adults will need to pay $6.50 each, payable on the day of the program. Children two and under are free of charge, but may not create take-home activities.

 

 

Introduction to Mushrooms and Painting Mushrooms with Alexander Viazmensky

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

 

Alexander (Sasha) Viazmensky’s technique can be used for vegetables, fruits and other botanical subject matter as well. The artistic part of the class will include general demonstration of Sasha’s techniques for the whole group. Throughout the class, Sasha’s will also work individually with each student. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I, Light on Form, Composition for Botanical Illustration, or Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from Denver Botanic Gardens or completed certificate in botanical art and illustration scientific illustration, nature illustration or equivalent from another institution.

 

No refunds for registration cancellations after September 8, 2014, unless your seat can be filled.

 

• Thur. -– Fri, Oct. 23-24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (12 hours)

Instructor: Alexander Viazmensky, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Note: Because the space is limited, you can only register for one Alexander Viazmensky workshop.

Alexander (Sasha) Viazmensky was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has an electrical engineering degree from Leningrad Technical College and graduated from the Graphic Design School, Leningrad (1984) and from Leningrad Academy of Arts (1991). Sasha resides in St. Petersburg and specializes in painting fungi.

 

His artwork can be found in museums and private collections around the globe, including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh ,PA, Millesgården Museum in Stockholm, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Shirley Sherwood Collection. He has had over a dozen one-person exhibitions outside Russia. Sasha is teaching Watercolor painting at the Komarov Institute in St. Petersburg and occasionally in the United States.

“I call my watercolors Portraits of Mushrooms. For these portraits, I select not the most typical but the most pleasant and happy looking individuals. And I paint them life size. I hope you can recognize in my paintings not only the species of the mushroom but the variety as well. Yet much more important for me is to show the unique beauty and personality of each mushroom. Just as human portraits reflect one's personal surroundings, my mushroom portraits are composed with scattering of elements from their natural environment.”

 

Lecture - The Perpetual Pantry: Bridging the Gap from Ranch to City Cooking

Eugenia Bone

 

The bounty of fruits and vegetables grown in Colorado’s North Fork Valley where Bone summers inspired her to become a master canner, a gardener and author of the memoir/cookbook, “At Mesa's Edge.” But nine months out of the year she lives in New York City. Adapting the culinary opportunities of country living to the realities of city life was a challenge but the process led to a new way of cooking that merges the thrifty traditions of the past with the time constraints of the urban lifestyle. Two more books have come out of this study: “Well-Preserved,” a small-batch canning book that explores ways to use home-canned foods, and “The Kitchen Ecosystem,” Bone's newest book (set to be released in September 2014), which investigates the integration of recipes to create the healthiest and tastiest foods. This talk will change the way you look at the food you buy, prepare and discard, and will help you understand why the food you make tastes the way it does.

 

Eugenia Bone, a veteran food writer who has published in many national magazines and newspapers, is also a cookbook author. In addition to being a well loved author of the above mentioned books, as well as, “Mycophilia: Revelations From the Weird World of Mushrooms,” a popular science book about fungi (Rodale 2011), Bone has contributed to many cookbooks and literary journals, been nominated for a variety of food writing awards and participated in radio, interactive and online interviews, in addition to appearing multiple times on television. Bone teaches and lectures about food preservation. She lives in New York City and Crawford, Colorado.

 

6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

Menu - Using Eugenia’s creative recipes and delightful sense of place as a guide, we’ll take the best of what we can get our hands on, and use her recipes to taste the best of what is available.

7 p.m. Program and lecture

8:30 p.m. Book signing by author

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

 

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no idenification required.

 

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.”

— Charles Dickens

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens' mission of connecting people with plants, this year's series is designed to take you along with us through nature’s seasons as we observe and appreciate the aesthetic and edible bounties that nature is able to provide for us within a year’s time.

 

 

 

Mastering Mushrooms: Master Class with Alexander Viazmensky

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

 

Hunting mushrooms is a national pastime in Russia, and fungi are the subject of the botanical artwork done by Alexander (Sasha) Viazmensky. Taught in a demonstration format, this workshop will focus on learning techniques used by Sasha to create his unique paintings. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from this master artist. Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member. Prerequisites: Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from Denver Botanic Gardens or completed certificate in botanical art and illustration, scientific illustration, nature illustration or equivalent from another institution.

 

No refunds for registration cancellations after September 8, 2014, unless your seat can be filled.

 

• Mon - – Wed, Oct. 20-22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (18 hours)

Instructor: Alexander Viazmensky, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

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