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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.”


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