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2019 SMA Tour: So Much Art and Heritage

Birds of El Charco

Five days of exploratory field drawing with Dr. Sarah Simblet. Working outdoors in large sketchbooks with a range of media, (including pencils, pens, ink and a brush), Sarah will guide you in how to capture the form and grace of wild and domesticated bird species, as they feed, preen and fly through the majestic nature reserves of El Charco.

This intensive sketch book drawing course includes daily studio demonstrations focused on the practicalities of drawing, together with a guide to the essential anatomy of a bird (its bone structure and the movement of key groups of muscles and feathers) and inspirational studies of paintings and drawings to celebrate the depiction of birds in the worldwide histories of art and illustration.


Mon-Tue, March 18-19 and Thu-Sat, March 21-23, 2019

El Charco del Ingenio and Posada Corazon, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Instructor: Dr. Sarah Simblet, Oxford, U.K.


Dr. Sarah Simblet is a fine artist, broadcaster, lecturer and anatomist whose works explore the relationship between science, history and art. She has published three major art reference books with DK: “Anatomy for the Artist,” “The Drawing Book” and “Botany for the Artist” and exhibits her drawings through her books. She recently co-authored “The New Sylva,” a breathtaking contemporary version of John Evelyn’s “Sylva” from 1664. Sarah is dedicated to sharing and encouraging visual intelligence in others through her drawings, teaching and broadcasting worldwide. She contributes to contemporary art shows, festivals and live events, and her work is held in national and private collections. She also contributes regularly to British, American and international television and radio programs about science and art and consults on national exhibitions. She is a tutor in anatomy at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, and a lecturer at the National Gallery, London.


For more detailed information and registration, please contact 720-865-3653 (mervihj@botanicgardens.org)


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