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2018 5th Annual Tree Diversity Conference

 

To protect our urban forests, which are threatened by pests and pathogens, a greater variety of tree species is necessary.

 

For our fith annual conference we will continue to explore the relationships between landscape design, horticultural practices and the use of a greater variety of tree species.

 

Between them, our speakers this year boast an extravagant depth of experience ranging from worldwide plant exploration to landscape and garden design, promotion of new plant materials, administration of some of our country's most noted horticultural conferences and institutions and hands-on experience with plant testing and data collection.

 

Public $75, includes all programming and lunch

$60 Promo, includes all programming and lunch

*Promotional price available to all Members of Colorado Tree Coalition

 

Symposium will be held at Denver Botanic Gardens in Mitchell Hall.

 

Small Ornamental Trees: Versatile Plants for Difficult Locations

During this lecture, learn about the diversity of small ornamental landscape trees great for difficult growing conditions. Some varieties have been known to the nursery and landscape industry for years, but many others are new and interesting species and cultivars. As part of his talk, Andrew Bunting describes Chicagoland Grows, a collaboration between Chicago Botanic Garden, the Morton Arboretum and the Chicago area green industry whose objective is to trial and introduce promising new tree species and cultivars.

 

Andrew Bunting is Assistant Director of the Garden and Director of Plant Collections at the Chicago Botanic Garden. For 26 years he was Curator at the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College. From 1991-1992 he was curator at Chanticleer in Wayne, Pennsylvania. For several years he has been involved with the NAPCC (North American Plant Collections Consortium) where he has served as Chair, Vice Chair, Reviewer, Chair of the Magnolia Group and now is the Liaison for Multi-institution Collections, i. e., Quercus, Acer, Magnolia, and cycads. Andrew is the past president of the Magnolia Society International and The Delaware Center for Horticulture. He is has also served as Chair of Horticulture for the Philadelphia Flower Show; served on the Woody Plant Conference Committee for 16 years; and has done committee work for Bartram’s Garden, Tyler Arboretum and Awbury Arboretum. He has published over 100 articles in American Gardener, Arnoldia, The Hybrid, Fine Gardening, The Magnolia Society Journal, Green Scene and Organic Gardening. He has lectured extensively in the United States as well as England, Belgium, Poland and New Zealand. Andrew has participated in plant expeditions to China, Taiwan, Vietnam and is planning expeditions to The Republic of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Japan and South Africa in 2018. Andrew is the recipient of American Public Gardens Association Professional Citation and received the Chanticleer Scholarship in Professional Development in 2010. His home garden in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, Belvidere, has been featured in This Old House Magazine and in the Wall Street Journal. Andrew published his first book in 2015 by Timber Press, The Plant Lover’s Guide to Magnolias.

 

 

 

24 Years of Tree Growth in Westminster, Colorado

The Colorado State Forest Service, along with City of Westminster Forestry Staff, recently remeasured trees as part of a 24-year diameter growth rate study and updated the report initially published in 2000. The report characterized the long-term growth of 19 common urban tree species grown on publicly maintained land in Westminster for 1992-2016. The average trunk-diameter growth rates of the nearly 1,500 studied trees can be used by homeowners, landscape architects, designers/installers and tree care professionals to select trees for planting that will most quickly provide shade, aesthetics and other benefits after planting.

 

Keith Wood graduated with a degree in Forest Biology from Colorado State University in 1986 and went on to study aspen ecology on the West Slope of Colorado, receiving his Master's degree in 1988. Keith worked as an Assistant Resource Forester for the Missouri Department of Conservation from 1988-1989 and from 1989 to 2002 worked as City Forester for the City of Westminster, Colorado. Keith also taught Arboriculture at Front Range Community College while City Forester in Westminster. Since 2002 Keith has filled the position of Community Forester with the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS), and is currently the Community Forestry Program Manager in the Communications and Communities Division at CSFS and the Executive Administrator of the Colorado Tree Coalition. Keith also teaches an Urban & Community Forestry course at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Keith has been a Certified Arborist since 1995 and a Certified Forester since 2002.

 

 

Observations of Trees, Climate trends, and Industry Support through the Lens of an Eastern Arboretum

Arboreta provide valuable information for the local green industry and the public at large. This lecture examines the interdependence between Kentucky's Boone County Arboretum and the green industry in the Greater Cincinnati Metro area. Learn how the Arboretum enriches the professional development of the green industry and the various ways they support each other. Climate change has been an important focus of the information flow between arboreta and the green industry as a whole. Learn about arboricultural changes at Boone County and other arboreta and botanical gardens in the Ohio Valley region. Lastly, learn about some failures and successes with trees at the Boone County Arboretum to see whether there are some recommendations that might translate to the potential plant palette of the greater Denver area.

 

Kristopher Stone, growing up less than 30 minutes from Kentucky's renowned Bernheim Arboretum, was inspired to obtain a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Kentucky. Currently, Kris is Director of Boone County Arboretum and has been with the facility since January of 2002. Kris is highly active in community organizations in the Greater Cincinnati region, building community awareness and networking for the Arboretum. He serves as past President of the Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council, Advisory member of Boone County Urban Forest Commission, past President and Board member of the Kentucky Invasive Plant Council, and is an ex-officio board member of Friends of Boone County Arboretum. Kris serves on the steering committee of the Theodore Klein Plant Award Selection Committee, and the Kentucky Urban Forestry Council, ensuring Arboretum support of these efforts. He also serves on various other ad hoc committees for community and state organizations when time allows. Kris is a writer for Kentucky Gardener Magazine where he contributes monthly as the Ask the Expert columnist. As Director of the Arboretum Kris provides leadership for staff in the areas of policy-making, development, budget management, funding, planning, organizing of operations, and staffing for facility needs. With a staff of only 3 full-time personnel and 6 seasonal college interns taking care of and managing a 121-acre facility, everyone wears each other's hats!

 

 

 

 

Ten Trees that should be Used More in the Rocky Mountain Region

During this lecture, David Temple shares his list of high performing Rocky Mountain Region trees species and cultivars that thrive in the challenging soil and climate conditions found not only in southwestern Colorado but also in many parts of the Front Range. As a bonus, Temple shares Colorado horticultural history pertaining to two legendary figures: George Kelly – one of the founders of Denver Botanic Gardens, its predecessor the Colorado Forestry and Horticulture Association and Arapahoe Acres Nursery and Earl Sinnamon – President of Denver's Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care company from 1955 to 1980.

 

David Temple since 2002 has been the proprietor of Trees of Trail Canyon, located in McElmo Canyon near Cortez, Colorado. David's nursery is perhaps best known as a supplier of large caliper trees to landscape architects, contractors and municipalities. David first became involved in the green industry in 1978 by founding Animas Valley Arborist, a tree care and landscaping firm based in Durango, Colorado. David has been a member of the International Society of Arboriculture for 37 years, a board-certified master arborist for seven years, and is a past-President of the ALCC (Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado).

 

 

 

 

Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series

AMAZING VEGETABLES A TO Z FULL SERIES

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

Session 1: Raised Beds

March 6, 2018- 6:00pm

Planning the best location, choosing in ground or raised beds and the advantages and disadvantages of each. We will look at re-purposing materials to create raised beds. We will cover soil building and choosing amendments. We will build around what has not worked for you in the past and set you on a course for improvement for your 2017 vegetable garden. Every season is a Do-Over!

 

Session 2: Planting

March 13, 2018- 6:00pm

Planting is the focus of this session. How to decide what to plan, the seasons of the vegetable garden and getting the biggest bang for your gardening buck. We will cover cool season and warm season plants and the ones that grow best here in Colorado. Then take a look at seed starting and see a demonstration of starting seeds inside and direct sowing outside as well as transplanting. Then we will cover spacing strategies designed to give you the biggest harvest for the space you have available.

 

Session 3: Extended Gardening

March 20, 2018- 6:00pm

Keeping the Garden going for 3 seasons and beyond is the theme of this session. We will cover the importance of Crop Rotation and how to do it. We will learn different ways to succession plant and how it can maximize the harvest. We will address season extension strategies to protect your crops. We will also cover the concept of companion planting and what is true and what is not.

 

Session 4: Pests, Problems, & Harvesting

March 27, 2018- 6:00pm

The most common pests and diseases of the vegetable garden will be addressed, how to spot problems before they get away from you and good cultural practices to avoid problems, organics, watering, fertilizing and insect and disease controls. We will also discuss how to know when your veggies are ready for harvest.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $120, $110 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

 

Amazing Vegetables A to Z: Extended Gardening

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

Session 3: Extended Gardening

Keeping the Garden going for 3 seasons and beyond is the theme of this session. We will cover the importance of Crop Rotation and how to do it. We will learn different ways to succession plant and how it can maximize the harvest. We will address season extension strategies to protect your crops. We will also cover the concept of companion planting and what is true and what is not.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Amazing Vegetables A to Z: Pests, Problems, & Harvesting

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

Session 4: Pests, Problems, & Harvesting

The most common pests and diseases of the vegetable garden will be addressed, how to spot problems before they get away from you and good cultural practices to avoid problems, organics, watering, fertilizing and insect and disease controls. We will also discuss how to know when your veggies are ready for harvest.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Amazing Vegetables A to Z: Planting

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

Session 2: Planting

Planting is the focus of this session. How to decide what to plan, the seasons of the vegetable garden and getting the biggest bang for your gardening buck. We will cover cool season and warm season plants and the ones that grow best here in Colorado. Then take a look at seed starting and see a demonstration of starting seeds inside and direct sowing outside as well as transplanting. Then we will cover spacing strategies designed to give you the biggest harvest for the space you have available.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Amazing Vegetables A to Z: The Garden Build

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

 

Session 1: Raised Beds

Planning the best location, choosing in ground or raised beds and the advantages and disadvantages of each. We will look at re-purposing materials to create raised beds. We will cover soil building and choosing amendments. We will build around what has not worked for you in the past and set you on a course for improvement for your 2017 vegetable garden. Every season is a Do-Over!

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Battling the Japanese Beetle

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

The Japanese beetle – found in many Front Range areas -- is moving to new communities. This unwelcome beetle is concerning home owners with serious damage to plants. Instructor Betty Cahill takes the class through the management options for the Japanese beetle during its adult and larval stages. She provides tips on how to protect your favorite plants, including a plant list that Japanese beetles prefer and mostly avoid.

Instructor: Betty Cahill

Price: $31, $26 member

Beginning Rocky Mountain Gardening

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This course is designed for the Front Range gardener beginner. The basics of what is needed to adjust gardening skills from other climates to the Front Range’s finicky climate are covered. If you have never gardened here before or are looking for more success, this is the class for you! Learn the skills necessary to become an enthusiastic gardener. Annuals, perennials and vegetables are discussed, along with trees and shrubs that thrive in our climate, elevation and varying soils. Plant selection, planting and troubleshooting is discussed.

Subsequent weeks focus on the elements, water needs, fertilizers and organic gardening.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $90, $80 members

Special Instruction: Please bring a glass jar of soil to class. (Must be see through glass jar to study layers of your own backyard native soil)

 

Best Fall Planted Bulbs for Perennializing

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Want more than one year of spring bloom from your fall-planted bulbs? Come learn about the best bulbs and varieties for year after year of bloom in our area. Species from early blooming Galanthus, Crocus, Chionodoxa, Scilla and Narcissus through Tulipa, Hyacinthoides, Allium and Colchicum will be discussed. Whether for perennial beds or naturalized landscapes, you will learn planting and cultural tips for maintaining long life. Discussion includes how best to use bulbs and design considerations with other plants and elements in the landscape.

Sign up now to discover the best cultivars of tulips and other bulbs that perennialize on the Front Range before purchasing bulbs to plant this fall.

Instructor: Carl Wilson, Denver horticulturist, speaker and retired CSU Extension Agent.

Price: $31, $26 members

 

 

Birth Flower LED Lanterns – Family Maker Workshop

Floriography (the language of flowers) meets technology during this fun-filled family workshop. Did you know you have a birth flower? Flowers have had symbolic associations since ancient times. These cultural references have evolved throughout history and the “Language of Flowers” rose to prominence during the Victorian Era. Illuminate the secrets of your birth month flowers while designing an LED paper lantern. Enjoy creating and making with family and friends while working with our visiting STEAM artists, Monica & Tyler Aiello. Explore circuits and electronics, learn to solder, play with LEDs and discover together. No electronics experience necessary.

 

Price: $15 per person, please register all family members

Instructors: Denver-based duo Monica and Tyler Aiello are award-winning artists and pioneering STEAM specialists recognized for their work uniting visual art, science, and education. For more than a decade, they have collaborated with NASA and the scientific community to create fine art and public practice initiatives that galvanize transdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement. As co-founders of Eurekus, the couple designs STEAM and Maker curricula and public programs for schools, libraries, colleges, institutions and museums. From K–12 workshops and family Maker events to professional learning experiences, the Aiellos also personally work with thousands of students and educators nation-wide each year. Their artwork is exhibited and collected internationally and they were honored at the White House as a US2020 STEM Mentoring Awards Finalist in 2015.

Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I

 

You’ve learned to layer colored pencil, now learn techniques to draw effectively in this medium. Apply your drawing skills and learn new methods specific to colored pencils. Techniques include layering, building and burnishing in color. This versatile, portable medium is perfect for sketching on location as well as producing studio pieces. Learn through instruction, demonstration and practice on small studies of botanical subjects. You’ll be ready to produce a finished plate in Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II.

Pricing, Prerequisite and Instructor details are provided when you select a date.

 

 

 

 

 

Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II- Online with On-Site Component

  

Take your colored pencil skills to the next level and become proficient in this fun, versatile medium. Work through a step-by-step process to create a preparatory layered drawing. Learn techniques to create texture, detail and depth to enhance your subject. Experiment with different surfaces and solvents for blending and shading. Add depth with atmospheric perspective and learn finishing techniques that will make your drawings pop. Individual attention will guide you to create a finished botanical plate.

 

 

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective.

 

Fee: $305 member, $405 non-member


**ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT**

 

 In-class sessions: Fri-Sun, June 15-16, 9 a.m.   2:30 p.m.

 

**All assignments are to be completed no later than July 27, 2018.**

 

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

The Off-Site Learning Approach

Following the two-day concentrated classroom instruction, three internet sessions cover the remaining course elements. The successful completion of final artwork (a plate) one month (30 days) after the conclusion of the on-site session is the culmination of each of the distance learning courses.

 

Students must use a scanner or digital camera to record their weekly achievements and email the high-resolution image to the instructor and the school manager. All student questions, as well as instructor answers, recommendations and suggestions are handled by email. The student must send a scan of the final plate to the instructor and the school manager in order to receive credit for the course.

 

Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II- Onsite

 

Take your colored pencil skills to the next level and become proficient in this fun, versatile medium. Work through a step-by-step process to create a preparatory layered drawing. Learn techniques to create texture, detail and depth to enhance your subject. Experiment with different surfaces and solvents for blending and shading. Add depth with atmospheric perspective and learn finishing techniques that will make your drawings pop. Individual attention will guide you to create a finished botanical plate.

 

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Thu, Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

• Wed, Nov. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 9 a.m. - Noon

Instructor: Susan Rubin

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ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

Fee: $300 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, June 30 – July 1, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Note: All assignments are to be completed no later than July 30, 2017.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

 

 

Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I- Online with On-Site Component

  

Pen and ink is at the heart of botanical illustration. Expand your drawing repertoire as you learn techniques to create line, form and texture in black and white. Expressive line and stipple  become part of your artistic vocabulary as you practice this traditional medium with modern and versatile technical pens. Step-by-step instruction, demonstration and practice will give you the foundation you need to draw any botanical subject accurately and skillfully.

 

**ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT**

Prerequisites: Light on Form.

 

Fee: $305 member, $400 non-member

 

 In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, May 18-19, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

 

**All assignments are to be completed no later than June 22, 2018.**

 

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker

 

The Off-Site Learning Approach

Following the two-day concentrated classroom instruction, three internet sessions cover the remaining course elements. The successful completion of final artwork (a plate) one month (30 days) after the conclusion of the on-site session is the culmination of each of the distance learning courses.

 Students must use a scanner or digital camera to record their weekly achievements and email the high-resolution image to the instructor and the school manager. All student questions, as well as instructor answers, recommendations and suggestions are handled by email. The student must send a scan of the final plate to the instructor and the school manager in order to receive credit for the course.

 

Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink II- Onsite

 

Take your pen and ink skills to a new level of sophistication. Explore the Gardens  limitless world of color, texture and complex botany and incorporate this information into black-and-white illustrations. Working with both technical pen and traditional quill, learn advanced techniques to make strokes mimic the fuzz on a fern, the down in a milkweed pod or the mottled colors of a variegated begonia. Learn how to layer and manipulate lines and stipples to develop a full range of value, texture and atmospheric perspective. Pen techniques take on new meaning as you flesh out the final inked illustration of a plant of your choice.

 

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, Perfecting Perspective, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration.

 

 Fee: $250 member, $300 non-member.

 

Thu, April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Botanical Illustration in Pencil I

 

Learn to draw! Begin an overview of the specific elements of botanical illustration. Learn the skills of careful observation and realistic drawing in graphite pencil, including line drawing, shading and perspective. Step by step, added techniques help you render accurate perspective, texture and detail. This is the entry course for every program student and a prerequisite for all required courses to follow. You’ll emerge from this class with the tools you need to draw anything.

 

Pricing, Prerequisites and Instructor Details are provided when you select a date.

 

 

 

Botanical Illustration in Pencil II- Online with Onsite Component

  

Simple and classic, pencil drawing is a timeless art form. Expand on the drawing skills you learned in Botanical Illustration in Pencil I as you reinforce and refine your knowledge of graphite pencil. Learn additional techniques for shading, texture, perspective, depth and composition. A good drawing is the basis of botanical illustration in any medium. Group instruction and individual attention are tailored to help you complete a botanical plate in this subtle and striking medium.

 

**Online with On-Site Component**

 

Prerequisites: Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective.

 

Fee: $305 member, $400 non-member

In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, April 27-28, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

 

**All assignments are to be completed no later than May 25, 2018.**

 

 

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker

 

The Off-Site Learning Approach

Following the two-day concentrated classroom instruction, three internet sessions cover the remaining course elements. The successful completion of final artwork (a plate) one month (30 days) after the conclusion of the on-site session is the culmination of each of the distance learning courses.

 Students must use a scanner or digital camera to record their weekly achievements and email the high-resolution image to the instructor and the school manager. All student questions, as well as instructor answers, recommendations and suggestions are handled by email. The student must send a scan of the final plate to the instructor and the school manager in order to receive credit for the course.

 

Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I

 

Become part of the watercolor botanical tradition. Combine drawing skills and your knowledge of color mixing as you discover the delight of putting brush to paper to learn the specific techniques of transparent watercolor. Instruction, demonstration and practical exercises will guide you through a variety of watercolor techniques: flat and graded washes, highlights and drybrush detail. Learn to build washes for depth of tone and shading, and how to create soft and hard edges. With these foundational skills you’ll be ready to create a finished plate in Botanical Illustration in Watercolor II.

 

Prerequisites: Light on Form, Color Mixing.

 

Fee: $250 member, $300 non-member.

 

Tue, Feb. 20, 27, March 6, 20, 27, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

 

Wed, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

 

 

 

 

 

Botanical Illustration in Watercolor II

 

Watercolor basics got you started; now develop your confidence as you work toward completing a finished plate from a live specimen in this most traditional of botanical media. The emphasis here is on bringing it all together. Learn and refine additional techniques through instruction, demonstration and practice, with special attention given to layering, shading and building form. Discover brush techniques and colors that enhance perspective and depth. Follow painting steps through completion, from broad washes to final detail. Learn how to fix mistakes and understand why watercolor is a forgiving medium.

 

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective.

 

 Fee: $250 member, $300 non-member.

 

Wed, March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

 

 

Botany for the Botanical Illustrator

 

What is the difference between a carpel and a pistil? Where can I find the stamen? The science of the subjects you draw determines what you see! Put away your pencils for this enlightening lab class designed specifically for students of botanical illustration. Take a close look at plant anatomy and learn to recognize botanical details that will make your drawings more accurate and realistic. Learn plant morphology through detailed instruction and supporting visuals. Your botanical art will improve when you understand the subjects.

 

No prerequisites.

Fee: $250 member, $300 non-member

 

• Tue, Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 9 a.m.- noon

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

 

• Fri-Sun, March. 16-18, 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

 

 

 

 

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