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Botanical Illustration

Denver Botanic Gardens' School of Botanical Art and Illustration program is designed to offer a comprehensive series of classes in botanical illustration, providing participants the drawing and painting skills required to render accurate and useful depictions of the plant world with a focus on detail. This program is for the dedicated illustrator, as well as the devoted amateur. It culminates in a portfolio and certificate for some students and offers an ongoing program of botanical illustration classes for others.

 

Attendance is required at the first class for all required courses. Please contact the program manager for the attendance policy on elective courses.

 

Please make sure that you have completed all the pre-requisites for this class by the time of the first session. Materials list for each course is attached to your registration confirmation.

 

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations more than one week prior to a class are subject to a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations with less than one weeks notice are non-refundable; please consider your payment a donation to the Gardens.

2018 SMA-Tour: So Much Art and Heritage

  

Join us for a trip exploring art and heritage. You will travel to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuoto, Mexico and partake in cultural experiences while exploring and enhancing your Botanical Illustration skills. A non-refundable deposit, $360.00, is required to secure your spot. For more detailed information and payment, please contact Mervi at 720-865-3653. See more details of the trip below.

 

When: 12/01/18--12/10/18

 

Workshops:

Succulent! Capturing Cacti in Pencil and Gouache

Take your pencil skills to the next level. During a private tour through the garden learn about the botanical attributes that make succulents unique in the plant world. Observe and sketch cacti and succulents using a variety of techniques to record size, form, color, and details. Back on your drafting table, hone your skills with demonstration that targets techniques to portray needles, spines and ridges, as well as the smooth flesh of succulents. If you are working with gouache, achieve the range of greens and undertones often seen in these plants. Experiment with new techniques and materials and learn from demonstrations and individual guidance as you create a finished botanical work.

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

December 3-5, 9 a.m. 1:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Drawing on Tradition: Frida Kahlo's Botanicals

The femininity, grace and strength of Frida Kahlo resonates in her self-portraits. Whether it's the saturated colors or her pre-Columbian jewelry, outrageous pets, and glorious tropical and fruit, she is an artist whose work will endure.

Using mixed media to emulate her iconic style, we will surround portraits of ourselves (or a loved one!) with the flora of Mexico using paint and embroidery. We will use a photo transfer method for the portrait component - no drawing or painting required.

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

December 7-9, 9 a.m. 1:30 p.m.

Instructor: Meredith Feniak

 

In addition to these classes the trip will include:

- Welcome dinner at Posada Corazon, Dec 1st, 6 p.m.

- Tour of The Sanctuary of Atotonilco (UNESCO World heritage site) Dec. 2

- Tour of El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden with a specialist (Monday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 7)

- Sketching and Documenting in El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden, Dec. 3, afternoon

- Informal field sketching of birds (both domestic and wild)

- A full day tour of Cañada de la Virgen archeological site. We'll explore the colossal temple and archaic ruins that date back to 1050 AD and gain insight into the culture of the Otomi people. Dec. 5.

- Specialist presentation and tour of the historic center and churches of San Miguel de Allende

- Textile tradition and weaving in SMA, Museum and Instituto Allende

- Tour at the historic La Casa Dragones, a historic house and the original 17th century stables of the legendary Dragones cavalry of San Miguel de Allende (includes Tequila tasting with hors d'oeuvres), Dec. 8, 6 p.m.

 

Fee $1800

- includes shuttle to and from the airport, lodging for 9 nights with luxurious full organic breakfast (double occupancy), Internet, all the program and classes listed above and more).

The fee does NOT include travel insurance, international airfare, meals not listed in the itinerary; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, and communication charges, medical or evacuation fees including but not limited to emergency transportation, additional lodging, additional transportation, extra guide/porter services, medical treatment, etc., and tipping or gratuities.

 

Payment

A non re-fundable deposit $360/person is required for this trip and guarantees your spot. The remaining balance will be split in two payments: $720 due by June 5, 2018 and $720 due by October 9, 2018.

For more detailed information and payment, please contact Mervi at 720-865-3653

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Prerequisite: Light on Form, Color Layering for Colored Pencil.

Fee: Member $250, Non-Member $300

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 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- Online with On-Site Component

  

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.

 

 

**ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT**

Fee: $305 member, $400 non-member

In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, June 29-30, 9 a.m.   2:30 p.m.

**All assignments are to be completed no later than Aug. 3, 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 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.

Prerequisites: None

Fee: Member $250 Non-Member $300

Instructor: details 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cafe Botanique

Café Botanique is a part of the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program and is open to Botanical Art and Illustration students, Gardens' members, the general public, academia and artists. The 30-40 minute talk starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a discussion. This lecture offers one elective credit hour in the BI-program. Fee: $5.

 

 

Carbon Dust

 

Push your drawing skills into a new realm. Carbon dust has been a mainstay medium for medical and scientific illustrators for more than 75 years. Using a combination of pencil lines and dust washes applied with brushes, this medium produces rich tonal renderings with the value range of charcoal and the precision of watercolor. You'll be introduced to the various tools associated with carbon dust, including carbon pencils, dust, brushes, blenders and fixative. Choose a subject well-suited to the technique and learn to use methodical layering to create a flawless continuous tone. Complete the finer details with pencil for a finished carbon-dust rendering.

 

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil II

 

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

 

Fri-Sun, May 4-6, 9 a.m.   2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Color Layering for Colored Pencil

 

Colored pencil presents a special challenge: mixing color directly on your drawing! Learn to use a simple color-mixing method adapted to the application of colored pencils. Two-, three- and four-color mixing will get you to the gorgeous greens and luscious lilacs you’ve been missing. Learn to determine shadow colors for vibrant results. Practice color matching with a variety of plant material as you create your own extensive color workbook to speed color selection and application for all future colored pencil drawings.

 

No prerequisites.

Fee: $250 member, $300 non-member

 

Fri-Sun, Jan. 26-28, 9 a.m.   2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

Fri-Sun, Apr. 6-8, 9 a.m.   2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

Fri-Sun, June 1-3, 9 a.m.   2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colored Pencil Brush-Up

 

Was your last colored pencil class years ago? It's time to catch up! Innovative materials, techniques and surfaces are constantly introduced to this ever-evolving medium. Try a selection of new colored pencils, some new tools, innovative surfaces and a multitude of new techniques. After these three hours, you'll walk away with a refreshed toolbox, some charming little studies and lots of new ideas. 

 

Prerequisites: Colored Pencil I

 

Fee: $55 member, $70 non-member.

 

Mon, June 18, 9 a.m.   noon

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

Concertina Binding

 

The bookbinding method where a book is sewn with finely folded Japanese tissue paper was developed by conservators to protect text from coming in direct contact with contemporary adhesives like PVA when rare books are rebound. This method can also be used to incorporate illustrated and decorated text pages in book form. This technique allows the pages to open 180 degrees. Make two different books during this workshop.

 

Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic bookbinding techniques.

 

Fee: $250 member, $300 non-member (including materials).

 

 Wed, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

 

Creative Compositions with Spring Flowers in Colored Pencils with Ann Swan

 

Create a colorful contemporary composition with guidance from Ann to give your design  "wow"  factor. Focus on planning your approach, when and in what order you use techniques such as resist, embossing, underpainting and blending. Learn how to select and layer colors to produce luscious, rich and accurate color mixes and then choose effective shade colors to give your work depth without dulling the impact of your color.

Ann will also demonstrate some specific techniques for roots, veins, hairs, stamens, tendrils, water droplets, highlights, lowlights and bloom; all those fascinating, fine details that can add so much interest to your work. New techniques will be included!

 

Prerequisites: Intermediate skills in Colored Pencils

 

Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member.

 

**No refunds for registration cancellations after April 5, 2018, unless your seat can be filled.**

 

Fri-Sun, May 11-13, 9 a.m.   2:30 p.m.

 

Instructor: Ann Swan, U.K.

 

 

 

Ann Swan works primarily in graphite and colored pencil and is well known for her exquisitely fine detail, vibrant colors and strong contemporary style. She champions the underdog in the plant world, drawing our attention to Brussels sprouts or beetroots, feeling they are just as beautiful as the iris or tulip. She is passionate about colored pencils, believing they are easy to master, forgiving and accessible so that even a complete beginner can quite quickly produce work of quality. She runs regular workshops at her studio in Wiltshire and around the world including Spain, Italy, France, South Africa and the USA. Ann also teaches for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) at Wisley Gardens and for the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. She began to exhibit in 1990 and now shows her work worldwide. Her work is represented in Shirley Sherwood Collection, RHS  Lindley Library and features in many private collections around the world

 

Creative Compositions with Spring Flowers in Graphite with Ann Swan

 

Understanding, observing and depicting accurate tonal values is fundamental to produce the perception of form that underpins all botanical work in any medium. Explore the rich range of textures and tones that can be created with graphite pencils. Ann will demonstrate a variety of techniques, tips and tricks to produce tactile textures that will add another dimension to your graphite work.

 

Prerequisites: Intermediate skills in graphite and colored pencils.

 

Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member.

 

 

**No refunds for registration cancellations after April 5, 2018, unless your seat can be filled.**

 

Mon-Wed, May 7-9, 9 a.m.   2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Ann Swan, U.K.

 

Ann Swan works primarily in graphite and colored pencil and is well known for her exquisitely fine detail, vibrant colors and strong contemporary style. She champions the underdog in the plant world, drawing our attention to Brussels sprouts or beetroots, feeling they are just as beautiful as the iris or tulip. She is passionate about colored pencils, believing they are easy to master, forgiving and accessible so that even a complete beginner can quite quickly produce work of quality. She runs regular workshops at her studio in Wiltshire and around the world including Spain, Italy, France, South Africa and the USA. Ann also teaches for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) at Wisley Gardens and for the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. She began to exhibit in 1990 and now shows her work worldwide. Her work is represented in Shirley Sherwood Collection, RHS  Lindley Library and features in many private collections around the world.

 

Culturally Modified Trees Tours: Fox Run Park

In order to better understand how the indigenous people of Colorado, including the Ute, used native plants and Culturally Modified Trees (CMTs) in their daily lives, the Denver Botanic Gardens will offer its patrons and staff a series of field trips on public, private and reservations lands across Colorado. Our guides will be Ute Tribal Elder Dr. James Jefferson and Mr. John Anderson. Fee includes transportation and lodging. (Please meet in the main lobby promptly at your tour start time, 9 a.m. Bring your sketch/note book, camera and for the one-day tours, please take a lunch with you. Dress appropriately for the weather.)

Fox Run Park:

When: Tue, May 22, 9am-5pm

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens/ Fox Run Park (El Paso County- public land)

Cost: $75 Member- $100 Non-Member (transportation included)

This trip will begin with a one hour informational session at Denver Botanic Gardens.

Instructor/Guide: Ute Tribal Elder Dr. James Jefferson and Mr. John Anderson

 

Culturally Modified Trees Tours: Jefferson & Douglas Counties

  

In order to better understand how the indigenous people of Colorado, including the Ute, used native plants and Culturally Modified Trees (CMTs) in their daily lives, the Denver Botanic Gardens will offer its patrons and staff a series of field trips on public, private and reservations lands across Colorado. Our guides will be Ute Tribal Elder Dr. James Jefferson and Mr. John Anderson. Fee includes transportation and lodging. (Please meet in the main lobby promptly at your tour start time, 9 a.m. Bring your sketch/note book, camera and for the one-day tours, please take a lunch with you. Dress appropriately for the weather.)

Jefferson & Douglas Counties:

When: Tue, June 19, 9am-5pm

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens/ Jefferson & Douglas Counties (private land)

Cost: $75 Member- $100 Non-Member (fee includes transportation)

Instructor/Guide: Ute Tribal Elder Dr. James Jefferson and Mr.John Anderson

 

Culturally Modified Trees Tours: Ute Indian Reservation- including Anasazi Heritage Center

In order to better understand how the indigenous people of Colorado, including the Ute, used native plants and Culturally Modified Trees (CMTs) in their daily lives, the Denver Botanic Gardens will offer its patrons and staff a series of field trips on public, private and reservations lands across Colorado. Our guides will be Ute Tribal Elder Dr. James Jefferson and Mr. John Anderson. Fee includes transportation and lodging. (Please meet in the main lobby promptly at your tour start time, 9 a.m. Bring your sketch/note book, camera and for the one-day tours, please take a lunch with you. Dress appropriately for the weather.)

 

Ute Indian Reservation- including Anasazi Heritage Center:

When: Thu-Sat, July 26-28

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens/ Ute Indian Reservation- including Anasazi Heritage Center/ Four Corners area

Lodging: Ute Mountain Casino Hotel

Cost: $300 Member- $350 Non-Member (fee includes transportation and lodging)

Instructor/Guide: Ute Tribal Elder Dr. James Jefferson and Mr. John Anderson

 

Drawing on Tradition: Butterflies and Bees of William H. Lizars

 

William H. Lizars (1788-1859) of Edinburgh was an established portrait and genre painter who went to work in the book trade and created plates for British Butterflies and J.J. Audubon's "The Birds of America." Lizars experimented with new techniques and is perhaps best known for his colored insect and bird illustrations on monochromatic habitat backgrounds. Working in ink and your choice of color media, design a final plate in the scientific style of Lizars.

 

Prerequisite: Expressive Ink, Botanical illustration in Colored Pencil I or Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

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

 

Tue, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Explore Mount Goliath's Weathered Beauty

 

Mount Goliath is the site of North America s highest constructed rock alpine garden, with some 250 species of alpine and subalpine wildflowers and a grove of 1,600-year-old-plus bristlecone pines. You'll start with a hike along the 1.5-mile M. Walter Pesman Trail with a garden specialist, where you'll have the opportunity to become familiar with the blooming wildflowers, select and sketch your specimen. The following week, we'll return to the site and do some more documentation prior to work in the classroom. You'll choose your medium and your plate might become part of the future interpretational material for the site.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I or Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

 Fee: $300 member, $345 non-member.

 

Wed, July 11, 18, 10 a.m.   1 p.m. (Mount Goliath Nature Center, transportation from Denver Botanic Gardens is arranged)

July 25, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 9 a.m.   noon (Denver Botanic Gardens)

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

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