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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.

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Advanced Botanical Zentangle®

• Fri. - Sun., June 6 - 8, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Annie Reiser, CZT

This class is a continuation of Botanical Zentangle® that aims to polish “botangle” skills by translating plant forms and textures into Zentangle-like patterns. Skills include drawing fluid lines, a better understanding and control of light on form using line and shading, and developing botanical Zentangles with a step-out method. The class will explore “tanglations” (variations of existing tangles) and use tangles within other tangles to create new ones. Students will share new designs with classmates and create a small portfolio of 12 completed tangles, incorporating new designs into familiar ones. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Entry level Zentangle®.

 

Art Materials for the Botanical Illustrator

• Fri., May 16, 9 a.m. – Noon

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

This class will take the mystery out of a vast array of materials. This information-packed class will provide detailed information about all of the art materials used throughout the Botanical Illustration program. From papers to pencils, inks to pens, brushes to paints, students will learn where and how to find all the right materials and how they are used. Save time and money by shopping expertly the first time. Fee: $55 member, $85 non-member. No prerequisites.

 

BI in Colored Pencil I

After students have learned to layer colored pencil, this class teaches the techniques to draw effectively in this medium. Students will apply 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. Students will be ready to produce a finished plate in Colored Pencil II. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Light on Form alt. Perfecting Perspective, Color Layering for Colored Pencil.

 

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

• Mon., Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 6 - 9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

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

• In-class sessions: Fri. - Sat., Mar. 21 - 22, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

All assignments are to be completed no later than April 28, 2014

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

•Tue., April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, 1 - 4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

 

 

BI in Colored Pencil II

Colored pencil skills will be taken to the next level in this class. Students will work through a step-by-step process to create a preparatory layered drawing and learn techniques to create texture, detail and depth. Surface and solvent experimentation will take place for blending and shading. Depth will be added with atmospheric perspective and finishing techniques that will make the drawings pop. Individual attention will guide students as they create a finished botanical plate. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Color Layering for Colored Pencil, Colored Pencil I.

 

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

• Wed., Mar. 19, 26, April 2, 9, 23, 6 - 9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

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

• In-class sessions: Fri. - Sat., May 23 - 24, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

All assignments are to be completed no later than June 27, 2014

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

BI in Pen and Ink II

This class takes pen and ink skills to a new level of sophistication. Students will explore the Gardens’ limitless world of color, texture and complex botany to incorporate this information into black and white illustrations. Working with both technical pen and traditional quill, students will 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. Layering and line manipulation, along with stipples will also be covered. Pen techniques take on new meaning as final inked illustrations of a plant are fleshed out. Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Pen and Ink I, Perfecting Perspective, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator.

 

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

• Thur., Apr. 24, May 1, 15, 22, 29, 6 - 9 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member.

• Tue., June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 9 a.m. – Noon

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

BI in Pencil I

Learn to draw with a brief history and overview of botanical illustration elements. Learn the skills of careful observation and realistic drawing in graphite pencil, including line drawing, shading and perspective. Added techniques help render accurate perspective, texture and detail. This is the entry course for every program student and a prerequisite for all required courses to follow. Students will emerge from this class with the tools needed to draw anything. No prerequisites.

 

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

WEEKEND WORKSHOP

•Fri. - Sun., Jan. 24 - 26, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

•Wed., Feb. 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 9 a.m. - Noon

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

WEEKEND WORKSHOP

• Fri. - Sun., April 4 - 6, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

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

 

•Wed., June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 6 - 9 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member.

WEEKEND WORKSHOP

•Fri. – Sun., June 20 - 22, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

BI in Pencil I in Steamboat Springs

Class will be held at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs. Visit yampariverbotanicpark.org for additional info.

Learn to draw! Begin with a brief history and 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 portray perspective, texture and detail. This is the entry course for every program student and the prerequisite for all courses to follow. You'll emerge from this class with the tools you need to draw anything.

Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member. All students are welcome, with no prerequisites.

*Weekend Workshop

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

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

BI in Pencil II

 

Simple and classic, pencil drawing is a timeless art form. Expand on the drawing skills you learned 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.

Prerequisites: Pencil I, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator.

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

•Tue., Feb. 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 9 a.m. – Noon

Instructor: Karla Beatty

 

Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member.

•Mon., June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 6 - 9 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

 

Botanical Landscapes

• Thur., June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Karla Beatty

Move beyond the studio to focus on landscape and perspective. Begin in the classroom with a historical overview of basic landscape drawing and painting techniques. The class then moves outdoors, to compose intimate landscapes featuring botanical elements. Students will learn to be selective, editing the scene to include elements that characterize the landscape and eliminate extraneous objects. Additional instruction in linear and atmospheric perspective, color, and drawing techniques will help portray surroundings in pencil and watercolor. Individual guidance will help students create a finished botanical landscape painting. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, entry level skills in watercolor.

 

Botanical Zentangle®

Sun., Mar. 23, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Annie Reiser, CZT

Based on the worldwide doodling craze called Úentangle® started by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, we will learn and practice repetitive strokes that form intricate decorative botanical patterns. Learn to relax and focus as you express your style through intricate, decorative drawings that are simple to render, but look amazing and complicated. We will practice strokes consciously and deliberately, observe botanicals and mock their natural designs to make our own âotangles or repetitive strokes based on plants. Using keen observation and contour drawing techniques combined with ability to translate plant forms and textures into patterns, you will create your own special botangle. Fee: $75 member, $95 non-member. No prerequisites.

 

Botany for the Botanical Illustrator

What is the difference between a carpel and a pistil? The science of the subjects drawn determines what is seen. This enlightening lab class is designed specifically for students of botanical illustration. Take a close look at plant anatomy and learn to recognize botanical details that will make students’ drawings more accurate and realistic. Learn about plant morphology through detailed instruction and supporting visuals. Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member. No prerequisites.

 

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

• Fri. – Sun., Feb. 14 - 16, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

 

Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member.

• Wed., June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9 a.m. – Noon

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

 

 

 

 

 

 

Botany for the Botanical Illustrator in Steamboat Springs

Class will be held at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs. Visit yampariverbotanicpark.org for additional info.

What is the difference between a carpel and a pistil? The science of the subjects drawn determines what is seen. This enlightening lab class is designed specifically for students of botanical illustration. Take a close look at plant anatomy and learn to recognize botanical details that will make students’ drawings more accurate and realistic. Learn about plant morphology through detailed instruction and supporting visuals. No prerequisites.

 

(Yampa River Botanic Park, Steamboat Springs)

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

• Fri. - Sun., June 6 - 8, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

 

 

Brilliant Butterflies

• Wed., Apr. 30, May 1, 15, 21, 28, 6 - 9 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

“Butterflies are self propelled flowers.” (R.H. Heinlein)

The beauty of the butterfly extends to its relationship with the botanical realm. This class will explore the life cycle of the butterfly as well as its habitats, feeding habits and anatomy. Demonstrations will guide students how to accurately draw a butterfly and apply iridescence to its colorful wings. The butterfly will be placed in context and modern mixed media will be used such as watercolor, colored pencil, watercolor pencil, and pen and ink to create a traditional illumination of a beautiful butterfly. Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Pen and Ink I, Light on Form , Color Layering for Colored Pencil, Colored Pencil I or Watercolor Pencil I or Certificate in Botanical Illustration.

 

Case Bind Perfect Bindings

Sat-Sun, May 17-18, 9a.m.-4p.m.

This class instructs how to case bind journals and organize and protect. Students will work with case bound structures, which are the most basic of book structures and bind printed, bound journals or periodicals into a finished bound book. The sturdy binding also allows the book to be opened flat for copying purposes. By the end of the class students will have one or two books filled with periodicals. Fee: $215 member, $290 non-member. Fee includes supply kit for the books produced during the class. No prerequisites.

 

 

 

Color Layering for Colored Pencil

Registration begins December 10, 2013 at 9am. Class will appear sold out until then.

Colored pencil presents the special challenge of mixing color directly onto a drawing. Students will learn how to use a simple color mixing method adapted to the application of colored pencils. Two-, three- and four-color mixing will create gorgeous greens and luscious lilacs. Learn to determine shadow colors for vibrant results and practice color matching with a variety of plant material as each student creates an extensive color workbook to speed color selection and application for all future colored pencil drawings. Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member. No prerequisites.

 

WEEKEND WORKSHOP

• Fri. - Sun., Feb. 7 - 9, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

WEEKEND WORKSHOP

• Fri. - Sun., Mar. 14 - 16, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

WEEKEND WORKSHOP

• Fri. - Sun., May 2 - 4, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

 

Color Mixing for Artists

 

The first step to watercolor painting is mixing colors. This class will explore a system for combining colors consistently to eliminate frustrating trial and error. Exercises, demonstrations and discussion will show students how to achieve the broadest possible spectrum and what paint properties and important information choosing pigments. Students will practice mixing colors to match a variety of plant material and gain the confidence and skills to improve all their color work. Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member. No prerequisites.

 

• Wed., Feb. 12, 19, 26, Mar. 5, 12, 1 - 4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

• Tue., June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 6 -9 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Composition for Botanical Illustration

The arrangement of line, shape and color in artwork is an art form in itself. The difference between a pleasant picture and amazing artwork is often found in composition. This course begins with a study of recognized masters and contemporary illustrators. Learn how to use compositional elements and principles in your botanical illustration. Exercises to create your own thumbnail compositions develop insight and expertise to enhance all of your future illustrations. No prerequisites.

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

•Tue., January 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 9 a.m. – Noon

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member.

•Thur., June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member

WEEKEND WORKSHOP

• Fri. - Sun., June 13 - 15, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

 

 

 

 

 

CSI - Criminally Seeding Invasives

• Mon., June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 1 - 4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

In this class, advance pen and ink skills to a professional level and help to illustrate educational outreach material about invasive plants in Colorado. After selecting a species from a provided list, students will learn how to prepare and execute pen and ink illustrations for scientific publications. Quality is key and only the most expert works will be selected for publication. Enjoy this rare opportunity to experience working as a botanical illustrator in the world of publication. This class might involve research in the library and in the herbarium. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Pen and Ink II or Certificate in Botanical Illustration.

 

 

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