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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.

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 I- Onsite

 

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.

 

Prerequisites: Light on Form.

 

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

 

 

Thu, Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 9 a.m. - noon

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

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.

 

 

 

Wed, 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 Pencil II- Onsite

 

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.

 

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

 Fee: $250 member, $300 non-member

 

Tue, Feb. 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 9 a.m.   noon

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

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

 

 

 

 

Café 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Mixing

 

The first step to watercolor painting is mixing colors. Learn a system for combining colors consistently to eliminate frustrating trial and error. Exercises, demonstrations and discussion will show you how to achieve the broadest possible spectrum. Learn about paint properties and important information about choosing pigments. Practice mixing colors to match a variety of plant material. You'll gain confidence and skills to improve your color work.

 

No prerequisites.

 

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

 

Wed, Jan.17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Wed, March 21, 28, April 11, 18, 25, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

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

 

Complementary Colors in Colored Pencils

 

Magic or mud? If your complements are not getting compliments, it is time to delve into the effective use of color wheel opposites. See how adjacent complements create brilliance and layered complements dull and shade. Learn to discern hidden complements and put them to work for you. Create a finished piece that shows off your mastery of complementary color and earns plenty of compliments!

 

Prerequisites: Colored Pencil I.

 

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

 

 

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

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

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. Create your own thumbnail compositions and develop insight and expertise to enhance all of your future illustrations.

 

No prerequisites.

Fee: $250 member, $300 non-member

 

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

Instructor: Marjorie Leggit

 

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

Instructor: Marjorie Leggit

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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