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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.

Drawing on Tradition: The Sketchbook of Isabel Adams

Botanical artist Harriet Isabel Adams (1863-1952), member of the Botanical Society of the British Isles, fellow of the Linnean Society and a graduate of the Birmingham School of Art, produced and published a full and expressive body of botanical art. Isabel’s drawings and illustrations were developed out of the Arts and Crafts movement, including distinctive lettering for labeling. Learn about the artist’s working style and practice her techniques. Plan to sketch throughout the Gardens and finish with a botanical plate drawn in graphite and enhanced with color.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor Pencil I. • Mon, July 24, 31, Aug. 14, 21, 28, 1-4 p.m. Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

Open Studio

Tickets Available for Summer/Fall Classes - June 6, 2017

Open Studio is for anyone who wants to experience a creative and supportive environment without attending a structured workshop. You can work on your own projects during open hours, at your own pace. A tutor is available for help and advice (10 a.m. – noon) but there will be no formal teaching. The tutor will help you get started on a project or advise how to add the finishing touches. Attending the Open Studio is ideal for anyone who wants to advance his/her personal projects (or ideas) or needs to refresh his/her knowledge of any media.


No prerequisites.

Pre-registration is required.

Fee: $25/session member, $30/session non-member

• Mon, May 22, 9 a.m. – Noon

Tutor: Randy Raak


• Mon, June 12, 9 a.m. – Noon

Tutor: Charlotte Ricker


Summer/Fall Dates

• Mon, July 24, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Charlotte Ricker


• Mon, July 31, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Marjorie Leggit


• Mon, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Susan DiMarchi


• Mon, Aug. 21, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Renee Jorgensen


• Mon, Oct. 9, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Susan DiMarchi


• Mon, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Susan Rubin


• Mon, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Constance Sayas




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