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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: Joris Hoefnagel and your favorite things

In the 16th century, the known world expanded with exploration and knowledge, and Hoefnagel’s (1542-1601) illustrations represent the eclectic energy of this creative historic period. Examine the meticulous studies of flora and fauna and use of calligraphic elements. Learn to see and depict tiny details to create a delightful panel in miniature. Bring your own special treasures and combine them with seasonal plant elements like holly, evergreens, pinecones and more to create a composition in the enchanting style of Hoefnagel.

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

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink II or Expressive Ink, Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I or Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

• Wed, Nov. 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Expressive Ink Essentials

Experience ink with a fresh flair. Step away from tradition to try new techniques. Trade your technical pen for a quill and brush, and learn to express ink lines in a relaxed and painterly fashion. Demonstration and practice prepare you to start your own drawing. Build a progressive composition as you bring seasonal seedpods, barks and grasses to life, one at a time. Experiment with techniques for effectively depicting line, form and texture. Complete a dynamic botanical study and enjoy a fresh, fun way to approach this time-honored medium. Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I.

 

• Thu, Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 9 a.m. - noon

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

 

Light on Form

Take your drawings from flat to fabulous. The secret to portraying light and shadow on your subjects lies in understanding the scientific method of lighting as it applies to different forms. Beginning with basic geometric shapes, refine your skills in showing light and volume on any subject. The class will work entirely in graphite pencil, but the principles apply to all other media. As you progress from fruits and vegetables to leaves and flowers to entire plants with complex shapes, you will overcome the obstacles in creating three-dimensional drawings.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

Fee: $245 member, $295

• Fri-Sun, Sept. 1-3, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

• Wed, Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

• Fri-Sun, Dec. 8-10, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

Open Studio

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

 

 

 

Perfecting Perspective

Do you shy away from complicated plants? Even experienced illustrators sometimes struggle with foreshortening and simplify their subjects to eliminate difficult elements. Work with botanical subjects that demonstrate each aspect of .perspective and learn techniques for seeing and depicting perspective accurately. The class will work entirely in graphite pencil, but the principles apply to all art media. Gain confidence in your drafting skills and improve all of your drawings from this class forward.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Tue, July 25, Aug. 1, 8, 22, 29, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

• Fri-Sun, Sept. 22-24, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Practical Botanicals: Indian Textile Patterns and the Arts and Crafts Movement

The turn of the 20th century saw a revival of interest in nature and a focus on handmade objects. Alongside the Arts and Crafts movements in Britain and the United States, artists and designers in India took a similar path. John Lockwood Kipling (father of famous Rudyard) was a luminary in the arts in British India. Learn about his illustrations and designs and how the movement evolved in India, then create your own floral design with an Indian flair. Begin with small botanical motifs from your own drawings, and learn traditional and contemporary techniques for creating a repeating pattern. Apply color to your design, and learn how to have it printed as fabric, wallpaper or wrapping paper you can use again and again! Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II.

 

• Thu, Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

Sacred Doorways – Byzantine Iconography

More than decorative elements, color plays a very important role in Byzantine iconography, which is one of the oldest art forms to survive unchanged for the past 2,000 years. Students are introduced to both the practical and the theoretical part of the iconographic tradition (iconology). You’ll use natural materials: wood panels gessoed with naturally ground, genuine gold leaf and egg tempera made from natural pigments. You’ll learn the language of light, color, image and symbol, with the iconic symbolism explained alongside the technical instruction.

 

Pre-registration is required.

No prerequisites.

Open to both experienced and amateur students. No artistic experience is required from the beginning student.

Fee: $55/session member, $70/session non-member

• Mon, June 5, 9 a.m. – noon

 

• Mon, June 19, 9 a.m. – noon

 

• Mon, June 26, 9 a.m. - noon

 

• Mon, July 3, 9 a.m. - noon

 

Summer/Fall Dates

• Mon, Aug. 14, 9 a.m. - Noon

 

• Mon, Aug. 28, 9 a.m. - Noon

Note: Advanced students only, no beginners for this date.

 

• Mon, Sept. 11, 9 a.m. - Noon

 

• Mon, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. - Noon

Note: Advanced students only, no beginners for this date.

 

• Mon, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. - Noon

 

• Mon, Oct. 16, 9 a.m. - Noon

 

• Mon, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. - Noon

Note: Advanced students only, no beginners for this date.

 

• Mon, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. - Noon

Note: Advanced students only, no beginners for this date.

 

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

Laurence Pierson has over 20 years of experience in icon painting. She studied iconography at the Louvre, Paris, under a Lebanese master. Later, she studied with a Greek and a Chilean iconographer, and thus was exposed to different schools and different techniques while refining her own approach. Laurence has taught in France and Ireland, and since 2010, in Denver.

 

 

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