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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.

 

Art of Smartphone Photography

 

This is the class for anyone who uses their smartphone camera to create photographs. Whether you’re new to photography or a seasoned pro, there’s more to learn about leveraging this accessible digital technology. You’ll gain insight into the photography skills necessary to make the most out of your images - from shooting to editing. Next, you will also learn the various platforms to share and print your images, and how to keep all of your precious memories safe. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, join us for a fun-filled class!

 

Price: $29, $24 member

 

Instructor: Jeanette Galie Burkle is a commercial and editorial photographer with extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and consulting. Since 2003, Jeanette has successfully owned and managed Galie Photography, while designing and delivering seminars on a wide range of photography topics. An award winning-photographer, Jeanette combines an engineering background with a strong artistic sense. With the belief that photography is part art and part science, she strives to use her unique background to produce art that is infused with a creative vision and improved by knowledge of the underlying scientific principles of photography. She has worked with many corporate clients including ExxonMobil, George Mason University, American Red Cross, John Marshall Bank, AmeriChoice, Medtronic, Harris Corporation, and Long & Foster Realty. Jeanette’s work has been honored through the Virginia Professional Photographers Association with such recognition as the highly distinguished Fuji Masterpiece Award and the Kodak Gallery Award.

Jeanette has been teaching photography since 2005. Her students respond well to her fun, upbeat classes, and Jeanette loves to see this passion be reflected in her students’ increased confidence as photographers.

 

Artist Talk with Mike Whiting

Experience the exhibition through the artist's eyes. Mike Whiting shares his inspirations and creative process that goes into creating his sculptures. The California-based artist received his BFA from Brigham Young University and his MFA from Pratt Institute in New York. He has been the subject of solo gallery and museum exhibitions and part of group exhibitions throughout the U.S.

Date and Time: June 6th 6:30-8:00pm

Cost: $25 Non-members $20 Members

 

Beginning Bonsai

Are you mystified by the many centuries old Japanese tradition of bonsai? Join us for an entertaining and informative class with nationally recognized bonsai masters Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel as they debunk the myths, fictions and misconceptions surrounding this living art form. Each participant receives a tree, ceramic pot, wire, soil and gravel in this hands-on experience of creating a finished bonsai, which you can home.

 

** this class sells out very quickly, class size is very small for hands on instruction and attention from instructors, please register early

 

Instructors: Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel

Price: $105, $95 member, $30 materials fee included

Special Instructions: There will be a break for lunch, please bring lunch or there is a cafe onsite for you to purchase lunch.

Birth Flower LED Lanterns – Family Maker Workshop

Floriography (the language of flowers) meets technology during this fun-filled family workshop. Did you know you have a birth flower? Flowers have had symbolic associations since ancient times. These cultural references have evolved throughout history and the “Language of Flowers” rose to prominence during the Victorian Era. Illuminate the secrets of your birth month flowers while designing an LED paper lantern. Enjoy creating and making with family and friends while working with our visiting STEAM artists, Monica & Tyler Aiello. Explore circuits and electronics, learn to solder, play with LEDs and discover together. No electronics experience necessary.

 

Price: $15 per person, please register all family members

Instructors: Denver-based duo Monica and Tyler Aiello are award-winning artists and pioneering STEAM specialists recognized for their work uniting visual art, science, and education. For more than a decade, they have collaborated with NASA and the scientific community to create fine art and public practice initiatives that galvanize transdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement. As co-founders of Eurekus, the couple designs STEAM and Maker curricula and public programs for schools, libraries, colleges, institutions and museums. From K–12 workshops and family Maker events to professional learning experiences, the Aiellos also personally work with thousands of students and educators nation-wide each year. Their artwork is exhibited and collected internationally and they were honored at the White House as a US2020 STEM Mentoring Awards Finalist in 2015.

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.

 

 

Carving and Cocktail Hour

Show off, explore and unwind by carving a pumpkin - together. Join this relaxed environment you'll be able to let your creative juices flow in a fun, upbeat, non judgemental experience.

You will receive a pumpkin, a pattern, and a mini-kit of Barry’s favorite, professional carving tools. Barry Brown - Master Pumpkin Carver, guides each couple through simple tips and techniques. Reveal your strength, intelligence, artistry and pleasure! You’ll connect and relax as you assist each other through the easy steps. The Grand Lighting Ceremony ends the evening, when we dim the lights, then illuminate the amazing pumpkin carvings all at once. Bring your camera!

Price: $49, $46 members, for two participants.

Instructor: Barry Brown, is excited to show you how to carve pumpkins like the ones he carved for TV shows including the Today Show, The Tonight Show, the David Letterman Show, Good Morning America, Monday Night Football, and movies including Hocus Pocus. He has carved pumpkins on every local TV news station and the Colorado & Company show. Several stations have even come out to interview him AND film special stories about his National Grand Prize Award-Winning pumpkin carving skills.

 

Special Instructions: Each duo will receive one pumpkin and one carving kit. This event is a BYOB. Please bring your own drinks and snacks. This is a 21 and over event, please have your id with you. You will receive a pumpkin, a pattern, and a mini-kit of Barry’s favorite carving tools.

 

 

Creating a Compelling Photograph & Close-Up Photography

 

 

CuddlyBots Maker Workshop

Design and create your own hi tech soft sculpture during this dynamic Adult Maker Workshop. Explore electronics, circuits and LEDs while creating a plush, felt and fabric pillow enhanced with technology. Participants have a blast working with our visiting artists and STEAM pioneers Monica & Tyler Aiello of Eurekus. Investigate the intersection of technology and fiber arts while discovering with other adult creatives. Play with microcontrollers, make a sewable circuit, and express yourself in fun and dynamic ways. No electronics or sewing experience necessary.

 

$89, $82 member includes all materials to make your own CuddlyBot to take home

 

Denver-based duo Monica and Tyler Aiello are award-winning artists and pioneering STEAM specialists recognized for their work uniting visual art, science, and education. For more than a decade, they have collaborated with NASA and the scientific community to create fine art and public practice initiatives that galvanize transdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement. As co-founders of Eurekus, the couple designs STEAM and Maker curricula and public programs for schools, libraries, colleges, institutions and museums. From K–12 workshops and family Maker events to professional learning experiences, the Aiellos also personally work with thousands of students and educators nation-wide each year. Their artwork is exhibited and collected internationally and they were honored at the White House as a US2020 STEM Mentoring Awards Finalist in 2015.

 

 

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

 

Curator Conversations – Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting

Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting features brightly-colored sculptures created within the pixelated aesthetic of "Pac-Man" and other 8-bit vintage video games. Enjoy a unique opportunity to view the exhibition with the insight of a curator and learn about the development of the exhibit and the surprising intersections between 8-bit pixel graphics and minimalist sculpture. Explore the relationship between the natural world and the artificial world of digital media, and see several new works created to complement and contrast the Gardens’ landscapes.

 

Tour and discuss Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting with a Gardens art curator as your guide.

 

Price: $17, $15 member, $13 student

 

Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

Easy Drawing in the Gardens

Make drawing easier and more enjoyable by learning the basics of perspective, composition control and the use of reference points and lines. This approach can be sculptural in nature, starting with a large and basic composition and finishing with details. After classroom instruction, students move outdoors and practice the techniques by drawing and sketching in the Gardens.

Price: $44, $36 members

Instructor: Mitch Caster teaches drawing at the Art Students League of Denver, and before that, at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He started his career as a news artist and courtroom illustrator. Mitch now works as a fine artist and shows his paintings in galleries in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.

 

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Contemporary

Ikebana is an expression of our respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants receive hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

This class is an introduction to the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. This will be a hands-on workshop open to all skill levels. The instructor will demonstrate the art form and then the students will proceed to make an arrangement. After creating an arrangement the instructor will do a critique.

Price: $44, $39 member price

Instructor: Midori Allmeyer

Special Instructions: Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (= Pin-frog, 3.5" diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will only bring home their flowers.

Large Pin-frogs (Kenzans) and Ikebana scissors are available to purchase at the Gift Shop of DBG.

With proof of Ikebana class registration, you can get 10% discount on Ikebana tools.

 

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Modern

Denver Botanic Gardens hosts regular Ikebana classes with a different instructor and theme each month. The classes are small in size, so if a class is full, please check back again, as the class will repeat in the coming months.

Ikebana is an expression of respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants get hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

Moribana-style Ikebana was developed in the late 19th century in Japan and became very popular because of its flexibility without losing natural atmosphere. During each class, participants will get hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home. In April, we will make a naturalistic Moribana arrangement with a spring theme.

If a participant has enough experience on Moribana, she /he could go forward to Nageire arrangement during class.

 

Instructor: Akiko Buckmaster, born in Japan, is a master teacher of Ohara Ikebana School. She has been teaching Ikebana in the Denver area for forty years.

 

Price: $44, $39 members, $15 materials fee included.

 

Special Instructions:

 

Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (Pin-frog, 3.5" diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will only bring home their flowers.

Large Pin-frogs (Kenzans) and Ikebana scissors are available to purchase at the Gift Shop of DBG.

With proof of Ikebana class registration, you can get 10% discount on Ikebana tools.

 

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Traditional

Ikebana is an expression of our respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants receive hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

Shoka (or Seika, depending on each Ikebana school) is today's name for original "Ikebana" style which started in Japan in the early 17th century. Shoka expresses the life and the beauty of plants in nature.

 

Price: $44, $39 members, $15 materials fee included.

Instructor: Kazuko Kozai is a Senior Professor of Ikenobo Ikebana School, which is the largest Ikebana school begun in Japan in 1462. She has studied Ikebana for more than 40 years and teaches enthusiastically in the Denver and Boulder area.

Special Instructions: Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (= Pin-frog, 3.5" diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will only bring home their flowers.

Large Pin-frogs (Kenzans) and Ikebana scissors are available to purchase at the Gift Shop of DBG.

With proof of Ikebana class registration, you can get 10% discount on Ikebana tools.

 

 

 

Macro/Close Up Photography for DSLR Shooters

Learn about the technical and aesthetic demands of macro photography with a DSLR camera. See different techniques and equipment in use. After an early morning shoot we ll head to the classroom to look at some images and review the gear in more detail.

This class is meant to inform and inspire you to a higher level of technical and creative ability.

Basic photography knowledge necessary.

Price: $47, $42 member

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin, official photographer of Denver Botanic Gardens

Special Instructions: 8:00 to 9:30 in the Gardens. 9:30 to10:30 in the classroom. Some lecture, mostly shooting images. Bring Your Gear.

 

Orchids 101

The class Orchids 101 will cover basic orchid biology, ecology, cultivation, and propagation, with demonstrations of proper watering, repotting, and mounting techniques. Topics covered will include:

- Basic information about where orchids are found and how they grow in the wild

- Some interesting facts about the history of orchid cultivation

- Detailed explanation of how to care for orchids in your home

- Discussion of popular cultivated orchid genera and their care, including what grows well in Colorado

- Discussion of repotting, mounting, and dividing with demonstrations of each

- Discussion of common orchid pests and diseases, and how to control them

- Basic orchid nutrition and how/when to apply fertilizer

- Question and answer/orchid ailment diagnosis portion

 

Instructor: Andrew Hatch is current president of the Denver Orchid Society, and has been growing orchids for fifteen years. He attended Colorado State University, where he earned a degree in Soil and Crop Science in the Plant Biotechnology, Genetics and Breeding concentration. He and his wife own Rikki’s Tropicals, a specialty orchid and bromeliad nursery in Fort Collins, where they live with their two children, Rikki and Franklin.

Price: $44, $39 members

Special Instructions: Attendees are encouraged to bring plants that have problems that need diagnosing, and will each receive an orchid to take home. This will be a hands-on class, and active participation and questions are encouraged!

 

 

 

 

Perspective Drawing in the Gardens

 

How can we reproduce correctly the position and effect of distance on objects? Linear perspective attempts to do this. Learn the basics of finding horizon, object placement, and one two and three point perspective. Also, learn about elliptical and aerial perspective. This is a must foundation for drawing well. After classroom instruction, students move outdoors and practice the techniques by drawing and sketching the 2018 art exhibit in the Gardens.

Price: $44, $36 members

Instructor: Mitch Caster teaches drawing at the Art Students League of Denver, and before that, at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He started his career as a news artist and courtroom illustrator. Mitch now works as a fine artist and shows his paintings in galleries in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.

 

Photo Critique

Let's take a close look at your images!

In this critique led by Scott Dressel-Martin each student will submit 3-5 images to be critiqued by Scott and the group. We will talk about everything from subject matter to composition, exposure and focus and your intentions as a photographer.

Students submit a small selection or images to be critiqued by Scott Dressel-Martin and the whole group. Classroom only, no shooting. Number of images critiqued is dependent on how many folks sign up for the class.

 

Price: $29 member, $34 non-member.

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin, official photographer of the Denver Botanic Gardens

Special Instructions: This is classroom only, no shooting. Come and go as you please, or stay for the whole deal!

 

Photographing Art in the Garden

 

Join DBG Official Photographer Scott Dressel-Martin to explore the photographic possibilities in photographing the sculptures and Art around the Gardens. We’ll talk about the technical and creative challenges of shooting Art in-situ, learn special technicques to get the most out of photographing 3D Art and pay special attention to how the light affects the dimensionality of the piece and the resulting photographs.

Price: $47, $42 member

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin, official photographer of Denver Botanic Gardens

Special Instructions: This is an intermediate class that requires basic knowledge of photographic skills and functions. Bring your gear as this is both a lecture and shooting class. Dress for outdoor weather.

 

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