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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.

 

A Wild Gourmet Workshop: Foraging the Wild Edible

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *

Become the ultimate locavore as we explore the tasty world of wild edibles. Discover how to locate, identify, harvest and prepare the wild plants growing all around you. Learn how to make tasty teas, artisan drink mixes, nutritious salads and gourmet additions for pastas, soups and side dishes. Plant foraging walk, cooking class and wild lunch with handout and recipes included.

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $58, $54 member, includes $25 materials fee

Special instructions: Class will be held outdoors with shade provided for cooking and dining; please dress appropriately.

Curator Conversations: Stories in Sculpture

Stroll through the Gardens with a curator to hear a behind-the-scenes perspective to uncover connections and narratives within the Stories in Sculpture: Selections from the Walker Art Center Collection exhibition. Enjoy this unique experience to view the exhibition with the insight of a curator. This one-hour tour deepens understanding of the sculptures, the artists and the development of the exhibit.

Stories in Sculpture: Selections from the Walker Art Center Collection is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

 

Price: $17, $10 member

 

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 with a simpler, logical, structural approach. Learn basics of perspective, composition control, and methods to capture forms through simplification and reference points and lines. This approach is very sculptural in nature; you begin large and basic, finishing with details. Using this method will make drawing easier and more fun.

 

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.

Price: $44, $36 members

Grow Your Own Art Supplies and Eat Them Too

 

Join the Denver Botanic Gardens in a workshop with the artist! Relating to artworks in the Raw, Cooked, Fermented exhibit, Viviane Le Courtois explores the interconnected processes of growing, fermenting and cooking plants for both artistic and culinary uses. This workshop mixes indoor and outdoor growing tips, observational drawing, and cooking of edible plants.

 

Price: $65, $58 member, $10 materials fee included

 

Instructor: Viviane Le Courtois

 

About the instructor: Viviane Le Courtois has been creating process-based and conceptual installations connecting art to everyday life since 1989. Viviane received a Diplôme National Supérieur d'Expression Plastique from the Ecole Pilote Internationale d’Art et de Recherches in Nice, France in 1992. After extensive travels in Asia and a fellowship from the Korea Foundation, she moved to the US in 1994 and completed an MA in Art History at the University of Denver in 2000. She was awarded a MasterMind Award in Visual Arts in 2009 and a residency at RedLine from 2008 to 2011. Viviane has exhibited in Europe and across the US, with recent venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the Boulder Museum of contemporary Art, Redline, and the Donegal Regional Cultural Art Center in Ireland. In addition to creating her own work, she has spent the last 16 years as an art instructor and curator at the University of Colorado and at Downtown Aurora Visual Arts. She co-founded Processus, a shared space for artists with Christopher R. Perez in 2014.

 

 

 

Photographing Sculpture

Find the best vantage points and opportunities to photograph this seasons Stories in Sculpture art exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens.

When photographing artwork we photographers are torn between faithfully rendering the work, or re-interpreting the work to our own creative ends. In this class we will try both approaches to see how our personal vision can visually redefine someone else’s original work of art. We will venture out into the gardens to capture images in the beautiful evening light.

 

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

Price: $44, $36 members

Special Instructions: This class will begin inside and then move out into the Gardens.

Sculpture Photography at First and Last Light

Photographing a sculpture is a compliment to the artist who created it. Capturing the essence of an artwork is difficult if it isn’t taken in the right light. Magical hours around sunrise and sunset offer that right light. Denver Botanic Gardens offers a unique opportunity to take advantage of these ideal times through photography expeditions. Meet before dawn in a short class session on how to use your camera settings to capture the light and to learn what makes a picture a picture. In the evening the short session occurs a couple of hours before sunset. Once each classroom session is over, you’ll step into the garden to take photographs the will stand out from the crowd.

Morning and evening expeditions are separate classes. Expeditions are timed to coincide with the full or nearly full moon rising and setting near dawn and dusk so it can be utilized as a backdrop and or as a complement to the photography.

Instructor: David Winger, a garden photographer with many published photographs to his credit.

Price: $44, $36 members

Special Instructions: It is recommended that participants bring a camera with adjustable settings and a tripod. These two items offer more flexibility when taking a variety of photographs. A hand-held point-and-shoot or cell phone photographer can also come away with excellent photographs when harnessing the light that will be available.

 

Stories in Sculpture: Selections from the Walker Art Center Collection

Explore 20th century sculptures from the Walker Art Center collection, including works by Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson and Isamu Noguchi, with a knowledgeable docent as your guide. Whether overtly figurative or more abstract, each sculpture has its own story to tell. Discover their stories, contemplate their symbolism and learn about the artists that created them. This is a one-hour tour led by experienced docents.

Stories in Sculpture: Selections from the Walker Art Center Collection is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

 

Price: $14, $9 student, $7 member

 

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.

The Back Story: Behind the Scenes of "Stories in Sculpture"

Hear from Denver Botanic Gardens’ director of exhibitions about the planning for and installation of the “Stories in Sculpture: Selections from the Walker Art Center Collection” exhibition, organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Learn how select decisions are made when placing sculpture in the gardens and the mechanics required to make it all happen.

 

Instructor: Lisa Eldred has been working in the arts for the past 20 years and holds an M.A. in art history (University of Cincinnati, OH) and a B.S. in arts administration (Butler University, IN). She has been with Denver Botanic Gardens since 2006, working to highlight the interdisciplinary natures of both art and science while creating opportunities for the public to have interaction with the arts in a unique garden setting. In this role she oversees outdoor and indoor exhibitions, both large budget and smaller initiatives, interpretation and evaluation, the School of Botanical Art & Illustration, and the Gardens’ docent program.

Price: $22, $18 members

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden: Past, Present & Future

Walker Art Center senior curator Siri Engberg will discuss the history and future plans for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the first public/private urban sculpture park of its kind that has served as a model for sculpture parks nationwide. First created through the vision of the Walker’s Director Emeritus Martin Friedman nearly 30 years ago as a partnership between the Walker and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Garden, anchored by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry, has welcomed more than nine million visitors since first opening in 1988, showcasing more than 40 works from the Walker’s internationally renowned collection ranging from figurative, abstract, and historically notable sculpture. As part of the institution’s 75th anniversary as a public art center, the Walker is embarking on a campus renovation and Garden reconstruction, to be completed in June, 2017 that will include five added acres of green space, a new entrance pavilion and restaurant, and the addition of 16 new artworks and commissions.

 

Bio:

Siri Engberg is Senior Curator in the Visual Arts department at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where she has worked as part of the curatorial team since 1990, serving as lead curator or coordinator for over 45 exhibitions. Her recent projects include Lifelike, a group exhibition examining notions of hyperreality in contemporary art; and the survey exhibitions From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America; Chuck Close: Self-Portraits 1967-2005; and Kiki Smith: A Gathering, all of which have toured the US. She is currently organizing exhibition projects with Keith Edmier, Lee Kit, and Chris Larson, as well as a major retrospective on the work of American conceptual artist Allen Ruppersberg, the artist’s first US survey exhibition in over 30 years. Engberg has authored numerous exhibition catalogues, as well as catalogues raisonnés on the prints and books of Edward Ruscha, and the prints of Robert Motherwell. She is currently part of the core planning team working toward the completion of the Walker’s outdoor campus in 2017, which includes a major renovation of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, artist commissions, and a newly-designed green space, visitor entrance, and art walk.

Price: $25, $20 members

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