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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.

 

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.

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.

Member $36, Non-member $44

 

Foraging the Wild Edible: Wild Gourmet Workshop

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, signature cocktails, nutritious salads and gourmet additions for pastas, soups and side dishes. Plant foraging walk, cooking class and wild lunch with handout and recipes included.

 

*Class will be held outdoors with shade provided for cooking and dining, please dress appropriately.

 

Member, $38, Non-member $42

 

Garden-Ink: Screenprint Poster Workshop

Taking inspiration from the bold visuals and large typography of traditional victory garden and gig/music posters, you will design and screenprint 5, 2-color large prints of your own. The first session will be an overview of the screenprint process, pulling a test print and discussing what elements make a successful poster; then you’ll dig in creating your distinct motivational graphics. The second session is all about getting inky; aligning and printing each color to bring your final 2-color large print to life.

Nicky Alden is a graphic designer, screenprinter and partner at Ink Lounge, the Denver screenprint studio offering commercial printing services and screenprint workshops for all ages, and often sharing the wisdom “if it’s flat and doesn’t move, you can print on it.”

Member $62, Non-member $66

 

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.

 

$36 member, $44 non-member

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

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

Screenprint Fabric Workshop

Bold lines, hand drawn type, whimsical illustrations or an image you bring to trace over – are all the perfect ingredients for creating your own 1-color screenprint stencil on fabric. You’ll create your image (we’ll bring some books for inspiration), expose a screen using the sun and while it’s drying see a short print demonstration. After some screen prep, you’re ready to print your image on the flat fabric items you bring. What to bring: Up to 5 fabric items; anything flat (without lots of texture, zippers, pockets): tshirts, tea towels, pillow cases, aprons, tote bags, etc. Natural fibers and cotton/poly blends work best. Because you will be printing the same 1-color on all the items, it’s best if items are all light or dark colors so you can choose an ink color that works on all.

 

Nicky Alden is a graphic designer, screenprinter and partner at Ink Lounge, the Denver screenprint studio offering commercial printing services and screenprint workshops for all ages, and often sharing the wisdom “if it’s flat and doesn’t move, you can print on it.”

 

$58, $54 member

 

Sculpture Photography at First and Last Light

Photographing a statue is a complement to the artist who created it. However, it is only a pictorial record if it isn’t taken in the right light. That right light comes at sunrise and a couple hours thereafter. It also comes in the late evening before sunset. Denver Botanic Gardens is offering a unique opportunity to take advantage of these ideal times in the form of photography expeditions. We’ll 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 we’ll do the same, but meet for the short session a couple of hours before sunset. Once the session is over, we’ll step into the garden to make statuary photographs the will stand out from the crowd.

  

Morning and evening expeditions are separate classes. Each is led by David Winger, a garden photographer with many published photographs to his credit.

 

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 statuary photography.

 

It is recommended that participants bring a camera with adjustable settings and a tripod. These two items give more flexibility. Although a hand-held point-and-shoot or cell phone photographer can come away with excellent photographs considering the light that will be available.

 

Member $36, Non-member $44

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.

 

Bio: 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.

 

Member $18, Non-member $22

 

The Minneapolois 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.

 

Member $20, Non-member $25

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