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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.

 

Basic Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom

Have you used Adobe Lightroom for simple edits but want to learn more about what is possible for your images? Learn the basics of photo editing using this popular and versatile photography program. In this course, you will learn how to use the basic develop submodule, how to create a develop present and get a functional introduction to the tone curve, HSL, split toning and lens correction submodules.

Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with review of images, discussion and Q&A session.

 

Price: $41, $36 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a wedding and portrait photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a writer for PhotographyLife.com, a top-ranked photography blog, and co-creator of an educational video series about photography.

Special Instructions: Students must bring a laptop with Adobe Lightroom (Version 5 or higher) installed. Students can bring their own images, but will be provided with images to edit. Make sure there is an available USB port on your laptop to download images.

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.

 

 

Enjoying Nature with Fountain Pens

Using fountain pens is a wonderfully different and relaxing way to write and draw, especially when combined with nature! This course will teach you the basics of using and maintaining a fountain pen. You will also have an opportunity to sample various types of pens, paper and ink to help you decide which you prefer. You’ll even receive a fountain pen and notebook that are yours to keep! Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with a hands-on portion that allows students to try out different fountain pens, inks and papers.

 

Price: $49, $45 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a professional photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a long-time collector of fountain pens and is the creator of FountainPenLove.com, a site dedicated to people who love using, collecting and learning about fountain pens.

Ink & Stem - Succulent Wreath

Learn how to design and plant your own living succulent wreath using gorgeous fresh succulents. Succulents are wonderful water-wise plants, and the diversity of shapes and textures will set your imagination on fire! We will discuss succulent care, propagation techniques, varieties of succulents and principles of design. We will also take time to awaken our creative soul with playful and reflective writing activities and wordplay. This mini-retreat will help you push pause on your inner critic and savor a day of beauty, nature and rest. Attendees will experience the calming, restorative benefits of succulent design and take home their own living succulent wreath, just in time for the holidays.

Participants will experience the calming, restorative benefits of succulent design and take home their own living succulent wreath, just in time for the holidays.

 

Price: $69, $64 member

Instructor: Christine Bayles Kortsch, Ph.D. is a homebody with a gypsy soul. She is the writer and photographer behind a forthcoming terrarium book with Roost Books (fall 2019) and the author of  Dress Culture in Late Victorian Womens Fiction.  You may have read her essay on backyard chickens in 5280 Magazine or seen her succulent designs in The Denver Post! Christine teaches literature and writing at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Her Ink & Stem workshops have been named one of the  top 38 cool classes for adults  by 5280 Magazine. Christine is a gentle and enthusiastic teacher with a deep passion for inspiring people to fight for beauty in their everyday lives.

 

Special Instructions:

Students, please bring: journal and pen, gloves & smock (if desired), any special dried flowers, grasses, or seedpods you want to include in your design, any rooted succulent plants or cuttings you want to include in your design (these are great as focal points).

 

Instructor will provide: wreath frame, succulent cuttings, and all planting materials/tools.

 

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

 

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.

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 member

 

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.

 

Jurassic World: Build Your Own Dinosaur Terrarium

Terrariums and miniature succulent gardens are all the rage these days. You can find them in specialty garden centers and local boutiques. But have you found one with a dinosaur in it?

In this workshop, participants will create a miniature habitat for the famous Stegosaurus. The first Stegosaurus fossil was found right here in Colorado, near Morrison! These Late Jurassic giants roamed across dry scrubland. They battled their dreaded enemy, the Allosaurus, near wooded riverbeds softened with mosses, ferns, horsetails and cycads. In this class, design a whimsical, modern terrarium using plants that resemble those that lived during the time of the Stegosaurus. Learn about Late Jurassic dinosaurs and paleobotany, as well as plant and terrarium care.

 

This workshop is for playful adults, or for a parent and child planting one terrarium together. In our fast-paced world, it can be hard to take time to create, especially with a child you love. This workshop offers a fun opportunity to sit side by side and build a one-of-a-kind miniature world for your dinosaur. Not only does this workshop give you a chance to design a beautiful terrarium, it also promises hours of imaginative play to come! Come get a sneak preview of the awesome terrarium projects in Christine's forthcoming dinosaur terrarium book!

 

Price: $69, $64 member

Instructor: Christine Bayles Kortsch, Ph.D. is a homebody with a gypsy soul. She is the writer and photographer behind a forthcoming terrarium book with Roost Books (fall 2019) and the author of  Dress Culture in Late Victorian Womens Fiction.  You may have read her essay on backyard chickens in 5280 Magazine or seen her succulent designs in The Denver Post! Christine teaches literature and writing at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Her Ink & Stem workshops have been named one of the  top 38 cool classes for adults  by 5280 Magazine. Christine is a gentle and enthusiastic teacher with a deep passion for inspiring people to fight for beauty in their everyday lives.

Special Instructions:

Students, please bring: any other Jurassic dinosaurs of your choice, journal and pen, gloves & smock (if desired), any small objects you want to include in your design (shells, beads, figurines, rocks, sticks, etc.).

Instructor will provide: glass container, terrarium plants, dinosaur, and all planting materials/tools.

 

Knit to Find your Zen: Knitting for Beginners

 

After a hectic day your mind needs to unwind. You grab your knitting needles and yarn and head to your favorite spot. As you start to knit, your shoulders relax, your breathing becomes deeper and your mind starts to think only about the yarn and what you are creating. You have found your Zen!

 

If you are a beginning knitter or if you learned a long time ago and need a refresher, then this is the class for you. Learn how to knit and purl with confidence, read a pattern and understand how to care for your handmade item. Depending on your skill level there will be two scarf patterns from which to choose.

 

Price: $52, $44 member

Instructor: Shilo Wilkinson has been passionate about fiber arts since 1991 when she learned to hand spin yarn.A few years later, her mother taught her how to knit her ever-growing amount of yarn. Shilo teaches both knitting and spinning. Fiber arts connect everyone throughout time and different geographies. No matter where you go, there is a fiber tradition that connects us. Shilo loves bringing the tradition of spinning, knitting, art and science together to create wonderful handmade items.

Special Instructions: Knitting needles and yarn will be included with the class. Feel free to bring your own needles and yarn if you have them.

 

 

 

Photography On The Move

 

It’s time to get ready for your winter and spring travel by polishing up your photo skills! Hitting the road this winter and upcoming spring? Hate your tripod? Love to be on the move? This class leaves the tripod behind and explores the world of active, fast paced photography for travelers, hikers, and anyone that likes to catch the world in a flash and still come home with great images!

Open to all skill levels

 

Price: $47, $42 members

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

Special Instructions: Students should bring their cameras but no other gear

 

 

Portrait Photography Basics

 

Whether you simply want to take better photos of your family or start to build a portrait portfolio for your business, this is the class for you. Come and learn the basics of taking great portraits. Beginning with camera settings, lenses, and basic lighting setups, you will start to build a foundation for many styles of portrait photography. The topics of posing and directing your subjects will also be covered.

 

Price: $55, $48 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. Jeanette³ 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 studentsM increased confidence as photographers.

 

Special Instructions: This class is a combination of lecture and hands-on. Please bring a camera with manual capabilities if you’d like to shoot along.

 

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