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Color Layering for Colored Pencil

Colored pencil presents a special challenge: mixing color directly on your drawing! Learn to use a simple color-mixing method adapted to the application of colored pencils. Two-, three- and four-color mixing will get you to the gorgeous greens and luscious lilacs you’ve been missing. Learn to determine shadow colors for vibrant results. Practice color matching with a variety of plant material as you create your own extensive color workbook to speed color selection and application for all future colored pencil drawings.

No prerequisites.

Fee: $370 member, $420 non-member. Fee includes supplies (specified in supply list).

Date(s):

 

Fri-Sun, July 19-21, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

Fri-Sun, Sep. 6-8, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

Color Mixing

The first step to watercolor painting is mixing colors. Learn a system for combining colors consistently to eliminate frustrating trial and error. Exercises, demonstrations and discussion will show you how to achieve the broadest possible spectrum. Learn about paint properties and important information about choosing pigments. Practice mixing colors to match a variety of plant material. You’ll gain confidence and skills to improve your color work.

No prerequisites.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s): 

Tue, Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Composition for Botanical Illustration

The arrangement of line, shape and color in artwork is itself an art form. The difference between a pleasant picture and amazing artwork is often found in composition. This course begins with a study of recognized masters and contemporary illustrators. Learn how to use compositional elements and principles in your botanical illustration. Create your own thumbnail compositions and develop insight and expertise to enhance your future illustrations.

No prerequisites.

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s): Mon, Sep. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 14, 21, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Date(s): Fri-Sun, Oct. 25-27, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Cooking on the Wood Burning Stove

You don’t need a modern kitchen to cook delicious food. Join us for an afternoon of tea and working together to bake yummy, period-appropriate treats on the wood burning stove in the McClean Soddy at the Plains Conservation Center. Recipes and all supplies provided. This class is geared towards adults and children 10 years and older.

 

 

Price:  Member $20, Non-member $24

 

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

Creating Flower Essence

Flower essences are a subtle yet powerful and versatile form of homeopathic herbal remedy. Learn to create two flower essences outside while discovering their unique energetic and therapeutic potential. Create a floral syrup and explore applications like sprays, libations, elixirs, baths and more! This class has us diving into fall gardening practices including sowing cool season crops, crop rotation, herbal fertilizing and extending the growing season.  

 

Price: $94 public

Instructor: Amberle Suski

Amberle is a Colorado native who has been working as a holistic healthcare practitioner in the Denver community for over seven years. She is trained and certified in community herbalism, permaculture design, reflexology, reiki and wellness coaching. Amberle aims to connect with people in need of support to enable them to mindfully, skillfully and confidently care for themselves, others and their environment. She believes that people flourish as they take ownership of their health and quality of life through tapping into education, intuition, empowerment, community, nature, spirit and sharing the highs and lows of life. She can be found farming, gardening, telling people way more than they wanted to know about plants and playing with plants in an unending variety of inspired ways! Her herbal products, integrative healing sessions, educational offerings and therapeutic gardening guidance and services are uniquely tailored by employing a variety of strategies such as bodywork, traditional spiritual healing, gems and essences, nature exploration, in-depth interactive research, DIY formulations, permaculture, regenerative growing, and plant-based foods and medicines.

 

Curator Conversations – Human | Nature: Figures from the Craig Ponzio Sculpture Collection

Human | Nature: Figures from the Craig Ponzio Sculpture Collection presents sculptures that explore the human form in both classical and abstract styles, from the early 20th century to today. Featured artists hail from around the world and include Eric Fischl, Jacques Lipchitz, Sassona Norton, Beverly Pepper, Auguste Rodin and Manolo Valdés.

From sculpture to selfies to dance, the power of the human figure conveys and conjures a range of emotions. Human | Nature shares the expressive capacity of the human form against the backdrop of the Gardens’ diverse botanical environments.

Learn behind-the-scenes information about how this exhibition came to be with one of our curators.

 

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. These tours are not available for private parties.

Cutting Gardens

 

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

 

Join Chatfield Farms’ longtime cutting garden volunteer Peg Montagne, in the Farm’s special Flower Cutting Garden. Learn now what you’ll need to grow your own Cutting Garden next spring, including which varieties work best for long stem length, long-lasting bouquets, and regenerative qualities to keep your flowers producing all season long. Learn tips on planting methods, fertilizing and recognizing insect and disease problems. You’ll then cut your own bouquet to take home. Light garden-sourced snacks will be served afterward as a special treat. See you on the Farm!

 

Instructor: Peg Montagne

 

Price: $29, $24 member price

 

Special Instructions: Class will take place outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather and bring water and sunscreen.

If you have them, please bring a bucket and pruners for a hands on activity. Extras will be available to share.

 

Drawing on Tradition: In the Footsteps of Margaret Mee

Margaret Mee began her painting expeditions in the Amazon in the 1950s. Her beautiful botanicals are her legacy to rainforest education and conservation. Learn about her remarkable story and work as you direct your painting skills to bromeliads. Focus on leaves for composition, form, color, pattern and shine. Refine your skills at washes, as they will form the foundation for your finished botanical plate that follows in the footsteps of Margaret Mee.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s): Mon, Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 6-9 p.m.

 

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Drawing on Tradition: The Sketchbook of Isabel Adams

Botanical artist Harriet Isabel Adams (1863-1952), member of the Botanical Society of the British Isles, fellow of the Linnean Society and a graduate of the Birmingham School of Art, produced and published a full and expressive body of botanical art. Isabel’s drawings and illustrations were developed out of the Arts and Crafts movement, including distinctive lettering for labeling. Learn about the artist’s working style and practice her techniques. Plan to sketch throughout the Gardens and finish with a botanical plate drawn in graphite and enhanced with color.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor Pencil I.

 

Date(s): Wed, Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, 6-9 p.m.

 

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

Dyeing with Plants at Chatfield Farms

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

 

DBG Chatfield has a dye garden full of a variety of plants that give color to natural fibers. Spend the day learning about dye plants, how to use them for color and the proper procedures for natural dyeing. Each participant will spend time harvesting dye material from the garden and then learn to cook for color. Everyone will go home with fabric samples naturally dyed from the garden!

 

Price: $67, $62 members

Instructor: Cathy Jacobus

 

Special Instructions: Please bring a sack lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, and whatever else is needed to make you comfortable being outside. If you have these items, please bring garden gloves and shears and rubber gloves for dyeing. Please wear clothing appropriate for a hands-on gardening and dyeing class.

 

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.

 

 

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.

Evening Vinyasa Yoga at the Gardens

Looking for an amazing place to practice your yoga skills, how about the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens?

Vinyasa yoga weaves beautiful movement with challenging postures, and cultivates a sense of peace and calm by the end of each yoga class. Practicing vinyasa yoga on a daily basis can improve posture, flexibility, and endurance. Beyond the physical benefits, yoga helps to bring a sense of clarity to challenging situations in life, reminds us to stay present and focused in an ever-changing environment, and can help us find happiness and contentment in our surroundings.

The postures practiced in this challenging class will promote alignment, flexibility, focus, endurance and help detoxify the body.

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Please bring a mat, a towel and water. Walk-ins are welcome for members or non-members! Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted. This class will be located in the Morrison Center (north end of the Children's Garden).

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

 

Family Make and Take: Dia de Los Muertos Miniature Nicho Planters

Explore the cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos as you create a Día de los Muertos-themed miniature nicho planter decorated with traditional representations of the holiday. Nichos are small, hand-made three-dimensional display boxes used to display lovingly crafted scenarios and are often used as a remembrance to an important figure or loved one. Families are encouraged to bring photos of loved ones to include in their nicho. Materials provided are appropriate for children ages 5 and up. Preregistration is required.

 

Family Make and Take programs offer a space for children and their grownups to connect with natural materials and create together. These self-guided and self-paced programs are designed to provide a creative environment that sparks imagination. The Gardens provides the space and supplies. You and your family provide the ideas and creativity!

 

Price: $15 per project fee non-members; $12 per project fee members. Each project fee includes one nicho box, plant and access to a variety of natural and manmade materials to use for decoration.

Family Workshop: Chocolate Treats

Explore the chocolate tree and its celebrated history. Follow the journey of a cacao bean and discover how chocolate is made. Join us and create a box of delicious chocolate treats to take home. This workshop is designed for families with children ages 5-10.

 

Workshops offer families a hands-on guided opportunity to learn about the science and enchantment behind the plants in our everyday lives. Workshops include a guided garden exploration and hands on projects for grownups and children to create together while exploring the natural world.

 

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited.

Family Workshop: Munch Munch, Crunch Crunch Tasty Veggie Snacks

Explore the plants growing in the Home Harvest Garden and discover how to make tasty and fun back to school snacks. Make savory dips, create vegetable sculptures, and decorate a reusable lunch sack to take home with you.

Workshops offer families a hands-on opportunity to learn about the science and enchantment behind the plants in our everyday lives, create tasty treats from scratch and explore the natural world. Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-10.

All adults attending the workshop must register for the program. Non-participating siblings do not participate in the activities.

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child

Family Workshop: Pollination Exploration!

What do bees, beetles, bats and birds have in common? They all help our plants grow! Join us as we observe pollinators and learn about the process of pollination. Create a pollinator habitat to take home with you.

Workshops offer families a hands-on opportunity to learn about the science and enchantment behind the plants in our everyday lives, create tasty treats from scratch and explore the natural world. Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-10.

All adults attending the workshop must register for the program. Non-participating siblings do not participate in the activities.

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child

Family Workshop: Weaving Works of Wonder

Gather the family and discover the wonders of weaving as you explore Chatfield Farms' feature art installation by Patrick Dougherty. Take a guided walk in and around Dougherty's larger-than-life site-specific installation. Complete your experience by weaving natural materials to create small-scale outdoor ornaments for your family. Preregistration is required and class size is limited.

 

Workshops offer families a hands-on opportunity to learn about the science and enchantment behind the plants in our everyday lives, create tasty treats from scratch and explore the natural world. Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-10.

 

Special Instructions: This program takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms located at 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128.

 

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child

All adults attending the workshop must register for the program. Non-participating siblings do not participate in the activities.

 

Photo Credit: Ready or Not (2013) North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, NC. Photo: Juan Villa

Feeding Communities, An Introduction to Urban Farming

The Feeding Communities course provides an overview of all the skills necessary to plan and manage an urban agriculture project ranging in size from a backyard garden to a multi-acre city lot. Included in this course are lessons on design, soil prep, tool usage, seed starting, pest and diseases, harvesting, and next steps. All lessons are taught by professionals in the urban agriculture field.

Instructor: Brien Darby has worked for the Denver Botanic Gardens for over five years both in the greenhouses and as the urban agriculture specialist. She is passionate about vegetable growing, composting, and sustainability. In addition to serving on the board of directors for the American Community Gardening Association, Brien serves locally on the Colorado Food Guild and the Denver Local Food Shift committee. Before working for the Botanic Gardens, Brien worked as the farm manager for 63rd Street Farms in Boulder, CO and attended college at Naropa University, also in Boulder, CO.

Price: $95, $85 members

Special Instructions: 1.5 semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $85.

 

 

 

Foliage: Diverse in Shape, Texture and Color

Focus on foliage! The greens of summer are just as beautiful as the blooms. Start with a study of nuanced shades of green and other leaf colors, and then add techniques and tricks for rendering margins, surface texture and venation. Tackle the tough ones, including variegated, highly textured and translucent leaves. Create a composite study to use as your own leaf-drawing guide. Your improved skills at depicting leaf form and color will improve all your future illustrations.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I.

 

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s): Tue, July 16, 23, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 9 a.m. – noon

 

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

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