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Papel Picado

This is a festive workshop exploring renderings of botanical and fantastic imagery. Each participant will create elaborately cut paper designs for art and fiestas. During this three-day workshop of serious fun, you will discover the incredible variety of applications of this art form, from fine arts to public art commissions. During the class, we will conceive and produce unique storytelling images. Techniques will be demonstrated on how to produce stenciled editions, pop-ups, dimensional work or short stop-motion animation. Cutting different papers and experimenting with scale, we will keep an open mind about using new materials and exploring new territories. Tips, tricks and resources will be provided. No experience necessary. Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member. No prerequisites, however some paper-cutting experience is beneficial.


• Fri-Sun, Oct. 14-16, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Béatrice Coron, N.Y., NY


Born in France, Béatrice Coron lived in Egypt, Mexico and China before moving to New York. Coron tells stories in illustrations, book arts, fine arts and public art. She adapts her paper-cut designs to metal, stone and glass. You can see her work in major collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center, and she shared about her creative process in a TED Talk.



Perfecting Perspective

Do you shy away from complicated plants? Even experienced illustrators sometimes struggle with foreshortening and simplify their subjects to eliminate difficult elements. Work with botanical subjects that demonstrate each aspect of .perspective and learn techniques for seeing and depicting perspective accurately. The class will work entirely in graphite pencil, but the principles apply to all art media. Gain confidence in your drafting skills and improve all of your drawings from this class forward. Fee: $240 member, $290 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.


• Tue, April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


• Fri-Sun, June 3-5, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

• Wed, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt



Photo Critique

Let's take a close look at your images!


In this class Denver Botanic Gardens photographer Scott Dressel-Martin will offer a detailed critique of up to five images from each student. We begin with an overview of the critique process and the importance of critiquing your own work to refine your creative and technical vision. We will follow this with an extensive critique where class participation is greatly encouraged! Bring up to five images as jpg files on a disk to participate.


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

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

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


Photographing Blossoms of Light

Enjoy special early evening access to the Blossoms of Light event and learn how to capture stunning images of holiday displays.

The skills we will learn also translate wonderfully to making great images of lighted landmarks and architecture.


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

Price: $47, $42 members

Special Instructions: This is a Shooting Class! Bring your Tripod and Gear and Dress Warm!

Photography on the Move

This class leaves the tripod behind and explores the world of active, fast paced photography for hikers, travelers and anyone that liked to catch the world on the move!


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

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $34, $29 members

Special Instructions: Lecture style class with review of images and discussion. Bring any camera you usually use.

Putting Your Rose Garden to Bed

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Just about everyone grows a rose bush or two.Congress designated the rose as America s national floral emblem in 1986.The popularity of growing roses began thousands of years ago and continues today.The rose growing series offered by American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians and experts from the Denver Rose Society will cover how to grow healthy, easy care beautiful roses for years to come. The series covers secrets to successful rose growing, no pain pruning, versatile shrub roses, fragrant roses, and winter care. Choose one class or take them all and come away with confident rose growing skills and greater appreciation for the  Queen of Flowers. 

Preparing your roses for winter is the key to growing those fabulous flowers in the spring. Learn why fall and winter care keeps your roses healthy from year to year and how to prepare new rose beds for spring planting. Get tips on early transplanting or rearranging the rose bed. A recommended list of roses that do well along the Front Range and higher altitudes will be included to take home.


Instructor: Peggy Williams

Price: $32, $27 members

Ravishing Reds

Need more orange in the sunlight, violet in the shadows, pink at the edge? Capturing the “right” red is an interesting challenge for the illustrator. Build on your watercolor skills as you learn to mix the red hues you need and effectively apply color to create value and form. Examples of artworks representing successful use of red tones, instructor demonstrations and practical exercises with a variety of red botanical material will prepare you to complete a finished plate of a red-blossomed specimen. Fee: $240 member, $290 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I, Light on Form.

• Thu, Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas


Sacred Doorways – Byzantine Iconography

More than decorative elements, color plays a very important role in Byzantine iconography, which is one of the oldest art forms to survive unchanged for the past 2,000 years. Students are introduced to both the practical and the theoretical part of the iconographic tradition (iconology). You’ll use natural materials: wood panels gessoed with naturally ground, genuine gold leaf and egg tempera made from natural pigments. You’ll learn the language of light, color, image and symbol, with the iconic symbolism explained alongside the technical instruction. Fee: $50/session member, $65/session non-member. Pre-registration required. Open to both experienced and amateur students. No artistic experience is required from the beginning student.


Mon, Aug. 1, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, Aug. 15, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, Sep. 12, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Laurence Pierson


Laurence Pierson has over 20 years of experience in icon painting. She studied iconography at the Louvre, Paris, under a Lebanese master. Later, she studied with a Greek and a Chilean iconographer, and thus was exposed to different schools and different techniques while refining her own approach. Laurence has taught in France and Ireland, and since 2010, in Denver.



Scout Exploration Day - A Day on the Prairie

Join us at the Plains Conservations Center for this unique one of a kind experience. Step back in time and discover what it was like in the 1800s for the Cheyenne Indians and newly settled homesteaders as you experience life on the plains. Learn to build a tipi, discover the importance of bison and explore what it was like to complete daily chores without electricity.

This program is appropriate for both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and takes program takes place at the Plains Conservation Center 21901 E. Hampden Ave. Aurora, CO 80013.

• $12 per scout

• One adult chaperone (troop leader or parent) for every five scouts is admitted free of charge. Additional adults and non participating siblings pay $7.

Denver Botanic Gardens does not supply activity badges or patches.

Seasonal Discoveries Tour

No matter the time of year, botanical treasures await your discovery with these guided tours of gardens at their seasonal peaks. Experience the Gardens’ landscape at its best, whether through the colorful bounty of summer, the crackling beauty of fall or the marvelous contrasts of winter.


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.


Secret Belgian Binding

The origin of Secret Belgian binding is debatable. It could be a contemporary structure from Canada, the United States, Italy or the Netherlands. Or it could have originated in a Belgian monastery sometime between the 14th and 16th centuries. This workshop will explore the Secret Belgian structure and ways to modify it. You will put together two variations of this non-adhesive structure, which is simple and can be quickly constructed. This binding opens flat and is perfect for thinner text blocks. Fee: $150 member, $200 non-member. No prerequisites.


• Sun, Sep. 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski


Seedlings: Acorns to Oaks

Discover the mighty acorn and meet its beautiful tree.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, October 11, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, October 13, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, October 12, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Apples and Cinnamon

Discover an apple's favorite spices as we make some fun treats from the fabulous spices in our lives.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, September 20, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, September 22, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, September 21, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Berry Bonanza

Discover how berries have a tasty way of putting color into the world.

• Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, August 30, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, September 1, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Monday, August 29, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, August 31, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Chocolate Treats

Do chocolate bars grow on trees? We'll find out as we taste chocolate and make a special chocolate treat.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, December 6, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, December 8, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, December 7, 9:30 or 11 a.m.


Seedlings: Curious Corn

Take an up close look at an ear of corn and discover its many unusual uses.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, September 13, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, September 15, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, September 14, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Fall 2016 Series Package

Register for all 15 classes offered September thru December, and receive a $30 savings over the individual price.

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children, ages 18 months to six years, to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants and their importance. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks, and stories for children and their caregivers.

You will need to choose a date and time for each of the 15 classes. Please keep in mind that classes are offered for three different age groups and are modified to fit the developmental needs of each group. Please select the session appropriate for your child's age.

No refunds or partial registrations.


Seedlings: Flowers for the Fall

Discover how to add some hearty colors to your fall festivities with pansies and chrysanthemums.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, September 6, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, September 8, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, September 7, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Garden Hibernation

Help Mordecai Children’s Garden get ready for winter as you discover what plants and animals do when it gets cold.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, November 8, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, November 10, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, November 9, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Glorious Grasses

Explore the many different colors, textures and sizes of Colorado grasses.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, September 27, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, September 29, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, September 28, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

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