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Botanical Illustration

Denver Botanic Gardens' School of Botanical Art and Illustration program is designed to offer a comprehensive series of classes in botanical illustration, providing participants the drawing and painting skills required to render accurate and useful depictions of the plant world with a focus on detail. This program is for the dedicated illustrator, as well as the devoted amateur. It culminates in a portfolio and certificate for some students and offers an ongoing program of botanical illustration classes for others.

 

Attendance is required at the first class for all required courses. Please contact the program manager for the attendance policy on elective courses.

 

Please make sure that you have completed all the pre-requisites for this class by the time of the first session. Materials list for each course is attached to your registration confirmation.

 

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.

Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I

You’ve learned to layer colored pencil, now learn techniques to draw effectively in this medium. Apply your drawing skills and learn new methods specific to colored pencils. Techniques include layering, building and burnishing in color. This versatile, portable medium is perfect for sketching on location as well as producing studio pieces. Learn through instruction, demonstration and practice on small studies of botanical subjects. You’ll be ready to produce a finished plate in Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II.

 

Prerequisites: Light on Form, Color Layering for Colored Pencil.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Tue, Aug. 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

• Wed, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

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ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

Fee: $300 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, Dec. 1-2, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Note: All assignments are to be completed no later than January 15, 2018

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

 

 

Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II

Take your colored pencil skills to the next level and become proficient in this fun, versatile medium. Work through a step-by-step process to create a preparatory layered drawing. Learn techniques to create texture, detail and depth to enhance your subject. Experiment with different surfaces and solvents for blending and shading. Add depth with atmospheric perspective and learn finishing techniques that will make your drawings pop. Individual attention will guide you to create a finished botanical plate.

 

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Thu, Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

• Wed, Nov. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 9 a.m. - Noon

Instructor: Susan Rubin

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SOLD OUT

ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

Fee: $300 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, June 30 – July 1, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Note: All assignments are to be completed no later than July 30, 2017.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

 

 

Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink II

Take your pen and ink skills to a new level of sophistication. Explore the Gardens’ limitless world of color, texture and complex botany and incorporate this information into black-and-white illustrations. Working with both technical pen and traditional quill, learn advanced techniques to make strokes mimic the fuzz on a fern, the down in a milkweed pod or the mottled colors of a variegated begonia. Learn how to layer and manipulate lines and stipples to develop a full range of value, texture and atmospheric perspective. Pen techniques take on new meaning as you flesh out the final inked illustration of a plant of your choice.

 

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, Perfecting Perspective, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Tue, July 25, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker

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ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

Fee: $300 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, Nov. 3-4, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Note: All Assignments are to be completed no later than December 16, 2017

Instructor: Marjorie Leggit

 

Botanical Illustration in Pencil I

Learn to draw! Begin an overview of the specific elements of botanical illustration. Learn the skills of careful observation and realistic drawing in graphite pencil, including line drawing, shading and perspective. Step by step, added techniques help you render accurate perspective, texture and detail. This is the entry course for every program student and a prerequisite for all required courses to follow. You’ll emerge from this class with the tools you need to draw anything.

 

No prerequisites.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Fri-Sun, Aug. 11-13, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker

 

• Wed, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

 

• Fri-Sun, Oct. 20-22, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

• Wed, Nov. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

• Fri-Sun, Nov. 10-12, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

SOLD OUT DATES

• Fri-Sun, June 23-25, 9 a.m.   2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

• Tue, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

 

 

Botanical Illustration in Pencil II

Simple and classic, pencil drawing is a timeless art form. Expand on the drawing skills you learned in Botanical Illustration in Pencil I as you reinforce and refine your knowledge of graphite pencil. Learn additional techniques for shading, texture, perspective, depth and composition. A good drawing is the basis of botanical illustration in any medium. Group instruction and individual attention are tailored to help you complete a botanical plate in this subtle and striking medium.

 

Prerequisites: Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Wed, Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 9 a.m. - Noon

Instructor: Randy Raak

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ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

Fee: $300 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, Nov. 17-18, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Note: All assignments are to be completed no later than December 18, 2017

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker

 

 

Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I

Become part of the watercolor botanical tradition. Combine drawing skills and your knowledge of color mixing as you discover the delight of putting brush to paper to learn the specific techniques of transparent watercolor. Instruction, demonstration and practical exercises will guide you through a variety of watercolor techniques: flat and graded washes, highlights and drybrush detail. Learn to build washes for depth of tone and shading, and how to create soft and hard edges. With these foundational skills you’ll be ready to create a finished plate in Botanical Illustration in Watercolor II.

 

Prerequisites: Light on Form, Color Mixing.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Tue, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec. 5, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

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ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

Fee: $300 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sun, July 28-30, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Note: All assignments are to be completed no later than Aug. 31, 2017

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

 

 

Botanical Illustration in Watercolor II

Watercolor basics got you started; now develop your confidence as you work toward completing a finished plate from a live specimen in this most traditional of botanical media. The emphasis here is on bringing it all together. Learn and refine additional techniques through instruction, demonstration and practice, with special attention given to layering, shading and building form. Discover brush techniques and colors that enhance perspective and depth. Follow painting steps through completion, from broad washes to final detail. Learn how to fix mistakes and understand why watercolor is a forgiving medium.

 

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Mon, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 6-9 p.m.

 

• Mon, Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

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ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

Fee: $300 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, Oct. 27-28, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Note: All assignments are to be completed no later than November 30, 2017

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Café 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.

 

 

Contrast and Cones: Scratchboard for Fine Details

 

Pen and ink on scratchboard surface is one of the most adaptable and forgiving combinations of pigment medium and surface. All fear of using ink is gone! Discover the excitement of scratchboard, where contrasts in textures and values produce dramatic and luminous effects. Choose your favorite subject matter, either a conifer cone or another subject with plenty of details, and create a stunning composition. Learn the techniques to convey form, shading, textures and spatial perspective in your composition. Work toward completing one or several final illustrations.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member.

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, Perfecting Perspective.

 

• Thu, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

 

 

Dance of the Pen II: The Beautiful Hand of Spencerian Script

 

Spencerian script is a pen-written, vintage form of ornamental penmanship. Botanical prints from antiquity are graced with beautiful labels in the Spencerian hand. This extraordinary and legible lettering was popular in 19th- and early 20th-century America, and it became a major force for the instruction of handwriting in both public and private schools. Learn the Spencerian alphabet and write elegant letterforms with writing tools designed to aid penmen, calligraphers and writers of correspondence.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with drawing using quill and ink, Spencerian or copperplate lettering.

 

• Mon, Nov. 20, 27, Dec. 4, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

Diversity of Life: The Magic of Our Planet

 

Biodiversity is the life-support system for our planet, and native species’ richness is linked to the health of our ecosystems. During this class, you’ll focus on the different Colorado ecosystems and the diverse critical associations between plants and animals. Your class starts with a presentation from a professional representing one of the many conservation programs in Colorado for habitat or species management. You will then select your plant species from a provided list and research its connection to wildlife. During the second session, you will study your animal subject matter, whether it is a bird, butterfly, insect or a mammal, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Back in the classroom, you will concentrate on composition, accuracy and clarity. Individual instruction and step-by-step demonstrations will guide you through the technical process. Working in the medium of your choice, you will create an informative educational presentation focusing on your plant specimen and its intimate association to the animals in one of Colorado ecosystems.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member.

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I or Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I or Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I, Composition for Botanical Illustration.

 

• Tue, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Botanic Gardens), Nov. 21, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Museum of Nature and Science), Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Botanic Gardens)

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Drawing on Tradition: Joris Hoefnagel and your favorite things

In the 16th century, the known world expanded with exploration and knowledge, and Hoefnagel’s (1542-1601) illustrations represent the eclectic energy of this creative historic period. Examine the meticulous studies of flora and fauna and use of calligraphic elements. Learn to see and depict tiny details to create a delightful panel in miniature. Bring your own special treasures and combine them with seasonal plant elements like holly, evergreens, pinecones and more to create a composition in the enchanting style of Hoefnagel.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member.

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink II or Expressive Ink, Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I or Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

• Wed, Nov. 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Light on Form

Take your drawings from flat to fabulous. The secret to portraying light and shadow on your subjects lies in understanding the scientific method of lighting as it applies to different forms. Beginning with basic geometric shapes, refine your skills in showing light and volume on any subject. The class will work entirely in graphite pencil, but the principles apply to all other media. As you progress from fruits and vegetables to leaves and flowers to entire plants with complex shapes, you will overcome the obstacles in creating three-dimensional drawings.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

Fee: $245 member, $295

• Fri-Sun, Sept. 1-3, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

• Wed, Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

• Fri-Sun, Dec. 8-10, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

Open Studio

Open Studio is for anyone who wants to experience a creative and supportive environment without attending a structured workshop. You can work on your own projects during open hours, at your own pace. A tutor is available for help and advice (10 a.m. – noon) but there will be no formal teaching. The tutor will help you get started on a project or advise how to add the finishing touches. Attending the Open Studio is ideal for anyone who wants to advance his/her personal projects (or ideas) or needs to refresh his/her knowledge of any media.

 

No prerequisites.

Pre-registration is required.

Fee: $25/session member, $30/session non-member

• Mon, May 22, 9 a.m. – Noon

Tutor: Randy Raak

 

• Mon, June 12, 9 a.m. – Noon

Tutor: Charlotte Ricker

 

Summer/Fall Dates

• Mon, July 24, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Charlotte Ricker

 

• Mon, July 31, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Marjorie Leggit

 

• Mon, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Susan DiMarchi

 

• Mon, Aug. 21, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Renee Jorgensen

 

• Mon, Oct. 9, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Susan DiMarchi

 

• Mon, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Susan Rubin

 

• Mon, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: 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.

 

Pre-registration is required.

No prerequisites.

Open to both experienced and amateur students. No artistic experience is required from the beginning student.

Fee: $55/session member, $70/session non-member

• Mon, June 5, 9 a.m. – noon

 

• Mon, June 19, 9 a.m. – noon

 

• Mon, June 26, 9 a.m. - noon

 

• Mon, July 3, 9 a.m. - noon

 

Summer/Fall Dates

• Mon, Aug. 14, 9 a.m. - Noon

 

• Mon, Aug. 28, 9 a.m. - Noon

Note: Advanced students only, no beginners for this date.

 

• Mon, Sept. 11, 9 a.m. - Noon

 

• Mon, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. - Noon

Note: Advanced students only, no beginners for this date.

 

• Mon, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. - Noon

 

• Mon, Oct. 16, 9 a.m. - Noon

 

• Mon, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. - Noon

Note: Advanced students only, no beginners for this date.

 

• Mon, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. - Noon

Note: Advanced students only, no beginners for this date.

 

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.

 

 

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