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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.

Bind Your Own Sketchbook

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

Teen Workshop

Learn a simple, elegant and functional retchoso binding and create your own archival art journal in one day.

 

Fee: $95 member, $130 non member.

 

Sat, July 8, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

 

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

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: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Light on Form, Color Layering for Colored Pencil.

 

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

 

• Tue, Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

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

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

 

Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

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. Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective.

 

• Wed, Feb. 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

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.

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

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

 

 

Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

Pen and ink is at the heart of botanical illustration. Expand your drawing repertoire as you learn techniques to create line, form and texture in black and white. “Expressive line” and “stipple” become part of your artistic vocabulary as you practice this traditional medium with modern and versatile technical pens. Step-by-step instruction, demonstration and practice will give you the foundation you need to draw any botanical subject accurately and skillfully. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I; Perfecting Perspective strongly recommended.

 

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

 

• Wed, March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

• Thu, June 8, 15, 22, July 6, 13, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker

 

 

Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink II

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

 

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 Pencil I, Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, Perfecting Perspective, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator.

 

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

 

• Tue, Feb. 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Botanical Illustration in Pencil I

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

Learn to draw! Begin with a brief history and 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. Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. No prerequisites.

 

 

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

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

 

  Thu, Feb. 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 9 a.m.   noon

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker

 

  Fri-Sun, April 7-9, 9 a.m.   2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

  Mon, May 1, 8, 15, 22, June 5, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

  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. Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective.

 

ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, Dec. 9-10, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

All assignments are to be completed no later than Jan. 27, 2017.

Instructor: Randy Raak

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

 

• Tue, March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

• Thu, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker

 

 

Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

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: Botanical Illustration in Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Color Mixing. Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Color Mixing.

 

• Mon, March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

 

 

 

Botanical Illustration in Watercolor II

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

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. Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Color Mixing, Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Light on Form.

• Mon, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Botany for the Botanical Illustrator

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

What is the difference between a carpel and a pistil? Where can I find the stamen? The science of the subjects you draw determines what you see! Put away your pencils for this enlightening lab class designed specifically for students of botanical illustration. Take a close look at plant anatomy and learn to recognize botanical details that will make your drawings more accurate and realistic. Learn plant morphology through detailed instruction and supporting visuals. All of your botanical art will improve when you understand the subjects. Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. No prerequisites.

 

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

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

 

• Wed, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

 

 

Bugs and Pollinators

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

Dead parts, buried parts, dull parts, backs and bottoms—take a second look at the unexpected. This class will challenge the illustrator to find beauty in the most ordinary subjects through exploration of composition, scale and view. As an introduction, you’ll learn about insects from a museum expert during a visit to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. In the classroom, you might prefer using the microscope to see the fine details in your selection of insect. Focus on smooth, continuous tone, range of values and precise details as you pay close attention to composition, scale and view. This class is especially recommended for students who are registered for Explore the Pollinator’s Journey class. Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Light on Form, Botanical Illustration in Pen and ink I or Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I or Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

• Thu, April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

 

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.

 

 

Color Layering for Colored Pencil

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

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. Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. No prerequisites.

• Fri-Sun, Dec. 2-4, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

  Fri-Sun, Jan. 27-29, 9 a.m.   2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

  Fri-Sun, March 3-5, 9 a.m.   2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

  Fri-Sun, June 16-18, 9 a.m.   2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

 

Color Mixing

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

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 all of your color work. Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. No prerequisites.

  

• Thu, March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

Fee: $300 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, June 9-10, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

All assignments are to be completed no later than July 15, 2017.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

 

 

Colored Pencil Textures on Mylar

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

Beauty is in the details. Fuzzy, thorny, rough and smooth: It’s all form on a small scale. Learn to see textures in a new way that allows you to recreate them realistically using a variety of colored pencil techniques specific to Mylar film. Mylar’s texture and translucence allow for a whole new way to work. We’ll explore pencil application and layering techniques using the back of the surface to enhance the front. Through guided exercise and practice, you will become comfortable with this forgiving surface and assemble a collection of texture technique studies to expand your colored pencil toolbox. Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II.

• Tue, Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

Composition for Botanical Illustration

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

The arrangement of line, shape and color in artwork is an art form in itself. 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 all of your future illustrations. Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. No prerequisites.

• Wed, Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 8, 15, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

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

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

 

 

Container-in-a-Bag: Labels for the Gardens’ Spring Plant Sale

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

The annual Spring Plant Sale at Denver Botanic Gardens is a much-anticipated event for Denver-area gardeners. A popular new tradition is the Container-in-a-Bag plant groupings based on the color palettes of famous artworks. This year, the labels/inserts for these artistic collections could feature your work! Compose and draw small compositions to show gardeners what to expect. You’ll learn how to work to specs, including following templates, adhering to style and color requirements, and meeting deadlines. See how to simplify and stylize plant selections for clarity and unity using pen and ink with pops of color. If you’ve considered dipping your toe into the commercial side of botanical illustration, here’s your opportunity! Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil II, Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I.

• Tue, Feb 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

• Tue, March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 1-5 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Demystifying Linear Perspective

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

Do you avoid including architecture, furniture or other man-made objects in your drawings because it never looks quite right? Perhaps you have scenes in your head that you would like to share with the world, but you can’t seem to translate your ideas onto paper. Never fear! Understanding linear perspective will expand your perception of the world and allow you to approach any subject with confidence. We will use a systematic approach to learning basic perspective techniques that will help you develop methods for selecting and analyzing your subject and allow you to check your drawings for accuracy. You will also learn to integrate architectural elements into your field sketches with accuracy and create believable scenes from your imagination. In the classroom, we will construct a pastoral scene using rules of linear perspective and reference imagery to bring your drawing to life. Then we will take these skills out into the Gardens to engage in field sketching that includes architectural elements. Get ready to expand your perspective! Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Light on Form.

• Fri-Sun, Mar 31, April 1-2, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker

 

 

 

Drawing on Tradition: Basic Illumination – The Decorated Alphabet

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

The earliest confirmed examples of illuminated manuscripts in existence today originated more than 2,000 years ago. While some of the oldest were made of papyrus, calf, goat or sheep parchment was used for writing and illumination. Throughout history, the floral decorative elements along margins, around capital letters or in images have been an important part of the narrative. Explore the symbolism and traditional components of these ancient design forms. Learn to mix the traditional manuscript colors and practice the application of a variety of gold media. Through step-by-step instruction, you will design a personal one-of-a-kind illumination with floral elements in the traditional style. Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

• Thu, Jan. 12, 19, 26, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

Drawing on Tradition: Color Palettes of the Modern Masters

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

Van Gogh’s bold yellows, blue-violets and greens; Matisse’s crisp primaries and secondaries; Picasso’s moody blues. We are swept away by the color choices of the great painters. There’s a method to that magic, and you will learn the tricks. Begin with information about why and how color is at the core of successful paintings. Choose a favorite masterwork and borrow the color scheme to build your own palette. Learn how to develop a three-dimensional color wheel based on the fascinating Munsell Color System. With demonstrations, exercises and individual guidance, construct a strong composition and use your personalized palette as you work in watercolor to create a harmonious plant portrait infused with artistic expression. Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. Prerequisites: Composition for Botanical Illustration, Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

• Thu, March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

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