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A Wild Gourmet Workshop: Foraging the Wild Edible

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

Become the ultimate locavore as we explore the tasty world of wild edibles. Discover how to locate, identify, harvest and prepare the wild plants growing all around you. Learn how to make tasty teas, artisan drink mixes, nutritious salads and gourmet additions for pastas, soups and side dishes. Plant foraging walk, cooking class and wild lunch with handout and recipes included.

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $58, $54 member, includes $25 materials fee

Special instructions: Class will be held outdoors with shade provided for cooking and dining; please dress appropriately.

Curator Conversations: Stories in Sculpture

Stroll through the Gardens with a curator to hear a behind-the-scenes perspective to uncover connections and narratives within the Stories in Sculpture: Selections from the Walker Art Center Collection exhibition. Enjoy this unique experience to view the exhibition with the insight of a curator. This one-hour tour deepens understanding of the sculptures, the artists and the development of the exhibit.

Stories in Sculpture: Selections from the Walker Art Center Collection is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.


Price: $17, $10 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.

Easy Drawing in the Gardens

Make drawing easier with a simpler, logical, structural approach. Learn basics of perspective, composition control, and methods to capture forms through simplification and reference points and lines. This approach is very sculptural in nature; you begin large and basic, finishing with details. Using this method will make drawing easier and more fun.


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.

Price: $44, $36 members

Photographing Sculpture

Find the best vantage points and opportunities to photograph this seasons Stories in Sculpture art exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens.

When photographing artwork we photographers are torn between faithfully rendering the work, or re-interpreting the work to our own creative ends. In this class we will try both approaches to see how our personal vision can visually redefine someone else’s original work of art. We will venture out into the gardens to capture images in the beautiful evening light.


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

Price: $44, $36 members

Special Instructions: This class will begin inside and then move out into the Gardens.

Screen Print Fabric Workshop

Bold lines, hand drawn type, whimsical illustrations or an image you bring to trace over are all the perfect ingredients for creating your own 1-color screen print stencil on fabric. Participants create their own images (we’ll bring some books for inspiration), expose a screen using the sun and while it’s drying see a short print demonstration. After some screen prep, print your image on the flat fabric items you bring. What to bring: Up to 5 fabric items; anything flat (without lots of texture, zippers, pockets): tshirts, tea towels, pillow cases, aprons, tote bags, etc. Natural fibers and cotton/poly blends work best. Because you will be printing the same 1-color on all the items, it’s best if items are all light or dark colors so you can choose an ink color that works on all.


Instructor: Nicky Alden is a graphic designer, screen printer and partner at Ink Lounge, the Denver screen print studio offering commercial printing services and screen print workshops for all ages, and often sharing the wisdom “if it’s flat and doesn’t move, you can print on it.”

Price: $58, $54 member

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