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Cafe 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.

 

 

Cherokee Fall Nature Tour - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away.One thing is for sure, you will never be bored outside at Cherokee! This adventure is a walking tour, allowing time to observe and learn about the plants and birds found in this environment.

This year we are starting much earlier for better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

 

In Fall the Sumac and plums are turning color in the gullies, and the oaks are showing some burnished bronze. Fall is a fabulous season on Cherokee Ranch: Senecio, Aster and Goldenrod are everywhere. Blazing star paints purple spikes in the tousled mats of buffalo grass. The Spotted Towhee bird can be overlooked in the spring and summer, is more visible now since many of the spring and summer residents have started their fall migration. Two species of Jays – Scrub and Steller’s can now get the attention they deserve. They can be “missed” in spring and summer as we look at the other species.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

Price: $25, $20 member

Special Instructions: Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure. Plants don't really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants.

Children over10 years of age are permitted in this program.

Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike.

Hike location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

Cherokee Late Summer Nature Tour - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. One thing is for sure, you will never be bored outside at Cherokee! This adventure is a walking tour, allowing time to observe and learn about the plants and birds found in this environment.

Late summer is an excellent time to observe the bounty of both flora and fauna rolling through the hills of Cherokee Ranch: Aster and Goldenrod are everywhere. Blazing star paints purple spikes in the tousled mats of buffalo grass. Mid- summer bird activity continues at Cherokee as well. It is possible to see three species of hummingbirds as they stop to feed to store up energy on their way to Central America for the winter. The Mountain and Western Bluebirds have finished nesting and the young (juveniles) are seen throughout the Ranch property. There is no better place to soak up the sun than on a late summer plant hike and bird watching adventure at Cherokee Ranch.

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Special Instructions: Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure. Plants don't really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants.

Children over10 years of age are permitted in this program.

Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike.

Tour location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

Cherokee Winter Nature Tour - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away.

 

Whoever says winter is the “dormant” season? Wise naturalists know that nature does not sleep, you can now SEE those birds flitting in the bare branches. Buds are set on everything, and there is much more than just bark, branches and berries to liven a walk. You can see two species of Chickadees and Nuthatches that never stop in their search for food and there are a few last lingering hints of flowers. You will be surprised at how many evergreens there really are; not just pines and junipers and Oregon Grape, but many of our native shrubs and forbs keep living foliage and rosettes through the winter: they are still hard at work chlorophyll pumping! You might also be surprised to know that some Dark-eyed Juncos fly all the way from the Pacific Northwest and even Canada to winter at Cherokee. Other winter species include Flicker, Woodpeckers and a resident Red-tailed Hawk. What better time and place than Cherokee Ranch in the bright, winter light. One thing is for sure, you will never be bored outside at Cherokee! This adventure is a walking tour, allowing time to observe and learn about the plants and birds found in this environment.

Price: $25, $20 member

* Plants don’t really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors –i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants.

* Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure.

Children over10 years of age are permitted in this program.

Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike.

Tour location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, radiant reds 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 the supply list).

Date(s):

Fri-Sun, Jan. 24-26, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Fri-Sun, July 24-26, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Fri-Sun,Sep. 25-27, 9 a.m.  2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

 

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, Feb. 18, 25, March 3, 17, 24, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

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

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Composing Digitally

When someone asks you to send a JPEG image at 300 DPI, do you think, “WHAT?” Unravel the lingo and learn the basics of versatile and necessary Photoshop or GIMP software. Start at the very beginning and learn to navigate the toolbars, size artwork and files, adjust color, crop and more! Use simple skills to manipulate photo references. Learn the process for producing a digital file to meet specifications for exhibit entries. Bring your computer; if you do not have Adobe Creative Cloud, you can use the freely distributed GIMP program and leave with the confidence to handle images on your own.

No prerequisites

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

Date(s):

Fri-Sun, June 26-28, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

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: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Mon, Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 10, 17, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

Fri-Sun, Aug. 7-9, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

 

 

Conifer Cones, Textures and Tones in Carbon Dust

Push your drawing skills into a new realm. Carbon dust has been a mainstay medium for medical and scientific illustrators for more than 75 years. Using a combination of pencil lines and dust washes applied with brushes, this medium produces rich tonal renderings with the value range of charcoal and the precision of watercolor. You’ll be introduced to the various tools associated with carbon dust, including carbon pencils, brushes, blenders and fixative. Choose a subject well-suited to the technique and learn to use methodical layering to create a flawless continuous tone. Complete the finer details with pencil for a finished carbon-dust rendering.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil II.

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

Date(s):

Tue, Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Contain Those Perennials; But Not Yourself! - ONLINE

Rethink those container gardens! Yes, perennials can be used successfully in containers and provide long lasting color. Learn how to utilize them and which varieties are best suited for container gardening.

 

This session will be held online in a Zoom meeting. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day before the program.

 

Price: $18, $16 member

Instructor: Debi Borden-Miller

 

Debi Borden-Miller is a University of Vermont graduate with a bachelor’s in plant and soil science.

Since moving to Colorado, she has worked at Fruehauf’s Garden Center, Wilmore Nursery, Little Valley Wholesale Nursery and Welby Gardens Company where she spent a total of 28 years in sales and marketing.

Debi is a board member of the Colorado Garden & Home Show and represents the Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association on the management team of ProGreen Expo. She also serves on several CO Nursery and Greenhouse Association committees and is a long-time board member and former president of the Colorado Greenhouse Growers Association and GreenCo.

Container Gardens Tour

Do you need fresh ideas for your pots and containers? Here at the Gardens, we have outdoor containers year-round that go beyond the expected with novel texture and color combinations. Explore the variety of fun and unexpected container gardens at the Gardens with a docent-led tour to learn how to create your own edible, fragrant or pollinator-attracting containers.

 

Price: $16, $12 member, $10 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.

Cosmic Cosmos Session Four - ONLINE

Immerse yourself in a creative flow and create a vibrant cosmos flower collage. You will be playing with flowing paint to create star-filled watercolor galaxies. After cutting up these paintings you¬l compose cosmos flower collages. You will be guided carefully through the process. The class culminates in a colorful piece that might provide a cosmic inspiration for your next art project.

Each of the 60-minute sessions is separate and requires its own registration. Note: Your supply list for each session is attached to your registration confirmation and includes the information how to join the Zoom session.

Fee: $30/session member, $40/session non-member

No Prerequisites

Dates:

1. Thu, June 11, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

2. Thu, June 18, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

3. Thu, July 9, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

4. Thu, July 16, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

Instructor: Meredith Feniak

 

Cosmic Cosmos Session One - ONLINE

Immerse yourself in a creative flow and create a vibrant cosmos flower collage. You will be playing with flowing paint to create star-filled watercolor galaxies. After cutting up these paintings you’ll compose cosmos flower collages. You will be guided carefully through the process. The class culminates in a colorful piece that might provide a cosmic inspiration for your next art project.

 

Each of the 60-minute sessions is separate and requires its own registration. Note: Your supply list for each session is attached to your registration confirmation and includes the information how to join the Zoom session.

Fee: $30/session member, $40/session non-member

No Prerequisites

 

Dates:

1. Thu, June 11, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

2. Thu, June 18, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

3. Thu, July 9, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

4. Thu, July 16, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

 

Instructor: Meredith Feniak

 

Cosmic Cosmos Session Three - ONLINE

Immerse yourself in a creative flow and create a vibrant cosmos flower collage. You will be playing with flowing paint to create star-filled watercolor galaxies. After cutting up these paintings you'll compose cosmos flower collages. You will be guided carefully through the process. The class culminates in a colorful piece that might provide a cosmic inspiration for your next art project.

Each of the 60-minute sessions is separate and requires its own registration. Note: Your supply list for each session is attached to your registration confirmation and includes the information how to join the Zoom session.

Fee: $30/session member, $40/session non-member

No Prerequisites

Dates:

1. Thu, June 11, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

2. Thu, June 18, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

3. Thu, July 9, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

4. Thu, July 16, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

Instructor: Meredith Feniak

 

Cosmic Cosmos Session Two - ONLINE

Immerse yourself in a creative flow and create a vibrant cosmos flower collage. You will be playing with flowing paint to create star-filled watercolor galaxies. After cutting up these paintings you¬l compose cosmos flower collages. You will be guided carefully through the process. The class culminates in a colorful piece that might provide a cosmic inspiration for your next art project.

Each of the 60-minute sessions is separate and requires its own registration. Note: Your supply list for each session is attached to your registration confirmation and includes the information how to join the Zoom session

Fee: $30/session member, $40/session non-member

No Prerequisites

Dates:

1. Thu, June 11, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

2. Thu, June 18, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

3. Thu, July 9, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

4. Thu, July 16, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

Instructor: Meredith Feniak

 

Creative Oxygen Bubbles: Explore the Color Yellow - ONLINE

Yellow color is present in some of the oldest paintings and it is often seen as a warm color, however some of its symbols are the opposite.

Learn about the history and symbolism of yellow color and then, with wet-on-wet watercolor technique, explore the nuances and variations of this primary color.

Fee $25/session member, $35/session non-member

No Prerequisites

 

Creative Oxygen Bubbles: My Perspectives for the Time After this Crisis - ONLINE

Be spontaneous and let yourself be surprised! Trust your intuition, and have fun at the same time as you take care of yourself and find meaning in the current situation. You get the assignment prior to the class and will then be guided through the task through demonstrations, a group discussion and sharing to receive some feedback and suggestions. These exercises are inspired by the Creative Journal method, developed by Anne- Marie Jobin. You are not required any artistic skills and you  need only few supplies for each Zoom session.

Each of the 45-minute sessions is separate and requires its own registration. Note: Your supply list includes the assignment for each session (attached to your registration confirmation).

Fee: $25/session member, $35/session non-member

No Prerequisites

 

1. Tue, April 28, 1 p.m.: My Family

2. Tue, May  5, 1 p.m.: Awakening of Nature

3. Tue, May 19, 1 p.m.: The Break and What I would Need Right Now

4. Tue, May 26, 1 p.m.: The Solidarity

5. Tue, June 2, 1 p.m.: My Perspectives for the Time After this Crisis

 Exploring the Color:

1. Tue, May 12, 1 p.m.: Explore the Color Blue 

2. Thu, May 14, 1 p.m.: Explore the Color Blue

 

 

Early Morning Sunday Strolls

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Immerse yourself in the beauty and history of the high plains shortgrass prairie through a guided nature hike. Experience the prairie in the soft morning light while catching some breathtaking views of the Colorado front range and the chance to view resident wildlife.

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Price: $5

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013 Phone 303-326-8380

 

Easy Drawing in the Gardens

Learn the basics of perspective, composition and methods to capture forms through simplification, reference points and lines. After classroom instruction, students will move into the gardens to put their new drawing techniques into practice.

 

Price: $44, $36 member

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.

Embossed Botanicals

Embossing is an art form used to raise a shape from the surface of paper. The embossed shape casts a delicate shadow and, when combined with color, creates an elegant effect. We provide decorative letter and flower patterns, and you learn how to design, cut a stencil and choose the best paper surfaces for embossed subjects. Finish your project with ink or colored pencil accents and leave the class with an elegantly embossed design.

No prerequisites.

Fee: $$290 member, $$340 non-member.

Date(s):

Wed, April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

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