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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.

 

Advanced Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom - ONLINE

Have you used Adobe Lightroom for basic photo editing but want to get more out of your images? Learn advanced photo editing using one of the most popular and versatile photography programs on the market today, Adobe Lightroom. Gain an understanding of the different develop submodules with a focus on the tone curve, HSL and split toning submodules.

Open to anyone with a good understanding of using Lightroom for basic photo editing. This is a lecture style class with review of images, discussion and a Q&A session.

 

This session will be held online through Zoom. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day prior to the program.

 

Price: $41, $36 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a wedding and portrait photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a writer for PhotographyLife.com, a top-ranked photography blog, and co-creator of an educational video series about photography.

 

Special Instructions: Students must bring a laptop with a paid version of Adobe Lightroom or Lightroom Classic (Version 6 or higher) installed. The free version (Lightroom CC) will not work for this class. Students can bring their own images, but will also be provided with some images to edit, so they should have an available USB port to download images.

Architectural Photography Exploration

Explore some of the unique challenges of architectural photography while experiencing the iconic architecture of the Gardens. This class is great for anyone aspiring to improve their skills in shooting built spaces. We'll learn about choosing the right equipment, lenses, perspective, point of view, time of day and use of existing lighting to create compelling images of the buildings of the Gardens. We'll start with a one hour in-class session followed by a shooting experience in the Gardens.

 

Price: $47, $42 member

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin

 

Scott Dressel-Martin is a principal at Dressel-Martin MediaWorks, Inc. Scott has photographed around the world, including the Middle East, Mongolia, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, Singapore and all around the United States. Currently based in Denver, Colorado Scott began his career in newspaper photojournalism and has been published internationally. He is the official photographer of the Denver Botanic Gardens and also works with a select group of important institutions helping them tell promote their mission and tell relevant and moving stories. Many of Scott’s clients are in the not-for-profit world such as Denver Botanic Gardens, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Denver Health, VISIT Denver. Scott also works with corporate clients such as Level 3, Hensel Phelps Construction Company, Hyatt Hotels and Vail Resorts. Scott is a passionate teacher and speaker on photography and creativity. He has a Master’s from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, New York.

Basic Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom - ONLINE

Have you used Adobe Lightroom for simple edits but want to learn more about what is possible for your images? Learn the basics of photo editing using this popular and versatile photography program. In this course, you will learn how to use the basic develop submodule, how to create a develop preset and get a functional introduction to the tone curve, HSL, split toning and lens correction submodules.

 

Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with review of images, discussion and Q&A session.

 

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: $41, $36 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a wedding and portrait photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a writer for PhotographyLife.com, a top-ranked photography blog, and co-creator of an educational video series about photography.

 

Special Instructions: Students should bring a laptop with Adobe Lightroom, Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic (Version 6 or higher) installed. Students can bring their own images, but will also be provided with some images to edit, so they should have an available USB port to download images.

Beginning Bonsai

Are you mystified by the many centuries old Japanese tradition of bonsai? Join us for an entertaining and informative class with nationally recognized bonsai masters Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel as they debunk the myths, fictions and misconceptions surrounding this living art form. Each participant receives a tree, pot, wire, soil and gravel in this hands-on experience of creating a finished bonsai, which you can home.

 

** this class sells out very quickly, class size is very small for hands on instruction and attention from instructors, please register early

 

Instructors: Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel

Price: $105, $95 member, $30 materials fee included

Special Instructions: There will be a break for lunch, please bring lunch or there is a cafe onsite for you to purchase lunch.

 

*instructor change possible due to availability

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.

 

 

Creative Basics of Photography-Classroom Session

 

 

 

 

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.

Finding Inspiration in Photography

Energize your photography and find sources of inspiration all around you. In this course we’ll cover places where you can find inspiration, subjects to inspire your photography and challenges to get you to see the world with fresh eyes.

 

Price: $26, $22 member

Instructor: John Bosley

 

John Bosley is a wedding and portrait photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a writer for PhotographyLife.com, a top-ranked photography blog, and co-creator of an educational video series about photography.

Invitation to Ikebana: Contemporary

Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, has a worldwide appeal due to the uniqueness and simplicity of the style. Sogetsu School of Ikebana was founded in 1927 in Japan by Sofu Teshigahara whose vision was to adapt traditional Ikebana to more contemporary times. The guiding principles are that anyone may create, using any materials, anywhere at anytime. While retaining traditional Ikebana concepts such as asymmetry, open space, and depth, he explored new dimensions of creativity and design. Join us for an introductory Ikebana workshop. We will begin with a demonstration of the art form followed by participants each creating their own arrangement. Special Instructions: Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container and a large Pin-Frog, 3.5” diameter or larger as well as

garden clippers/Ikebana scissors so that they can take home their finished arrangement. Container, pin-frog and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will bring home only flowers.

 

This course in an ntroduction to the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. This will be a hands-on workshop open to all skill levels. The instructor will demonstrate the art form and then the students will proceed to make an arrangement. After creating an arrangement, the instructor will do a critique.

 

Price: $44, $39 member

Instructors:

July Session: Jane Carpenter Cohn, MA is an Associate Professor in Contemplative Psychology and Director of the Naropa Center for Bhutan Partnerships at Naropa University. For over thirty years she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Buddhism, Buddhist Psychology, Contemplative Education and the Arts. As a contemplative artist practitioner and teacher, she began her study of Ikebana, Japanese art of flower arranging, in 1987. Jane is considered higher-grade teachers in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. She teaches graduate and undergraduate Ikebana courses, leads workshops and offers demonstrations at Naropa University. She exhibits and offers demonstrations at the annual Sogetsu Colorado Spring Show and Ikebana International Exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Additionally, she has offered demonstrations at the Modern Art Museum in Colorado Springs and teaches at various venues along the front range.

 

August Session: Kimiko Kuno currently holds a grade one teaching diploma from Sogetsu Ikebana and has been teaching Ikebana for 6 years. She is a native of Japan and began learning Sogetsu Ikebana 30 years ago, obtaining her teacher’s diploma in Japan in 1993. After moving to the U.S., she continued learning and started teaching Ikebana. Her love of Ikebana is from the depth of her heart and she enjoys teaching Ikebana and inspiring the creativity of nature and art.

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Modern

Sangetsu Ikebana expresses a love of nature in simplicity and naturalness. It is the highest achievement in Sangetsu to create an arrangement that retains the life force of the materials used. Life filled flowers can facilitate healing to bring about happiness. This will be attempted using a Moribana flat vase with pin frog. Rhythmical lines-either parallel, lively motion or plane and mass may be offered for the class.

 

Price: $44, $39 member

Instructor: Natalie Montecalvo, a certified Sangetsu Associate Professor since April 2014. Natalie began her Sangetsu study while living in the Western Pacific island of Guam. When she moved to Colorado, she continued her studies and received her instructor certificate in 1998. Since the late 90's has taught workshop, classes and presented demonstrations in Colorado. She is also a member of the Ikebana International chapter in Denver, Colorado and has participated in their exhibits since 2010 as well as those sponsored by the Sangetsu School in Colorado, California and in Arizona. Now retired as a high school teacher, she explores a deeper connection with floral design. She especially enjoys working with tropical materials.

 

Special Instructions: Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container and a large Pin-Frog, 3.5 diameter or larger as well as

garden clippers/Ikebana scissors so that they can take home their finished arrangement. Container, pin-frog and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will bring home only flowers.

 

Macro/Close Up Photography for DSLR Shooters

Learn about the technical and aesthetic demands of macro photography with a DSLR camera. See different techniques and equipment in use. After an early morning shoot we ll head to the classroom to look at some images and review the gear in more detail.

This class is meant to inform and inspire you to a higher level of technical and creative ability.

Basic photography knowledge necessary.

Price: $47, $42 member

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

Special Instructions: 8:00 to 9:30 in the Gardens. 9:30 to10:30 in the classroom. Some lecture, mostly shooting images. Bring Your Gear.

 

Perspective Drawing in the Gardens

Learn the basics of depicting objects in space, and one-, two- and three-point perspective. Learn about elliptical and aerial perspective. 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.

Smartphone Photography: Photo Editing for the iPhone - ONLINE

Would you like to take your iPhone photos to a new level? Go beyond the basic editing tools on the iPhone and explore various IOS editing apps available for your iPhone from the App Store. Learning to use these apps and their tools will fine tune your photography and editing skills, creating a stronger visual impact for all your photos.

 

This session will be held online through Zoom. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day of the program.

 

Price: $34, $29 member

Instructor: Jeanette Burkle

 

Jeanette Burkle is a commercial and editorial photographer with extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and consulting. Since 2003, Jeanette has successfully owned and managed Galie Photography, while designing and delivering seminars on a wide range of photography topics. An award winning-photographer, Jeanette combines an engineering background with a strong artistic sense. With the belief that photography is part art and part science, she strives to use her unique background to produce art that is infused with a creative vision and improved by knowledge of the underlying scientific principles of photography. She has worked with many corporate clients including ExxonMobil, George Mason University, American Red Cross, John Marshall Bank, AmeriChoice, Medtronic, Harris Corporation, and Long & Foster Realty. Jeanette’s work has been honored through the Virginia Professional Photographers Association with such recognition as the highly distinguished Fuji Masterpiece Award and the Kodak Gallery Award.

Jeanette has been teaching photography since 2005. Her students respond well to her fun, upbeat classes, and Jeanette loves to see this passion be reflected in her students’ increased confidence as photographers.

Sunrise Photography in the Gardens

Get into the Gardens before the sun and make beautiful images as the day breaks over our wonderful urban gardens!

This is a full shooting class so bring your camera and tripod and we'll capture the beauty of the Colorado morning! The cafe will not be open yet, so bring your own coffee or tea.

 

Price: $47, $42 member

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin

 

Scott Dressel-Martin is a principal at Dressel-Martin MediaWorks, Inc. Scott has photographed around the world, including the Middle East, Mongolia, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, Singapore and all around the United States. Currently based in Denver, Colorado Scott began his career in newspaper photojournalism and has been published internationally. He is the official photographer of the Denver Botanic Gardens and also works with a select group of important institutions helping them tell promote their mission and tell relevant and moving stories. Many of Scott’s clients are in the not-for-profit world such as Denver Botanic Gardens, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Denver Health, VISIT Denver. Scott also works with corporate clients such as Level 3, Hensel Phelps Construction Company, Hyatt Hotels and Vail Resorts. Scott is a passionate teacher and speaker on photography and creativity. He has a Master’s from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, New York.

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