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Spring Flowers in Watercolor with Vincent Jeannerot

Spring Flowers in Watercolor with Vincent Jeannerot

This intense three-day watercolor master workshop focuses on spring flowers. Vincent will specifically concentrate on composition, how to approach the green and brown nuances in bright but delicate spring colors and how to tackle the shadows. The workshop will conclude with specific finishing approaches. Individual guidance and demonstrations throughout the workshop will help you to complete your plate.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I or intermediate skills in watercolor.

Fee: $365 member, $410 non-member.

Note: Choose one session only.

Date(s):

Fri-Sun, April 3-5, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tue-Thu, April 7-9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Vincent Jeannerot, Lyon, France

 

Vincent Jeannerot is an internationally represented botanical artist. In addition to several French exhibitions, he has exhibited in London, Melbourne, Moscow, Seoul and Florence. He is a much sought-after botanical art instructor and has taught workshops in the United States, New Zealand, Italy, Japan, Latvia and South Korea. His gallery, Aquarelles Botaniques, is located in Lyon, France.

 

 

Spring Lilies in Acrylics

Spring Lilies in Acrylics

Lilies are some of the most loved and cherished plants in our gardens: they are delicate, intricate and perfect for capturing in a transparent medium. Although transparent acrylic looks similar to watercolor, the damp-on-damp technique offers a more controlled and methodical application process. After a guided field trip to see the blooming lily varieties at the Gardens, select a specimen of your choice. Back in the classroom, step-by-step instructions, demonstrations and exercises provide the necessary skills for you to build washes, colors, textures and details for a final lily portrait.

Prerequisites: Color Mixing, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective.

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

Date(s):

Tue, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Spring Prairie Campfire: Stories of Rebirth and Renewal

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Spring is a time of newness, and nature showcases this beautifully! Join us for stories and science around the campfire as we celebrate spring on the prairie.

Ages 5 and up.

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.

Date: May 8, 2020

Price: $8

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

 

Spring Self Renewal Mini Retreat

 

Spring is a time of renewal and reawakening. Take some time off to discover herbal tonics, health boosting super foods and natural skin products you can make yourself. Learn simple self-care practices to regain balance and vibrant health. Bring home a soothing skin salve, a cleansing face mask and a detoxifying spring tonic along with recipes and lots of new ideas for becoming your best self. Super foods lunch and all materials included. Treat yourself!

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $69, $64 members

Photo credit: Smoobs

Starting Your Garden from Seed

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Few things excite a gardener more than buying new plants for their gardens, especially if the plants are exotics, unusual or heirlooms. Second-only to the creation of new plants is the financial benefit of growing your own plants, whether flowers, herbs or vegetables.

This class will demystify the seed-starting process primarily focused to the novice gardener, but a good review of the best success tips if a more advanced gardener needs a refresher. Learn simple seed botany and the process of best practices for successful seed germination, successful transplanting, and seed collection and storage and cover some of the reasons seeds and seedlings fail.

After discussion, participants will get a hands-on demonstration and students will leave with seed trays and seeds to return home and practice what you have learned in class. This class will help you up your game to produce all the transplants you could possibly need and set you up for upcoming classes on spring and summer vegetable gardening and succession planting.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $37, $32 members, includes $5 for materials.

Special Instructions: Each participant will get a seed tray for seed starting, with all necessary materials to get your garden going this year!

Image Courtesy of: photofarmer (flickr)

Strolling Stories Along Deer Creek

Storytime and nature hikes unite in this new program at Chatfield Farms. Each week we venture out around the grounds of Chatfield Farms and investigate nature as it changes with the seasons. Along the trail we stop to read a seasonally themed story and then continue our adventure with an exploration based on the day's book.

 

Audience: Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

 

Special Instructions: This program takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms located at 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128.

 

Price: $10, $8 member; includes free admission for one adult. Ticket includes admission to Chatfield Farms so you can further explore after the event.

Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga at the Gardens

Looking for an amazing place to practice your yoga skills, how about the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens?

Vinyasa yoga weaves beautiful movement with challenging postures, and cultivates a sense of peace and calm by the end of each yoga class. Practicing vinyasa yoga on a daily basis can improve posture, flexibility, and endurance. Beyond the physical benefits, yoga helps to bring a sense of clarity to challenging situations in life, reminds us to stay present and focused in an ever-changing environment, and can help us find happiness and contentment in our surroundings.

The postures practiced in this challenging class will promote alignment, flexibility, focus, endurance and help detoxify the body.

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Please bring a mat, a towel and water. Please register online in advance of class. Location will vary depending on temperature and time of year.

 

SCHEDULE DETAILS:

October 1, 2018- May 14, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30am): Enter through the gate on the east side of York St and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.

May 15, 2019 - September 30, 2019 (8-9am): Enter through the Pinon Gate on the west side of York Street. In the late summer and fall, class will meet in the UMB Bank Amphitheater. When it is chilly, we will meet in the Orangery (front of the greenhouse complex). There will be signs starting from the after-hours entrance on the north side of the main entry that will direct participants.

October 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30am): Enter through the gate on the east side of York St and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.

 

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

Sustainable Greenhouse Design

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

 

Can you create a greenhouse that needs no supplemental heating or cooling year-round? The answer is yes!

No more over-heating and freezing as is common in all-glazed greenhouses   this design balances the use of thermal mass, glazing, insulation and sun angles to achieve the stabilization needed in our extreme climate without the use of fossil fuels.

This class takes a comprehensive look at how passive solar greenhouses work, how to orient the building, basic principles of passive solar design including the use of stored water as thermal mass, simple math formulas to help guide you with your design, a materials list and drawings and calculations for a 13 X15  greenhouse.

The Parmenters share what they have learned about state-of-the-art and salvaged materials and cost-saving strategies.

 

Price: $160, $150 members

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter

 

Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food and seed growers. In 1991, they began homesteading and growing on 43 acres in the Wet Mountains of South-Central Colorado at 8,120 ft. They apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. They are owners of Smart Greenhouses LLC, a sustainable greenhouse design company and Miss Penn s Mountain Seeds, providing regionally adapted seeds for extreme climates.

 

Sweeten Your Home with Homemade Herbal Cleaners

Cleanse, purify and sweeten your home with a homemade herbal floor wash and room spray. Learn about the restorative properties of plant essences and how to create your own customized floor wash blend and room spray. Herbs provide naturally powerful energies and benefits to help aid us in our unique healing journeys. Learn how to work with these magical plant allies and how to curate your own cleansing floor washes and room sprays to restore and replenish the energies in your home space.

Price: $49, $44 member

Instructor: Christine Battista

Christine is a writer, professor, and healing practitioner. She has published on women and the environment; teaches courses in the humanities; and works in the healing arts. She is passionate about energy healing and engaging with plant essences to help facilitate healing and transformation.

Teaching Plant Science Through Math and Literacy

Plants can be used to teach math, literature, writing, and social studies, and this class will teach you how to do it! We’ll explore a variety of hands-on learning opportunities using garden and classroom plants to teach content requirements in a variety of subjects. Appropriate for K-6 teaches.

Textures in Colored Pencils on Mylar

Textures in Colored Pencils on Mylar

Beauty is in the details: fuzzy, thorny, smooth, matte, shiny, crinkly or translucent. Learn to see detail in a new way that allows you to create realistic textures using a variety of colored pencil techniques. Through guided exercise and practice, assemble a collection of texture technique studies that you can reference for all future drawings. As you learn to interpret the surface of your specimen more intuitively, new methods for producing that texture in colored pencil will become rewarding and fun.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II.

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

Date(s):

Mon, April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

The Biggest Little Farm Film

92 mins | Rated PG| Documentary
Directed by John Chester
Starring John and Molly Chester

The Biggest Little Farm  chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature s call,  The Biggest Little Farm  provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

 

Price: $15, $12 member

The Biggest Little Farm Film - Sensory Friendly Film Screening

92 mins | Rated PG | Documentary
Directed by John Chester
Starring John and Molly Chester

Join us for a special film screening for individuals living with autism or other sensory needs to enjoy viewing a film in a safe and accepting environment. We will keep lights are turned slightly up, the sound turned down. At this viewing everyone is welcome to get up, dance, walk, shout or sing.

The Biggest Little Farm  chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature s call,  The Biggest Little Farm  provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

Price: $10 adult, $5 child

The Cook's Herb Garden Workshop and Dinner

 

Discover the delights of growing your own herb garden! Herbs are perfectly suited to our Colorado climate and have numerous health and taste benefits. We cover how to grow, maintain and harvest herbs and the culinary uses and health benefits of seven popular herbs, including marjoram, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, chives and basil. Enjoy a delicious, multi-course herbal dinner as you learn how easy it is to have a productive, beautiful herb garden. Dinner, take-home seasoning blend and handout with recipes and growing instructions included.

Price: $56, $49 member, $27 materials fee included

Instructor: Susan Evans

 

The Eagle Huntress Film

101 mins | Rated G | Sport/Adventure Documentary
Directed by Otto Nell
Narrated by Daisy Ridley

The Eagle Huntress  follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe,  The Eagle Huntress  features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl's quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film. While there are many old Kazakh eagle hunters who vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, Aisholpan's father Nurgaiv believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she's determined. The story begins after Aisholpan has been training with her father's eagle for many months. As every eagle can only have one master, the time has come for Aisholpan to capture an eagle of her own. Clambering down a sheer rock cliff with a rope, Aisholpan retrieves a fledgling eagle from its nest as its mother circles overhead. Her eagle will live, train, and hunt with her, until she releases it into the wild years later, so the cycle of life can continue. After months of training her eagle with her father, Aisholpan is ready to test her abilities. She enters a renowned competition, the Golden Eagle Festival, and faces off against 70 of the greatest Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia. The most arduous challenge is yet to come, as the rite-of-passage for every young eagle hunter is to take part in a hunt. Aisholpan must ride with her father deep into the frigid mountains and endure 40 below zero temperatures and perilous landscapes to prove she is a true eagle huntress.

 

Price: $15, $12 member

The Magic of Moths in Ink and Color

The Magic of Moths in Ink and Color

William H. Lizars (1788-1859) of Edinburgh was an established portrait and genre painter who went to work in the book trade and created plates for “British Butterflies” and J.J. Audubon's “The Birds of America.” Lizars experimented with new techniques and is perhaps best known for his colored insect and bird illustrations on monochromatic habitat backgrounds. During this class we concentrate on moths. Moths are masters of disguise. They can camouflage to hide from predators, and, because of their large numbers, moths are a significant source of food to other species in the ecosystem. These nocturnal insects are as beautiful as butterflies but are hidden from us in the dark. Working in ink and your choice of color media, design a final plate in the scientific style of Lizars.

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

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

Date(s):

Mon, June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

The Skin of Trees: Expressive Ink Textures in Bark on Mylar

The Skin of Trees: Expressive Ink Textures in Bark on Mylar

We often overlook bark, the structured and always important part of the plant, and only focus on leaves and flowers. You will discover the diversity of tree bark while stepping away from tradition to try new techniques and learn about this essential protective element of the tree. Trade your technical pen for a quill and brush and learn to express ink lines in a relaxed and painterly fashion. Begin with a look at how other artists have used ink expressively. Demonstration and practice with the new tools and colored inks prepares you to start your own drawing. Choose a botanical subject and experiment with techniques for successfully depicting line, form and texture. Make a mistake? No problem! You can erase ink from Mylar and try again. Complete a botanical study and enjoy a fresh, fun way to approach this time-honored medium.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II.

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

Date(s):

Wed, May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

The Water-Smart Flower Garden

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

In our dry region, sustainable gardening means using little or no irrigation water. By choosing the best waterwise plants we make our gardens in tune with the climate and conditions, conserve an ever-scarcer resource, and last but not least, nurture our aesthetic spirit and the web of life around us. Lauren will explore a rich palette of lovely flowering plants that need little if any water, soil amendment or fertilizers, that attract pollinators and beneficial wildlife, and require little effort to keep happy and beautiful.

Price: $34, $29 member

Instructor Bio: Long-time DBG instructor Lauren Springer Ois a designer, author, and plantswoman. She designed several gardens at DBG including the popular WaterSmart Garden and the native Visitors’ Center gardens at Chatfield Farm. She is on staff at the Gardens on Spring Creek in her hometown of Fort Collins, creating and tending the new ½ acre waterwise Undaunted Garden. Her work has appeared in books, magazines, and on television, and her plant introductions are available at regional nurseries.

 

This Mountain Life Film

71 mins | Rated Not Rated | Documentary
Directed by Grant Baldwin
Starring Tania Halik, Martina Halik, Barry Blanchard

The awe that mountainous landscapes evoke is universal. Yet in a province that is 75% mountains, most of us seldom venture into true wilderness. Living amongst us is a special breed of people. They are undefined by age, gender, profession or background, but for them, the draw of the mountains is so strong that their lives must revolve around it. Martina Halik and her 60-year-old mother, Tania, attempt a bitterly cold 2,300-kilometer ski trek from Canada to Alaska through the treacherous Coast Mountains; a journey that has been completed only once before, and never by a female duo.

Their adventure is interspersed with beautifully crafted portraits of high-altitude human endurance: the gripping story an avalanche burial; a group of nuns who inhabit a mountain retreat to be closer to God; an impassioned alpinist; a focused snow artist; a couple who has been living off grid in the mountains for nearly 50 years. Shot in cinematic detail,  This Mountain Life  is a riveting examination of human passion set high in the peaks of British Columbia, Canada.

 

Price: $15, $12 member

Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert

Join us for a Tibetan singing bowls experience with Denver yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello of the Healing Space Wellness Center in Denver. Chris Anne has been performing Tibetan bowls concerts and teaching weekly kundalini yoga classes at Denver Botanic Gardens since 2009. The concert will begin with a symphonic gong and a Venus gong that are played gently with the intention to relax the nervous system.

 

The singing bowls are tuned to musical notes that correspond to the different chakras of the body and are played to balance energy in the body. Because we are made up of mostly water, the vibrational effect will be a full body cellular massage.

Tibetan singing bowls have been used for thousands of years as instruments of healing. So come relax, close your eyes and drift into an altered state which facilitates the body to heal. Wear comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat or blanket so that you may lie down and let the bells carry away with them all that no longer serves you. As the chakras re-align, breathe in peace and enter a profound state of physical, mental and emotional well-being. Feel as if you are 10 pounds lighter as stress, anxiety and fear melt from your system.

 

Special Instructions: No children under 12 years of age are permitted in this program. Talking, cell phones and other distractions are not permitted.

 

Price: $18, $15 members

Instructor: Chris Anne Coviello

 

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