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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.

Winter Sketchbook

Winter Sketchbook

There’s more to winter than snow! Field sketching and drawing specimens in a studio setting are different skills. Bring the freedom of field sketching to the winter environment and enjoy drawing with techniques that help you see the composition in the landscape and translate it to paper with speed and confidence. Each class begins with a new technique and a new subject to tackle, such as a winter color palette, tree shapes and skeletons, outdoor scenes and details, and creating a winter landscape in three layers. This fun class will help you see more and sketch more quickly in any season. Who knows, the next time you travel, you may just leave your camera at home and take your sketchbook instead!

No prerequisites.

Fee: $295 member, $355 non-member (Fee includes a 12-paint gouache travel kit).


Fri-Sun, Feb 28 – March 1, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak


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