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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.

Portfolio Preparation Course

Portfolio Preparation Course

Upon completion of all course work (all required courses and a minimum of 100 elective hours), students may express their interest in applying for portfolio review and certification by requesting a transcript from the school manager and registering for the Portfolio Preparation Course by January 5, 2020.

Fee: $265 (includes the course, individual consultation with the instructors and external portfolio review).

The Portfolio Preparation Course is mandatory for graduation. In winter/spring 2020, the Portfolio Preparation Course is offered at two different times. Candidates must choose one:

• Fri, Jan. 17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Sat, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski






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