It takes a gifted artist to become a great teacher and those who dare to teach never cease to learn.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Illustrator/Artist in Residencies Selection Process for 2015 is completed

(Vanda tesselata by Benjamin Valderrama)

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2015 Illustrator/Artist-in- Residencies at Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration: Benjamin Cardenas Valderrama from Bogota, Colombia and Ikumi Kayama from College Park, Maryland.
We are very excited to host them and keen to see the beautiful work and inspiring projects that they create while staying with us.

(Northern Cardinals by Ikumi Kayama)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cafe Botanique, Today March 25, 6:30 p.m.

Beekeeper Challenges in Colorado
Beth Conrey, President of Colorado State Beekeepers’ Association

Colorado is a beautiful state known for its commitment to its wildlife and wild lands. Bees are an integral part of Colorado agriculture--pollinating cantaloupes, row crops, and a variety of Western Slope fruits. Despite this, it’s not all "the land of milk and honey" for bees here. Join us to find out why. 

Beth Conrey is the President of Colorado State Beekeepers’ Association and Western Apicultural Society of North America.
Wednesday, March 25, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Reflective surfaces in Botanical Illustration

(Quill and ink by Susan DiMarchi)
Learn how to tackle reflective surfaces in Botanical illustration through studying M.C. Escher's drawing techniques with your instructor, Susan DiMarchi.
In our series Drawing onTradition you'll learn about M.C. Escher the Dutch graphic artist who is mostly known for his black-and-white explorations in printmaking and drawing. His work included mathematically inspired lithographs , woodcuts and mezzotints that featured impossible constructions, exploration of infinity, architecture and tessellations. 
Using quill, brush and black ink, you'll explore Escher's technique of integrating reflective mirror images for a three dimensional effect. For more information about the workshop, please click here.
(Hand with Reflecting Sphere, 1935, M.C. Escher)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pen and Ink - Timeless and Elegant

(Narcissus by Suzanne Stutzman)

In the beginning of March we had the privilege to host Lucy Smith from Kew, U.K. to teach two pen and ink workshops in our School. She has been producing illustrations for the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew since 1999 and we can frequently see her plates in the Curtis's Botanical Magazine. She also teaches botanical illustration at Kew Gardens, the Chelsea Physics garden and the Chelsea School of Botanical Art. 
During her visit in Colorado, Lycy also had a Cafe Botanique talk about her adventures on the footsteps of Sydney Parkinson and received the fourth Honorary Sydney Parkinson Award. For her work she has received numerous awards, including two gold medals from Royal Horticultural Society, The Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Botanical illustration (2014) and the Jill Smythies Award from the Linnean Society of London (2004).
Please see some images from our workshop by clicking here.

(Lycy Smith)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Exploits in Watercolor

Eggplants by Linda Forbess

During this 3-day watercolor weekend workshop the students were exploring and experimenting painting on heavy weight paper with large brushes. They learned about the importance of water management while advancing in the wet-on-wet painting skills.
You can see more images from this workshop by clicking here.
Mango by Sally Grew

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Dale Cat-Huly from Tails of the Painted Cats

Dale Cat-Huly (20 ½” tall x 23" long x 8" deep) is part of the 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Raffle and designed and painted by Carla Pawlewicz. The inspiration for this cat came from the 2014 main outdoor exhibit at Denver Botanic Gardens.  
The 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Auction in on Saturday, Oct. 10, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Pinehurst Country Club in Denver. This will be the fifth Tails of the Painted Cats Event - a fundraiser celebrating local artists and the beautiful cat sculptures they design. The First Look video gallery of the 2015 painted cat designs can be viewed by clicking here.
Last year Carla painted a zentangle inspired cat: Cat-tails and Dogwood and Pysanky Aloha cat in 2013 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Lucy Smith in Cafe Botanique, Wednesday March 4th, 6:30 p.m.

Adventures of a Botanical Artist - 18th and 21st Centuries
Lucy T. Smith, Freelancing Botanical Illustrator for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

In 2001, Lucy Smith had the unique opportunity to experience life as a botanical illustrator onboard an 18th century sailing ship for a BBC documentary called “The Ship.” The ship was a modern-day replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour, and the journey part of Cook's 1768-1771 voyage of discovery to Australia. Smith was following in the footsteps of Sydney Parkinson, the artist on this voyage.
Lucy shares her experiences during the six-week journey and how it informed her modern-day professional botanical art practice.

Lucy T. Smith has been producing pen and ink and color illustrations for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew since 1999. She has completed 200 plates for the upcoming “Palms of New Guinea” monograph, as well as hundreds of other illustrations for various other plant families. Her work is reproduced in many journals, including Kew Bulletin, Curtis’s Botanical Magazine and Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. She has received many awards for her work, including two gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society, the Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Botanical Illustration and the Jill Smythies Award from the Linnean Society of London. She teaches botanical illustration at Kew Gardens, the Chelsea Physic Garden and the Chelsea School of Botanical Art, all in London.
Wednesday, March 4, 6:30-8 p.m.
Mitchell Hall
Reserve your seat!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cafe Botanique - TOMORROW February 25

Biomimicry – Sustainable Solutions Inspired by Nature
Marie Zanowick-Bourgeois, EPA and Lynne Sullivan, City of Boulder

 Biomimicry is an emerging science that guides people in discovering and creating sustainable solutions to fulfill human needs, by looking to nature for inspiration.  Join Marie Zanowick-Bourgeois, Engineer and Certified Biomimicry Professional and Lynne Sullivan, Interpretive Naturalist for the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department in this exploration of the concepts of Biomimicry and the Department’s inaugural launch using this problem solving process to address challenges in the management of the Open Space and Mountain Parks System. Applying the biomimicry method, they studied the local ecosystems and species to learn what strategies have enabled their long term survival, and then used these unique strategies to guide design ideas working towards an earth-friendly, sustainable solution to our challenge.
 Marie Zanowick-Bourgeois is a Certified Biomimicry Professional and a creative environmental engineer with 25 years of experience working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the areas of pollution prevention and sustainability.

Lynne Sullivan is an interpretive naturalist with the city of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department. She is passionate about exploring the wonders of nature and natural processes and sharing her findings through interpretive hikes and programs. 

Wednesday, February 25, 6:30-8 p.m.

Gates Hall

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Scanned from classes #2: Carbon dust, color and composition

(cyclamen in carbon dust by Alice Pearson

 (6 students and 6 brilliant citrus fruits drawn using complementary colors )

Composing with the help of Notan (ink and colored pencil by Laura Farnsworth)

You can see more images from these classes by clicking here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Scanned from our classes #1: Watercolor and Watercolor Pencil

(entry level watercolor pencil by Mary Francis)

You can see more images from these classes by clicking here.

(Dried with Drama, watercolor by Mary McCauley)