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

Saturday, September 27, 2014

First Artist/Illustrator in Residence Position at the Gardens in 2015?

(cartoon by D. Clarke, please click the image to enlarge)

We are very close to unlock the first 6-week Artist/Illustrator-in-Residency position at Denver Botanic Gardens. This position would be a paid position and would be documenting the day-to-day progress and changes in the Rocky Mountain plant world, interact with the School of Botanical Art and Illustration and our newly opened Science Pyramid!  We have seven days to go and the ultimate goal is to get three (3) of the 6-week positions to materialize and be opened for applications! 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Entry level and advanced

From the Entry Level Graphite, Tulip by Corrie Frank

 For more images from our August-September classes please click here

From Drawing on Tradition workshop and with the style of Irene Wellington, illuminated and lettered by Jill Quillian 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Looking into the Future!

(please click to enlarge, Dr. M cartoon by David Clarke)

We have at the moment reached 90% of our goal of $20K. Thank you for spreading the word and thank you for supporting our Kickstarter project
We are looking forward to our future Artist/Illustrator in Residency Program and the possibility to fund up to three illustrator internships next summer here at Denver Botanic Gardens. Our community of teachers and students is known for sharing all of their knowledge and experience with each other, making this a great place to get involved in art and science.
More information about our project can be found by clicking here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

We can soon start with our Stretch Goal!

We have reached 75% of our goal! Thank you all- Keep supporting our project, we have soon unlocked the production of our book and can start with our stretch goal (Artist/Illustration in Residency Program)!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Emerald Ash Borer in Cafe Botanique

(Emerald Ash Borer, scratch board by Randy Raak)

Emerald Ash Borer in Colorado
 Kathleen Alexander, City Forester, Boulder

In late September 2013, City of Boulder Forestry staff discovered an emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation within the city. The subsequent delimitation survey showed EAB is well established within a corridor in central Boulder. Over the next 15 years, EAB management, including tree removal, tree replacement, wood disposal and pesticide treatments will have a significant direct budgetary impact to Colorado cities and private residents. The loss of tree canopy will have considerable economic, social and environmental impacts for decades. This presentation will focus on the symptoms of EAB and management options for emerald ash borer in Colorado.

Kathleen Alexander is the City Forester for the City of Boulder and has been with the city for the past 17 years. She received her B.S. in Forest Biology and M.S. in Forest Management from Colorado State University. Kathleen serves on the Emerging Pests in Colorado (EPIC) Committee and has been active on the ISA-Rocky Mountain Chapter Education Committee since 2003.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Denver Botanic Gardens – Gates Hall
6:30 – 8 p.m.

To reserve your seat, please click here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Featured in THE DOWNTOWN9 -


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The Downtown9 staff says that "our project was simply wonderful" and have featured it on their site. Support the publishing of this book and support our Artist in Residency Program.


(Lesley Switendick)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Exhibits to visit and enjoy in Colorado

Nancy Blum, Nirvana (detail) - Ink, gouache, colored pencil on paper 
1. Drawings by Nancy Blum until September 27 at Colorado State University Art Museum, Fort Collins Colorado.
- Nancy Blum creates large scale and intricate botanical drawings influenced both by Chinese plum blossoms and German botanical renderings. 
- Definitely recommended if you are in Fort Collins

2. 
Susan Rubin, Gone to Seed - exhibit in Spark Gallery, Denver, September 4 - 28, 2014 (Opening reception on Friday, September 12, 6 - 9 p.m.)
- Original colored pencil work with preparatory sketches and the printed seed packets by Botanical Interests. 

3. 
Anna Kaye Bleached Pine - charcoal on paper
Anna Kaye, Flash Point exhibit in Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, September 12 - November 1 (Artist reception Friday, September 12, 6 - 8 p.m.)  
- Series of drawings and paintings mainly exploring the relationship between western coniferous forest and their wildfires

Friday, September 5, 2014

Practice Makes Perfect - Kickstarter is launched!

(Two pages from the travelling sketchbook - Constance Sayas and Karen Cleaver)

Back our great project:

Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook from Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration not only represents skills and abilities, but also creativity, ideas and friendship. Illustration can take many forms; it has an ability to transform a page and can add magic to words to present what simple text might imply, but can not say.
The primary goal of this Kickstarter is to raise funds to publish the limited edition Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook. The book showcases a unique collection of talent and expertise, including natural science illustrations, artistic explorations and calligraphy with a personal touch. It includes a foreword by Dr. Shirley Sherwood, Kew, U.K. and 76 full color illustrations by artists from the Gardens’ botanical illustration community, including international experts, each presenting insight into the artist's way of working.
The Stretch goal of this Kickstarter project is to receive funds to establish an Illustrator/Artist in Residence Program at Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration.

For more information or to watch a project video, please click here.

Botanical art is undergoing a great renaissance and it is delightful to see such a wide and lively interpretation in this charming sketchbook. - Dr. Shirley Sherwood

(Jessy Bergeman's sketch from the Japanese Garden)

(Denver Botanic Gardens is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. All donations to Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration qualify as a charitable deduction on your federal income tax return.)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Outlawed in Colorado


(Common teasel - Dipsacus vulgaris by Helen Smithwick)

This summer we have concentrated in Colorado invasive plant species, especially targeting those on the List B compiled by the ColoradoWeed management Association. Our illustrations will be used for educational purposes in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
List B consist of species which are prolific seeders often have rhizomatous roots, they emerge early and adapt well into our climate. They also lack diseases and predators. Many of these 'noxious beauties' were originally used as ornamental plants. Please see more pictures from our classes by clicking here.

(Dalmatia toadflax - Linaria dalmatica by Constance Sayas)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Color and the Artist



Michael Wilcox' first publication "Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green" published first time in 1987 changed the way many artists and designers use and mix colors. His subsequent book, published in 2000, "Wilcox Guide to the Finest Watercolor Paints" was the first publication to cover the wide range of different pigments used in artists' watercolors and resulted to positive changes in many manufacturers' products. 
Denver Botanic Gardens started teaching 15-hour Color Mixing course within the Botanical Illustration curriculum as a prerequisite for all the water media in 1998. Susan T. Fisher designed the course based on the Michael Wilcox system and this course is now developed to one of our corner stones among the core courses. 
Last week we had the pleasure to host Mr. Michael Wilcox for two consecutive seminars: one day for a passionate group of color mixing enthusiasts and another to introduce his new book “The technique of glazing”.
Michael Wilcox is repeating these seminars in Richmond,Virginia (August 23-24) and Atlanta, Georgia (September 6-7). Warmly recommended for everyone who is using color in their work or leisure!