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

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cafe Botanique with Kathleen Cain, Wednesday February 10, 6:30-8 p.m.

The Secret Star: A Closer Look at Cottonwoods
Kathleen Cain
In an interactive show-and-tell, Colorado author Kathleen Cain shares materials she collected while researching cottonwood trees. The treasures include photos of the former National Plains Cottonwood Champion near Hygiene and hands-on instruction in how to "read" a twig. 

Kathleen Cain is the author of “The Cottonwood Tree: An American Champion,” published by Johnson Books in 2007 and is nominated for a Colorado Book Award. She is also a published poet, essayist and member of Denver Botanic Gardens, with an active interest in nature.

Gates Hall
Wednesday February 10, 6:30-8 p.m.
Reserve your seat, click here

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Strength of Black and White

Anne-Maria Nishi, pen and ink; please click to enlarge
There is no color needed to tell the story of these pieces. To see more (mostly graphite) illustrations from our recent classes, please click here.

 Tillansia duratii by Aaron Sedivy, graphite -  please click to enlarge

Friday, January 22, 2016

Scratchboard - Dramatic and Powerful

(Charlotte Ricker, entry level scratchboard)
Scratchboard was originally introduced for the printing industry as an alternative to woodcut and metal engraving in the 19th century. Through 1950s a large number of newspaper, magazine and scientific illustrations were done in this medium. The effects of scratchboard can be dramatic and powerful, but also delicate and precise. Last weekend our students were discovering its advantages and drawbacks in an entry level workshop. You can see more images from this workshop by clicking here.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Top 5 Things You Can't Afford to Ignore - Copyright 101

A program of the CSUSA Rocky Mountain Chapter and The Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration
Please join us for an engaging discussion of copyright principles geared towards visual artists and illustrators. Jared Briant will discuss how and when copyright law protects the arts, what copyright law does not protect, the mechanics of copyright registration, enforcement considerations, and remedies for infringement. A pizza lunch will be provided.
When: Thursday, February 4, 2016 | Noon-1pm
Where: The Denver Botanical Gardens, Gates Hall, 1007 York Street, Denver, CO
Cost: CSUSA Members: $20 (Sign in for discount) | Non-Members: $25

FREE for students, faculty, and staff of the Denver Botanic Gardens (Use the discount code DenverBotanicDiscount at checkout)

1 Colorado CLE Credit Pending

 Space is limited. Don’t miss out!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ecological Stewardship in Cafe Botanique, January 20, 6:30 p.m.

(Deer Creek Bend in September 2015)

Ecological Stewardship | Restoration at Chatfield Farms
Rebecca Hufft, Ph.D., Denver Botanic Gardens

The mission of Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms is to inspire the public to be good stewards of the environment by connecting people to our past, present and future relationships with native plants of the Rocky Mountain Region. We are starting a new initiative to restore habitats and expand community awareness of the diversity of wildlife that depends on areas like Chatfield.

Dr. Rebecca Hufft has been the Manager of Conservation Programs at Denver Botanic Gardens since 2011. She received a BA in Biology from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz. She is a conservation biologist whose research includes invasive species, restoration, rare plants, long-term monitoring, phenology, and biodiversity. 
Wednesday, January 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall
Reserve your seat here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Distance Learning Opportunities in Arlington, VA

(Graphite by Laurence Pierson)

Since 2011, we have included a distance learning option in our teaching curriculum at Denver Botanic Gardens. This option has been a hybrid (in-class/off-site) model in which we combine classroom participation with remote online learning. We believe that even though teaching through video can be effective, the personal contact between instructor and students and concentrated one-on-one tutoring followed by number of internet sessions provides a stronger learning experience.
We are excited to announce that this spring we are expanding our distance learning option to Arlington, VA, offering a selection of 3-day weekend classes at Gallery Underground (2100 Crystal City, Arlington, VA). 
Please click here to see our Winter/Spring 2016 offerings in Arlington, VA (google doc). You can also find the link on the right hand column. Class supply lists can be found here.
To register and for more information, please click here.  


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Celebrating Beatrix Potter and Her Tales

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of her birth, The Royal Mint is honoring Beatrix Potter with a series of 50p coins. The coin is designed by experienced Royal Mint engraver, Emma Noble, who captures the spirit of the multi-talented Beatrix Potter, with an inscription echoing the font we are so familiar with from her books. She has included elements celebrating Beatrix as the artist behind some of the most memorable characters in children’s literature.

Beatrix Potter was the creator of Peter Rabbit. Mrs. Potter was also a very accomplished scientific illustrator, focusing on mushrooms and plants but also on archaeological subject matter.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year 2016

(Aquascapes in Colored Pencil by Sally Grew, please click to enlarge)

Happy and inspirational New Year of 2016 to all our followers! 
To see more both entry level and advanced technique illustrations from our December classes, please click here.

(Lindsay Giebler, graphite - from Pencil I, please click to enlarge)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Warmest wishes for the very best Holiday Season
If you are desperately trying to find the perfect gift to someone special, please remember the BI classes, they are perfect gifts for all seasons (January – June 2016 catalog is viewable here, and you can register for classes by clicking here). If you are new for the program and live in the northern part of Colorado or in Wyoming, you might like to try our entry level courses offered at the Schissler Academy of Fine Arts in Loveland, CO.

If you like to connect with Santa Claus, the direct link to his village is here, live-stream here, and you can also send the last minute letter here. Just remember that Santa leaves to deliver the Christmas presents to the Finnish and other European kids just in few hours (in the Christmas Eve).
(By request: recipes for rutabagacasserole and Glögg can be found here).

Image by Rudolf Koivu (1890-1946). The gifted graphic artist and painter, Rudolf Koivu (1890-1946), is one of Finland's most famous illustrators. Koivu is best known for his illustrations of fairy tales and other children's publications. Koivu's Christmas cards and cover pictures for Christmas magazines have had a strong influence on the Finnish image of a "real Christmas".

Since 1949 Rudolf Koivu Prize (10 000 euros) is awarded every second year (next 2017, applications deadline in December 2016) for the best children's or youth book illustration in Finland. The purpose of the prize is to raise the quality of artwork in children's books.

Monday, December 21, 2015

SBA 2016 Annual Open Exhibition - Call for Entries

The next London exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artist will be held from the 15th to 23rd of April 2016. For the first time the Society is inviting artists to submit work digitally for pre-selection.  The closing date for digital entries is 15th January 2016. Please see the detailed instruction at Making  A Mark.