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

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

 Cynara scolymus, Pen and Ink by Shiere Melin

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Autumn Leaves, watercolor by Susan Willis

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Great Holiday Gift!

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It's hard to believe it's been almost a year since Practice Makes Perfect, our  student and faculty art book, was published. You can learn more about the project by clicking here. We have only a limited number of copies of this book left. This is your chance to get an excellent Holiday gift for your botany or art lover in Your life.
To get this book before the holiday rush, please click here.

Sketchbook 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 O.B.E. Kew, U.K. and 76 full-color illustrations each presenting insight into the artist’s way of working at Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration. Limited edition of 500, hardbound. ISBN: 978-0-9678676-3-2. Printed in Canada.
$50 members and non-members. Mailing U.S. $10, Outside U.S. $20.]

Friday, November 20, 2015

2015 Graduation, Steppe Plants and Graduate Art Show Opening - November 22

(Oenothera macrocarpa sspincana, watercolor by Constance Sayas)

Our 2015 graduation ceremonies including the announcement for scholarships and awards are taking place on Sunday, November 22, 2015, 1 p.m. 

We also have the opening reception for our annual botanical illustration show Steppe Plants Featuring Plant Select species (Gates Hall). 
In El Pomar Gallery the graduates exhibit their art and for the first time we have included samples from our diploma students. 

Graduation Ceremony 1-2 p.m.
Opening Reception 2-3 p.m.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Time to start planning for 2016: Our Winter/Spring Catalog is out!

Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration Winter/Spring 2016 catalog (January - July) is published and the courses for the first part of 2016 can be viewed here or by clicking the catalog image in the right hand column on this blog.  
We have over 80 course offerings for the coming period and certainly everyone can find something of interest and suitable for their personal calendar. This spring we also offer some entry level classes at the Schissler Academy in Loveland, CO.

Registration for these classes opens on December 8, 9 a.m.

Botanical Illustration 2015 Scholarship Recipients

Each year the School of Botanical Illustration awards scholarships for new students who are 15 years or older and planning to enroll in any of the required classes  in Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration. In 2015 we have four recipients and two of them have already started taking classes during the year.

( Fall Favorites, Graphite by Holly D'Oench)

Holly D'Oench is already enrolled in the courses at our school since this fall. She has a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from CU Boulder has spent the past four years working as a field biologist with U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the National Ecological Observatory Network. Holly if focusing on developing and improving her technical skills and studying botanical illustration to obtain a basis of blending art and science. Her ultimate goal is to become a professional scientific illustrator.  
(Orchid, etching by Sandra Dogherty)

Sandra Dogherty has her background in arts and education. Sandra likes to develop her skills further and apply the learned to different design elements such as wallpaper and textiles.

Graphite by Emily Prengaman

Emily Prengaman studied anthropology and fine arts at Carnegie Mellon. She is currently involved in K12 teaching and the education program at Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Her goal is to develop her skills in developing educational materials and interactives. She is also looking forward to working within our BI-community.  
(Hinoki Cypress Bonsai, graphite by Lyn Wellsand)

Lyn Wellsand enrolled in our courses during the late summer 2015 and her goal is to graduate in 2016. Lyn has a graphic design degree from American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL and comes to Colorado from Georgia. Her goal is to develop her own style as a successful botanical illustrator.

Congratulations to you all and welcome to the School of Botanical Art and Illustration! 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Maria Sibylla Merian - one of the greatest ever botanical artists

Rebecca Hall, Dry Point Intaglio 

Maria Sibylla Merian has inspired many of our courses through the years: we have had classes on Butterflies, Dry Point Intaglio, Drawing on Tradition, etc. and she is mentioned each time we teach the history of Botanical Illustration. In connection to our Arts and Archives Tours we have studied Merian's original work at collections of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in NΓΌrnberg, Germany (2012) and at the collections of the Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg (2013).   
Katherine Tyrrell has in an excellent way summarized Maria Sibylla Merian's life and works on her website. Highly recommended for every botanical illustrator!

Susan DiMarchi, Dry Point Intaglio (in process) 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Kevin Sloan in Cafe Botanique, November 4th, 6:30 p.m.

Birds of America - The Ascension of Martha by Kevin Sloan, acrylic on canvas

Visual Storytelling by Kevin Sloan

At the core of my work is a deep concern and respect for our planet particularly its "silent inhabitants" - the animals and plants we share this world with.
Through allegory and symbolism Kevin Sloan expresses this concern and at the same time reminds viewers of the wonders in this extraordinary world. He seeks to create a body of work that can speak about our modern technological environment and simultaneously present images of natural balance, odd, unexpected beauty and mystery. His paintings consistently refer back to nature but also acknowledge contemporary society and thus create a dialog between the modern world we've created and the fragile, quiet, and always present natural environment.

Often lush, sometimes stark and theatrical, Kevin Sloan’s "allegorical realism" paintings always ask more questions than they present answers. They aspire to start a conversation about our relationship with nature in this modern, technological and quickly changing era.”

Currently based in Denver, Colorado, Kevin Sloan has been painting and exhibiting internationally for nearly 30 years.  His wonder in the extraordinary and quirky beauty of the natural world is apparent in all his work.

Wednesday, November 4, 6:30-8 p.m.

Gates Hall

Friday, October 30, 2015

Letters, Fooling the Eye and HAPPY HALLOWEEN

From our Trompe l'Oeil class (by Chrystal Beckel, colored pencil)

Illuminated letters, M for a Monarch by Helen Smithwick, mixed media

The demonstration piece for our Cute Killers' class AND 
HAPPY HALLOWEEN (Randy Raak, graphite)
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Two Months Ago

Amorphophallus titanum by Randy Raak, graphite (please click to enlarge)

It is now for two months ago our famous corpse flower bloomed and was named to Stinky...