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

Friday, November 17, 2017

WHIMSY: Botanical Art and Illustration

This annual juried exhibition from the Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration features the students’ best achievements in a variety of media. These works are also part of a well-established tradition of portraying plants for academic purposes and rendering the beauty of flora around us. The theme for this show is depictions of plants that are both scientifically accurate as well as playful, humorous or unusual, with poetic license highly encouraged.

If cannot visit Denver Botanic Gardens to see the original, you can see them by clicking here, the image or the link on the right hand column (under Of Note)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Looking into 2018: Winter and Spring 2018 Botanical Illustration Course Catalog

Our Winter/Spring 2018 catalog is out! You can view, print and save it into your computer by clicking the image above,  in the right hand column, or by clicking here. We'll  offer over 75 courses during during the first six months of 2018. We have the pleasure to host two overseas visiting instructors: Lucy Smith and Sarah Simblet both from U.K.
Registration begins on December 5th, 9 a.m. either per phone (720-865-3500, 720-865-3653 or 720-865-3670), on-line or in person (Visitor Center).

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Freyer-Newman Center at Denver Botanic gardens

The donations from two benefactors will help complete the 10-year Master Development Plan at Denver Botanic Gardens.  These funds, contributed by John Freyer and Robert and Judi Newman, coupled with the successful voter support for Denver Bond Issue 2B (Denver Cultural Facility Bond) make the construction of the new center for science, art and education possible.

A huge, sincere thank you to all!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Autumn Leaves and Salsa

Cottonwood leaf in progress by Jean Scorgie, watercolor 

Please see more images from our most recent classes by clicking here.

Salsa by Angela Tingle, watercolor

Thursday, October 26, 2017

2018 Arts and Archive tour (April 9-23, 2018)

(Maria Sibylla Merian at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam)

The destination of our 8th annual Arts and Archives tour will be The Netherlands and Andalusia, Spain (April 9-23, 2018). During this 15-day tour we will be exploring and discovering hidden jewels in national archives, research centers, museums and libraries. In the Netherlands our base will be Leiden for eight nights and in Spain, Granada. The details of the daily program for this group and the specially designed tours are under final development, however you can expect the following to be included:

(Jacob Marrel, Two tulips, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam)

-The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has been recently reopened after ten years of rebuilding and renovation. We have the possibility to visit the 80 galleries but more importantly we go behind the scenes into the collections and concentrate in conservation, research and selected works (including Jacob Marrel, Maria Sibylla Meriam, Hoefnagel, Vermeer, Mondrian and Rembrandt). 

(Adriaen Matham, Two Owls Skating, c. 1630-1640, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam)

- We stop by Hortus Botanicus, one of the oldest Botanical Gardens in the world.
- One day will be spent in the Teylers Museum in Haarlem. This is a science oriented and the oldest museum in the Netherlands. Here we have a special tour of the library with works of Michelangelo Buonarroti, van Gogh and sketchbooks of van Gogh and Barend Hendrik Thier. In the Lorentz lab we step into a time machine to experience walking in the footsteps of Lorentz and Einstein.
(Lorentz lab, Teylers Museum in Haarlem)

-The United East Indian Company and its collections are placed in Hoorn where we learn about Georg Rumphius and his documentation work in Indonesia among others.  

- We’ll spend some time in Naturalis biodiversity research center in Leiden. Here we meet a botanical/science illustrator who works on the site, have a special tour of the library and visit the Herbarium Cliffortianum

- On our earlier tours we have seen anatomical theatres in Uppsala, Sweden and Padova, Italy. Here in Leiden we can visit the oldest anatomical theatre (from 1575) at Boerhaave. We will also have a collection tour at the Royal Library with early manuscripts and illuminations, works of Maria Sibylla Merian and lots of other valuables, even the first Dutch Donald Duck. 
(Piet de Smeerpoets at the Royal Library)

- We cannot miss the The Kröller-Müller Museum that boasts the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world with almost 90 paintings and over 180 drawings, nor the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag with the largest collection of works by Piet Mondriaan.
- After visiting a cheese factory (Gouda or Edam), and the Delft Pottery factory with guided tours, and enjoying an evening concert with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra we are ready to take the flight to Granada, Spain, where our focus will mainly be on the Moorish culture.     


- In Granada our main destination will be the Alhambra, the palace and fortress complex originally constructed in 889. We have a tour focusing on the art and the Alhambra garden.
The Cartusian Monastery is one of the finest examples of Spanish Baroque architecture and was founded 1506. We have a 3 hour tour of this UNESCO world heritage site.
- In Granada we also visit an 11th century Arabian Bath and museum. 
- Travelling to Cordoba we have the opportunity to visit another UNESCO World heritage site, the historic center of the town with the Mezquita Mosque of Cordoba which is the most important monument of all the Western Islamic world. 
(interior of the Mezquita Mosque of Cordoba)

- We will be picked up for a four hour private tour of Medina Azahara (‘Beautiful Town’), one of the main archaeological sites in Spain.

- We spend some time in Malaga and visit the Picasso Museum, Botanic gardens, and Alcazaba, an ancient Moorish fortress from early 11th century. 
-To round up this unique tour we have the possibility to see Paleolithic caves with over 40,000 year old rock art.
 (Nerja caves)

The trip is limited to 12 people only and it is sold out. If you are interested please let me know and I'll add your name to the waiting list. In 2019 we travel to new destinations - perhaps we follow the silk road to Irkutsk! 
You can already put your name on the list if you plan to come with!
(Girl with the Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ute Indian Prayer Trees in Cafe Botanique, November 1st, 6:30 p.m.

Ute Indian Prayer Trees

John W. Anderson, author 

This presentation is based on the book “Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region” by John W. Anderson and published by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS). The Culturally Modified trees are believed to have been cultivated between 150-450 years ago and are found throughout Colorado. Learn about the original inhabitants of the Pikes Peak region, their world view and history, and how these trees connect us to the richness of their culture.

John Anderson is an author, artist and consultant. He spent 10 years working in the corporate world, and before that served two-terms as the elected Sheriff for El Paso County, Colorado. Although John has travelled around the world—including several adventures on a catamaran sailing the Caribbean, three corporate security assignments into a combat zone on the Horn of Africa and landing on an aircraft carrier at sea in the Pacific Ocean—he is most fascinated by the rich history and art he has discovered in his own back yard in the American Southwest

Café Botanique
Wednesday November 1, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall

Monday, October 9, 2017

Late Summer in the Classroom #2

From our indigo class, egg tempera, Milvi Gill

Second sett of random images from our late summer classes can be found here.

Acorns and oak leaves, graphite by Sue Carr

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Late summer in the classroom #1

Pelargonium, pen and ink by Patti Hearn from the distance learning option class, Drawing on Tradition: Margaret Flockton, Story in Fine Line

We have been working hard in the classroom all summer long. This is the first post to show you a selection of finished and in progress work from the late summer classes. To see more photos connected to this posting, please click here.

We posted earlier about Isabel Adams and the drawing on tradition class inspired by her. Here is one more image belonging to that series. Watercolor and Ink by Rebecca Swan

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Ratibida columnifera - completed

watercolor, by Işik Güner, our 2017 artist-in-resident

Cafe Botanique: Supplements: Are They Weeds or Seeds?

Helleborus orientalis 'Ivory Prince', watercolor and graphite by Susan Curnutte

Supplements: Are They Seeds or Weeds
Monika Nuffer, Pharm.D., Skaggs School of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine, University of Colorado

Join us in a discussion around the origins of medicine from botanical sources, the history of various plant uses and the continued interest in identifying medicinal properties from botanicals. Dr. Monika Nuffer will provide a brief background on some of the herbs grown at Denver Botanic Gardens, and answer questions about common herbal remedies.

 Monika Nuffer, Pharm.D. is a clinical pharmacist with expertise in Integrative Medicine.  She provides individualized consults where she evaluates and explains the safety and efficacy as well as pros and cons of different herbs and supplements patients are or are considering using. Taking her patients  complete medication profiles into account, she screens for interactions and duplications and helps to optimize pharmacotherapy treatment at The Center for Integrative Medicine (TCFIM). Dr. Nuffer holds faculty appointments at the University of Colorado in both the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine.

Wednesday, October 11, 6:30-8 p.m.