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

Friday, October 26, 2007

Welcher aber ...

Whoever ... proves his point and demonstrates the prime truth geometrically should be believed by all the world (Albrect Dürer).
Albrech Dürer’s (1471 – 1528) ‘Das Grosse Rasenstück’ illustrates an ecologically accurate slice of a May meadow in Franconia. Dürer was supremely gifted and versatile German artist of the Renaissance era. He was engraver, printmaker, writes but also a painter. He introduced a new subject for the artist: Even the simplest detail in the nature is worth painting and nature should be studied for its own sake. Albrech Dürer was also a respected geometrician. Dürer's shell curve was presented in his work Instruction in measurement with compasses and straight edge (1525).
Botanical Art and Illustration Program offers a course in the series of “Drawing on Tradition: Naturalist Albrecht Dürer".

“His lectures were the finest ever heard…”

(Church, A.H. Types of floral mechanisms, Oxford 1908)

… and his theories and flower studies were revolutionary.
He was ‘a self-sacrificing, devoted, kind-hearted teacher, and as one of the ablest and most original botanists of our time’ (Tansley, 1939).
While studying Maud Purdy’s illustrations I inevitably think about Arthur Harry Church (1865-1937).
Arthur Harry Church primary interest was in the evolutionary origin and was painstaking in his analysis of floral structure and phyllotaxis and taught botany at Oxford, U.K. for 35 years. His revolutionary drawings are considered some of the finest botanical illustrations of the twentieth century. His mastery of microtechnique resulted to clarity and razor-sharp edge to the many cross-sections and diagrams of flowers that he produced to accompany his elegant studies. The illustrations of Ferdinand Bauer influenced him a great deal.
Botanical Art and Illustration Program offers a weekend workshop (November 2-4, 2007) in the series of “Drawing on Tradition: Story of the Origin: Arthur Henry Church flower studies” .

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Michael Wilcox products in KOZO

Kozo will be the only retail store to have Michael Wilcox products.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

If you are visiting New York

Ann A. Fleming's drawing is included in the 10th Annual International Juried Exhibition of the ASBA/ Horticultural Society of New York. Ann is DBG' BI certificate recipient from 2003.
The Royal Horticultural Societies gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the exhibit is up until November 16, 2008 .

Also while you are in New York please visit the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.

Drawing from life exhibit at BBG features the work of 14 woman artists who have painted plants at Brookland Botanic Garden during the past 90 years. The exhibit is very much focusing in the works of Maud H. Purdy
Maud Purdy was Brooklyn Botanic Garden's staff artist from 1913 to 1944. Among Purdy's most original and visually arresting works are 24 gouache paintings on black board. Purdy also produced 40 paintings of iris, several of which were exhibited at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, and pen-and-ink illustrations of plants collected during the 1930 Astor expedition to the Galápagos (not all the iris paintings are exhibited)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden's goal is to digitize 235 of Purdy's paintings, illustrations, and sketches and to rescue the artist's original, often daring work from obscurity and make it available for study and appreciation by a public almost entirely unacquainted with it.

Just absolutely stunning – the exhibit will be up for viewing until November 11.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Discounted Materials for BI students

KOZO Fine Art Materials has agreed to give a discount of 20% on all regular priced items to BI students with proof of current registration and for instructors in the program. KOZO have, except all the ‘normal’ material also Michael Wilcox colors and special items like pointed tweezers, magnifying glasses etc. KOZO is located at 10 E Ellsworth Avenue, Denver, CO 80209 (303-733 2730).

Cafe Botanique, October 18

A Century of Crust Busting on the Colorado Plateau
By Nichole Barger, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Biological soil crusts are assemblages of lichens, fungi, cyanobacteria and mosses that colonize soil surfaces in arid land ecosystems. In those ecosystems where vascular plant cover is sparse, biological soil crusts may make up to 70% of the living ground cover and play an important role in nutrient cycling and stabilization of soil surfaces. Over the last century, biological soil crust communities in the western US have been disturbed by intensive land use practices such as livestock grazing and recreational use of public lands. In this talk, I will discuss my work on biological soil crusts communities on the Colorado Plateau and discuss the need for conservation of these unique micophytic soil communities.

Nichole Barger is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado. Nichole’s current research mission is to better understand the impacts of changing climate and land use on plant communities and soil resources in arid lands ecosystems; research that crosses the boundaries of community, ecosystem and landscape ecology.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center6:30 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Last 5 weeks of classes

The last set of BI classes for 2007 is starting soon. Please pay special attention to the evening selection. We can only offer evening classes Monday though Thursday during the winter time and the rotation is much slower than that for the day time courses. This time we offer three required and one elective during the evening slot compared to the three required and seven electives during the day time. We do offer two weekend classes in Fort Collins and one in Denver.
And once again: Unfortunately there is conflicting information regarding the Color Mixing for Artists class. The class (#07C BI210) will be offered on Wednesday October 24, 31, November 7, 14, and 28, 6-9 p.m. DBG regret the typo.
Remember the Holiday Miniature Sale and Show - The art drop off deadline is approaching fast (November 12). You can print your entry form here, please return it in the wooden box in the classroom C or leave it with your instructor. This year we are fundraising for new drafting tables and chairs in the Classroom C.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Ann Swan

During the week of October 8 – 12 we will offer Colored Pencil Guest Workshop by Ann Swan in classroom C. You can still register on-line ,or call to register (720-865-3680). There are NO regular classes in next week.

Project InSect artwork has been taken down and the huge insect paintings have left Denver Botanic Gardens. The art in Gates Garden Court is re-organized and you can see BI-student master pieces on all the walls.

NOTE: Unfortunately there is conflicting information regarding the Color Mixing for Artists class. The class (#07C BI210) will be offered on Wednesday October 24, 31, November 7, 14, and 28, 6-9 p.m. DBG regret the typo.

(Arum Lily by Ann Swan)

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Cafe Botanique, October 4

History of Heritage Roses – Fairmount Cemetery
By Stephen Scanniello

Found roses are an important ingredient in the palette of rose lore and garden history. Their names, easily identified by double quotation marks to distinguish them from known varieties, fill pages of rose nursery catalogs. At times the temporary names given to found roses (also referred to by some as mystery roses) end up being the permanent name, for the original identity may be lost, forever. Several of these found roses are in Denver's Fairmount Cemetery, provenance of "Fairmount American Pillar".
In the 20th century, as the hybrid tea and other modern rose groups became popular, many of the old hybrids fell to the wayside. Due to the efforts of the members of the Heritage Rose Foundation and rose preservationists (most notably the Texas Rose Rustlers and the Heritage Roses Group), many have been saved from extinction and once again grow in gardens, public and private, throughout the United States.

Stephen Scanniello is best known as a hands on gardener who transformed the Cranford Rose Garden of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden into one of the world’s most acclaimed rose gardens.
Stephen is the president of the Heritage Rose Foundation and has co-authored several award winning rose books. He lives and gardens in Jersey City and Barnegat, New Jersey.

Thursday, October 4, 2007
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center
6:30 – 8 p.m.