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

Monday, December 31, 2007

An Untapped Pharmacopeia

There are many reasons to conserve our rainforests; they are the “lungs of the world” and storehouses of incredible biological diversity.
Less than one percent of tropical plant species have been assessed for modern-day medical applications. From just that one percent, we have developed drugs to treat cancer, HIV, hormonal imbalances, muscle spasms, indigestion and many other afflictions.
Please visit the interpretive trail in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory (Denver Botanic Gardens). It highlights tropical plants in our collection that have proven medicinal value to humans.
In its series Drawing on Tradition Botanical Illustration Program offers a watercolor/graphite class featuring Medicinal plants and Elizabeth Blackwell. While learning new/old methods of botanical illustration, the students will also explore a piece the Botanical illustration history, Medical use of common and tropical plants and E. Blackwells herbal.
This fascinating class starts on January 7th, registration and further information, please click here.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas!!!

(Rudolf Koivu (1890-1946)
Wishing you all the very best for the Holiday Season.
If you are still trying to find the perfect gift to someone special, please remember the BI classes, they are really perfect gifts. (January required courses and electives. We do also have two introductory courses in January. The whole year schedule is available here).
You migh like to see the Santa Claus’ village or write a last minute letter to him. You can also see Santa’s webcam.
You knew that he lives in Finland.
Today, Finland is one of the few countries where kids actually see Father Christmas in the act of delivering the presents and probably the only country where the Santa really does ask the children if they behaved during the year.

(Rudolf Koivu (1890-1946)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Last chance ....

(Marjorie Leggitt)
Friday, December 21, 6-9 p.m. Miniature Sale in the Gardens' Lobby - last chance to get them in 2007. All of the paintings are donated by teachers and students. FREE GIFT WRAPPING!
This is our yearly fundraiser and the equipment we buy helps us offer first-rate education for the students in our program. This year the program is raising funds for drafting tables and adjustable chairs for classroom C. Tell at the gate that you are there for the miniatures and you get in free.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

BI course materials

Materials lists for all the BI classes can be found here. There is also a link on this page, in the right sidebar just underneath the course descriptions. You can find the right list by looking at the course number (a short description is in parenthesis).
Kozo Fine Art materials (10 E. Ellsworth Ave, Denver) has a 20% discount for Botanical Illustration Program participants with proof of registration. Bring your registration confirmation letter from the Botanic Gardens.

Index Seminum

(Index Seminum catalog covers: 1. Desert Legum Program, Tucson AZ ; 2. Parco Nazionale della Majella, Abruzzo, Italy)

The idea of a plant and seed exchange was formulated in 1683 when John Watts, the Director of The Chelsea Physic Garden visited the Leiden University Botanic Garden taking plants and seeds with him. The Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries.
The Chelsea Physic Garden seed list (Index Seminum) as we know it now was first produced in 1901 when the City Parochial Foundation took over the management of the Garden. In 1983 the Garden was placed in the care of a group of trustees under the Chairmanship of Dr. David Jamison, and the Society of Apothecaries has since kindly agreed to finance the seed list.
The exchanges of plant material have continued until the present day, enabling Botanic Gardens all over the world to introduce new plants to their countries and to maintain interesting and diverse collections within their grounds.
The seed exchange now operates between the Chelsea Physic Garden and approximately 368 other Botanic Gardens and universities in 37 different countries.
The Botanical Illustration Program has got a unique request to produce the cover illustration for the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Index Seminum 2008. DBG’ list for 2008 includes 78 different species. Please see #08W BI 380.
This is an evening’s class and should attract many.
NOTE: Material from this class is also going to be used in the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Research Department Celebrating Wildflowers Coloring Book 2008.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Miniatures and Lights

Thursday, December 13, 6-9 p.m. Miniature Sale in the Gardens' Lobby. All of the paintings are donated by teachers and students. FREE GIFT WRAPPING!
This is our yearly fundraiser and the equipment we buy helps us offer first-rate education for the students in our program. This year the program is raising funds for drafting tables and adjustable chairs for classroom C. Tell on the gate that you came for the miniatures and you get in free.

AAM Meeting in Denver 2008

The annual American Association of Museums meeting is in Denver April 27 – May 1, 2008. The website for volunteers was launched yesterday. Please consider and sign up! WHY sign up? When you volunteer one four hour shift, you will earn a voucher which is valid toward a complimentary one-day registration to the AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo! There are many, many jobs that need to be done, many of them before or after the meeting starts.
For the meeting schedule and program please click

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Registration starts on Monday December 10, 9 a.m.

(Barbara Piascik (2007 BI-graduate): Papaver orientalis, colored pencil, 2007)

Registration beginns tomorrow, Monday December 10th. The on-line registration starts 9 a.m. - You can registrer by phone from midnight Monday, December 10th (720-865-3580) and leave a message with all the information needed for registration (course number, your name and address as well as the payment information). We do encourage you to register on-line, though.
NOTE: You cannot register to Open Studio on line - You will register for Open Studio in the classroom as walk-in.
Happy Registration!
Remember Miniatures are sold December 13th (and 21st), 6-9 p.m. in Denver Botanic Gardens' Lobby - FREE Gift wrapping!!!!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

America's Lost Landscape with CONPS

This award winning film tells the rich and complex story of one of the most astonishing alterations of nature in human history. Prior to Euro-American settlement in the 1820s, one of the major landscape features of North America was 240 million acres of tall grass prairie. But between 1830 and 1900 -- in the span of a single lifetime -- the prairie was steadily transformed to farmland. This drastic change in the landscape brought about an enormous social change for Native Americans. In an equally short time their cultural imprint was reduced in essence to a handful of place-names appearing on maps. The extraordinary cinematography of prairie remnants, original score and archival images are all delicately interwoven to create a powerful and moving viewing experience about the natural and cultural history of America. Amongst those interviewed are writer Dayton Duncan, Wes Jackson of The Land Institute, biologist Laura Jackson, linguist Jerome Kills Small, historian Anton Treuer, landscape historian Lance Foster, writer Richard Manning, and Nina Leopold Bailey and Carol Leopold -- two of Aldo Leopold's children.
Don't miss this month's Boulder Colorado Native Plant Society meeting--it's Movie Night! Pizza and popcorn will be served (bring your own reusable plate/bowl/cup)
Thursday, December 13th at 7pm, at City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Offices at 66 South Cherryvale Rd.

If you missed the Miniatures...

If you missed the Miniature Show and SALE December 4 and 5th, you still have a change before the holidays: December 13th and 21st, 6-9 p.m. in Denver Botanic Gardens' Lobby. Please take your friend and visit, you might find something unique. We are fundraising for drafting tables and adjustable chairs for our classroom C. The BI program needs to get new furniture!
Tell at the gate that you are there for the miniatures and you get in free. Take the opportunity and see the Blossoms of Light at the same time.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Belated Congratulations to Jan Boyd-Haring!

Earlier this fall ASBA awarded Jan a grant of $1000 to research and record the wildflowers of the South Park area of Colorado. She will produce an illustrated brochure for tourists, locals, and any Colorado wildflower enthusiasts. She will also receive funds to attend the 2008 ASBA Annual Meeting in Pasadena, Ca to present her project.
Hooray for Jan – we are so happy for you!
Jan graduated from the BI program 2006.
(The image does not have anything to do with the project - Jan's watercolor painting of the orchid Phalaenopsis 'Ching Ann Princess' is hanging in the Alumni show at Denver Botanic Gardens).