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

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Welcome April - Welcome to the new Classroom C

Our new SMI split top drafting tables and Bevco drafting chairs are all in place and ready to take classroom full of students. Three of the tables are custom made for left-handed artists. Our current maximum capacity is now 15 students.

By the same token because one leads to another, please examine our class offerings for April (required and electives).
(Rosa albertine by Lizzie Sanders)

This month we have two quest workshops taught by Lizzie Sanders. There is two seats left in the Saturday workshop and a couple of more in the Monday through Friday one. Please note that the fee for these master workshops is the same than the class fee for classes in our regular curriculum.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Flavored Flavors

The Spicy Side of Botany
by Susan Rubin
March 27 - April 20, 2008
Opening Reception Friday, March 28, 6-9 p.m.
900 Santa Fe Drive, Denver

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Priceless but little known legacy…


Beginning in 1887, the USDA employed about 50 skilled artists to document newly introduced fruit cultivars. Some of these illustrations were reproduced in USDA publications, but most have never been published. The digital USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection includes more than 7,700 drawings of fruit and nut specimens.
About half of these illustrations depict apples, and the remainder represents many common and uncommon fruits of that time. In addition to the beautiful fruit artwork the collection also includes drawings of many fruit diseases, symptoms of nutrient deficiencies and storage disorders.
One of the prolific artists was Amanda A. Newton, granddaughter of Isaac Newton, not the physicist developer of the laws of motion but the nations first Commissioner of Agriculture appointed by President Lincoln.
USDA possess many special historical collections and most of them are digitized and available for the public to view. (Higher resolution JPEGs are available by request.)
(The image Garcinia mangostana mangosteen, Specimen No.: 83862, USDA Artist: Newton, Watercolor Date: 1915.)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Denver Botanic Gardens' Index Seminum 2007

(Fallugia paradoxa by Colleen Hillmeyer)
The catalog for seeds collected during the 2007 growth season is out for worldwide distribution. This years Index Seminum lists the availability of seeds for 74 cultivated species and seeds for 143 species collected in the wild. The principal collectors are Mike Bone, Panayoti Kelaidis and Michael Klintgen - all from Denver Botanic Gardens.
DBG' Index Seminum 2007 is also posted on the Gardens’ website by mid-April.
Cover art is by Colleen Hillmeyer. The
art inside the catalog is by Cridlebaugh, Meyer and Rottman. All the artists are Graduates of the BI program.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Old Masters in Denver until Saturday, March 22nd

The "From Dürer to Rembrandt, The Renaissance of Faith in Art" features 200 original artworks consisting of woodcuts, etchings and engravings. Twenty artists will be represented with most of the artworks by Dürer (late 1400s to 1500s) and Rembrandt (1600s). Others include Lucas van Leyden, Peter Paul Rubens, Van Dyck, Hendrick Goltzius and others. There is no charge for admission; however, tickets are required. Please click here for more information and complimentary tickets. Tickets are also available in Classroom C .

Monday, March 17, 2008

Orphan works and Politics...

Please read carefully and write to your legislator:

This is a letter from a representative of the American Society Of Illustrators’ Partnership in affiliation with the Illustrators’ Partnership regarding Orphan Works:
Orphaned Works is back on the table and the following information makes it clear that The U.S. Copyright office is on the wrong side of this issue. If you want to retain your copyrights as they presently exist I recommend you write to your legislators explaining why this bill must not get passed. It will destroy current copyright law.

Read more here...

Café Botanique - Thursday, March 20 - Morrison Center


Citizen Science for all Seasons (Project BudBurst)
By Sandra Henderson, Ph.D., UCAR, Boulder


Project BudBurst is a nationwide initiative that encourages volunteers to track climate change by observing the timing of spring flowers and foliage. Project BudBurst, operated by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and a team of partners, allows schoolchildren, gardeners and other citizen scientists in every state to enter their observations into an online database that will give researchers a detailed picture of our warming climate. Learn about Project BudBurst and how you can join this innovative and exciting effort. Spring is right around the corner!

Sandra Henderson is a science educator at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder where she oversees the development of K-12 geoscience education materials and the design and implementation of citizen science field campaigns. Sandra facilitates professional development workshops for geoscience educators from across the country, coordinates the development of online courses for classroom teachers, and prepares staff scientists to participate in educational outreach activities. She is particularly interested in science education programs that address the needs of underrepresented populations. Sandra served as Co-Director of LEARN: Atmospheric Science Explorer’s, an NSF teacher enhancement program. She is the former Director of Education for GLOBE

Thursday, March 20, 2008
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center
6:30 – 8 p.m

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Autumn Lady's Tresses, Spiranthes spiralis with Succisa pratensis (page 65 from Ireland's Wild Orchids by Susan Sex and Brendan Sayers)

There are some Irish botanical illustrators I like to mention: Wendy F. Walsh, the illustrator of the Irish Florilegium, and Susan Sex, illustrator of the privately published (only 700 copies) Ireland’s Wild Orchids. Irish Botanical Illustrators and Flower painters by Patricia Butler is one of the few books which surveys the botanical art from the Irish point of view.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Gems of the Rockies

The BI art for the Denver Rose Society poster can be viewed by clicking here. The Rose poster will be printed in a very limited number (500) and they are sold in June 26-30, 2008 at the American Rose Society Convention in Denver.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Test Terry Ludwig Pastels, rated ++++

Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists meets on Saturday March 15, 2008, 1 p.m. at Terry Ludwig Pastels, 8113 West Brandon, Littleton, CO . For more information please click here.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Power of Writing

Yesterday I was observing one of our classes: Creative Hand Lettering for the Garden Sketchbook and Botanical Artworks. I deeply regretted that I decided earlier not have enough time to participate in the whole 5-week course. It was amazing to feel the creative joy in that class. Renee’s students didn’t want to go home.
The skills obtained in this class are applicable for your everyday life: letters, greeting cards, journals, = everything where you need a pen (Image on the right by T. Stoneburner). I did sign up to a related course: Nature Illuminated, also taught by Renee.


This week I visited The Paul J. Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA. If you happen to be in LA, please try to visit that museum. The Getty Center sits on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains and you can view not only the city of LA but also the Pacific Ocean and the San Gabriel Mountains. The scenery is stunning.There is no entrance fee, and the collections are beautiful. They also have an excellent exhibit about Illuminated Manuscripts (until April 20, 2008).

The Getty Museum’s Central Garden is famous for its beauty, and the overall landscaping at the Museum grounds is a source and model for the higher education in landscape architecture nationwide.
For more information and registration for The Nature Illuminated (08WBI540), please click here.

(from Joris Hoefnagel: Nature Illuminated)

Saturday, March 1, 2008

More Orchids

Denver Orchid Society Spring Orchid Show and Sale will be held during second weekend in March (March 8-9, 2008) at Denver Botanic Gardens (Mitchel Hall).

*Hundreds of orchids for sale (carefully chosen for Colorado conditions), AOD Judging, Orchid Doctor and more.

For more information please click here.

Free for DBG members.