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

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Congratulations Gai!

The cover art for INDEX SEMINUM 2008 has been selected.
The winner is Gai Swanson with her Trifolium dasyphyllum. Please see the other entries which will be placed inside the Index Seminum by clicking here

Monday, February 23, 2009

What is happening in March - April?

(One curious fellow in the DBG' conservatory. Photo: A. Hjelmroos)

Check out our class listing for March and April by clicking here. We also have an exciting offer covering our digital technique classes that should please everybody with a laptop computer. Please note, that the Wacom tablet for Adobe Illustrator classes is only optional tool and there is no need to purchase it before trying out one in the class.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sister Bee

The screening of the documentary Sister Bee is on February 19th 7p.m. at Denver Botanic Gardens ($8 for member and $10 for non-member). Sister Bee is about six women beekeepers who encounter startling beauty and spiritual truth in their work with honeybees.
For more information and to register please click here.
Laura Tyler, the film maker, is a student of the Botanical Art and Illustration program.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Atchoo - What is in the air?

CAFÉ BOTANIQUE - Thursday, February 19, 2009

(©Tord Nygren, 1990)

What’s in the Air
Airborne Bioparticles and their Impact on Hay Fever Sufferers

By Richard W. Weber, M.D., UCHSC, Denver

The types of airborne exposures with which hay fever sufferers may come in contact, and the mechanism of reaction will be discussed. Examples of important aeroallergen sources will be given, their botanical relationships described, and the time of year exposures can be expected. The impact of clinical change on aeroallergens will be addressed.
Professor Richard Weber teaches at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and practices Allergy & Immunology and Internal Medicine in the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin and has an extensive professional publishing record.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Charles Darwin!

Darwin, the father of evolution, would have celebrated his 200th birthday on February 12. You can read about his complete works here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Marjorie Leggitt’s Palaeobotanical Illustrations

(please click the image to enlarge)

Please step by the El Pomar Room at Denver Botanic Gardens and have a closer look at Marjorie’s remarkable Pen and Ink interpretations of Jurassic fossils.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Gouache - Dürer used it, so did Dietzsch, Zorn and Maud Purdy…

(by Constance Sayas, click the image to enlarge))

Gouache is a type of paint made from pigments bound in water-soluble gum, like water color, but with the addition of a white pigment in order to make it opaque. Gouache has higher pigment content and more brilliant light-reflecting quality than watercolors – you can correct mistakes by painting over. It is often also used to create highlights in water colors. The Botanical illustration program is offering a gouache course as a rare evening elective starting on February 18.
For more information and to register, please click here.

(by Maud Purdy)
(Some examples of works by Dürer, Dietzsch, Zorn and Purdy)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Advance your Perspectives

(Zinnia 'Peppermint Stick' by Marjorie Leggitt, click the image to enlarge)
Botanical illustration is all about perspective. Perspective I is one of our required classes in the BI-curriculum and as such hugely popular.
By request we are now offering Perspective II. Would not you like to be able to draw zinnias, chrysanthemums and dahlias, or other complicated flowers without problems. This course is listed as a “graphite only” class in the catalog; however, we have opened it up to all mediums. For more information and to register please click here.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New plant discovered - Gutierrezia elegans

Peggy Lyon from the Colorado Natural Heritage program and Al Schneider from the Colorado Native Plant Society discovered a new plant species in the Lone Mesa State Park in SW Colorado. The plant has got the name Gutierrezia elegans - Lone Mesa Snakeweed. Denver Botanic Gardens' herbarium has a topotype of this species. Read more...

Listen to Al Schneider about the topic in Colorado Matters (2.1.2009)