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

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cafe Botanique, June 2, 6:30 p.m. - Morrison Discovery Center

Tend and Tell: Developing and Interpreting an Ethnobotanical Garden
Marja Eloheimo, Environmental and Medical Anthropology, The Evergreen State College, University of Washington

Working as a multidisciplinary project team in a year-long academic program at The Evergreen State College, students engaged in hands-on work to revitalize a fledgling ethnobotanical garden at Evergreen’s “House of Welcome” Longhouse. This presentation will describes the innovative project, its academic framework and embedded interdisciplinary and intercultural learning. Students refined existing habitat and theme areas, and developed the sayuyay Sister Garden (a medicinal portion of the garden patterned after a project on the Skokomish Indian Reservation). Students also collaboratively developed interpretive and educational materials; an important component was the beginning of a poly-vocal book about the garden, its history, its habitats and its potential for interactive teaching and learning. Through this work, students began to create a valuable educational resource and contributed to multiple communities, including Evergreen, local K-12 schools, local First Nations, and a growing global collective of ethnobotanical gardens that promote environmental, and cultural diversity and sustainability. 

Marja Eloheimo has taught at The Evergreen State College since 1987. Her academic and professional foci are ethnoecology and medicinal botany with an emphasis on First Peoples of the Pacific Northwest, Tribal Peoples in eastern India, classical Chinese “five-element” philosophy and local community herbalism.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Denver Botanic Gardens – Gates Hall
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Inside or outside the BI-classroom - Always inspiring

(Watercolor II, final plate in process by Karen Genoff-Campbell)

The last sett of courses for our Spring semester are soon in session as we are entering the month of June. Even though most of the offerings are sold out, you can still find some openings in some of the electives, such as Spring back Bookbinding, Watercolor I, Painting Succulents in Watercolor (one seat opened) and HOT Botanicals. 
Registration for our July through December 2011 courses (Summer-Fall Catalog) start on June 6th. We are also this year offering scholarships for talented new students.
Please see see some random photos of the student work by clicking here.

(Susan Curnutte, Champion Trees in Watercolor)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

11 days in 60 minutes -

The Botanical illustration program’s Arts and Archives 2011 Europe Tour to London and Madrid took place from March 31 through April 12.
If you are interested to see some number of photos from the trip and hear more in detail about it, please join us in Mitchell Hall today, May 24th, 7 p.m.  
Beatrix Potter painted this in 1883 when she was 13 yr old

Monday, May 23, 2011

FIVE: a sensory garden

(Please click the image to enlarge)

Solo exhibit by Susan Rubin May 26 - June 19
Spark Gallery (for directions, please click here)

Opening Reception on May 27, 6 - 9 p.m.
(To see Susan's classes at Denver Botanic Garden's Botanical Illustration program, please click here)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Contemporary Botanical Aquatint Etchings by Bryan Poole

(Heliconia bihai with female Eulampis jugulatis by Bryan Poole, published in The Art of Plant Evolution, Kress and Sherwood, 2009, p.23.)

Bryan Poole is trained as a botanical artist through his illustration work with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew since the early 1980s. In his newly published book the New Zealand borne contemporary botanical artist Bryan Poole describes the method of aquatint etching in great detail.  He successfully combines the traditional illustration methods with modern approach to botanical art and design. While admiring Sydney Parkinson's early work he is creating striking copperplate aquatint etchings printed onto acid-free paper in an intaglio press. The intalgio method was commonly used in Europe in the 16th century. The aquatint technique gives a look and feel of watercolor but might be more vivid, saturated look.

"Bryan Poole's work is outstanding in a number of ways beyond his re-introduction of painstaking printing techniques pioneered by Redoute" writes Shirley Sherwood in her foreword for this book which presents one hundred plates from Poole's work and absolutely worth of the investment. Bryan Poole was elected as a member of Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 2002 and became a Royal Etcher (R.E.) Five years later he was awarded the Royal Horticulture Society's Gold Medal. To view more of his art and read about the process, please click here .
 Bryan Poole - Contemporary Botanical Aquatint Etchings with a Foreword by Shirley Sherwood. 
Edited by David F Marks . Published by art-n-stuff, 2011.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators - GNSI

(Enteroctopus dofein by David Ehlert)

GNSI 2011 Conference and Annual Meeting 
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
July 10 - July 16, 2011

This is the one of the top events of the year that the illustration communities are looking forward to annually. The first 3-4 days (Sunday through Wednesday) are open for everybody and filled with program sessions (key note, topics of technique, education, business and legal themes), portfolio sharing, members art exhibit, auction, banquet etc.), while rest of the week is filled with workshops (both traditional and electronic). See the whole program by clicking here. To get an idea what all these presentations are about please see here and you are ready to click the register button, here.
If you can stay the whole week (the accommodation is in affordable dormitory setting, but you need to move fast as the rooms sold out quickly) and participate in one or several of the workshops, you can see that selection here (the workshops typically cost $100/day or $50/half day). Parallel to this exciting program is a series of excursions and field trips to explore the surroundings - that line-up can be viewed here.

WARNING! If you go to one of these conferences, you'll be going to the following one too, and the following there after, and ...

The first GNSI conference was organized in 1979 making the 2011 conference to the 34th Annual Event.

To read more about the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, please check out the excellent website with full of resources for illustrators.
More information about the benefits to join, please click here.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Denver Botanic Gardens' Botanical Illustration Summer and Fall 2011 schedule is out!

(© Marjorie Leggitt)
We will be teaching in the Hibiscus classroom over 950 hours during the period from July to Thanksgiving, which means that there will certainly be something offered for everyone. Please take a moment to browse through the 65 different courses, the registration starts June 6th (both online, in person and per phone and fax). You can view, print or download the program by clicking here or clicking the catalog icon on the right hand column of this page.
[If you like to download the document into your computer or print it, click the download button on the right hand column of the Scribd page (under the file title and above the "Info and Rating") - you'll choose the option "Already have a Scribd account?" - click that and use the username: biprogram and password: student.]
(Eustoma grandiflora by Constance Sayas)

We have three exciting guest workshops during this season:
Pastels with Susan Fisher. – Susan was our program coordinator in 2000-2005 and now directing the Art Institute at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. We are excited to get her back as guest instructor for this pastel workshop in July. This is one of the first pastel workshops in our curriculum ever –
Painting Peony and Lotus the Chinese Way with Sally Yu Leung. Since 2008 we have had the honor to host Sally Yu Leung’s workshops in Denver and include the Chinese brush painting in our curriculum. Her classes typically sells out very fast as this method is only taught once a year in our program.
Look, Paint and Enjoy with Charlotte Knox. This is a really unique and exiting opportunity: Charlotte specializes in watercolor and tempera paintings of foods, plants, and landscapes from around the world, with an emphasis on strong colors and striking, simple design. As far as possible she paints food and plant specimens from life and depicts them actual size.
This time we do offer also 32 other elective courses in addition to the required core classes (30 offerings divided in between the 13 courses which are required for the Botanical Illustration Certificate).
Enjoy the catalog! Registration for the classes starts on July 6. 

(Our distance learning program for the fall season  will be published soon.)
(© Charlotte Knox)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

William Morris - Inspiration and Realization for 150 years

(Presentation Pack to accompany the Morris & Company stamps, produced by Royal Mail and released on May 5, 2011)

Morris and Co. inspired a generation of designers and manufacturers and was a shaping influence on the Arts and Crafts movement that flourished during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. William Morris (1834-96) developed early on two life long passions: a love of nature and creative interest in history. He was briefly trained in architecture but was primarily an artist focusing on applied rather than fine art. He designed furniture, painted tiles, wallpapers, textiles, embroideries and stained glass. He had met Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rosetti while studying at Oxford University and formed a Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood group with them. In April 1861 they formed their own firm Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Company. The other partners of the firm were the painter Ford Madox Brown, Brown’s associate Peter Marshall and their friend Charles Faulkner who was a mathematician  This partnership was usually shortened to Morris & Co. 

William Morris revived the pre-industrial techniques for his textiles, he taught himself dyeing with natural, organic colors and also tapestry weaving and was always striving for the highest standards in materials and workmanship. The original Morris & Co. was closed in 1940 but purchased by Arthur Sanderson & Sons Ltd who is continuing in the same tradition of designing timeless patterns.

To commemorate the continuous influence and inspiration of  William Morris and Morris and Co for designers from the Arts and Crafts Movement to Modernism around the world, Royal Mail has produced a new stamp set which was released on May 5th 2011. 

 William Morris' work is pictured on two of the recently released stamps: Cray furnishing fabric (left) and Acanthus tile panel (right)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Margaret Flocton Award 2011

(Ceratozamia vovidesii by Edmundo Saavedra Vidal, Mexico - please click to enlarge)

The winner of the 2011 Margaret Flocton Award competition is Edmundo Saavedra Vidal from Mexico (Xalapa, Veracruz).
 Margaret Flockton Award is a prestigious Australian competition commemorating the enormous contributions that Margaret Flockton made to early Australian botanical illustration and taxonomy. This competition is most likely the only international art competition for black and white scientific botanical illustration. 
This year (2011) 31 entries from 20 different artists and from eight countries were submitted into the competition where the first prize is $5000. 
The second prize of $2000 went to Lucy Smith (U.K.) and the three highly commended works were by Edmundo Saavedra Vidal (Mexico), Sarah Adler (USA) and Klei Sousa (Brazil).
(Nymphaea thermarum by Lucy Smith, U.K. - please click to enlarge)
Congratulations !

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dugald Stermer - always working toward Grace

(© Dugald Stermer)

In our series Drawing on Tradition we recently studied the working style and application techniques of the contemporary illustrator Dugald Stermer. He has created a vast collection of drawings, book illustrations and editorial work that combine expressive drawings with descriptive calligraphy.
Dugald Sterner earned American Institute of Graphic Arts AIGA 2011 Fellow Award. This award recognizes designers who have made a significant contribution to their community by raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct. AIGA was founded in 1914.   
Please read more about Dugals Stermer here, or browse through his illustrations on different subjects by clicking here.
Examples from our course work can be viewed by clicking here. The instructor for this course was Renee Jorgensen.