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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Midsummer Night's Dream -

(© Christine Hubbell, colored pencil, please click the image to enlarge)

But they do square, that all their elves, for fear,
creep into acorn-cups, and hide them there. (Shakespeare) 
                                                                                 
William Shakespeare was not a botanist but in his poems, plays and sonnets he refers to 180 different plants.The play A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's most popular works and is believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596. In that play alone 41 different plants are mentioned. He was a master of describing what he saw in nature and did it in a way as if any particular plant was the only one that could be mentioned on that occasion.  His writings can also be tied to the plants in a historical perspective as he writes about species which have not yet been introduced to the American continent at the time of writing. 
Our botanical illustration program offered an elective colored pencil course on Flowers and Shakespeare - you can see some of the student work in the BI-Facebook or by clicking here. In July we are continuing along a similar theme by offering a course on Lyrical Flowers (more information and to register, please click here).

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival's 2011 Season opens on June 25th with Romeo and Juliet (preview performance on June 24th).

Since today is the Summer Solstice you might like to read more about midsummer night magic and the supernatural aspects which are often linked to the midsummer night in the northern countries, please click here (scroll down to Midsummer night magic). 

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