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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Greens are difficult...

(5 green leaves in colored pencil  and 5 home works, art by Barbara Weaver)

... and leaves are tricky.
Botanical Illustration program at Denver Botanic Gardens offers frequently classes on how to handle the green color, both in watercolor and in colored pencil. On these classes we also focus on the leaf structure: margins, texture and the venation. Variegated and translucent leaves are typically getting very special attention. You can see some photos from the recent Leafy Greens class by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

One Seat opened in Color Layering!!!

(Student work from a recent Colored Pencil I class)
One seat has just opened in the coming Color Layering for Colored Pencils weekend workshop (Aug 19 - 21, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.). For registration, please call 720-865-3580 or follow the link by clicking here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Not only Botanicals -

(art by Renee Jorgensen)
In addition of botanical subject matter our Botanical Art and Illustration program also includes illustration of pollinators and birds. We recently concluded a class on illumination where the main subject matter was butterflies. Media used was mixed, mainly pen and ink and watercolor pencil. Instructor for the course was Renee Jorgensen. Please see more photos from the class by clicking here or access them through the BI-facebook.
  (Michael Campbell working in the classroom environment) 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible by Donald Jackson

(The frontispiece to Matthew's Gospel - the first illumination made for The Saint John's Bible)
Special trip to Santa Fe, NM
November 7-8, 2011 

Join us for a trip to Santa Fe, NM, to visit an exhibit of the original Saint John’s Bible and attend a presentation by Donald Jackson, Senior Scribe and Illuminator to Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office and Artistic Director of The Saint John’s Bible. He will share the story of his creative processes - design, interpretation and inspiration - in the making of The Saint John’s Bible. After 13 years’ work on seven monumental volumes, Jackson will talk about what that journey has meant to him as an artist and as a man. Lensic Theatre, Santa Fe, NM.

After the talk there is a special private reception at the New Mexico History Museum with Donald Jackson and viewing of this work of art. The exhibit will be one of the last times the pages of this masterpiece can be viewed before they are bound into book form and returned to the Saint John’s Abbey.

We drive in a minibus from Denver on Monday morning (8 a.m.) and return to Denver on Tuesday around 6 p.m. - space is limited (only three seats left)

For more information, please click here.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Nature Journal - Visual Diary

(Sue Shoaff's journal page from yesterday's visit to DeLonde's Homestead - please click the image to enlarge)

Nature journal is the visual diary of a passionate observer, it often is a subtle blend of practical and philosophical notes mixed with more or less detailed scientific illustrations, drawings and illustrated references. 
Our Nature Journal class with Maria Hodkins held in Nederland, CO was a balanced mixture of classroom instruction and nature observations in the field.
Please see some images from the two first days of the workshop in the BI-Facebook or by clicking here

Thursday, August 4, 2011

From Lichens and Rocky Mountain Wildflowers to Lyrical Flowers

"Sweetpea My Sweetpea" ( lyrics and music by P Weller) in it's botanical environment (art by Judy Cochrane)

Our elective courses include classes focusing in many technical details that we do not have the possibility to teach within our regular curriculum. At the same time our goal is to increase the student's knowledge on not only botany and science but also environment, cultural history, archaeology, art history and even literature and music.
Colored pencil on Mylar film can be tricky, but provides a perfect combination and gives the artist a new dimension to work with. Please see more images from out recently completed courses in the BI-Facebook.  

(Some of the participants on our Lichens' class)