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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

From Alternate Graphite to Gold Leaf Gilding, Silk Shading and Plastic Pencils

(Aesculus by Karla Beatty - Alternate Graphite, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 9 a.m. - noon)
The Summer /Fall 2012 course catalog is out! Our registration opens on Tuesday, June 12, 9 a.m. 
In addition to our normal required courses, we will offer ca 30 elective courses  (both day-time and evening time) plus seven guest workshops. We will study and document the Rocky Mountain native plants at Caribou Ranch and in another illustration course get close look at some of the 50-100 edible and 100 poisonous Colorado mushrooms in the Front Range. We will learn about prairie plants, Flemish illumination and Rembrandt with Amsterdam connection. We explore new illustration techniques and improve our skills in the traditional ones. We include handwriting in our program by offering two courses that explore simple methods to improve and reinforce confidence in penmanship.

Even though the fall season is short we have included guest workshops with 
Alice Tangerini, concentrating on the technique of using plastic pencils on film; 
Jeanne Bennett, teaching us the less known floral fore-edge painting;
Scott Rawlins, teaching us silverpoint;
Ann Swan from the U.K., and giving us two workshops in colored pencil techniques;
Sarah Homfray from the Royal School of Needlework in the U.K. teaching us to paint with the needle and revealing us the technique of silk shading which is at least 5000 yrs old. This will be the first ever silk shading embroidery class in the Botanical illustration communities;
Sally Yu Leung from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco can hardly be considered as guest instructor anymore as this is the fifth consecutive year she is teaching us Chinese Brush painting, this time in the form of making bookplates.  
(Iris embroidered with silk shading technique by Sarah Homfray)

 (Platycarpha glomerata by Alice Tangerini, plastic pencil on film)

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