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

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Art of Healing Plants -

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Opening Reception: July 3, 5 -7 p.m  - Welcome!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Art of Bonsai

(by Christine Hubbell)

The new BillHosokawa Memorial Bonsai Pavilion and Tea Garden was unveiled at Denver Botanic Gardens on June 21. Kizuna – West Meets East is The Gardens’ main exhibit for the year as we feature the Japanese art and culture. 
Botanical Art and Illustration program has also included several courses focusing in the Japanese culture: Floral Designs in the Kimono and Art of Bonsai among others. Please click here to see some examples of the student work. 

(Kimono design by Renee Jorgensen)

Friday, June 22, 2012

From Yeast, Bees, Cyanobacteria to Colors, Paint and Space - CAFE BOTANIQUE

(From May 2009 presentation: Power of Color by Charles Smith, Color Marketing Group)

Cafe Botanique at Denver Botanic Gardens was introduced in May 2007 as a trial and has continued with monthly-bimonthly meetings since then. Cafe Botanique was designed to be similar to  Cafe Scientific, however the presentations are mainly related to botany or art.
You can see our 2012 fall schedule as well as the schedules and abstracts for all the previous talks by clicking the highlighted. Cafe Botanique was recently featured at the annual conference for American Public Gardens Association in Columbus, OH.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Perennial Art

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Registration for summer and fall classes starts in few hours...

(Iris by Annie Reiser)

On Tuesday, June 12 9 a.m. our registration line opens for the 2012 Summer and Fall classes. For online registration please click here.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Latin names

(Rudbeckia hirta by Constance Sayas)

Read a great article about how Learning plants' Latin names helps gardeners make informed choices by Colleen Smith and published in Denver Post's Grow Section today, June 8th. You can read the article by clicking here.
Denver Botanic Gardens Botanical Illustration program is complementing the article with illustrations. You can also find link to the article through the BI-facebook.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Scheduling problems and Global warming

(Apple blossoms in process by Barbara Weaver, please click the image to enlarge)

The Botanical Illustration Program publishes two program catalogs per year: the January – June catalog is put together during previous September-October. The July – December catalog is done in the end of March – April (same year). The probability for snow between the end of February and end of March is high in Denver and March is considered to be the snowiest month of a year. This year we scheduled a “winter landscape” class for March but the lilacs were blooming and we didn’t get any snow during that period. The class content was changed to a Botanical winter landscapes without snow.
Last fall we optimistically scheduled a colored pencil course “Flowering fruit trees” for May, since that is the time for fruit trees to bloom in Colorado. This year all blooming was over by the end of April and that class became a: Draw from your photos –course focusing. We are certainly seeing the effect of chancing or fluctuation temperature even in the Botanical illustration curriculum –
Please see more photos from the colored pencil class in the BI-Facebook. We are also showing student work from the carbon dust class which focused on Bamboo.
(Bamboo by Rebecca Kester, carbon dust)