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

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Just Three Days Remaining!!!

(Lupinus chamissonis, colored  pencil, Estelle DeRidder, please click the image to enlarge)

In three days we will ring in 2013 - If you are considering a year end  tax-deductible donation for scientific equipment and and teaching tools, you need to do it now. With the Challenge Grant your gift to the School of Botanical Art and Illustration will double in value.  
You can transfer your gift in three different ways:
      1.  Process your secure gift online by clicking here or the following link: www.botanicgardens.org/annual-fund
·     Click on donate now button. Select “BI Challenge (by 12/30/2012)” from the designation drop-down menu.
      2.  Deliver or mail your check payable to Denver Botanic Gardens by tomorrow, Friday, December 28, 2012. Our address: DBG, 909 York Street, Denver, CO 80206. Please add “BI Challenge” on the memo line.
       3. Call the Gardens’ Director of Development, Johanna Kelly at 720-865-3517.

Thank you for your consideration and your constant support of botanical art and illustration here at the Gardens.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Holidays from SBAI

(pop-up art by Judy Vanderbosch)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2012 BI-Scholarships


(Hyoscyamus reticulatus by Tulay Yilmaz, watercolor)

Each year the School of Botanical illustration awards scholarships for new students who are 15 years or older and planning to enroll in any of the required classes without pre-requisites in Denver Botanic Gardens’ Botanical Art and Illustration program. In 2012 we have three recipients:

1. Tulay Yilmaz, Ankara Turkey. Tulay is currently completing her Master of Science studies in Molecular Genetics (Expected to be completed in February 2013) and she will be coming to Denver, CO in April 2013. 
2. Abigale Grace, Lafayette, CO enrolled to the Botanical illustration program already in August 2012 and has since then completed six of the 14 required courses.

(As Above So Below, Abigale Grace, acrylic, thread, wool glass beads)

3. Beverly Longe, Denver, CO has studied in the Columbus College of Art and Design and Denver Art Student League. She will enroll to classes in 2013.

(Leaf study by Beverly Longe, watercolor)

Congratulations to all the recipients - welcome to the School of Botanical Art and Illustration!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Your Gift Will Double!

(Karen Cleaver, watercolor)

As 2012 comes to a close, the School of Botanical Art & Illustration has been generously offered a challenge grant in the amount of $7,500. For every new dollar donated to the School of Botanical Art and Illustration between today and December 30, 2012, funds will go to scientific equipment (such as microscopes) and other teaching tools – and most importantly, be matched by a donor up to the amount of $7,500. This is a great opportunity to enhance the School’s resources. The timing is perfectYour gift will be fully tax deductible as allowed by law.

You can transfer your gift in three different ways:
      1.  Process your secure gift online by clicking here or the following link: www.botanicgardens.org/annual-fund
·         Click on donate now button. Select “BI Challenge (by 12/30/2012)” from the designation drop-down menu.
      2.  Deliver or mail your check payable to Denver Botanic Gardens by Friday, December 28, 2012. Our address: DBG, 909 York Street, Denver, CO 80206. Please add “BI Challenge” on the memo line.
       3. Call the Gardens’ Director of Development, Johanna Kelly at 720-865-3517.

Thank you for your consideration and your constant support of botanical art and illustration here at the Gardens.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Bird Illustration Course at El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden

(Alifie Rojas, graphite)

The Bird illustration course at El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden (San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico) started with studying the different parts of the bird in the classroom then continued with live sketching of chickens and ducks. Finally everybody was illustrating from photos using also 3-dimensional model as helping tool to solve the perspective issues. Some of the students had not done any illustration prior to this class and the progress made during the 5-day course was amazing. 
Congratulations for all the 14 students; congratulations and thank you for Maestro Randy Raak. Students from San Miguel de Allende and those who were travelling from distance (some all the way from Mexico City) very happy for the learning experience. SBAI (School of Botanical Art and Illustration) will be back! 
Please see images from the class by clicking here.
(Lots of individual guidance, Maestro Raak and Pakina)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Registration for 2013 courses opens tomorrow!

(Constance Sayas, watercolor)

Registration for the spring 2013 courses opens tomorrow, 9 a.m. Course catalog can be viewed by clicking here (Google account needed). You can register on-line, per phone or in person.
Happy hunting and good luck for tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

School of Botanical Art and Illustration

(Gretchen Sickler, colored pencil - from our fall classes, please click image to enlarge)

To better reflect our quality teaching our name has changed to School of Botanical Art and Illustration.  The course registration for the January - July 2013 courses opens on December 11th, 9 a.m. You can access our course catalog by clicking here or the image on the right hand column of the blog. The online registration can be found by clicking here (all the classes appear as sold out until Dec. 11, 9 a.m.). Please see some random images from our November classes by clicking here
 (Barbara McKee, from the gold leaf gilding class)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Colorado Gives Day is tomorrow!

Support the School of Botanical Illustration - Support Denver Botanic Gardens.
Colorado Gives Day, December 4th, 2012