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Friday, August 23, 2013

Arts and Archives 2013: second and third day

Stockholm, 9.30 p.m.

We have had two long and strenuous days behind us. In Uppsala the highlight certainly was to see the bird illustrations done with real bird feathers most likely form late 17th and early 18th century. Today in Stockholm we saw herbarium collections from early 17th century and newly discovered illustrations from a South American expedition at the Swedish Museum of Natural History and at the Vasa Museum we got the access to the Magazines which are not available for public and most part not even cataloged, and artifacts including fabrics, human remains and metal from the ship that capsized in 1628. Finally today we got a review of the history of Stockholm from 12th century to today in a form a walking tour..A more detailed report will follow later.   
(In the Vasa magazines underneath the ship)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Arts and Archives 2013 - first six hours after arrival

Linnaeus Hammarby 
 There couldn't be a better introduction to our 2013 Arts and Archives tour than a visit to Hammarby Manor, Linnaeus summer residence which he bought 1758. Five of the original buildings are still on the property in addition to some forty plant species  that was planted during Linnaeus time (e.g., Siberian crab apple and a shrubbery with Lonicera tatarica and Prunus mahaleb).
We were overwhelmed  by the original wallpapers from 18th century consisting of plant illustrations many of those made by Georg Ehret. We got the rare privilege to visit Linnaeus bedroom and study the originals illustrations.(No photography inside the buildings)
On the hill north of the main building lies Linnaeus' own museum which he had built in 1769 after the big fire in Uppsala. The Museum is built of stone making it fire safe. It contains only one room.
Please see some additional photos from our first day in Sweden by clicking here.

Linnaeus Hammarby is located some 12 km outside Uppsala and one of the sites all plant lovers and illustrators should visit.

Detail of a fish hanging from the ceiling at Linnaeus' Natural History Museum,opened 1769

Monday, August 19, 2013

Graphite and Watercolor

(Chickadee by Emma Felt)
We recently finished a graphite class focusing on birds. The students first spent a half day in the zoo sketching, making notes and getting familiar with their subject matter. The plates were then finished in the classroom.
In another class the students practiced a new technique: they started illustration with pale graphite grisaille and finished with watercolor washes. Please see some samples of student work from both of these workshops in the BI-Facebook by clicking here.

(Hibiscus by Karen Genoff-Campbell - watercolor on graphite)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Garden Party - reminder

(Cro-cus by Barbara McKee)

Garden Party - A collaboration of kids and Professional Artists
July 11 - September 30, 2013
Frederic C. Hamilton Gallery, Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045

MEET THE ARTISTS - August 14, 10:30 a.m. - noon 
(Light Refreshments)
Featured ArtistsBarbara McKee, Jean Caggiano, R. Garriott, Jane Jones Tracy Wall

Friday, August 9, 2013

Summer picks: from Giovanna Garzoni to zentangle and white flowers

(Drawing on Tradition: Giovanna Garzoni, acrylics by Meredith Feniak)

As our fall season is kicking in seriously in mid-August I like to show some images from our summer classes. Please browse also through our catalog as there are still many openings available for the courses offered during the later part of 2013 (for registration please click here). 
In September we are hosting two visiting instructors: Ann Swan and Sally Yu Leung, both of them have been returning to Colorado several times during the past years. In October Sarah Homfray, trained at the Royal School of Needlework, U.K., will continue teaching us the ancient skill of silk shading and the more advanced technique of gold embroidery. In November we have the honor to host Beatrice Coron and learn about the intricate paper cutting that she is masters so well. 
In addition to the visiting instructors we run our core and elective curriculum with help of our excellent instructors.
Please click here to see more images from the summer classes. 

    (Watercolor Pencil II: Suzanne Stutzman interpretative plate from Herman Gulch Trail)

Please click the images to enlarge

Saturday, August 3, 2013

2013 Arts and Archives Tour - (August 20 - September 3)

(view the full itinerary by clicking here)
 1. Our 2013 tour starts in Sweden focusing heavily on Carl von Linnaeus, his life and impact on the botanical and zoological sciences globally. We will spend five days in the country divided between Uppsala and Stockholm.
2. We arrive in Turku, Finland by boat on August 26, and continue from there to Helsinki. In Finland we concentrate on the world renowned Finnish design and architecture.  

3. From Helsinki we travel to St. Petersburg, Russia where we spend three days seeing original art including the plates in the Maria Sibylla Merian's St. Petersburg Collection.

(from Maria Sibylla Merian's St. Peterburg Collection)

Please see our complete itinerary by clicking here. (All the 14 seats on this trip were filled within 24 hours in November 2012.)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Hummingbirds in Graphite with Randy in San Miguel de Allende

As part of the collaboration between Denver Botanic Gardens and El Charco del Ingenio we are offering a hummingbird illustration course at El Charco. The course is in September 9 - 13 and  in conjunction of the International Hummingbird Festival in San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico. The medium will be mostly graphite even though color media of your choice can also be applied, the instructor is Randy Raak. For registration and more information, please contact El Charco.