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

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cafe Botanique, November 6th: Cut Stories with Beatrice Coron

Cut Stories - Discover Paper Cutting
Beatricé Coron, Paper Artist, NYC, NY

Stories give meaning to everything, from mythical legends to journalistic reports, from marketing strategies to political ideologies. The story is always for free; it's the bait, the cure and the hope. For the last 15 years, Beatricé Coron has been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, she stages narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies.

Beatricé Coron has lived in France (her native country), Egypt and Mexico for one year each and China for two years. She moved to New York in 1985 where she reinvented herself as an artist. Coron's oeuvre includes illustration, book arts, fine art and public art. She cuts her characteristic silhouette designs in paper and Tyvek. She also creates works in stone, glass, metal, rubber, stained glass and digital media.

Her work has been purchased by major museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum, The Walker Art Center and The Getty. Her public art can be seen in subways, airport and sports facilities, among others. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Denver Botanic Gardens – Gates Hall
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Pre-registration is not required, but encouraged, please click here.

Beatricé Coron teaches a 3-day"Shadow and Light" workshop at the School of Botanical Art and Illustration on November 8 - 10. We have two openings left, this is an opportunity not to be missed! For more information please click here.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What has happened in the classroom lately?

(Aubergine and artichoke by Barbara Piascik, watercolor)

We have had a hectic fall in the classroom with several visiting instructors and the "normal" offerings filling the schedule. Please see some more images from our fall classes by clicking here. Also you get a first view of our spring offerings by clicking here (Google account required).
(Acorn Squash by Lauren Bassing, graphite)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cafe Botanique, October 23rd: Kit Karbler from Blake Street Glass Studio

A Brief History of Glass
Kit Karbler, Blake Street Glass Studio

A brief history of the ancient art of glass blowing, beginning 60,000 years ago and continuing to the Modern American Studio Glass Movement.

Kit Karbler is owner and operator of Blake Street Glass Studio since 1979 in Denver, Colorado. With over 35 years of experience working hot glass into sculptural forms, Mr. Karbler brings along insight into the history of glassmaking and the human evolution that follows it into the 21st century. His works are collected internationally in corporate collections and museums as well as by glass collectors around the world.

Kit Karbler is committed to his community by sharing his studio with students in metro Denver. His annual “Ornament Extravaganza”, benefiting Children’s Hospital, now in its 18th year, is well-known throughout the state of Colorado.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Denver Botanic Gardens – Gates Hall
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

2013 Portfolios

(Winter wild by Helen Smithwick)
Bits and pieces from 2013 graduate portfolios (Foundational Certificate in Botanical Illustration) can be viewed by clicking here

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Congratulating 14 new Graduates!!!

(Taraxacum officinale, colored pencil by Helen Smithwick)

Please join me to congratulate 14 new graduates from the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration: Jessy Bergeman, Leslie Boose, Shanelle Deater, Rebecca Hall, Sharon Henderson, Christine Hubbell, Sendy Issanti, Sue Klebold, Laurence Pierson Martin, Helen Smithwick, Irma Sturgell, Suzanne Stutzman, Mary Tharp and Lynn Zoller.
Helen Smithwick completed the curriculum with Distinction. Two Merits were awarded: Sue Klebold and Laurence Pierson Martin. 
We are impressed with the level of competence and we are proud of you. The more complete presentation of the graduates will be on line shortly.