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

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Learn the watercolor basics at Bluff Lake

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- This watercolor class at Bluff Lake Nature Center is not credited in our certificate program, but gives you a excellent introduction to the media. You can then continue in our program, please click here, color mixing for artists starts on March 28th!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Weather advisory line!

(from our watercolor classes, dahlias by Karen Genoff-Campbell)

It is currently snowing in Denver - if you are attending our classes, remember always check out the weather advisory line: 720-865-3620.
(The Letter R, palladium and gouache by Annie Reiser 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Calligraphy, Carbondust and Chronicles

(Carbondust by Mary McCauley; please click the image to enlarge)

Our entry level carbondust course ended just in time before the very intense calligraphy week started. Please see some images from that class by clicking here, the instructor was Karla Beatty. 
We have had the pleasure to offer two techniques' courses in Italics instructed by Veiko Kespersaks, who is the current chairman of the SSI (Society of Scribes and Illuminators). Veiko is based in London, U.K. and is also the lecturer of calligraphy in Satakunta University in Finland. First 3-day course was beginner level Italic Script and the second 3-day class will be digging deeper in the Italic variations. We have also spent one day this week in the Special Collections Department at Norlin Library, University of Colorado, Boulder. You can view more images about the calligraphy course and Norlin's library visit by clicking here

Finally the SBAI 2013 Chronicles have got four contributions by now, and the book travels again - 

(The hand needs the tool and the tool gives wings to the hand... Here we can see Karen Genoff-Campbell's practice sheet)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Legacy of Anne Ophelia Dowden in Cafe Botanique



The Legacy of Anne Ophelia Dowden
Martha Hutchinson, M. Arch.

The Legacy of Anne Ophelia Dowden is a glimpse into the renowned botanical artist’s life and work. Anne Ophelia Dowden observed and recorded the beauty of nature through her anatomically correct and beautiful paintings, which ranged from flowers mentioned in the writings of Shakespeare to weeds inherent to New York City. Through family photographs and stories, we will trace some of the influences which may have contributed to her becoming one of the leading botanical artist of the 20th century. 

Martha Hutchinson is a designer living and working in Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Architecture from Cornell University. Since graduating she has practiced architecture, interior design and graphic design. She currently runs a graphic design studio specializing in print and Web design and teaches at the University of Colorado. Ms. Hutchinson is the cousin of the artist Anne Ophelia Dowden.

Pre-registration is not required, but encouraged 

 Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Denver Botanic Gardens – Gates Hall
6:30 – 8 p.m.



Sunday, February 10, 2013

Spring Blooms with the BI at El Charco del Ingenio

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Karla Beatty will be instructing a Botanical Illustration course (April 15 - 19, 2013) mainly in graphite at El Charco del Ingenio in San Miguel de Allende . The class runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with one hour lunch. This course is credited within the School of Botanical Art and Illustration certificate program and is part of the collaboration between El Charco and Denver Botanic Gardens.
For more information about the course please click here, for registration, please click here.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tulips and Lilies - Watercolor on Top of Graphite

(Tulip sample in process by Karla Beatty, if you click the image it will enlarge)

This method has not previously been taught in our program, but you can see from the sample that the technique gives very powerful results.
Deep Inside the Cone: Tulips and Lilies in Graphite and Watercolor course teaches you not only to draw cup and cone shaped blossoms and how to deal with the tricky perspective involved but also gives you media wise a new technique to work with.
For more information and to register, please click here.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Not only for gardeners -


RHS Latin for Gardeners by Lorraine Harrison  is aimed for gardeners but will certainly be very useful also for botanical illustrators.
RHS Latin for Gardeners is an informative, entertaining and beautifully illustrated unraveling of the mysteries of botanical Latin. Over 3,000 Latin names are listed alphabetically, showing how plant names can reveal where a plant originally comes from (and thus its preferred growing conditions), along with such properties as its shape, form, colour, taste, and smell. Each name is clearly defined and accompanied by a pronunciation guide, and the pages are filled with attractive botanical illustrations. Fascinating feature spreads retell the adventures of important plant hunters such as Sir Joseph Banks and Alexander von Humboldt, and explain how their discoveries affect the way our gardens look today. Individual plants are also profiled throughout, showing how their names can illuminate their hidden histories.

"It makes logical and romantic sense for plant lovers to become Latin lovers." - The Times

Miniatures in Multitude

(by Lee Cook)
Please click here to view some of the illustrations from our Miniature Masterpieces - class.
 (by Susan Curnutte)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Contemporary traditions is moving

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Contemporary Traditions is leaving Gates Garden Court and El Pomar Gallery at the Gardens and moving to Parker Art, Culture & Events Center in Parker, Co. 
The opening reception is Thursday, February 21, 6:30 - 8 p.m. The exhibit will stay there until April 1st.