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

Friday, November 22, 2013

Winter-Spring 2014 SBAI Course Catalog



Enjoy the variety of offerings for all skill levels. 
In addition to the Foundation Certificate we now also offer a Diploma in Botanical illustration opens our doors to students who have earned the basic scientific illustration skills outside the School of Botanical Art and Illustration.It will also provide a deeper understanding in any medium and offer on-the-job experience through its supervised independent study as a scientific/botanical illustrator.  

You can view the new course catalog by clicking the image above or the image in the right hand column. If you like to print out the catalog, the pdf-file can be printed (Google account most likely needed) by clicking here.

Registration starts on December 10, 9 a.m. (prior to December 10th the classes will appear sold out).

Plants, Birds and Pollinators - Art Serving Science

(please click the image to enlarge)

November 24, 2013 - February 9, 2014

Opening Reception on Sunday, November 24, 1 - 3 p.m. 
Denver Botanic Gardens, Gates Garden Court Gallery

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Botanical Realism with Gamut Mapping



(in the upper image no blue color was used - the lower image shows the same subject matter but without any yellow and blue added, Randy Raak, instructor, colored pencil - the numbers refer to Polychromos, please click to enlarge)

We recently completed an advanced level workshop which followed James Gurney's book "Color and Light" focusing on a botanical subject matter. The students learned about gamut mapping and limited palettes and found it to be extremely helpful in botanical work- Please see more images from this course in addition to some other classroom shots by clicking here.   
(Two contrasting squash with their gamut, Meredith Feniak, watercolor, please click to enlarge)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Botanical Artistry Celebrated

(by Sendy Issanti, colored pencil)
(from Denver Botanic Gardens blog, November 15, 2013, by Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator & Director of Outreach)

Denver Botanic Gardens has transformed utterly over the many decades that I have worked and visited here--but perhaps no facet of the Gardens has surprised me more than the extraordinary success of our Botanical Illustrations program. The first class on Botanical Illustration was taught in October of 1979 by Ann Cunningham. Angela Overy is credited for really formalizing the program at the Gardens: she and Rob Proctor taught botanical illustration regularly through the 1980's, and in 1990 Angela established the Botanical Illustration Certificate Program--the first of its kind worldwide. (fore more information, please click here)
Denver Botanic Gardens has transformed utterly over the many decades that I have worked and visited here--but perhaps no facet of the Gardens has surprised me more than the extraordinary success of our Botanical Illustrations program. - See more at: http://www.botanicgardens.org/blog/botanical-artistry-celebrated#sthash.RKf9Wdd3.dpuf
Denver Botanic Gardens has transformed utterly over the many decades that I have worked and visited here--but perhaps no facet of the Gardens has surprised me more than the extraordinary success of our Botanical Illustrations program. - See more at: http://www.botanicgardens.org/blog/botanical-artistry-celebrated#sthash.RKf9Wdd3.dpuf
Denver Botanic Gardens has transformed utterly over the many decades that I have worked and visited here--but perhaps no facet of the Gardens has surprised me more than the extraordinary success of our Botanical Illustrations program. - See more at: http://www.botanicgardens.org/blog/botanical-artistry-celebrated#sthash.RKf9Wdd3.dpuf
Denver Botanic Gardens has transformed utterly over the many decades that I have worked and visited here--but perhaps no facet of the Gardens has surprised me more than the extraordinary success of our Botanical Illustrations program. - See more at: http://www.botanicgardens.org/blog/botanical-artistry-celebrated#sthash.RKf9Wdd3.dpuf
Denver Botanic Gardens has transformed utterly over the many decades that I have worked and visited here--but perhaps no facet of the Gardens has surprised me more than the extraordinary success of our Botanical Illustrations program. - See more at: http://www.botanicgardens.org/blog/botanical-artistry-celebrated#sthash.RKf9Wdd3.dpuf
Denver Botanic Gardens has transformed utterly over the many decades that I have worked and visited here--but perhaps no facet of the Gardens has surprised me more than the extraordinary success of our Botanical Illustrations program. - See more at: http://www.botanicgardens.org/blog/botanical-artistry-celebrated#sthash.RKf9Wdd3.dpufDenver Botanic Gardens has transformed utterly over the many decades that I have worked and visited here--but perhaps no facet of the Gardens has surprised me more than the extraordinary success of our Botanical Illustrations program. - See more at: http://www.botanicgardens.org/blog/botanical-artistry-celebrated#sthash.RKf9Wdd3.dpuf

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Graduate show - Reception and Celebration, November 17, 1 - 3 p.m.

Sue Klebold, The Last Roundup, Ink

2013 Graduate show opening reception and graduation ceremony will be held on 
November 17, 1 - 3 p.m. at Denver Botanic Gardens (El Pomar Gallery and Gates Hall).
Join us to celebrate the fourteen new botanical art and illustration graduates from Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration.
Family and friends are welcome!   

Monday, November 4, 2013

Scratchboard for fine details ~



(a gourd by Dough McCallum)

Scratchboard was introduced more than one hundred years ago, the technique evolved out of the needs of artisans to find an inexpensive alternative to woodcut and metal engraving. 
Pen and Ink on clayboard is one of the most adaptable and forgiving combinations of pigment medium and surface. Please see some images from our entry level scratchboard class held during the past weekend by clicking here

(Magpies by Elizabeth McCauley)