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

Monday, January 27, 2014

Give Me a Box of Wolverines and other Stories

A scene from "Give me a Box of Wolverines" by Suzanne Stutsman

This year's first guest workshop focused on how to create a dummy book. We very very fortunate to have Dorothia Rohner here for the 3-day intense workshop. All the 12 students on the class were challenged but left the class filled with information and inspiration. Dorothia has blogged about this workshop in her blog that you can find by clicking here.    
Karen, Christina and Angie working with the progressive story sketch.You can find the story line on Dorothia's blog and if you click here you are directed to a short YouTube clip about the progress.

Angela presenting her story to the class

The happy group of future authors with Dorothia Rohner, the instructor

Monday, January 20, 2014

Did you know about Luis Meléndez?

(Still life with pears by Luis Meléndez)

 Luis Egidio Meléndez (1716–1780) is recognized today as the greatest Spanish still-life painter of the 18th century. He transformed the most mundane of kitchen fare into powerful images through his mastery of composition and light, and his remarkable ability to convey the volume and texture of individual objects.
Meléndez was born in Naples in 1716 and the family moved back to Madrid, Spain when Luis was one year old. 
Unlike most of the 17th-century masters Meléndez subject matter is presented physically closer to the viewer, at a lower vantage point, encouraging the spectator to study the objects for themselves. The use of strong lighting to bring out the volume of the objects enhanced his extraordinary descriptive skill. 

Learn more about Meléndez’ s life and his painting method on our course starting on February 11.  
For more information and to register for the class please click here - only few more seats left
Preparing for the class, still life in process, colored pencil on black background - Annie Reiser (instructor)

A still life with Tomatoes, a Bowl of Aubergines, and Onions by Melendez, c. 1771-1774

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Cafe Botanique - January 22, 6:30 p.m. - Deceivingly Attractive Invasive Plants

Noxious Weeds: Deceivingly attractive invasive-plants
Cecily Mui – Noxious Weed Specialist, Colorado Department of Agriculture

Noxious weeds cost the United States millions in economic impacts annually.  They affect the cost of food production, the delivery of water, and recreational access.  They also crowd out native plants and degrade wildlife habitat.  Many of these invasive plants arrived in the United States accidentally, but many others were planted into backyard gardens for their beauty and cultural values.  When does a flower that brings cheer become a weed that threatens?  Join us to learn about Colorado invasive plants that may be lurking in our backyards and how you can help control noxious weeds.

Cecily Mui is a Noxious Weed Specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture where she focuses on the widespread “List B” species that occur all over the state.  She is an ecologist who worked in research, land management, and restoration.  Whether in Colorado restoring native habitat along the South Platte River, assessing water quality in the High Atlas of Morocco - Peace Corps, or reclaiming mining fields from the Gold Rush era in the California Sierras; she has witnessed the negative impacts of invasive plants affecting these and other treasured landscapes.  Cecily trains hundreds of everyday citizens to become Weed Warriors who enthusiastically combat noxious weeds.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Denver Botanic Gardens – Gates Hall
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Reserve your seat, please click here

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014 to Our Readers

Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer' by Annie Reiser, colored pencil (click the image to enlarge)

(Annie is our main teacher for botanical Zentangles, she will also teach a colored pencil class in February. This class will feature Luis Meléndez, the premier still-life painter of 18th-century Spain)