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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Signage Illustrations with Quill

(Carica papaya - papaya by Alice Pearson)
We are refreshing some of the signage in our conservatory which was an excellent project for our advanced pen and ink students. The students learned to follow specifications for commercial projects as the plant portrait was produced. 
In the signage the plant image will appear inverted as demonstrated in the pictures attached.See more examples from the class by clicking here (instructor: Susan Dimarchi)

(Brownea ariza - rose of Venezuela by Martha Narey)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Botanical Illustration in El Charco del Ingenio!

(Please, click to enlarge)
A great opportunity to illustrate spring flowers in San Miguel de Allende with Libby Kyer! For more information, please contact El Chaco del Ingenio botanical garden.  This course is part of our SBAI-curriculum -

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Orchids in Graphite

(Randy Raak, graphite, instructor - please click to enlarge)

Graphite is an extremely effective medium and if correctly applied no color is needed. We recently completed a orchid drawing class in graphite, you can see few more images from the class by clicking here.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Vibrant Watercolors with Anna Mason

Photo above, illustration by Anna Mason beneath (sorry for the poor photo quality)
Completely nontraditional and with a perfect final result. For the past five days Anna Mason has been teaching at Denver Botanic Gardens her techniques on two intense courses with convincing and beautiful results. 
See some images from the two classes by clicking here.
.   Anna in the middle of a demonstration

Sunday, February 2, 2014

2014 Arts and Archives Tour to Europe

(April 25 - May 10, 2014)
(Paeonia whittmanniana by Lilian Snelling)

Join Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski, Manager of the School of Botanical Art and Illustration for the fourth annual unique exploration of art archives in Europe. 
This 16-day tour includes five nights in London, two nights in Geneva, three nights in Lyon and five nights is Paris. Discover the hidden jewels of the Royal Horticulture Society’s Lindley Library and Kew Gardens’ Library and Archives. Enjoy the current exhibits in the Shirley Sherwood gallery, the only gallery solely devoted to botanical art. Dr. Sherwood will guide us around in her gallery. In Kew Gardens we can also visit the famous Waterlily House from 1852, re-opened for the summer as well as the Kew Palace, family home of King George III, Queen Charlotte and their 15 children. Learn about published and unpublished art treasures in the Royal Academy of Art and join the opening of the annual exhibit for the Society of Botanical Artists.  
Travel by high-speed rail to the continent and between the several destinations there.
In Geneva we are privileged to tour the manufacturing site of the famous Caran d’Arche pencils, and to visit the Botanical Conservatory and Garden of Geneva which is famous for its vast Pre-Linnaean collections. In Lyon we concentrate on textiles and floral designs through history. We have a relaxing day in Lyon with a well-known French botanical watercolor artist and exploring the old town.
In Paris we have plenty of time to explore many of the must-see destinations such as the Louvre and d’Orsey museums. We will spend one entire day in the Palace of Versailles. We have a special tour at the Natural History Museum’s massive collections and will also visit the largest and oldest herbaria in the world. Finally we have a tour of the National Manufacture des Gobelins (Tapestry), originating in the 17th century. For a more detailed itinerary, please click here.   

For more information about the program, please contact Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski . Please contact Sheridan Shamano or 303-860-6045 to reserve your spot.