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Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays!

(transparent acrylics by Nance Minnick)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bartram exhibit now displayed at UC Berkeley, CA

From the exhibit: Panicum virgatum by Susan Curnutte

"Following in the Bartram's Footsteps" exhibit features 44 original artwork in the style of John Bartram and is now on display at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden's through February 2015.  
You can find out about the exhibit details by clicking here. You can watch an excellent video about the exhibit by clicking here.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Botanical Illustration 2014 scholarship recipients

(Stones (2012), colored pencil by Elizabeth Lafemina)

Each year the School of Botanical Illustration awards scholarships for new students who are 15 years or older and planning to enroll in any of the required classes  in Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration. In 2013 we have five recipients:

1. Elizabeth Lafemina is already enrolled in the courses at SBAI since the past summer. She likes to learn how to render a subject accurately; and to master technically to capture the true identity and structure of plant while depicting its beauty. Her desire is to help the illustration field to grow through pioneering new opportunities, illustrating extinct or rare species or educating others.

(Polyporales (2014), watercolor by Stephanie Oliver)

2. Stephanie Oliver has been taking our botanical illustration classes already and would like to use her skills to do scientific illustrations for museums and scientific papers involving extinct and extant plant species, as well as create public awareness of the many plants and bird species that we may lose in the future as our planet changes.

 (Magnolia, watercolor by Laurel Sprenger)
3. Laurel Sprenger will start in our school in 2015. Her background is in botany and she would like to develop her observation and drawing skills and apply that into her greeting card business and illustrating children's books.  

(Swallowtail, pen and ink with watercolor by Sage Stowell)
4.  Sage Stowell  has a degree in environmental studies and is planning to start our courses in 2015. Her goal is to illustrate field guides and textbooks, and pursue a graduate degree in botany.

(Stain glass painting by Julie Talty)
5. Julie Talty will enroll in our courses in 2015. She is a practicing artist and has been painting, sculpting, welding and drawing. She has also been practicing performing arts. With her own words she needs to improve in the range of values, perspective, composition.

Congratulations to all of you and welcome to the School of Botanical Art and Illustration! 

Saturday, December 13, 2014


This 32-page illustrated story about re-introducing wolverines to Colorado has just been published in a limited first edition. It is packed with information about these fast moving animals while telling the story of Gulo M1. You can get your copy by contacting the author.
Susanne Stutzman is an illustrator, wilderness advocate, and supporter of wolverine re-introduction in Colorado. She graduated from our School last year (2013).

Monday, December 8, 2014

Winter/Spring 2015 courses open for registration

(Mary McCauley, colored pencil)
Our Winter/Spring 2015 classes will open for registration tomorrow, December 9th, 9 a.m. If you misplaced your new catalog, you can download and print a new one by clicking here.
The on-line registration site can be reached here, please note that the winter and spring courses appear now as sold out, they will go off-line between 00:00 a.m. and 08:59.99 a.m. on tomorrow, December 9th  and on 09.00 a.m. they are all on-line again and ready for the registrations.
Good luck with the registration and remember that our courses typically sell out very fast - 

Friday, December 5, 2014

El Charco del Ingenio in San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico

Our School has partnered with El Charco del Ingenio in San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico since 2009 and we have offered botanical illustration classes there 3 - 4 times/year. Our collaboration will continue and in 2015 we have planned to offer three 5-day-long workshops: one in March, one in July and the last one for the year in December.
Laurence Pierson was the teacher for our most recent workshop that ended today.