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

Monday, March 31, 2014

Volunteering and Working with Botanical Zentangle


Botanical Zentangle has been included in our course offerings since 2012. The workshops have always been sold out with a long waiting list. We believe the  technique has value in increasing creativity, enhancing composition skills and line work. Zentangle patterns are useful in understanding complicated plant forms and perspective. 


Jan Latona  is one of our active Botanical Illustration students who took the entry level botanical zentangel early on. Last year she went to Rhode Island and became a certified teacher in the method. Today she is doing valuable volunteer work with inmates in Larimer County Jail, Fort Collins, CO and teaching zentangle. Here are some examples of their creativity.  



Monday, March 24, 2014

Dorothia Rohner is the Winner with her "Firefly Forest"!

Firefly Forest by Dorothia Rohner

Dorothia Rohner won the 2014 Illustrators' Gallery at Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Book Fair in Bologna, Italy.
A selected number of our students were able to enjoy Dorothia's instruction in January 2014 when she visited our School and taught a 3-day workshop.
Congratulations Dorothia!   

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Old Techniques and New Techniques from our Winter 2014 classes


(Watercolor on Graphite by Judy Brown Santambrogio)

Some highlights form our recently completed courses. Besides our core classes, we also offered two Drawing on Tradition courses: one with Redoute and an other one with Luis Melendez as the topic and several techniques courses. Please see selected random images by clicking here or visit the BI-Facebook

(Drawing in the Tradition of Luis Melendez by Judith Blomquist) 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

BI in DAM - again

(Studio space is on your left as you enter the Hamilton Building)
Denver Art Museum continues with the popular program of Drawing Studio and Weekend Artists Demonstrations. During the weekends of March 22-23 and 29-30 Susan Rubin  will be demonstrating Botanical Drawing between noon and  3 p.m. Visitors have a chance to immerse themselves in the artistic process while drawing techniques and tricks are demonstrated.
As you might remember Meredith Feniak, who is also an active part of our School, introduced the field of scientific illustration to the Art Museum audience during two different weekends in the past December.
These demonstrations are included in the general Museum admission.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Nature's Color Wheel in Cafe Botanique

Nature’s Color Wheel: Explore the World of Natural Dyes
Artist Donna Brown

The use of natural dyes is an ancient craft, rich in history and tradition. The colors produced from natural dyes create vibrant eco-friendly color palettes. Join us to learn about the sources of natural colors and the dye process. A large array of naturally dyed samples will be presented. The Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden, a collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, will also be highlighted.


DonnaBrown is a Littleton-based natural dye fiber artist and teacher. She is also a natural dye sales representative for DyeWorks, a local natural dye company.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Denver Botanic Gardens  |  Gates Hall
6:30 – 8 p.m.
(Reserve you seat by clicking here)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 2014 Annual Conference in Boulder, CO

(Please click the image to enlarge)

Please join us this summer for the 2014 GNSI Conference in Boulder CO, July 13-19
A full week of presentations, workshops, portfolio sharing, techniques workshops, field trips, and many more activities for the science illustrator
For more information, please click here.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Recent discovery named after JAMES GURNEY: Torvosaurus gurneyi

Artistic rendering of Torvosaurus gurneyi (Photo Reuters), the biggest beast form the past
The remains of Torvosaurus gurneyi, a 10 meter long carnivorous beast weighing up to 3.6 tonnes was discovered in Lourinha, Portugal already for ten years ago but the nomenclature was confirmed only very recently. This is the largest predator ever discovered in Europe. It lived some 150 million years ago, at the time when the proto-Iberian Peninsula was connected with a short term land bridge to Jurassic North America as suggested by the Portuguese research team. Read more about these findings by clicking here.

Christophe Hendrickx was the lead investigator in this research team. National Geographic's article about the topic can be found here.

His skull measured around 1.2 meters, and the blade-shaped teeth were 10 centimeters long...

Torvosaurus gurneyi is named in honor of James Gurney - Congratulations!