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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Experimenting new media and different format

(Aubergine, carbon dust by Helen Smithwick)
In addition to our core media: graphite, pen and ink, colored pencil and watercolor we offer courses in other media such as carbon dust and watercolor pencil. Here are some images from recently started classes - note the images are from the 3rd session and the students are just becoming familiar with the new medium.

 (Two tomatillos, watercolor pencil by Pam O'Hara)

In the very end of last year we also had a workshop for miniatures in which the students learned how to scale down the subject matter to a small format. The paper size for these miniature masterpieces was at the most 4.5" x 4.5". More images from these ongoing and past workshops you can find by clicking here.

(Five miniatures in different media, individual paper size 4.5" x 4.5", by Cyndy Calkins)

Monday, January 26, 2015

KUNC writes about us!

(Constance Sayas and Elizabeth Lafemina)
Our school got featured at KUNC's (91.5FM) web-site. Please click here to read the article. 
KUNC is the Community Radio for Northern Colorado and a part of the npr-digital network. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

2015 Illustrator/Artist in Residence Program

(Prunus sp. by Nels Broste, watercolor)

This is an exciting opportunity for up to three illustrators/artists to get involved in the daily happenings at Denver Botanic Gardens. Residents will document the day-to-day progress and changes in the Rocky Mountain plant world, interpreting the botanic gardens’ purpose as a place of preservation, conservation, education and diversity into images or works which bring others enjoyment and a deeper understanding of the environment some may never visit. The works completed under this residency contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of our gardens, and offer an opportunity to see our activities through the eyes of the contributing residents.

The resident is expected to contribute fully to the life of Denver Botanic Gardens. This contribution will be negotiated and tailored to the artist’s own personal interests. The residency could involve participation in any of the following:
·         Online blog about the Gardens (WordPress or similar)
·         Participation in Open Studios and presenting work in progress
·         Compiling work produced during the residency
·         Educational workshops
·         Demonstrations for the public

The illustrator/artist is expected to spend five days/week on site although this can vary from week to week depending on other professional commitments by prior agreement. The residency may involve presence during evenings and weekends.
The resident must provide their own supplies, equipment, and logistics for their activities during the residency.

Outdoor studio space, access to the Gardens’ library, herbaria, classroom and Science Pyramid.
This call for illustrators offers three residency opportunities, each for a period of six weeks:
1. April 20 – May 29
2. June 15 – July 24
3. August 10 – September 18

The residency provides a stipend of $3,000 for each selected illustrator/artist to be used for both housing and materials. 

One completed original work from each selected illustrator/artist will become property of Denver Botanic Gardens.

The resident holds the copyright and maintains intellectual property of the produced illustrations, but will give written permission to Denver Botanic Gardens to use or print images for publicity, publication, or retail product development with proper artist credit. When the resident reproduces artwork for their own purposes, publication information will include the language: “This artwork was produced under the Artist-In-Residence Program at Denver Botanic Gardens.”

The residencies are open to all illustrators/artists who have completed a certificate program in scientific illustration, botanical art and illustration, nature illustration or equivalent. Artists working in all media, including three dimensional applications, will be considered. The instructors of Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration are not eligible for the residency.

APPLICATION (Application Form)
The application should include:
·         A description of how you will respond to the opportunity and how this opportunity will develop your practice (not more than 500 words in length, typed and double spaced).
·         CV with two references
·         Link to your website and/or blog
·         5 examples of recent work in a low resolution format (not to exceed 2MB per image)
·         Your preference for the residency time period

Please email your application to with Illustrator in Residency 2015 in the subject line.

Closing date for submissions: March 16, 2015
Selection completed by March 30, 2015

(sketchbook page by Colleen Henderson)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Xylem - Botanical Art Exhibit

(please click the image to enlarge)
Loveland Museum and Gallery will present a botanical group exhibit of 14 artists between January 10 and March 15.
"This group exhibit of 14 artists shows a wide range of botanicals as a subject of art, from the classic to the conceptual. This exhibition links the tenets of botanical art with artists who work in a method outside the structure of classical botanical illustration. Seen together, these two approaches represent disorder within a highly ordered framework, and mirror the beauty of stability and chaos in the natural world."
The Techniques Showcase event on March 7th (noon - 3 p.m.) is warmly recommended!