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

Friday, February 27, 2015

Lucy Smith in Cafe Botanique, Wednesday March 4th, 6:30 p.m.

Adventures of a Botanical Artist - 18th and 21st Centuries
Lucy T. Smith, Freelancing Botanical Illustrator for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

In 2001, Lucy Smith had the unique opportunity to experience life as a botanical illustrator onboard an 18th century sailing ship for a BBC documentary called “The Ship.” The ship was a modern-day replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour, and the journey part of Cook's 1768-1771 voyage of discovery to Australia. Smith was following in the footsteps of Sydney Parkinson, the artist on this voyage.
Lucy shares her experiences during the six-week journey and how it informed her modern-day professional botanical art practice.

Lucy T. Smith has been producing pen and ink and color illustrations for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew since 1999. She has completed 200 plates for the upcoming “Palms of New Guinea” monograph, as well as hundreds of other illustrations for various other plant families. Her work is reproduced in many journals, including Kew Bulletin, Curtis’s Botanical Magazine and Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. She has received many awards for her work, including two gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society, the Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Botanical Illustration and the Jill Smythies Award from the Linnean Society of London. She teaches botanical illustration at Kew Gardens, the Chelsea Physic Garden and the Chelsea School of Botanical Art, all in London.
Wednesday, March 4, 6:30-8 p.m.
Mitchell Hall
Reserve your seat!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cafe Botanique - TOMORROW February 25

Biomimicry – Sustainable Solutions Inspired by Nature
Marie Zanowick-Bourgeois, EPA and Lynne Sullivan, City of Boulder

 Biomimicry is an emerging science that guides people in discovering and creating sustainable solutions to fulfill human needs, by looking to nature for inspiration.  Join Marie Zanowick-Bourgeois, Engineer and Certified Biomimicry Professional and Lynne Sullivan, Interpretive Naturalist for the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department in this exploration of the concepts of Biomimicry and the Department’s inaugural launch using this problem solving process to address challenges in the management of the Open Space and Mountain Parks System. Applying the biomimicry method, they studied the local ecosystems and species to learn what strategies have enabled their long term survival, and then used these unique strategies to guide design ideas working towards an earth-friendly, sustainable solution to our challenge.
 Marie Zanowick-Bourgeois is a Certified Biomimicry Professional and a creative environmental engineer with 25 years of experience working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the areas of pollution prevention and sustainability.

Lynne Sullivan is an interpretive naturalist with the city of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department. She is passionate about exploring the wonders of nature and natural processes and sharing her findings through interpretive hikes and programs. 

Wednesday, February 25, 6:30-8 p.m.

Gates Hall

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Scanned from classes #2: Carbon dust, color and composition

(cyclamen in carbon dust by Alice Pearson

 (6 students and 6 brilliant citrus fruits drawn using complementary colors )

Composing with the help of Notan (ink and colored pencil by Laura Farnsworth)

You can see more images from these classes by clicking here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Scanned from our classes #1: Watercolor and Watercolor Pencil

(entry level watercolor pencil by Mary Francis)

You can see more images from these classes by clicking here.

(Dried with Drama, watercolor by Mary McCauley)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Crows gathering by Judy Vanderbosch

There is a silver line that represents the thin silver thread that connects us all and completes the friendship between crows and the gardener.

This artist book, The Crows Gathering, is about the relationship of a gardener and a murder of crows. Each of the 15 copies are case bound and hand sewn. A thin paper separates the illustrated pages which are presented in watercolor. The inside cover papers are made with 100% cotton linters and fibers from the plants in the garden and the buds of the lavender plants. The poem is by the artist and handwritten on the pages. You can see some more images from the book by clicking here.

The artist, Judy Vanderbosch, received the Foundational Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from our School in 2012 and is now enrolled in our Diploma Program.
The book is at Abecedarian Gallery in Denver.

Congratulations Judy!!!

Friday, February 6, 2015

FINALLY - Practice Maker Perfect is HERE

Fresh from the press - 76 whole page illustrations, 160 pages! Now the numbering begins.