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Sunday, September 27, 2015

September Untitled-night at Denver Art Museum

(30-minute expressive ink-sketches by Susan DiMarchi)

The September Untitled night at Denver Art Museum was called Offshoot and focused on everything that flowers can inspire. Three of our instructors were involved in this event to represent our school: Susan DiMarchi was demonstrating expressive ink, Susan Rubin had two 30-minute workshops on textile design and Randy Raak had also two workshops on scratchboard technique. 
As always we enjoyed participating and meeting enthusiastic arts lovers.

Susan Rubin's plan for the 30-minute textile design workshops

Randy Raak gave his 30-minute workshops on scratchboard technique with the help of  Mr. Bones, who is here posing with his portrait executed in 30 minutes by Randy Raak.

See more images about our participation by clicking here

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Lynne Chapman about Denver Botanic Gardens and The Power of Social Media:

(Victoria Lilies at Denver Botanic Gardens by Lynne Chapman)

For some weeks ago we had a guest instructor from the U.K., award-winning children book illustrator Lynne Chapman. Here is what she wrote about her visit with us:

Thursday, September 17, 2015

We have been working hard #1...

(Colored Pencil by Rebecca Swain)

In addition to our core classes we have recently completed courses in Illustrating Colorado mushrooms, Water lilies and Roses. We have also had classes in Herbs and Poisonous plants. 
Last weekend award winning illustrator Lynne Chapman from Sheffield, U.K. demonstrated for the students how to design  the characters in a picture book effectively. 
Finally Sarah Homfray, also from the U.K. returned for the third time to teach us traditional embroidery techniques, this time blackwork which can be traced back 500 years and likely originates in Spain. Blackwork is like a refined value study done with needle and thread instead of graphite pencil or ink.
See more photos from our classes by clicking here.

(graphite by Elizabeth Lafemina)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Science of Forensic Art in Cafe Botanique, September 16, 6:30 p.m.

(by Cynthia March)

Science of Forensic Art
Cynthia March, Forensic Artist, Denver, CO

A forensic artist assists law enforcement by combining artistic skills with scientific information to aid in criminal investigations and case prosecutions. During this talk four different categories of forensic art will be discussed to clarify when and how forensic art is used in investigations.

Cynthia March received her forensic training from Stuart Park Forensics, Denver FBI & CBI, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and forensic artist Karen Taylor. She currently works with law enforcement

Wednesday, September 16, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

STEPPE PLANTS: Botanical Illustrations Featuring Plant Select®

(colored pencil by Marj Hopkins)

THE CALL IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS: Annual juried exhibit from the School of Botanical Art and Illustration highlights species from Plant Select®, a leading nonprofit cultivator, and distributor of plants suited to the high plains and intermountain regions. 
Entries are accepted until October 9, 2015. 
The exhibit display time: November 22, 2015 - February 14, 2016 
Venue: Gates Garden Court Gallery, Denver Botanic Gardens.

Please click here for more details about the exhibit.