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

Friday, October 30, 2015

Letters, Fooling the Eye and HAPPY HALLOWEEN

From our Trompe l'Oeil class (by Chrystal Beckel, colored pencil)

Illuminated letters, M for a Monarch by Helen Smithwick, mixed media

The demonstration piece for our Cute Killers' class AND 
HAPPY HALLOWEEN (Randy Raak, graphite)
For more images, please click here

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Two Months Ago

Amorphophallus titanum by Randy Raak, graphite (please click to enlarge)

It is now for two months ago our famous corpse flower bloomed and was named to Stinky... 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Time for more Shakespeare

(by Deanna Gammon)

We are preparing for our Shakespeare's Flowers - themed exhibit (March - October 2016) in the Norlin Library, University of Colorado, Boulder. This exhibit will celebrate Shakespeare's First Folio which will be at the CU Art Museum in August 2016.

In 2015 we had two Shakespeare flowers themed courses about the plants mentioned by Shakespeare in his writings and these works are part of those classes. To see more from these classes, please click here.

(by Beth Bradford)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fall Greetings from Hibiscus classroom -

(Bev Johnson, colored pencil)

Nights are getting chillier in Colorado and the mountains have got their first dusting of snow. Our learning experiences continue in Hibiscus: we have had lots of graphite, colored pencil, and some watercolor classes. We illustrated some insects collected from the Gardens which are now in the Gardens' growing insect collection. Last weekend we learned about the historic art of Chinese Flower Painting from Ms. Sally Yu Leung of San Francisco. All twelve students from that class agreed that the technique is challenging and certainly different from the traditional scientific illustration.
  (Linda Forbess, Chinese Flower Painting)
 Carduus nutans  by Shiere Melin, Graphite) 
(Syrhidae toxomerus - haverfly approaching Gallardia grandiflora, Susan Willis, Graphite)

For mere images from the recently completed classes, please click here

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Surprise Visit by James Gurney!

View from Denver Botanic Gardens' romantic garden south towards our herb garden. James Gurney, casein (5"x 8")

While traveling through Denver, James Gurney unexpectedly had couple of extra hours and he chose to devote those to Denver Botanic Gardens. Excellent decision!
He will in the near future write about his visit on Gurney Journey.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Congratulations to 2015 Graduates!

(Marj Hopkins, colored pencil)
Join me to congratulate the 8 artists who are in 2015 receiving the Foundational Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration: Karen Boggs-Bryant, Noreen Goetz, Patricia Greenberg, Linda Forbess, Marj Hopkins, Dawn Huston, Diane Inman and Constance Neuber. 
We are impressed with the level of competence, and thoroughly proud of you. Please click here to see some random examples from each portfolio. 
The graduation ceremony will be held in conjunction of the Annual Botanical Illustration Art Show (Steppe Plants: Botanical Ilustrations Featuring Plant Select®) on Sunday, November 22, 1-2 p.m. at Denver Botanic Gardens Gates Hall. 

Artists, 2015 Graduates and their families are invited to attend!
(Patricia Greenberg, Watercolor)

"In Boom" in Cafe Botanique - Wedensday, October 7, 6:30 p.m.

Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883)Flowers in a Crystal Vase, ca. 1882Oil on canvas, 127⁄8 × 95⁄8 in. (32.7 × 24.5 cm)National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection,1970.17.37.

In Bloom: Painting Flowers in the Age of Impressionism
Molly Medakovich, Ph.D., Department of Learning & EngagementDenver Art Museum

A seemingly simple and often overlooked subject in the history of art, the flower was a significant source of inspiration to French artists of the 1700s and 1800s. We'll explore the trajectory of styles and approaches to flower painting across time, from the exacting eye of artists who painted in the detailed tradition of botanical illustration, to the expressive experiments in color and paint by the Impressionists. Discover personal stories, creative experiments and interesting anecdotes of artists who embraced this sensory subject during the early modern period.

Molly Medakovich is a museum educator and art historian. She works in the Learning & Engagement Department at the Denver Art Museum, serving on exhibition teams, experimenting with programs and hands-on activities in permanent collection galleries, and training docents to create engaging experiences for the variety of visitors who walk through the museum’s doors. She has a Ph.D. in 18th- and 19th-century art history and, in addition to her work at the DAM, teaches colleges art history classes at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Wednesday, October 7, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall

Friday, October 2, 2015

Bird Illustration at El Charco del Ingenio

Are you interested of visiting the lovely San Miguel de Allende in November? Randy Raak will be instructing a bird illustration course at El Charco del Ingenio on November 16-20. This is possible through the collaboration between Denver Botanic Gardens and El Charco.