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

Friday, January 22, 2016

Scratchboard - Dramatic and Powerful

(Charlotte Ricker, entry level scratchboard)
Scratchboard was originally introduced for the printing industry as an alternative to woodcut and metal engraving in the 19th century. Through 1950s a large number of newspaper, magazine and scientific illustrations were done in this medium. The effects of scratchboard can be dramatic and powerful, but also delicate and precise. Last weekend our students were discovering its advantages and drawbacks in an entry level workshop. You can see more images from this workshop by clicking here.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Top 5 Things You Can't Afford to Ignore - Copyright 101

A program of the CSUSA Rocky Mountain Chapter and The Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration
Please join us for an engaging discussion of copyright principles geared towards visual artists and illustrators. Jared Briant will discuss how and when copyright law protects the arts, what copyright law does not protect, the mechanics of copyright registration, enforcement considerations, and remedies for infringement. A pizza lunch will be provided.
When: Thursday, February 4, 2016 | Noon-1pm
Where: The Denver Botanical Gardens, Gates Hall, 1007 York Street, Denver, CO
Cost: CSUSA Members: $20 (Sign in for discount) | Non-Members: $25

FREE for students, faculty, and staff of the Denver Botanic Gardens (Use the discount code DenverBotanicDiscount at checkout)

1 Colorado CLE Credit Pending

 Space is limited. Don’t miss out!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Ecological Stewardship in Cafe Botanique, January 20, 6:30 p.m.

(Deer Creek Bend in September 2015)

Ecological Stewardship | Restoration at Chatfield Farms
Rebecca Hufft, Ph.D., Denver Botanic Gardens

The mission of Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms is to inspire the public to be good stewards of the environment by connecting people to our past, present and future relationships with native plants of the Rocky Mountain Region. We are starting a new initiative to restore habitats and expand community awareness of the diversity of wildlife that depends on areas like Chatfield.

Dr. Rebecca Hufft has been the Manager of Conservation Programs at Denver Botanic Gardens since 2011. She received a BA in Biology from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz. She is a conservation biologist whose research includes invasive species, restoration, rare plants, long-term monitoring, phenology, and biodiversity. 
Wednesday, January 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall
Reserve your seat here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Distance Learning Opportunities in Arlington, VA

(Graphite by Laurence Pierson)

Since 2011, we have included a distance learning option in our teaching curriculum at Denver Botanic Gardens. This option has been a hybrid (in-class/off-site) model in which we combine classroom participation with remote online learning. We believe that even though teaching through video can be effective, the personal contact between instructor and students and concentrated one-on-one tutoring followed by number of internet sessions provides a stronger learning experience.
We are excited to announce that this spring we are expanding our distance learning option to Arlington, VA, offering a selection of 3-day weekend classes at Gallery Underground (2100 Crystal City, Arlington, VA). 
Please click here to see our Winter/Spring 2016 offerings in Arlington, VA (google doc). You can also find the link on the right hand column. Class supply lists can be found here.
To register and for more information, please click here.  


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Celebrating Beatrix Potter and Her Tales

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of her birth, The Royal Mint is honoring Beatrix Potter with a series of 50p coins. The coin is designed by experienced Royal Mint engraver, Emma Noble, who captures the spirit of the multi-talented Beatrix Potter, with an inscription echoing the font we are so familiar with from her books. She has included elements celebrating Beatrix as the artist behind some of the most memorable characters in children’s literature.

Beatrix Potter was the creator of Peter Rabbit. Mrs. Potter was also a very accomplished scientific illustrator, focusing on mushrooms and plants but also on archaeological subject matter.