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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Observation and Documentation

Clematis texensis, entry level watercolor, Mary Burns

Botanical Illustration as any other scientific illustration field is based on observation and documentation. In July we had a class which started with a field trip to Chatfield Farms, our 750-acre native plant refuge and working farm in southern Jefferson County.  Denver Botanic Gardens' research department works also with an extensive conservation project on this site. The BI-students learned the whole process of documentation, from collecting and pressing the plant to reconstruction and completing a final scientific pen and ink plate. You can see works from this class in addition to some other works from our other June classes by clicking here.
 Prunus virginianapen and ink, Carla Pawlewicz