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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Cafe Botanique, November 2, 6:30-8 p.m.



The Inspired World of Beatrix Potter
Connie Ryle Neumann

This year celebrates the 150th birthday of Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), the famous creator of the British children's classic "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" and other little books, penned over 100 years ago. However, there was much more to the shy but observant Victorian lady whose pursuits in botanical illustration and Lakeland farm conservation broadened her literary legacy. Potter documented the natural world of England and Scotland in her journals, her letters, her little "bunny books" and her vast portfolio of fungi, woodland animals, gardens and landscape paintings. Through slides and readings Connie Neumann will introduce the inspired and imaginative world of Beatrix Potter.

Connie Ryle Neumann served as a school teacher and librarian for over 30 years in Texas, Germany and Colorado. She is a member of the international Beatrix Potter Society and has traveled and studied British children's authors and illustrators since the 1980s.

Wednesday, November 2, 6:30-8 p.m. 
Gates Hall

Monday, October 24, 2016

Egg Tempera in Botanical Illustration and Icons

 Phalaenopsis by Laurence Pierson, egg tempera

Egg tempera techniques have been part of our school curriculum for several years with convincing results. Last fall we expanded our offerings by including Byzantine iconography in our program. This is one of the oldest art forms to survive unchanged for the past 2000 years. The technique uses gessoed wood panels with genuine gold leaf and egg tempera made from natural pigments. 

Our core-watercolor teacher Laurence Pierson has over twenty years' experience in icon painting and working in egg tempera. She studied iconography at the Louvre, Paris, under a Lebanese master. Later, she studied with a Greek and a Chilean iconographer, and thus was exposed to different schools and different techniques while refining her own approach. Laurence has taught in France and Ireland, and since 2013, at the School of Botanical Art and Illustration in Denver.

by Laurence Pierson
During November 28-December 2 Laurence has been invited to teach an icon painting class in Saltzburg, Austria. Please see the announcement below or connect to the registration website by clicking here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Drawing traditional and on Tradition

Sorbus sp.; colored pencil II, Joanna Webster

In our series Drawing on Tradition we recently studied the style and application techniques of Dugald Stermer (1936-2011), who created a vast collection of drawings, book illustrations and educational work combining expressive drawings with descriptive calligraphy.
Codiaeum variegatum var. pictum, mixed media by Karey Swan

To see more images from our recently completed classes, please click here

Sunday, October 9, 2016

September Selection

Typha latifolia by Lyn Bruskivage, pen and ink

You can find out more about our regular activities in September by following this link.


Since her first visit in 2004 Ann Swan has been returning to Denver Botanic Gardens every second year to teach colored pencil techniques and her new tricks in our school. This time she had two 3-day workshops focusing much in composition and color mixing.  

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Symbolism and Legends of Chinese Culture in Cafe Botanique, Oct. 12

Story Hats
Leslie Molen

Colorado textile artist Leslie Molen shares the story of the unique hats she has designed while interpreting Chinese folk art. These textile creations are filled with the symbolism and legends of ancient Chinese culture.
Leslie Molen has been an internationally known textile artist for the last 25 years. She is a member of the National Institute of American Doll Artists (NIADA). 

CAFÉ BOTANIQUE
Wednesday, October 12, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall
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