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

Friday, March 31, 2017

Designing Flood Resiliency in Cafe Botanique, April 12, 6:30 p.m.

Designing Flood Resiliency
Cecily Mui

The power of water is still a vivid memory for many who experienced the Front Range Flood in 2013. Immediately following the flood, communities mobilized to bring people back to their homes and quickly repair flood damages. However, resiliency to future floods requires comprehensive planning and public education. Cecily Mui will share with you some of the long term flood recovery and resiliency efforts communities have taken to minimize future flood damages. These techniques include bioengineering, floodplain benching, and overflow channels. These recovery efforts also create opportunities to repair river systems that have long been impaired.

Cecily Mui is the Watershed Coordinator at the Saint Vrain Watershed Coalition. There she uses her skills in natural areas management and restoration to manage and facilitate flood recovery projects

Gates Hall, April 12, 6:30-8 p.m.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time for New Techniques

 (Fine details with watercolor, Chris Ruch)

The students have gained confidence with many new techniques during the past month from dry brush techniques in watercolor to paper sculpting. 
Nature in Paper, Algae by Mary McCauley

 Conifer cones with Carbon Dust; Pseudotsuga by Stephanie Bures

Advanced graphite classes are always popular and carbon dust easily becomes one of the most favorite medium for many students. The same can be said about Pen and Ink, to learn to master the stipple, clean line and the quill is a positive surprise and source for inspiration for the students. 
Phalaenopsis cv. by Cynthia Cano, Pen and Ink

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

School of Botanical Art and Illustration Artist-in-Residence 2017

Gunnera tinctoria by Işık Güner, watercolor

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2017 Artist-in-Residences at Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration: Işık Güner from Istanbul, Turkey and Katherine Rudebush, Orinda, California

We are very excited to host them and keen to see the striking work and inspiring projects that they create while staying with us.
Sedum praealtum by Katherine Rudebusch, watercolor

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Group exhibits at RHS - what is it all about?

The most excellent teaching faculty of the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens! (please, click to enlarge)

Katherine Tyrrell summarizes the challenges of a group exhibit here -

I'd like to add one very important detail that was forgotten in the excitement of the moment: The important role of the students: their constructive feedback is continuously influencing our teaching methods/techniques and always improving them.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Girls in Science 2017

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Last Saturday Denver Botanic Gardens participated in the Girls in Science event at Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Thousands of girls explored different science venues and met with women who are scientists in related careers. This was the third year the Girls in Science was organized and the third time for School of Botanical Art and Illustration to participate. In our clubhouse the girls learned about the roll of fungi in the ecosystem, and at the same time talked to representatives of mycology, herbaria, plant sciences, ecology, geosciences and scientific illustration who were all present in our clubhouse, Wonderful World of Fungi

 Our clubhouse before the doors were opened in Saturday morning 
 We were busy in explaining and answering questions.
 The young girls were very happy to illustrate the various mushrooms that we had on display. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Katherine Tyrrell reviews the recent RHS 2017 art show

From RHS London Botanical Art Show 2017, photo by Katherine Tyrrell

Katherine Tyrrell's excellent review from this year's RHS's exhibit continues here.