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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Happy Easter!

Ukrainian Easter Eggs "Pysanky", decorated using a wax resist (batik) method from our workshop

The eggs are decorated by written-wax batik method using aniline dyes and bees wax. This is a pre Christian tradition commonly found in Slavic cultures. The design elements vary from region to region,  geometric symbols and figures often dates back to Paleolithic times. You can find more information about this tradition by clicking here.   
More photos from our Pysanky class can be found here.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Cafe Botanique with Dr. Sarah Simblet, April 4th, 6:30-8 p.m.


From Human Anatomy to Botany and “The New Sylva”
Dr. Sarah Simblet, Oxford, U.K.


Dr. Sarah Simblet is an artist, broadcaster, lecturer and anatomist whose works explores the relationship between science, history and art. Simblet teaches anatomy at the University of Oxford and lectures at the National Gallery, London. She has published three major art reference books: Anatomy for the Artist, The Drawing Book and Botany for the Artist. Simblet also co-authored The New Sylva, a contemporary version of John Evelyn’s influential 1664 forestry text Sylva, or A Discourse of Forest-Trees and the Propagation of Timber in His Majesty’s Dominions. Simblet will discuss the importance of visual literacy in the past, present and future of academia and art.

Café Botanique
April 4, 2018, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall

Reserve your seat by clicking here.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

School of Botanical Art and Illustration Artist-in-Residence 2018

Black Pine Half-Cascade-style Bonsai, watercolor by Asuka Hishiki


We are pleased to announce that the recipient of our 2018 Illustrator/Artist-in-Residence position at Denver Botanic Gardens' School of Botanical Art and Illustration is Asuka Hishiki from Nishinomia City, Hyogo, Japan.
We are very excited to host her and keen to see the beautiful work that she creates, and the inspiring projects that she gets involved while staying with us. Asuka will enjoy her residency in September-October 2018.


Brandies (girls band) - a portrait of a heirloom tomato, watercolor by Asuka Hishiki

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Orchids - Always Popular


(Watercolor by Sue Carr, please click to enlarge)

One of our most popular elective watercolor courses is the frequently repeated Orchids in Watercolor. According to the most recent information, the orchid family is the second richest plant family with 28,237 documented species. The family is also one of the oldest, dating back to about 80 million years ago.
In addition to leaning the painting techniques our students also get a special, behind the scenes tour of the Gardens' living orchid collection which is always a special treat for this class.
Please click here to see some finished/almost finished plates from this class. The album also includes plates from our recently concluded second level graphite class.


(Graphite by Celeste Tangorra, please click to enlarge)

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Mostly ink in February


(1. by Mary Fowler)
When the students start at the entry level Pen and Ink course, they learn to use technical pens and start exploring the different techniques. The first exercise typically is illustrating mushrooms using mostly stipple.   


(2. by Kelly Belanger)
After the mushrooms students study dry leaves' twists and turns, and how the form affects the venation placement. This is done first with line, then with stipple and finally combining these two basic techniques.

(3. by Alba Sweeney)
Garlic is often the final piece where all the techniques learned during this 15 hour course are combined and executed with a technical pen.

Mary Ellen Cochran's interpretation of the different effects of Artemisia usage. (The Greece goddess Artemisia in the foreground) 

We are working with our Ethnobotany collection and while learning about the different items in the collection, the students are also creating pictorial stories about the uses and effects of the plants.

To see more images from our classes in February, please click here.