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

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!

Carved by Randy Raak, one of our multi-talented instructors 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Asuka Hishiki, our 2018 artist in resident


 (photo: Scott Dressel-Martin)

This fall we had the pleasure to host Asuka Hishiki from Japan as the 2018 Artist-in–Resident.
Asuka became familiar with the Rocky Mountain native flora and painted Bouteloua gracilis (Blue grama) as her main work. Furthermore she created an exceptional “Colorado plant collection”, and painted some Colorado mushrooms.  She sketched and documented with color samples several plants typical to Colorado to be finished and painted back in Japan.
Finally during the last week at Denver Botanic Gardens, she installed a large format “Arch of Monarchs including some 2000 hand printed, and cut butterflies inspired by the annual monarch butterfly migration. That installation will stay with us until Dias de los Muertos (Day of the Dead, November 4).
Asuka also taught a 3-day workshop on watercolor and heirloom tomatoes.

While Asuka was with us she learned that she had been awarded the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA)’s Diane Bouchier Award for Excellence In Botanical Art. Congratulations Asuka!


We are thankful to have had Asuka here for six weeks, to learn about her methods, follow the progress of her outstanding paintings, and to enjoy her company.  We will continue collaborating and hope to welcome her back in the not too distant future.

For more images of Asuka's work please click here.


Bouteloua gracilis (Blue grama), watercolor, Asuka Hishiki 2018

Part of the "Arch of Monarchs" installation, mixed media and recycled paper, Asuka Hishiki, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Screen printing and Andy Warhol

(Aspen by Courtney Daily)

Our curriculum frequently includes offerings helping us to loosen up. At the same time we have the opportunity to explore something completely new while learning about art history.
On one of these 15-hour courses we explored Andy Warhol’s bold, graphic postmodernist colors and learned about screen printing technique. The class culminated in the Ink Lounce Screenprinting Studio and to print a set of striking 12”x 12” prints.
Andy Warhol brought the screen printing technique into the common usage during the 1960’s. He also was one of the first artists to justify the practice as a technique within the fine arts.


Waterlilies by Lynn Williamson - four different takes

To see more images from this class, please click here 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Passiflora treat!



Last weekend we had an extra special treat in the classroom: John Pastoriza-Pinol from Melbourne Australia instructed a 3-day workshop on fall flowers. We had the very rare opportunity to use passionflower (Passiflora 'Aphrodites Purple Nightie') as the subject matter. Please click here to see some images from the workshop 

John giving a demonstration

Each of the 12 students had a blooming specimen for the duration of the workshop

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Last watercolors for September


Maxillariella tenuifolia, watercolor by Phillip Potter

This is an update from our final session for September. We are ready for October!
For few more watercolor images, please click here.

Cyclamen (in process), watercolor by Barbara Anderson