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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Jewel boxes and more

(entry level Colored Pencil by Mary Fowler)

On the entry level colored pencil class the students create "Jewel boxes" and apply color layering and drawing techniques on small studies of botanical subjects.
If you click here you can see more images from our recently completed classes

(Graphite by Shannon Aasheim) 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Graduates

Graduates with Foundational certificate (from left): Irene Young, Joanna Webster, Lynn Williamson, Mary Ann Sudduth, Ted Milner, Sue Carr, Diane Jones, Sally Liverman, Victoria Youcha (Barbara Churchley missing; Diploma in Applied Botanical illustration: Michael Campbell and Karen May  

Today ten BI-students received their Foundational Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens. We also celebrated our first two graduates to receive the Diploma in Applied Botanical Illustration.
We are impressed with the graduates’ competence level and Denver Botanic Gardens is thoroughly proud of their accomplishments.
The graduation and award ceremony was followed by the opening reception for the graduate show.
Congratulations for each and everyone!

Joanna Webster and Mary Ann Sudduth received the Sydney Parkinson Award for excellency in Botanical Illustration. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

2019 Winter/Spring Catalog is out!

Please click here to download and print the pdf-file. Registration opens on December 11, 9 a.m. - online registration is encouraged.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018


Based on a photo Ellen took of fishing shacks and lobster pots in St. Martin Island, New Brunswick (Ellen Ittelson, graphite)

Perspective is one of our required core classes and the prerequisite for all second level classes. This perspective is mainly focusing on aerial perspective and mainly concentrating on plant material, our typical subject matter. For several years now we have had the possibility to offer a 15-hour class on linear perspective which has turned out to be very popular and very useful tool even for botanical illustration and field sketching.
You can see more linear perspective and other work from the past weeks by clicking here.

Datura inspired by Art of Instruction, large scale wall charts that are still used as a tool in classroom instruction especially in Germany. (Shiere Melin, gouache)

Friday, November 2, 2018

Inspired by Beatrix Potter

Book Club by Bonnie Ladwig

In our series Drawing on Tradition we focused this time on Beatrix Potter’s carefully observed botanicals combined with her whimsical anthropomorphic animals. Even though Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) was best known for her children’s book she was above all a scientist from the Victorian time England.
To see few more images from this class in addition to few other, mainly colored pencil works, please click here

Tillandsia xerographica, colored pencil by Phillip Potter

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Heritage Grains

Dr. Nanna Meyer, University of Colorado 

Join Dr. Nanna Meyer, Associate Professor in Health Sciences at the University of Colorado, for a presentation about the role of ancient grains such as spelt, farro and amaranth in small-to-medium scale agriculture, nutrition and community. These healthy and sustainable grains offer broad artisan and culinary applications along with opportunities in research and education. Learn more about their uses and the challenges of restoring their role in today’s culture.

Dr. Meyer is an Associate Professor in Health Sciences at the University of Colorado (UCCS) with a focus on nutrition, exercise, health, and sustainability. Meyer founded the Sport Nutrition Program in 2009 and helped to establish the profession of sport nutrition. As the urgency to address climate change increases, Nanna’s time is now also devoted to integrating local and regional food systems into her teaching, research and service, including the topic of grains. With Grain School at UCCS, her goal is to work on restoring a healthful and sustainable grain chain in the Rocky Mountain Region and opening the world of whole, heritage, and ancient grains to those interested in reinventing their plates, menus, breads, and malts.

Café Botanique, November 7, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall

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