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Saturday, April 27, 2019

2019 SBAI Summer and Fall Course Catalog is Published!

Our 2019 Summer/Fall Course catalog is out. Registration for these classes starts on June 11, 9 a.m. (MST), 2019.
You can view and download the catalog by clicking here, or the icon on the right hand column, if you are on the web version (if viewing form your mobile device, scroll all the way to the bottom to find the "View web version link"), and you'll see the right hand column.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Yellows and Birds

(Leslie Hancock, watercolor)
On our biennial 'Mysterious Yellows' class we explore the range of yellows from soft to striking bright. The students learn to create the best color mixes to convey shading while keeping yellows bright and clean without muddiness.
Our always so popular bird class teaches challenging perspective and getting the proportions right.
Please click here to see more images from both classes:   

(Great Blue Heron, graphite by Sue Carr)

Friday, April 19, 2019

Pelargoniums - did you know about the 17000 cultivars?


(graphite and watercolor by Laurence Pierson)

We have about 280 different documented Pelargonium species within the genus which was first described and illustrated by Dillenius, a German botanist, in 1732. All the 17000+ pelargonium cultivars are derived only from few species.
Most of the pelargoniums originate in South Africa, the common hardy one is native to Europe.

Join our watercolor illustration class and learn more about pelargoniums and how to paint their intricate flowers and drought tolerant leaves. For more information about this workshop, please click here.
Illustration by Johann Jacob Dillen Dillenius, 1732 (Hortus Elthamensis)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Memories of an Iconic building

In connection of our 2014 Arts and Archives tour to France and Switzerland we visited Notre Dame Cathedral and saw the majestic interior, now only saved in our memories. At the time of our visit there was a service.


A view from the Pont Saint Louis: The 19th century spire is now gone and the oak roof from the 13th century completely destroyed 

Here part of the south Rose Window.
(please click the images to enlarge)

You can see more pictures by clicking here

The Public Domain Review published an interesting review about The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Art (1460_1921)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Refined Hatching Techniques with Rogerio Lupo

Parallel lines, clouds and trees - practice sheet by Rogerio Lopu, ink

We have completed 6 days of intense ink work, two full 3-day workshops with 12 students in each. RogerioLupo started the classes with a thorough review of pen nibs and their care, the students learned how to analyze the nibs performance, and how to refurbish a faulty nib.

The students concentrated on refining their parallel lines and hatching technique. New skills were learned through practical exercises, demonstrations and individual instruction.
Rogerio’s teaching in Denver will be remembered as a true marathon through new techniques. His newly completed guidebooks in graphite and pen nib were successfully tested in the classes and will be used in the future to guide our new students. 
This was Rogerio’s first visit to the U.S.A and Colorado, we will happily welcome him back in the future.
To see more pictures from his classes, please click here
Rogerio demonstrating under the camera

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Rethinking Roadsides in Cafe Botanique, April 17th


Rethinking Roadsides: Exploring Rights-of-Way as Habitat
Haley Stratton, Environmental Scientist

Roadsides across the country add up to more than 17 million acres of area that could provide much needed habitat for birds, small mammals and pollinators. Simple changes in management of rights-of-way are can provide ecological, economic and aesthetic benefits.

Haley Stratton is an Environmental Scientist at Felsburg Holt & Ullevig (FHU), specializing in transportation engineering, planning, and sciences. Her favorite part of the job is combining ecology with transportation services for innovative solutions to the negative effects of transportation projects.

Cafe Botanique
April 17, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall

Monday, April 8, 2019

Rogerio Lupo – true talent with an extremely light hand


Dried oak leaf by Deanna Gammon

We have the pleasure to host Rogerio Lupo from Sao Paolo, Brazil to teach both graphite and ink techniques for scientific illustration. The first 3-day workshop on graphite ended yesterday.
The take home for all was to work with light hand and even pressure through the whole process,  letting the pencil ‘fly’ to the paper and out from the paper, and working with the general  form/value before moving into the details. 
Rogerio demonstrating how to approach a walnut in illustration

Perhaps the most satisfying part was to see the process of illustrating trees by continuously working with the negative areas in the background to enforce the foreground details.

"A deciduous tree in five minutes", graphite by Rogerio Lupo

Clicking here you can see some photos from the weekend class.

Monday, April 1, 2019

In Colorado Springs:

(by Angela Tingle)

If you are by Colorado Springs during April, please stop by the Pikes Perk Coffee House on North Academy. Angela Tingle is one of the two artists displaying their work there. Angela graduated from our School few years ago and also then received the Sydney Parkinson's Award for excellent work in Botanical documentation.
The opening night of the exhibit is Friday, April 5th  (5-8 p.m.).