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

Monday, December 30, 2019

Anna: Exploring the Life and Art of Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova's "Russian Dance" Private Residence of Lord and Lady Londonborough, London 1909 - the outfit recreated by Peggy Turchette

The Dairy Arts Center in Boulder is displaying a unique exhibit exploring the life and the art of the world famous ballerina, Anna Pavlova, born in St. Petersburg, Russia 1881.
Peggy Turchette has been working with her Pavlova project for the past eight years. Through her research she has recreated 85 of Anna Pavlova’s performance costumes and couture in one-quarter scale.  
Anna Pavlova at the age of 15 when she was studying at the School of Imperial Ballet, St. Petersburg, Russia (1896). Anna was accepted to the school when she was 10-years old. - Costume recreation by Peggy Turchette 

Peggy Turchette graduated from our school with the certificate in foundational botanical illustration in 2007. 

In 2016 Peggy spoke to the botanical illustration community at our annual graduation ceremony and described how her 20-year career as botanical illustrator became a bridge to her work in creating the historically informed costumes of Anna Pavlova.
If you are visiting Boulder, CO please plan to see this extraordinary display which closes on January 12, 2020.
The Dying Swan, premiered at the Mariinsky Theathre, St. Petersburg, 1907 - Anna Pavlova costume recreation by Peggy Turchette
In addition to the Anna's clothing Peggy also recreated the pets - this is Anna Pavlova with her pets at Ivy House, Golden Green, London 1912
"The Legend of Azyiode" from "Oriental Fantasies" Danced with Michail Mordkin, Denver, 1914 - Costume recreation by Peggy Turchette
Note: Please click the images to enlarge!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas to All our Readers!

(A Christmas Card by Rudolf Koivu)

The gifted graphic artist and painter, Rudolf Koivu (1890-1946), is one of Finland's most famous illustrators. Koivu is best known for his illustrations of fairy tales and other children's publications. Koivu's Christmas cards and cover pictures for Christmas magazines have had a strong influence on the Finnish image of a "real Christmas".

Rudolf Koivu Prize (10 000 euros) is awarded every second year for the best children's or youth book illustration in Finland. The Rudolf Koivu prize was first awarded in 1949 to celebrate the lifetime achievements of the artist Rudolf Koivu. This year’s (2019) price went to the illustrator Marika MaijalaThe purpose of the prize is to raise the quality of artwork in children's books.


(A Christmas Card by Rudolf Koivu)

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

“The Kiss” – a great ending for 2019

Inspired by G. Klimt by Chris Imhof

While learning new methods we are from time to time taking a step from the traditional botanical illustration to focus on artists like the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). Klimt represented the Vienna Secession Movement and Art Nouveau; Klimt became perhaps the most important Austrian painter in the world. He painted some landscapes but mainly focused on the relationship between the man and woman, and also on the female body and feelings of life and death. The largest collection of Klimt’s works can be seen in the Belvedere Museum,Vienna.

Our last workshop of 2019 focused on Klimt’s golden phase and the use of metallic color with the arrangements of different patterns. Please click here to see more images (finished and in process) from the 3-day workshop.


Inspired by G. Klimt, Meredith Feniak - the instructor

Friday, December 13, 2019

Drawing skills are instrumental

Milvi Gill, carbon dust
 Our foundational certificate program starts with classes in graphite pencil and form. It is instrumental to learn drawing techniques with pencil prior the studies in color media.
If you click here you can see more images from our graphite classes and more advanced color media classes.
Cucurpita pepo var., graphite by Roan Jenks

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Inspiring and Encouraging



(watercolor by Peg Christon)

Our 2020 Winter /Spring registration opens on Tuesday, December 10, 9 a.m.  The online registration site can be reached by clicking here. If you need to download and/or print the full catalog please click here.  

We only accept 12 students for each onsite classes, six students for distance learning options, or the intense foundational certificate Block I (see page 5-6 and page 21 in thecatalog). Please register early, our classes fill out fast!
Here are some works from our recently completed classes for your inspiration.
(Ink by Peggy Delaney)