Botanical art and illustration is the well-established tradition of portraying plants for scientific purposes, recordingvanishing species for historical recollection or rendering the beauty and inspiration we experience in the flora of the world around us.Denver Botanic Gardens’ Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration program is designed to teach acomprehensive series of classes in botanical illustration, offering participants the drawing and painting skillsrequired to render accurate and useful depictions of the plant world with a focus on detail. This program is for thededicated illustrator, as well as the devoted amateur. It culminates in a certificate for some students and offers anongoing program of botanical classes for others
Students wishing to learn more about botanical illustrationor brush up on their skills before beginning the certificatesequence can take introductory courses that are not part of the certificate requirements: Introduction to BotanicalIllustration, Art Materials for the Botanical Illustrator andIntroduction to Drawing in Pencil.
The following 13 courses are required if you wish toreceive a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration. Therecommended sequence of courses is listed below. Thissuccession is appropriate for both the certificate and thenon-certificate student.
Classes can also be taken in theorder determined by their prerequisites.
Coursesconsist of exercises, critiques, demonstrations andhomework assignments. A list of supplies for each coursewill be sent with your class confirmation.1.
Botanical Illustration in Pencil I2.
Botany for the Botanical Illustrator3.
Botanical Illustration in Pencil II4.
Composition for Botanical Illustration5.
Color Layering for Colored Pencil6.
Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I7.
Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II9.
Color Mixing for Artists10.
Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I11.
Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink II12.
Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I13.
Botanical Illustration in Watercolor II
Elective courses serve a variety of purposes. They are alldesigned to increase the student’s knowledge, ability andexperience in botanical art. In addition to the 13 requiredcourses, you must select 100 elective hours. The numberof elective classes offered in any one year may vary.Guest instructor workshops may be taken as electives.
: To receive credit for any course, attendanceis required at the first class and at 80 percent of allclasses.
Café Botanique – Science and Art Lecture Series
This free lecture series is open to Botanical Art andIllustration students, as well as to Gardens members, thegeneral public, academia and artists.There is no admission fee and pre-registration is notrequired. Participation in one lecture gives one electivecredit hour; you can receive a maximum of 15 credithours from these lectures. The program is posted inClassroom C and on the BI blog, or you can receiveinformation by phone at 720-865-3580.
Upon completion of all course work, you may apply forportfolio review (held each January and June) byrequesting a transcript from the Registrar and submittingit to the Program Coordinator when you request yourreview. Please note: To receive credit for any course,attendance is required at the first class and at 80 percentof each course.
The complete portfolio will contain five (5) finishedbotanical plates:GraphiteColored PencilPen and InkWater mediaArtist’s choice
: This can be a plate in any of the mediataught within the program or a combination of them.