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Botanical Illustration, January - June 2009

Botanical Illustration, January - June 2009

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Denver Botanic Gardens' Botanical Art and Illustration Program course offerings for January - June 2009
Denver Botanic Gardens' Botanical Art and Illustration Program course offerings for January - June 2009

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W
INTER
-S
PRING
C
ATALOG
 C
ERTIFICATE IN
B
OTANICAL
A
RT AND
I
LLUSTRATION
 
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
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Introductory Courses
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.
Required Courses
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.
 
Perfecting Perspective8.
 
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
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.
Please note
: 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.
Portfolio Review
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.
BI-BLOG: www.botanicalillustration.blogspot.com
 
 
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GUEST WORKSHOPS
Gifts from the Earth: The Value of Pencils withRhonda Nass
Beautiful artwork is created with value: the degreeof light and dark in a specific subject. Working inpencil, you'll develop pigment-free values andmaster seamless gradations from the lightest lights tothe darkest darks without the usual graphite sheen. Asimple exercise will train each student to drawincredible detail. The graphite-illustrated
Gifts fromthe Earth
will be our reference book. Eachparticipant will design a composition and begin anoriginal work using tricks to draw viewers' eyes tothe focal point. Value training will improve artwork of any medium and drawing in graphite is so muchfun! Fee: $220 member, $264 non-member.Prerequisite: Pencil ICourse #09WBI520Fri. - Sun., Feb. 20 – 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (18 hr)Instructor: Rhonda Nass
 Rhonda Nass
's art career began with her highschool art teacher's pronouncement, "You'll never bean artist"--all a stubborn teenager needed tocatapult her through a University of Wisconsin- Madison art degree to owning (along with her husband, Rick) an illustration/art studio, whichcelebrated its’ 32nd year last month. Artists most influential in Rhonda's work are Caravaggio, Robert  Bateman, Wayne Thiebaud and Rick Nass. Her artwork appears in galleries, private and corporatecollections, museums and international publications.
 
© Rhonda Nass
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© Karen Ackoff 
 Archaic Methods and Mediums in BotanicalIllustration with Karen Ackoff 
Silverpoint
Silverpoint, or "metalpoint", is a venerable techniqueused by the masters. A pointed wire is pulled acrossa painted ground, leaving behind a silvery residuethat eventually tarnishes. Tone is created from finelylayered networks of line, creating the illusion of tone. It lends itself to extremely fine detail notpossible with traditional pencil techniques.Silverpoint makes a lovely under-drawing for eggtempera, or can stand on its own.We’ll begin with a brief history of the technique -covering grounds and different types of metals used,and showing both historical and contemporary

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