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Winter/Spring 2010


Botanical Illustration is the place where
art and science unite with beautiful results. Certificate Program
Botanical art and illustration is the well-established tradition of portraying plants for scientific purposes, recording vanishing
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 a comprehensive series of
classes in botanical illustration, offering participants the drawing and painting skills required to render accurate and useful
depictions of the plant world with a focus on detail. This program is for the dedicated illustrator, as well as the devoted ama-
teur. It culminates in a certificate for some students and offers an ongoing program of botanical classes for others.

Introductory Courses
Students wishing to learn more about botanical illustration courses, you must select 100 elective hours. The number of
or brush up on their skills before beginning the certificate se- elective classes offered in any one year may vary. Guest
quence can take introductory courses that are not part of the instructor workshops may be taken as electives.
certificate requirements: Introduction to Botanical Illustration
and Introduction to Drawing in Pencil. Please note: To receive credit for any course, attendance is
required at the first class and at 80 percent of all classes.

Required Courses
The following 13 courses are required if you wish to receive
a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration. The recom-
Science and Art Lectures
mended sequence of courses is listed below. This succession Selected lectures at Denver Botanic Gardens can qualify for
is appropriate for both the certificate and the non-certificate elective credits. Participation in one lecture gives one elec-
student. Classes can also be taken in the order determined tive credit hour; you can receive a maximum of 15 credit
by their prerequisites. Courses consist of exercises, cri- hours from these lectures. Café Botanique by Mervi Hjelm-
tiques, demonstrations and homework assignments. A list roos-Koski is a free lecture series open to Botanical Art and
of supplies for each course will be sent with your class con- Illustration students, Gardens members, the general public,
firmation. academia and artists. There is no admission fee and pre-
1. Botanical Illustration in Pencil I registration is not required. The Café Botanique schedule is
2. Botany for the Botanical Illustrator posted on the Botanical Illustration blog.
3. Botanical Illustration in Pencil II
4. Composition for Botanical Illustration
5. Color Layering for Colored Pencil Portfolio Review
6. Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I Upon completion of all course work, you may apply for port-
7. Perfecting Perspective folio review (held each January and June) by requesting a
8. Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II transcript from the Registrar and submitting it to the Program
9. Color Mixing for Artists Coordinator when you request your review. Please note: To
10. Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I receive credit for any course, attendance is required at the
11. Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink II first class and at 80 percent of each course.
12. Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I The complete portfolio will contain five (5) finished
13. Botanical Illustration in Watercolor II botanical plates:
1. Graphite
2. Colored Pencil
Elective Courses 3. Pen and Ink
Elective courses serve a variety of purposes. They are all 4. Water media
designed to increase the student’s knowledge, ability and 5. Artist’s choice: This can be a plate in any of the media
experience in botanical art. In addition to the 13 required taught within the program or a combination of them.
Ann Swan: Working In and Out of the Box!
Fine details and bold composition will move your colored pencil work
to a new level! Colored pencil impresario Ann Swan begins with
expert instruction and demonstrations on the fine points of botanical
illustration. Veins, hairs, stamens, tendrils, thorns, water droplets and
more come into focus as you refine techniques to portray the fine
details that can take your illustrations from satisfactory to stunning.
Ann’s relaxed style and individual guidance will help you master new
skills. Move on to composition and learn about traditional and con-
temporary botanical styles. See how Ann interprets elements of ar-
rangement to push the boundaries in her work. Bring it all together to
compose a botanical piece that will showcase all you’ve learned.
Fee: $308 member, $371 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I,
Color Layering for Colored Pencil, Colored Pencil I

• Mon. – Fri., March 22 - 26, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (25 hr)
Instructor: Ann Swan, U.K.

Ann Swan is one of the U.K.’s leading contemporary botanical
Ann Swan, Artichoke
artists working in colored pencil. Her work has been shown
at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and at the and teaches around the world, most recently in New Zealand,
Smithsonian with the Shirley Sherwood Collection, which has Italy and Spain, and for the Royal Horticultural Society at their
recently toured the world. She has been awarded four Royal flagship gardens at Wisley. Her current project is a series
Horticultural Society Gold Medals and has recently been ap- of Heirloom Bulbs for the Southern Bulb Company in Texas.
pointed to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Picture Committee. Ann has just completed a book about her Colored Pencil tech-
Her work now features on six new ranges of china produced niques: ‘Botanical Painting with Coloured Pencils’ to be pub-
by Jersey Pottery in the U.K. She is an accomplished teacher lished both in the U.K. and USA in April 2010.


Succulent! Capturing Cacti in Colored Pencil
El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden,
San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico
The beautiful setting and astounding collection of cacti and succu-
lents at El Charco de Ingenio in San Miguel de Allende are your
outdoor classroom. Learn from a garden expert about the botanical
attributes that make succulents unique in the plant world. Draw and
observe cacti and succulents in the gardens using a variety of tech-
niques to record size, form, color and details. Back in the domed
classroom, hone your skills with lessons that target techniques to
portray needles, spines and ridges, as well as the smooth flesh of Susan Rubin, Pediocactus knowltonii
succulents. Practice your color layering skills to achieve the range
of greens and undertones often seen in these plants. Design and ging and food not included. For more detailed information,
develop your field drawings and color studies into a complete por- contact Prerequisites: Pencil I,
trait of an individual cactus. Experiment with new techniques and Color Layering for Colored Pencil, Color Pencil I
materials, and learn from demonstrations and individual guidance
as you create a botanical plate with international flair. • Mon. – Fri., March 8 - 12, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (20 hr)
Fee: $246 member, $296 non-member (transportation, log- Instructor: Susan Rubin

Introduction to Drawing sight and expertise to enhance all of your future illustrations.
Are you new to drawing? If you can write with a pencil, you can Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. All students are welcome,
draw with one. Step-by-step, acquire the techniques you need to draw with no prerequisites.
what you see. Simple exercises train you to observe objectively and
draw accurately. A relaxed pace and straightforward instruction will • Thurs., Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 9 a.m. - noon
open your mind to your own creative abilities. Build drawing skills to Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt
enter the Botanical Illustration program with confidence.
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. All students are welcome,
with no prerequisites. Note: If you have had some drawing Botanical Illustration in Pencil I
experience, please go directly to Pencil I. Learn to draw! Begin with a brief history and an overview of
the specific elements of botanical illustration. Learn the skills of
• Thurs., March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 6 – 9 p.m. careful observation and realistic drawing in graphite pencil,
Instructor: Renee Jorgensen including line drawing, shading and perspective. Step-by-step,
added techniques help you portray perspective, texture and
Weekend Workshop detail. This is the entry course for every program student and
•Fri. – Sun., Feb. 5 - 7, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. the prerequisite for all courses to follow. You’ll emerge from this
Instructor: Renee Jorgensen class with the tools you need to draw anything.
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. All students are welcome,
with no prerequisites. Note: If you have no previous drawing

REQUIRED C O U R S ES experience, consider starting with Introduction to Drawing.

• Tue., Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 1 – 4 p.m.
Botany for the Botanical Illustrator Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt
What is the difference between a carpel and a pistil? Where
can I find the stamen? The science of the subjects you draw Weekend Workshop
determines what you see! Put away your pencils for this •Fri. – Sun., Feb. 26 - 28, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
enlightening lab class designed specifically for students of Instructor: Karla Beatty
Botanical Illustration. Take a close look at plant anatomy and
learn to recognize botanical details that will make your draw- • Wed., May 5, 12, 19, 26, Jun. 2, 6 – 9 p.m.
ings more accurate and realistic. Learn plant morphology Instructor: Renee Jorgensen
through detailed instruction and supporting visuals. All of your
botanical art will improve when you understand the subjects. • Tue., May, 18, 25, Jun. 1, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. All students are welcome, Instructor: Karla Beatty
with no prerequisites.

• Mon., Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 9 a.m. - noon Botanical Illustration in Pencil II
Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski Simple and classic, pencil drawing is a timeless art form. Expand on
the drawing skills you learned in Pencil I as you reinforce and refine
• Mon., May 10, 17, 24, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. your knowledge of graphite pencil. Learn additional techniques for
Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski shading, texture, perspective, depth, composition and style. A good
drawing is the basis of botanical illustration in any medium. Group
instruction and individual attention are tailored to help you complete
Composition for Botanical Illustration a botanical plate in this subtle and striking medium.
The arrangement of lines, shapes and color in artwork is an art Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisite: Pencil I
form in itself. The difference between a pleasant picture and
amazing artwork is often found in composition. Using a visual • Tue., Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 9 a.m. – noon
presentation, this course begins with a study of recognized mas- Instructor: Karla Beatty
ters and contemporary illustrators. Learn to how build botanical
composition by using compositional elements and principles. • Mon., Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 1 – 4 p.m.
Exercises in creating your own sample compositions give in- Instructor: Susan Rubin

Perfecting Perspective
Do you shy away from the complicated plants? Even experienced develop a full range of value, texture and atmospheric perspec-
illustrators sometimes struggle with foreshortening and simplify tive. Pen techniques take on new meaning as you flesh out a final
their subjects to eliminate the difficult elements. Learn to see the inked illustration from a plant of your choice.
correct shape of an ellipse and find the angle of the element Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I,
pointing to you, to create the illusion of 3-D depth on a 2-D Pen and Ink I
surface. You’ll work with botanical subjects that demonstrate each
aspect of perspective and learn techniques for seeing and depict- • Tue., Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 6 – 9 p.m.
ing perspective accurately. Complete a final piece that shows your Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt
new understanding of perspective principles. The class will work
entirely in graphite pencil, as the principles apply to all art media. • Tue., Feb. 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 9 a.m. – noon
Gain confidence in your drafting skills and improve all of your Instructor: Libby Kyer
drawings from this class forward.
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisite: Pencil I
Color Layering for Colored Pencil
• Mon., Feb. 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 6 – 9 p.m. Colored pencil presents a special challenge--mixing color directly
Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt on your drawing! Learn to use a simple color mixing method,
adapted to the application of colored pencils. Two-, three-
Weekend Workshop and four-color mixing will get you to the gorgeous greens and
•Fri. – Sun., May 14 - 16, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. luscious lilacs you’ve been missing. Learn to gauge shadow
Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt colors for vibrant results. Match a variety of plant material as
you create your own, extensive color workbook to speed color
selection and application for all future colored pencil drawings.
Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisite: Pencil I
Pen and Ink is at the heart of botanical illustration. Expand your
drawing repertoire as you learn techniques to create line, form • Mon., Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 6 – 9 p.m.
and texture in black and white. ‘Expressive line’ and ‘stipple’ Instructor: Susan Rubin
become part of your artistic vocabulary as you practice this
traditional illustration medium with modern and versatile techni- • Mon., Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 9 a.m. – noon
cal pens. Step-by-step instruction, demonstration and practice Instructor: Susan Rubin
will give you the foundation you need to draw any botanical
subject accurately and skillfully.
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisite: Pencil I. Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I
Explore this modern medium! You’ve learned to layer colored pen-
• Mon., Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 1 – 4 p.m. cil, now learn techniques to draw effectively in this medium. Apply
Instructor: Renee Jorgensen your drawing skills and learn new methods specific to colored pen-
cils. Techniques include layering, building and burnishing in color.
• Tue., Arp. 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 6 – 9 p.m. This versatile, portable medium is perfect for sketching on loca-
Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt tion as well as producing studio pieces. Learn through instruction,
demonstration and practice on small studies of botanical subjects.
You’ll be ready to produce a finished plate in Colored Pencil II.
Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink II Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I
Take your pen and ink skills to a new level of sophistication. and Color Layering for Colored Pencil
Explore the Gardens’ limitless world of color, textures and complex
botany, and incorporate this information into your black and white • Wed., Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 1 – 4 p.m.
illustrations. Working with both technical pen and quill, learn Instructor: Susan Rubin
advanced techniques to make strokes mimic the fuzz on a fern,
the down of a milkweed pod, the mottled colors of a variegated • Mon., Mar. 29, Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26, 6 – 9 p.m.
begonia. Learn how to layer and manipulate lines and stipples to Instructor: Annie Reiser

Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II
Take your colored pencil skills to the next level. Walk through • Thurs., Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 6 – 9 p.m.
the Six Step process to create a preparatory layered drawing. Instructor: Constance Sayas
Learn about grisaille and techniques to create texture, detail
and depth to enhance your subject. Experiment with different • Thurs., Apr. 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 9 a.m. – noon
surfaces, blending and shading. Sample special effects you Instructor: Karla Beatty
can achieve with colored pencil on Mylar, colored and dark
grounds. Group instruction and individual attention help you
to become proficient in this versatile medium. Pull all of your Botanical Illustration in Watercolor II
colored pencil skills together to create a finished botanical plate. Watercolor basics got you started—now develop your confidence
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, and personal style. The emphasis here is on bringing it all together.
Color Layering for Colored Pencil and Colored Pencil I Learn and refine additional techniques through instruction, dem-
onstration and practice with special attention given to layering,
• Wed., Mar. 31, Apr. 7, 14, 21, 28, 9 a.m. - noon shading and building form. Discover brush techniques and colors
Instructor: Susan Rubin that enhance perspective and depth. Follow painting steps through
completion, from broad washes to final detail. Learn how to fix
• Thurs., Apr. 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, 6 – 9 p.m. mistakes and understand why watercolor is a forgiving medium.
Instructor: Susan Rubin You’ll work toward completing a finished plate from a live speci-
men in this most traditional of botanical media.
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I,
Color Mixing for Artists Color Mixing for Artists and Watercolor I
The first step to watercolor painting is mixing colors. Learn a sys-
tem for combining colors consistently so you can eliminate frustrat- • Wed., Feb. 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 6 – 9 p.m.
ing trial and error. Lots of exercises, demonstrations and discussion Instructor: Karla Beatty
will show you how to achieve the broadest possible spectrum. Learn
about paint properties and important information about choosing • Wed., Mar. 31, Apr. 7, 14, 21, 28, 1 – 4 p.m.
pigments. Practice mixing colors to match a variety of plant material. Instructor: Constance Sayas
You’ll gain confidence and skills to improve all of your color work.
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. All students are welcome,
with no prerequisites.

• Mon., Feb. 15, 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 9 a.m. – noon
Instructor: Constance Sayas
Art Materials for the Botanical Illustrator
• Wed., Mar. 31, Apr. 7, 14, 21, 28, 6 – 9 p.m. Take the mystery out of materials. I see ten types of erasers--which
Instructor: Constance Sayas one is right for the job? What is the difference between sable
and synthetic? What’s vellum? This information-packed class will
provide you with detailed information about all of the art materials
Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I used throughout the Botanical Illustration program. From papers to
Become part of the watercolor botanical tradition. Combine draw- pencils to inks, pens, brushes and paints, you’ll learn where and
ing skills and your knowledge of color mixing as you discover the how to find all the right materials and how they are used. Save
delight of putting brush to paper and learn the specific techniques of time and money by shopping expertly the first time
transparent watercolor. Instruction, demonstration and practical ex- Fee:$37 member, $44 non-member. All students are welcome,
ercises will guide you through a variety of watercolor techniques: flat with no prerequisites.
and graded washes, highlights and dry brush detail. Learn to build
washes for depth of tone and shading, and how to create soft and • Sat., Mar. 6, 9 a.m. – noon
hard edges. With these foundational skills you’ll be ready to create a Instructor: Renee Jorgensen
finished plate in Watercolor II.
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I • Sat., May 22, 9 a.m. – noon
and Color Mixing for Artists Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

finished art. Working in wire, paper and clay, learn to make
models in just a couple of days!
Fee: $123 member, $149 non-member. All students are welcome,
no prerequisites required.

• Sat. – Sun., Apr. 24 & 25, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Libby Kyer

Annie Reiser, Handmade Journal Drawing Techniques: The Value of Values
The challenge of drawing is to
Handmade Art Journal translate a three-dimensional living
Learn the basics of bookbinding! Step-by-step instructions and subject into a two- dimensional static
demonstration will help you craft a journal using the Coptic sewn surface, and make it believable! Val-
binding technique. This classic binding allows your finished book ues are the variations in tone that
to open flat, making it easier to use when you sketch and paint. help to create the illusion of form and
In this hands-on workshop, you can create a journal tailored space. Learn the difference between
specifically for BI program color mixing or leave the pages blank the body value you can see and atmo-
to fill with drawing and painting. Add your own style with your spheric value you must invent for effect.
choice of cover papers. Take home a completed journal and the Working in both graphite and color,
knowledge to make more on your own! learn to capture value quickly and
Fee: $62 member, $74 non-member. All students are welcome, accurately using mapping and block-
no prerequisites required. ing techniques. Demonstrations and
practice will give you skills to improve
• Sat., Jan. 30, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and streamline your drawings.
Instructor: Annie Reiser Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member.
Prerequisite: Pencil I

Hand Lettering for Garden Diaries and Artwork • Wed., May 12, 19, 26, June 2,
Discover the beautiful art of calligraphic lettering! Whether 9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Marjorie Leggitt
you are labeling your botanical artwork, taking notes in your Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt
sketchbook or jotting entries into your garden diary, this
wonderful art form adds the final touch. Learn the basics of
calligraphic lettering style, proper form and process, and how Giclée Printing Made Easy
to use it for scientific labeling and other creative uses. Curious about having prints made but apprehensive about the
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisite: Pencil I time and expense involved? In just one day we’ll introduce
you to the process of Giclée printing. Starting with an over-
• Tue., Feb. 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 1 – 4 p.m. view of different printing processes, you will then learn how to
Instructor: Renee Jorgensen prepare your artwork for prints, the advantages of this method
of printing, and what to do with the prints once you have
them. A professional printer will address the technical side
Botanical Models Workshop of the process and bring you up-to-date on costs. Once you
It is February and a live penstemon is not a prospect. Simple understand the procedure, you can make an educated decision
and effective, botanical models can bridge the gap between about what and when to print.
photographs and reality when a living subject is not available. Fee: $62 member, $74 non-member. All students are welcome,
Photographs provide necessary information, but can seriously with no prerequisites.
impact the three-dimensionality of the final image. Learn to
make 3-D models to correctly gauge shadows and form when • Fri., June 4, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
you can’t see the plant. It’s fun to do, and very helpful to your Instructor: Susan Rubin

Framing Botanical Art Drawing on Tradition:
Get your work off the drawing board and onto the wall! This one- Botanical Drawings of Marion Mahony Griffin
day workshop covers the options that will help you to present Botany and the landscape are intertwined. An 1894 graduate of
your art to its best advantage. Learn the steps to the conservation MIT, Marion Mahony Griffin was a landscape architect trained by
techniques that preserve your pieces in an acid-free environment. Frank Lloyd Wright. Her detailed drawings wove natural botani-
We’ll cover all the details of framing materials, styles and embel- cal forms into her architectural renderings. Through intricate and
lishments, and you’ll frame a small piece to practice. Whether you subtle line drawings in her unique graphic style, she designed
decide to frame it yourself or work with a professional, you’ll be groupings of trees, shrubs and plants. Choose and depict a
more confident in your framing decisions. variety of native plants that express both accurate botany and
Fee: $62 member, $74 non-member. All students are welcome, place. Compose a scene with trees, shrubs and plants. Instruction
with no prerequisites. in composition, perspective and varying line drawing techniques
will guide you to create a finished pencil work in the style of
• Sat., June 5, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Marion Mahony Griffin.
Instructor: Susan Rubin Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I

• Wed., May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 1 – 4 p.m.
Instructor: Karla Beatty

Graphite Techniques: Roots and Bulbs
Explore the plant parts you usually cannot see, those hidden
Pen and Ink
beneath the soil surface. Flowering bulbs, vegetables, and even
houseplants reveal intriguing characteristics under the soil. Using a Botanical Roadkill: Fun with Flat Flowers
range of pencils from 6H to 6B, learn how to render the fine hairs, Out of season? Out of state?
smooth and rough textures, and rounded forms of roots and bulbs. Need a plant in January?
Practice continuous tone and sharp details, then put your knowl- Head to the herbarium
edge to work to complete a finished plate in graphite pencil. where a plethora of plant
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisite: Pencil I material is waiting to be
drawn! Learn how to work
• Wed., Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 6 – 9 p.m. from those flattened speci-
Instructor: Karla Beatty mens. It’s not as hard as it
looks! After making your
own herbarium specimen
Miniature Masterpieces in Pencil (roadkill), you’ll learn spe-
Up close and tiny! Bring your big cial techniques to draw
ideas and learn to scale them to a the pressed plant so it
small format. Learn about the impor- comes to life on your
tance of miniatures in the history of art. paper. Then it’s just a mat-
Discover the delights and challenges ter of using your existing
of working in diminutive dimensions. pen and ink skills to artis-
Marjorie Leggitt
Working to size for small frames, learn tically create a beautiful
how composition, line, form and preci- botanical plate. Gain confi-
sion are crucial to convey the message dence with new illustration skills and expand your knowledge
Susan Rubin, allium
in miniature. Instructor demonstrations, of the Gardens’ resources as you work with the Conservatory,
class critique, and individual attention will help you focus your own Library and Herbarium.
little jewels of botanical art. Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisite: Pencil I and Pen and Ink I

• Thurs., Apr. 9,16, 23, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. • Thurs., Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb., 4, 11, 1 – 4 p.m.
Instructor: Susan Rubin Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

Scratchboard: Luminous Illustration in Ink Textures in Colored Pencil
Start from scratch! Expand your illustration repertoire with a Beauty is in the details. Fuzzy, thorny, smooth, matte, shiny,
new tool in your pen and ink toolbox. Learn to achieve exquisite crinkly or translucent is form on a tiny level. Learn to see
line control as you master the techniques of pulling line out of texture in a new way that allows you to create realistic textures
darkness with precision scratching tools. You’ll discover a new using a variety of colored pencil techniques. Through guided
confidence with ink, and an ability to work more quickly by both exercise and practice, assemble a collection of texture
adding and removing ink from the clayboard base. The beautiful technique studies that you can reference for all future draw-
dried or dormant “fruits of winter” will provide inspiration for ings. As the interpretation of the surface of your specimen
your finished plate in this inspiring weekend workshop. becomes more intuitive, new methods for producing that texture
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I will make painting them in colored pencil rewarding and fun.
and Pen and Ink I Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I,
Color Layering for Colored Pencil and Colored Pencil I
• Fri. – Sun., Feb. 19 - 21, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Libby Kyer • Thurs., Feb., 25, March 4, 11, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Libby Kyer

Colored Pencil Botanical Traditions: Plants to Dye For
Flowers, stems, roots, leaves and
Drawing on Tradition: Inspired by Impressionists fruits: all parts of plants contrib-
When Monet painted Impression, Sunrise in 1872, he used a ute to dye colors. Since ancient
new, synthetic orange pigment in a style that broke the rules times, plants have been used to
of traditional painting. The Impressionist movement named for dye fiber. Learn about how dyes
this piece lasted only a few decades, but remains a favorite are and the astounding range of
genre today. Learn about the ideas behind the movement, color from plant sources. Choose
then choose a favorite painting and borrow the composition, a dye plant and research its color
palette and style to create a botanical piece that gives a potential. Learn new techniques
nod to Monet, Gaugin and Degas. Using colored pencil and for trompe l’oeil effects. Compose
pastel, explore techniques that break the rules of color and create a finished plate in
application and traditional botanical illustration. colored pencil that portrays the
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, plant as well as an example of its
Color Layering for Colored Pencil and Colored Pencil I potential dye colors.
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-mem-
• Wed., Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 6 – 9 p.m. ber. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color
Instructor: Susan Rubin Layering for Colored Pencil and
Colored Pencil I Susan Rubin

• Thurs., May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 1 – 4 p.m.
Instructor: Susan Rubin

Water Media

Botanical Traditions:
The Herbs of Nicholas Culpeper
Nicholas Culpepper, the famous Elizabethan herbalist, made herb
growing very fashionable in the 17th Century. Culpeper spent the
greater part of his life in the English outdoors cataloguing hundreds
Monet of beautiful plants that also hold medicinal properties. Culpeper’s

Herbal remains a resource for today’s practitioners of herbal medi- ing with both line and water media, design and paint an
cine. Working in watercolor, create a portrait of an herb plant and its ornamental medieval letterform showcasing a miniature painting
medicinal uses to create a botanical collage with a story to tell. In this of a traditional and/or common herb. Your finished piece may
Studio class, instruction will focus on composition and refining tech- be part of a Gardens’ project to publish an illuminated medieval
niques. For members of the RMSBA, this is an opportunity to create herbal alphabet.
work for the upcoming juried exhibit, “Culpeper’s Medicinal Herbs.” Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I,
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color Mixing for Artists and Watercolor I
Color Mixing for Artists and Water Color I
• Tue., Feb. 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 6 – 9 p.m.
• Fri., Jan. 15, 22, 29, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Renee Jorgensen
Instructor: Karla Beatty

Watercolor Dry Brush Techniques:
Painting Tulips in Watercolor Spring Bulbs and Daffodils
Simple and elegant, tulips have The secret to depicting specific de-
captured the attention of botanical tails is the dry brush technique! A
artists in every era. Learn about the his- traditional watercolor method, dry
tory of the tulip from its origins in the brush means working with small
Middle East and Central Asia to the strokes and limited use of washes.
“Age of Tulips” in Turkey to the fren- Improve your brush-handling skills
zy of “Tulipomania” in 17th century and develop increased control with
Holland. Tulips are still compelling guided exercises. Practice paint
today, with numerous varieties and layering techniques to create
colors to inspire any artist. Learn to vibrant color surfaces and sharp,
create the long, smooth washes need- clear details. Create a finished
Karla Beatty, Daffodil Bulb
ed for tulip leaves, the beautiful arch portrait of your favorite spring bulb.
and clean edges of the stem, and the New skills build confidence and can make your next watercolor
Constance Sayas
luscious color of waxy tulip petals. In project work for you.
this technique class, instruction and Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I,
demonstration will focus on composition, washes and dry brush Color Mixing for Artists and Water Color I
details. Paint a lasting plant portrait of this springtime favorite.
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color • Wed., Feb. 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 1 – 4 p.m.
Mixing for Artists and Water Color I Instructor: Karla Beatty

• Mon., Feb., 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 1 – 4 p.m.
Instructor: Constance Sayas Drawing on Tradition:
Ornamental Florals of Grasset and Morris
In the Victorian era, a return to nature
The Illuminated Herbal: An Alphabet from A to Z brought a focus on floral motifs to decora-
In medieval Europe, written works tive design. French artist Eugene Grasset
began and ended with monastic admired Japanese art, and brought his
scribes. Their exquisite illumina- love of simplified form to poster designs in
tions stand as a memorial to the France and America. In Britain, William
world before the printing press. Morris lent his architectural training to
Begin in the Helen Fowler library to the decorative textiles and wallpaper
view examples of medieval manu- patterns that defined the Arts and Crafts
scripts and research the elements movement. Explore the composition and
of medieval illumination. Apply this graphic design styles of these masters of
knowledge to the skills you learned ornamental design. Learn to use graphic
Peggy Turchette William Morris,
in earlier Illumination classes. Work- Woodpecker Tapestry design tools and techniques to create your

own decorative botanical motif in gouache and mixed media. Fairmount Roses – Grand Finale
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Historic Fairmount Ceme-
Color Mixing for Artists and Watercolor I tery boasts more than 300
roses of at least 59 vari-
• Tue., March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 9 a.m. – noon eties, many of them from
Instructor: Renee Jorgensen the 1800s. Participate in
the preservation of these
beauties through botanical
White Blossoms illustration. Start by study-
Do white blossoms on white paper leave you in a quanda- ing rose paintings from the
ry? Don’t shy away from a challenge! See how other artists masters of the past such as
have solved this dilemma as you learn techniques to ease the Alfred Parsons and Pierre
execution. Begin with exercises in light, shade and composi- Joseph Redouté. Learn
tion. Demonstrations teach you how to use form and place- how to draw the complex
ment to your advantage. Working in your choice of watercolor petal configurations. Prac-
or colored pencil, you’ll learn how to find the right colors for tice techniques, from wet-
your “white” flowers and create a finished portrait of these on-wet to dry brush, and Constance Sayas, Rosa ‘Linda Campbell’
most delicate of petals. how to use them appropri-
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, ately. Visit Fairmount and advance your skills as you learn to
Color Mixing for Artists, Water Color I OR Color Layering for capture the important aspects of roses where they grow. Take
Colored Pencil and Colored Pencil I your field sketches, notes and a clipping from a specimen to
the classroom to create a finished watercolor painting of these
• Thurs., April 8, 15, 22, 1 – 5 p.m., Thurs. April 29, 1 – 4 p.m. gorgeous blossoms. Try this class for the first time or come
Instructor: Constance Sayas back after last year’s session, as this will be the last session in
the Fairmount series. Your finished work can be included in a
planned publication.
Iris in Transparent Acrylics Fee: $247 member, $297 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I,
Explore a wonderful water medium! Though transparent Color Mixing for Artists and Water Color I
acrylic looks similar to watercolor, different application
techniques produce luminous results. Acquire the skills, using • Mon. – Wed., June 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (20 hr)
a simple color palette to transform acrylic paint into sheer Instructor: Constance Sayas
layers. Spring irises present their own challenges, including
complex form, a short life when cut, and translucent, over-
lapping petals. Step-by-step instruction, demonstration and Field Sketching with Watercolors
exercises will help you to create your own lasting botanical Take your studio skills into the great outdoors. Watercolors
portrait in transparent acrylic. are a traditional medium for sketching outside. Learn to make
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I quick gestural studies of botanical specimens. Set up a small
and Color Mixing for Artists portable palette and gather the gear you need for successful
painting in a garden or field setting. Explore brushstrokes,
• Tue., Apr. 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 1 – 4 p.m. color and values in sketching. Find out how to exploit the
Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt transparent qualities of watercolor paint. Begin a watercolor
sketchbook of your favorite plants to enjoy from now on.
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I,
Color Mixing for Artists and Watercolor I

• Wed., June 16, 23, 30, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Karla Beatty

Any Media sect pollinators and learn to “sleep and pin” a specimen for
illustration. Study the basics of insect anatomy and the
Drawing on Tradition: processes of pollination. Use your new knowledge to cre-
Flower Portraits of Maud Purdy ate an illustration of a perfect combination of host plant and
pollinator in your choice of medium.
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I,
entry level color media strongly recommended

• Thurs., June 17, 24, July 1, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

Maud Purdy
Digital Tools and Photography
When Maud H. Purdy (1873-1965) became an artist in the late
19th Century, she was considered to be a new type of woman: Photo References for Botanical Illustrator
self-directed, outspoken and highly skilled. As the chief iris illustra- Seasons and geography can interfere with the illustra-
tor for the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in the 1920s, she launched a tor’s search for a live plant specimen. Scott Dressel-Martin,
prolific and significant body of work that would later earn her the official photographer for Denver Botanic Gardens, will show
title, “best botany illustrator in America”. Begin with an overview of you how to capture all the botanical information pertinent to
Purdy’s work of unusual beauty and learn how it also served science. your plant. As an artist, learn to see your subject at its best.
You’ll use the microscope to understand the botanical details of your From a scientific standpoint, photograph the important details
flower and learn to master micro techniques to study the ovary and including stem, leaves, blossoms, seeds, attachments, veins,
flower development. Careful instruction will prepare you to create an margins and overall plant form. Whether you prefer film or
elegant plate in the medium of your choice, illustrating the exposed digital cameras, Scott will teach you the basics of close-up
internal structures of your flower in the style of Maud Purdy. This is a photography and how to use your equipment effectively.
microscopy class and the number of seats is limited to 10. Fee: $61 member, $73 non-member. All students are welcome,
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I with no prerequisites.
(entry level color medium of your choice is strongly recommended)
• Fri., March 19, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
• Fri., June 18, 25, July 2, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin
Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

Photoshop for Beginners
Plants Plus Pollinators “Send a JPEG image at 300 dpi.” WHAT?? Unravel the lingo
Plants + pollinators = more and learn the basics of this versatile and necessary computer
plants! Fulfilling their biological software. Start at the very beginning and learn to navigate
imperative to reproduce, plants the tool bars; size artwork and files, apply filters, adjust color,
often require outside assistance. crop, and more! Use simple skills to manipulate photo refer-
Insects, birds and bats come to ences. Learn the process for producing a digital file to meet
the rescue and move pollen from specifications for exhibit entries. Bring your computer, Adobe
one plant to another. An expert Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and an open mind. Leave
on pollination will give you an with the confidence to handle images on your own.
idea of the amazing range of Fee: $123 member, $149 non-member. All students are welcome,
pollinators at work in the Gar- with no prerequisites.
dens. Observe the pollinators
as they work hard to collect • Sat. – Sun., March 20 & 21, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
and disperse pollen. Collect in- Marjorie Leggitt Instructor: Annie Reiser

Abobe InDesign Adobe Illustrator I
Create your own multi-page presentations books, brochures Leave your paintbrush at home, and bring your computer to
and posters! Learn to design master layouts, insert pictures learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator—a program necessary to
and graphics, and change fonts easily. InDesign collects all produce vector artwork. Exercises emphasize the use of Bezier
the text, image files and typeface files to print your document curves to create shapes using the mouse. Simple and straight-
exactly as you imagined it. InDesign can also be used with forward instruction will introduce you to the most utilized
other Adobe programs such as Illustrator and Photoshop to de- tools and a few of the palettes. As with any new skill, practice
sign all aspects of your product. You will need a laptop com- makes perfect, so have fun exploring a world of artistic pos-
puter with current Adobe InDesign (CS 3 or CS 4) software sibilities. You will need a laptop computer with current Adobe
installed (a 30-day trial version is available for free). Illustrator (CS 3 or CS 4) software installed (a 30-day trial
Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. All students are welcome, version is available for free).
with no prerequisites. Fee: $185 member, $223 non-member. All students are welcome,
with no prerequisites.
• Fri. – Sun., Feb. 12 - 14, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Anna Hjelmroos • Fri. – Sun., March 12 - 14, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


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