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BOTANICAL ART & ILLUSTRATION
Botanical Illustration is the place where art and science unite with beautiful results.
W I N T ER /S PR I N G 2 0 1 1 CATA L O G C ERTIF IC AT E I N B O TAN I CA L A RT A N D I L L U S TR AT ION
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 offer 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 amateur. It culminates in a certificate for some students and offers an ongoing program of botanical classes for others.
Students wishing to learn more about botanical illustration or brush up on their skills before beginning the certificate sequence can take Introduction to Botanical Illustration that is not part of the certificate requirements. experience in botanical art. In addition to the 13 required courses, students must select 100 elective hours. The number of 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, attendance is required at the first class and at 80 percent of all classes.
The following 13 courses are required if you wish to receive a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration. The recommended sequence of courses is listed below. This succession is appropriate for both the certificate and the non-certificate student. Classes can also be taken in the order determined by their prerequisites. Courses consist of exercises, critiques, demonstrations and homework assignments. A list of supplies for each course will be sent with class confirmation. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Botanical Illustration in Pencil I Botany for the Botanical Illustrator Botanical Illustration in Pencil II Composition for Botanical Illustration Color Layering for Colored Pencil Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I Perfecting Perspective Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II Color Mixing for Artists Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink II Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I Botanical Illustration in Watercolor II
SCIENCE AND ART LECTURES
Selected lectures at Denver Botanic Gardens can qualify for elective credits. Participation in one lecture gives one elective credit hour; students can receive a maximum of 15 credit hours from these lectures. Café Botanique, organized by Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski, is a lecture series open to Botanical Art and Illustration students, Gardens members, the general public, academia and artists. Pre-registration is recommended but not required.
Upon completion of all course work, you may apply for portfolio review (held each January and June) by requesting a transcript from the Program Manager when you request your review. The complete portfolio will contain five (5) finished botanical plates: 1. Graphite Pencil 2. Colored Pencil 3. Pen and Ink 4. Water Media 5. Artist’s Choice: This can be a plate in any of the media taught within the program or a combination of them.
Elective courses serve a variety of purposes. They are designed to increase the student’s knowledge, ability and
G UEST WO R KS HO P S
Drawing on Tradition: Women’s Painted Furniture (1790 – 1830)
The long-lost art of women’s painted furniture uses watercolor and ink painted and drawn onto wooden surfaces to create delightful images. This charming work done by American schoolgirls, 1790-1830, was part of the curriculum in New England rural schools and academies. Learn the techniques to paint and ink a 16”x20” cradled birch panel stained Betsy Krieg Salm and prepared to accept the artwork. Patterns and accompanying colored photos from antique originals will be provided for the project. The result: a lovely piece of Americana to keep. Fee: $170 member, $192 non-member. All students are welcome, with no prerequisites. (Pencil I and Color Mixing for Artists strongly recommended). No refunds for registration cancellations after December 30 unless your seat can be filled. • Fri. – Sat. Jan 21 – 22, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Betsy Krieg Salm Betsy Krieg Salm is a scholar, artisan and teacher of the long-lost art of women’s painted furniture. She has exhibited her own work at more than 60 prestigious shows. She also lectures at museums and teaches woman’s painted furniture ornamentation for the Historical Society of Early America Decoration, needlework guilds, colleges and art institutions.
Discover Scratchboard: Ink and Graphite
Discover the potential and excitement of scratchboard, where contrasts in textures and values produce dramatic, luminous effects, and where, as in no other medium, ink is correctible! All fear of using ink is gone. Use pen and blade to combine black and white lines and dots, which are the basis of ink textures. Graphite pencil rendering Trudy Nicholson can achieve subtle, delicate effects. Demonstrations and examples show how to create a vast range of textures portraying subjects with detail and accuracy. Choose your favorite subjects from nature and create a composition. Sketch, transfer, and render in ink or pencil on white scratchboard. Use acquired techniques to convey form, shading, textures, and spatial placement of each element of your composition. Work toward completing at least one ink and/or one graphite pencil
illustration. Fee: $210 member, $257 non-member. Prerequisite: Pencil I. No refunds for registration cancellations after March 17 unless your seat can be filled. Weekend Workshop • Fri. – Sun., April 15 – 17, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Trudy Nicholson Trudy Nicholson is a freelance illustrator with many years experience in medical and scientific illustration. Her main interest is portraying animals in their natural world with accuracy and detail. For many years she has used the medium of ink or pencil on scratchboard. Her work is featured in Scratchboard for Illustration by Ruth Lozner. Among the numerous books that she has illustrated are Warner Shedd’s Owls Aren’t Wise and Bats Aren’t Blind and Carl Safina’s The View from Lazy Point. She has exhibited widely. Her enthusiasm for scratchboard is unbounded.
Natural Colors and Science of Art
Discover the amazing world of natural colors! Learn where colors come from, how we perceive them, and what we can create from them. Explore “color as light” in an 18th century-style science lab, “color as pigment” in a 16th century-style scriptorium, and “color as art” in a hands-on painting activity. We’ll touch upon subjects ranging from early human history and the first paintings on cave walls up to modern day applications. Use natural pigments, binders and other materials made from animals, vegetables and minerals to make homemade paint. Work with a number of natural paint pigments to create a cave-style miniature painting to take home. Fee: $210 member, $257 non-member. All students are welcome,
with no prerequisites. No refunds for registration cancellations after January 15 unless your seat can be filled. • Fri. – Sat., Feb. 18 – 19, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Rebeccah Cope, Raleigh, NC Rebeccah Cope has taught “Natural Colors and the Science of Art” and “Primitive Paints of the Ancient Arts” in a variety of settings including the NC Botanical Gardens, the NC Museum of Art, NC State University and Meredith College in Raleigh. She is currently the Manager and Program Director of the Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC.
IN T RO DUC T O RY C O U R S E S
Introduction to Botanical Illustration
Are you new to drawing? If you can write with a pencil, you can draw with one. Step-by-step, acquire the techniques you need to draw what you see. Simple exercises train you to observe objectively and draw accurately. A relaxed pace and straightforward instruction will open your mind to your own creative abilities. Build drawing skills to enter the Botanical Illustration program with confidence. Fee: $192 member, $243 non-member. All students are welcome, with no prerequisites. Note: If you have had some drawing experience, please go directly to Pencil I. • Wed., March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 21, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Renee Jorgensen • Fri., June 10, 17, 24, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Renee Jorgensen • Wed., Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 9 a.m. – noon Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt • Wed., June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 9 a.m. – noon Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt
Botanical Illustration in Pencil I
REQUIRED C O U R S ES
Botany for the Botanical Illustrator
What is the difference between a carpel and a pistil? Where can I find the stamen? The science of the subjects you draw determines what you see! Put away your pencils for this enlightening lab class designed specifically for students of Botanical Illustration. Take a close look at plant anatomy and learn to recognize botanical details that will make your drawings more accurate and realistic. Learn plant morphology through detailed instruction and supporting visuals. All of your botanical art will improve when you understand the subjects. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. All students are welcome, with no prerequisites. • Wed., Feb. 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 9 a.m. - noon Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski • Mon. April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski
Learn to draw! Begin with a brief history and an overview of the specific elements of botanical illustration. Learn the skills of careful observation and realistic drawing in graphite pencil, including line drawing, shading and perspective. Step-by-step, added techniques help you render accurate perspective, texture and detail. This is the entry course for every program student and a prerequisite for all courses to follow. You’ll emerge from this class with the tools you need to draw anything. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. All students are welcome, with no prerequisites. • Tue., Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 9 a.m. - noon Instructor: Karla Beatty Weekend Workshop • Fri. – Sun., Feb. 25 – 27, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Constance Sayas • Mon., April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Instructor: Renee Jorgensen Weekend Workshop • Fri. – Sun., June 3 – 5, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Karla Beatty Offsite at Arvada Center (call 720-898-7200 to register or go to www.arvadacenter.org) • Wed., Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Renee Jorgensen
Composition for Botanical Illustration
The arrangement of line, shape and color in artwork is an art form in itself. The difference between a pleasant picture and amazing artwork is often found in composition. This course begins with a study of recognized masters and contemporary illustrators. Learn how to use compositional elements and principles in your botanical illustration. Exercises to create your own thumbnail compositions develop insight and expertise to enhance all of your future illustrations. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. All students are welcome, with no prerequisites.
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Botanical Illustration in Pencil II
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 your knowledge of graphite pencil. Learn additional techniques for shading, texture, perspective, depth and composition. A good drawing is the basis of botanical illustration in any medium. Group instruction and individual attention are tailored to help you complete a botanical plate in this subtle and striking medium. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisite: Pencil I • Tue., Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Karla Beatty • Tue., March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Karla Beatty • Mon., May 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 9 a.m. – noon Instructor: Susan Rubin as you practice this traditional medium with modern and versatile technical pens. Step-by-step instruction, demonstration and practice will give you the foundation you need to draw any botanical subject accurately and skillfully. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisite: Pencil I • Tue., Feb. 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt • Tue., May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Renee Jorgensen
Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink II
Take your pen and ink skills to a new level of sophistication. Explore the Gardens’ limitless world of color, texture and complex botany to incorporate this information into black and white illustrations. Working with both technical pen and traditional quill, learn advanced techniques to make strokes mimic the fuzz on a fern, the down in a milkweed pod, or the mottled colors of a variegated begonia. Learn how to layer and manipulate lines and stipples to develop a full range of value, texture and atmospheric perspective. Pen techniques take on new meaning as you flesh out a final inked illustration of a plant of your choice. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Pen and Ink I • Mon., March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 9 a.m. - noon Instructor: Libby Kyer
Do you shy away from complicated plants? Even experienced illustrators sometimes struggle with foreshortening and simplify their subjects to eliminate difficult elements. Work with botanical subjects that demonstrate each aspect of perspective and learn techniques for seeing and depicting perspective accurately. Complete a final piece that shows your new understanding of perspective principles. The class will work entirely in graphite pencil, but the principles apply to all art media. Gain confidence in your drafting skills and improve all of your drawings from this class forward. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisite: Pencil I • Tue., Feb. 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt Weekend Workshop • Fri. – Sun., April 1 – 3, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt
Color Layering for Colored Pencil
Colored pencil presents a special challenge: mixing color directly on your drawing! Learn to use a simple color mixing method, adapted to the application of colored pencils. Two-, three- and four-color mixing will get you to the gorgeous greens and luscious lilacs you’ve been missing. Learn to determine shadow colors for vibrant results. Practice color matching with 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. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisite: Pencil I • Thurs., Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 9 a.m. - noon Instructor: Susan Rubin • Thurs., March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Susan Rubin Weekend Workshop • Fri. – Sun., May 13 - 15, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Susan Rubin
Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I
Pen and ink is at the heart of botanical illustration. Expand your drawing repertoire as you learn techniques to create line, form and texture in black and white. “Expressive line” and “stipple” become part of your artistic vocabulary
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Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I
You’ve learned to layer colored pencil, now learn techniques to draw effectively in this medium. Apply your drawing skills and learn new methods specific to colored pencils. Techniques include layering, building and burnishing in color. This versatile, portable medium is perfect for sketching on location 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. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I and Color Layering for Colored Pencil • Mon., Feb. 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 9 a.m. - noon Instructor: Susan Rubin • Wed., April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Annie Reiser • Thurs., Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Constance Sayas • Wed. June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Constance Sayas Note: Create your own hardbound workbook for this class in Making a Color Mixing Journal, Feb 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I
Become part of the watercolor botanical tradition. Combine drawing skills and your knowledge of color mixing as you discover the delight of putting brush to paper to learn the specific techniques of transparent watercolor. Instruction, demonstration and practical exercises will guide you through a variety of watercolor techniques: flat and graded washes, highlights and dry brush detail. Learn to build washes for depth of tone and shading, and how to create soft and hard edges. With these foundational skills you’ll be ready to create a finished plate in Watercolor II. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I and Color Mixing for Artists • Wed., March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 9 a.m. - noon Instructor: Constance Sayas • Mon., June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Karla Beatty
Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II
Take your colored pencil skills to the next level and become proficient in this fun, versatile medium. Work through a stepby-step process to create a preparatory layered drawing. Learn techniques to create texture, detail and depth Susan Rubin to enhance your subject. Experiment with different surfaces and solvents for blending and shading. Add depth with atmospheric perspective and learn finishing techniques that will make your drawings pop. Individual attention will guide you to create a finished botanical plate. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color Layering for Colored Pencil and Colored Pencil I • Mon., Feb. 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Susan Rubin
Botanical Illustration in Watercolor II
Watercolor basics got you started - now develop your confidence work toward completing a finished plate from a live specimen in this most traditional of botanical media. The emphasis here is on bringing it all together. Learn and refine additional techniques through instruction, demonstration and practice with special attention given to layering, shading and building form. Discover brush techniques and colors that enhance perspective and depth. Follow painting steps through completion, from broad washes to final detail. Learn how to fix mistakes and understand why watercolor is a forgiving medium. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color Mixing for Artists and Watercolor I • Mon., Feb. 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Karla Beatty • Mon., April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, June 6, 9 a.m. – noon Instructor: Karla Beatty
Color Mixing for Artists
The first step to watercolor painting is mixing colors. Learn a system for combining colors consistently to eliminate frustrating trial and error. Exercises, demonstrations and discussion will show you how to achieve the broadest possible spectrum. Learn about paint properties and important information about choosing pigments. Practice mixing colors to match a variety of plant material. You’ll gain confidence and skills to improve all of your color work. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. All students are welcome, with no prerequisites.
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Art Materials for the Botanical Illustrator
Take the mystery out of materials. There are ten types of erasers which 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 used throughout the Botanical Illustration program. From papers to pencils to inks, pens, brushes and paints, you’ll learn where and how to find all the right materials and how they are used. Save time and money by shopping expertly the first time. Fee: $40 member, $49 non-member. All students are welcome, with no prerequisites. • Fri., March 26, 9 a.m. - noon Instructor: Renee Jorgensen
Framing Botanical Art
Get your work off the drawing board and onto the wall! This one-day workshop covers the options that will help you to present your art to its best advantage. Learn the steps to the conservation techniques that preserve your pieces in an acid-free environment. We’ll cover all the details of framing materials, styles and embellishments, and you’ll frame a small piece to practice. Whether you decide to frame it yourself or work with a professional, you’ll be more confident in your framing decisions. Fee: $65 member, $81 non-member. All students are welcome, with no prerequisites. • Sat., April 30, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Susan Rubin
Ukrainian Easter Eggs: Pysanky
Beautiful batik with a botanical flair! We have all admired the intricate patterns and vivid colors of Ukranian eggs. Start with an introduction to the history of the centuries-old craft of Pysanky and study botanical motifs with traditional ornamental patterns. Create your original egg design combining motifs. Learn about the specialized techniques and tools for this batik method using aniline dyes with wax resist. A discussion of dye colors and preparation will have you ready to create one sampler egg and one with your personal design, just in time for Easter. Fee: $225 member, $275 non-member. Fee includes professional toolkit with three different sized traditional kitsky (drawing tool). All students are welcome, with no prerequisites. • Fri. – Sun., April 8 – 10, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Annie Reiser
Bookbinding Workshop – Spring Back Ledger Binding
Giclée Prints Made Easy
Curious about having prints made but apprehensive about the time and expense involved? In just one day we’ll introduce you to the process of Giclée printing. Starting with an overview of different printing processes, learn how to 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 of the process and bring you up-to-date on costs. Once you understand the procedure, you can make an educated decision about what and when to print. Fee: $65 member, $81 non-member. All students are welcome, with no prerequisites. • Fri., April 29, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Susan Rubin
Bind a book yourself! Step-by-step, learn how to bind a traditional hardcover blank book beautifully suited for botanical art or journaling. The binding style is called spring-back ledger binding and was patented in 1799 for use as accounting ledgers. It is extremely sturdy and will lay flat. Start with sections folded from 90# hot-press watercolor paper and learn to sew them and attach onto linen tapes. Cut endpapers using marbled paper, shape the boards and finally cover the spine and corners with leather and fill in with durable textured book cloth. The result: a handsome book indeed. All elements of this book are acid-free and archival and can last for centuries. Fee: $320 member, $373 non-member. The fee includes goat skin, cloth, paper (Fabriano Artistico, Davey board, marbled paper, museum board), linen thread for one book and sewing tools. All students are welcome, with no prerequisites. • Wed., Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Cameron Garland • Sat., June 11, 18, 25, July 9, 16, 9 a.m. - noon Instructor: Cameron Garland
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Color Mixing Journal
Make it beautiful and make it useful! Learn the craft of Coptic binding start-to-finish as you make your own journal for Color Mixing in Watercolor or for mixing colors in the field. Create a custom cover Annie Reiser with your own decorative papers. Beginning with specially printed watercolor, learn to assemble paper signatures, align the spine, and stitch your beautifully bound journal. In just one day, create a lasting color journal for color mixing. Once you know the binding techniques, you’ll make many books for so many uses. Fee: $100 member, $125 non-member. The fee includes paper (Fabriano Artistico, 90 lb hot press watercolor paper and color mixing templates in cardstock), archival glue, Davey board for one journal and needles for sewing. All students are welcome, with no prerequisites. • Sat., Feb 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Instructor: Annie Reiser
Microscopy: Luscious Lichens and Mischievous Microfungi
100 years=1cm. Most lichens grow very, very slowly; often less than a millimeter per year, and some lichens are thought to be among the oldest living things on Earth. Though microfungi are not immediately associated with beauty, under the microscope these remarkable organisms transform into abstract masterpieces of form, color and texture. Study these fascinating and complex organisms under magnification and learn to draw their unusual and often whimsical forms in graphite or color media of your choice. Learn to work with the microscope to observe every detail. Fee: $192 member, $245 nonmember. Prerequisite: Pencil I, entry level color media recommended. • Tue., April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski
Drawing on Tradition: Women’s Painted Furniture II – Painted Pencil Box
Delightful and demure, American Schoolgirl Art elevated ordinary objects to decorative heirlooms. Study the traditional floral motifs that characterize the genre. Starting with a plain wooden pencil box, learn to prepare the surface to accept ink and paint in your own decorative design. Seal the finished product to create a useful keepsake. Your pens and pencils will travel in style! Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisite: Women’s Painted Furniture Weekend Workshop • Fri. – Sun., Jan. 28 - 30, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Renee Jorgensen
BOTANY AND MICROSCOPY
Botany Spotlight: Orchid Flowers
The family Orchidaceae is vast and diverse. In fact there are twice the number of orchid species than bird species, and four times the number of mammal species! Instruction and examples will help you to sort out the specifics of these exotic blooms before you undertake Orchids in Watercolor. In this 3-hr lab class, use a microscope to examine details closely and sketch them in pencil. When you understand more, you’ll draw better. Fee: $40 member, $49 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Botany • Tue., Feb. 1, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-koski
Drawing Techniques: The Value of Value
The challenge of drawing is to translate a three-dimensional living subject into a two- dimensional static surface, and make it believable! Values are the variations in tone that help to create the illusion of form and space. Learn the difference between the body value you can see and atmospheric value you must invent for effect. Working in graphite, learn to capture value quickly and accurately using mapping and blocking techniques. Demonstrations and practice will give you skills to improve and streamline your drawings. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisite: Pencil I • Mon., Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt
Botany Spotlight: Legumes
Peanuts and soybeans and peas, oh my! The extensive Fabaceae family can be complicated to draw. Learn about the flower structure and aestivation so you’ll get it right before you undertake Pen and Ink III: Publications, where you will be illustrating legumes for a book. In this one-day lab class use a microscope to examine details closely and sketch them in pencil. When you understand more, you’ll draw better. Fee: $65 member, $81 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Botany • Fri., March 18, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski
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The Value of Value in Color Painting
Values are the variations in tone that help to create the illusion of spatial form and depth. Learn to see values in color and apply a range of values to clarify depth and overlap. Working watercolor, a series of exercises will help you learn to see the difference between hue and value, select and mix effective shadow colors, and develop strategies to create optical illusions created by color and value relationships. Complete a finished painting to show all of your new skills. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color Mixing for Artists, Watercolor I • Wed., Feb. 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Constance Sayas artists and archiving your artwork. Visits to a paper store and a printer provide vital information for launching a professional future. You’ll develop the know-how to start out in the art world. Prerequisite: Pencil I. Fee: $192 member, $245 nonmember. • Thurs., May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 9 a.m. - noon Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt
Using Photos Wisely
You need to draw a daffodil, but it’s June and you forgot to take photos earlier in the spring. What do you do? Learn how to locate other photographic resources, create your own composite from multiple images and alter visual information creatively to come up with a fresh illustration that retains accuracy without infringing copyrights. Produce a plate of your own in your choice of media using the techniques and information you learn. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisite: Pencil I, Pen and Ink I or Color Mixing for artists and Watercolor I or Color layering for Colored Pencils and Colored Pencil I. • Thurs., June 16, 23, 30, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt
Focus on Style
It’s all about YOU! You are a program graduate or almost there. You’ve learned techniques in multiple media and created numerous works according to direction. Now it’s time to define your own style and start a body of work that best represents your Susan Rubin own point of view. Start with tools for self-assessment and an overview of the possibilities. See how other botanical artists have found clarity, then make small decisions that add up to a personal statement. Start a new piece in any medium that will showcase your strengths and style. Whether you gravitate toward botanical traditional or the cutting edge, you’ll emerge with a better idea of your unique artistic direction. . Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: All required classes and at least 50 elective hours. • Mon., March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Susan Rubin • Thurs., May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Susan Rubin
Carbon Dust: Focus on Bones
Push your drawing skills into a new realm. Carbon dust has been a mainstay medium for medical and scientific illustrators for more than 75 years. Using a combination of pencil lines and dust “washes” applied with brushes, this medium produces rich, tonal renderings with the value range of charcoal and the precision of watercolor. Learn about the various tools associated with carbon dust, including carbon pencils, dust, brushes, blenders and fixative. Bird bones on loan from the DMNS are the focus, and a museum expert will visit the class to introduce you to bird anatomy and bone structures. Use methodical layering to create a flawless continuous tone and complete the finer details with pencil for a finished carbon-dust rendering. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I • Thurs., Feb. 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 9 a.m. - noon Instructor: Karla Beatty
The Business of Botanical Art
What’s next? Start with a self-assessment of your potential, personal direction and goals as an artist. Learn the skills and create the materials you’ll need to market yourself as a professional. Work step-by-step to organize and build a portfolio from the artwork you have and design an effective business card to present yourself professionally. Train your “left-brain” business manager to work with your “right-brain” artist as you gain information about contracts, paperwork, legal issues for
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PEN & INK & PUBLISHING
Elegant Hand Lettering
Learn copperplate or round hand lettering, the traditional style for labeling early botanical plates. Popular in England in the 17th and 18th Centuries, this elegant Renee Jorgensen lettering complements botanicals beautifully. Start with an introduction to the oblique pen and flexible quill nibs. Practice basic pen strokes and learn to form each letter in this classic style. Learn label placement and lettering size to complete your plates with a special flourish. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. All students are welcome, with no prerequisites. • Tue., Feb. 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 9 a.m. – noon Instructor: Renee Jorgensen a small format. Working to size for small frames, learn how composition, line, form and precision are crucial to convey the message in miniature. Work in pencil or color and plan to complete several little gems of botanical art. An extra bonus: we will provide the frames! Fee: Susan Rubin $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color Layering for Colored Pencil, Colored Pencil I • Mon., Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Susan Rubin
Building Colored Pencil Paintings
Three days, one complete colored pencil painting, zero homework! You can do it when you learn and use traditional painting techniques as they apply to colored pencil. Using the skills you already know and incorporating the atelier system of intense observation, sketching, studies, under-painting and blocking in, you will create a lush, fully realized work of art in record time. Explore the attributes of colored pencil that make them a perfect fit for wet or dry applications. The skills you practice will improve all of your colored pencil work. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color Layering for Colored Pencil, Colored Pencil I. Weekend Workshop • Fri. – Sun., Jan. 14 - 16, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Libby Kyer
Pen and Ink III: Publication
Advance your pen and ink skills to a professional level and help to illustrate Legumes of Arizona: An Illustrated Flora. The book will be a synoptic floristic account of the family Fabaceae in Arizona. The flora will include all native, naturalized and cultivated taxa. Learn to work with herbarium specimens as well as dissection and Marjorie Leggitt microscopes of selected species. Working within publisher guidelines, learn the necessary steps to execute and prepare pen and ink illustrations for scientific publications. Quality is key here; only the most expert works will be selected for publication. Enjoy this rare opportunity to experience working as a botanical illustrator in the world of publication. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Pen and Ink I, Pen and Ink II • Tue., March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 9 a.m. – noon Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt
Drawing on Tradition: Hoefnagel and the Cabinet of Curiosities
Immerse yourself in an era of unprecedented change. The time from the 15th century to the turn of the 17th Century marked the beginning of the modern era of science, a time of great Annie Reiser exploration, and extraordinary art and literature. Joris Hoefnagel’s (1542-1601) illustrations represent the eclectic energy of this creative historic period. Examine Hoefnagel’s meticulous studies of flora and fauna and use of calligraphic elements. Create a similar composition and use colored pencil with mixed media to create
Discover the delights and challenges of working in diminutive dimensions. Bring your big ideas and learn to scale them to
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your own miniature plate in the style of Hoefnagel. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color Layering for Colored Pencil and Colored Pencil I. • Thurs., Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Annie Reiser
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Drawing on Tradition: Art forms of Ernst Haeckel
In the late 19th Century, German biologist, naturalist, philosopher and artist Ernst Haeckel worked to promote the Darwin’s theory of evolution in Europe. He discovered numerous new species and documented them in more than a hundred elaborate etchings. Learn about Haeckel’s story and study his compelling patternoriented style. Learn the steps to create your own extensive design using multiple images and elements of your selected subject. Your careful study and composition will produce a stylish poster in the medium of your choice. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Pen and Ink I or Color Mixing for Artists and Watercolor I or Color Layering for Colored Pencil and Colored Pencil I • Wed. Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt
Drawing on Tradition: Dutch Flower Painters of the 17th Century
Beautiful floral still life paintings on rich black backgrounds evoke the lush richness of the Dutch flower painters. Combining flowers with other natural elements, these painters captured allegorical tales in the form of plant portraits with added still life elements. Learn about the painters and their ideas and methods. Demonstrations and individual guidance will show you special techniques to translate the genre into your own botanical plate on a black background in colored pencil. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color Layering for Colored Pencil and Colored Pencil • Mon., March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 6 – 9 p.m. Instructor: Susan Rubin
Flower Portraits – Fascinating Perspective
As blossoms bend and turn, as petals spiral out to open fully, shapes and sizes appear to shift. Yet often, when you draw what you see, it doesn’t look right. Learn how to accurately see and record these visual abstractions. Starting with demonstrations and drawing exercises you will practice the techniques needed to artistically deconstruct and reconstruct several challenging Marjorie Leggitt flower types. Next you will hone your skill at developing a composition that enhances the subject of your choice. Individual attention and in-class work time provide the guidance to produce a plate of your own in your choice of media. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Perfecting Perspective, Color Layering for Colored Pencil and Colored Pencil I or Color Mixing for Artist and Watercolor I • Thurs., March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, 9 a.m. - noon Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt
Paper Grounds with Velvet Surfaces
Colored pencil takes a painterly turn! In a fresh twist on a familiar subject, discover the benefits of using colored pencil on papers with nap and sanded papers to create lush and velvety effects. Learn about a variety of textured papers and how to select the the right paper surface for your project. Acquire new pencil application techniques that will help you use the new surface to full advantage, using deep color to establish form and fine line to define details. Individual guidance will help you to create a botanical portrait with a distinctly different look. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color Layering for Colored Pencil, Colored Pencil I Weekend Workshop • Fri. – Sun., May 20 - 22 Instructor: Libby Kyer
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Drawing on Tradition: Dugald Stermer
The name may not be familiar, but the images will be! Contemporary illustrator Dugald Stermer has created a vast collection of drawings, book illustrations and editorial work that combine expressive drawings with descriptive calligraphy. Learn about the artist’s working style and practice his application techniques. Apply graphic design principles to compose Dugald Stermer a unique botanical illustration. Use graphite, colored inks, and watercolor pencil as you work in the style of the remarkable Dugald Stermer. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Pen and Ink I, Color layering for Colored Pencil and Colored Pencil I alt. Watercolor Pencil I or Color Mixing for Artists and Water Color I • Thurs., March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Renee Jorgensen
dence to go beyond the usual plant portraits. Have fun with all the botanical media as you create a fresh, modern, HOT botanical! Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Pen and Ink I, Color Layering for Colored Pencil, Colored Pencil I • Tue., May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Annie Reiser
Flowers and Shakespeare
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” (Romeo and Juliet), but many other flowers grace the pages of William Shakespeare’s plays and poems. Learn about the use and meaning of flora in Elizabethan society and select a flower with meaning to you. Work in colored pencil to create a lasting portrait of a flower or herb that incorporates the plant and the phrase with a collaged or trompe l’oeil background. “When daffodils begin to peer... Why then comes in the sweet o’ the year (Winter’s Tale). Enjoy a perfect springtime project. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color Layering for Colored Pencil, Color Pencil I, Colored pencil II • Thurs., May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Susan Rubin
Pencil + Paint = Pleasure!
Do you admire the freshness and spontaneity of nature journals? You can create those fluid sketches in color and line by using graphite drawing over watercolor washes. Faster than watercolor paintings or graduated Marjorie Leggitt value graphite illustrations, the final effect is much looser and illustrative than fully rendered botanical fine art pieces. Begin with fruits and vegetables to learn the techniques, and then capture more complicated live flowers and plants. Learn skills to take later with you for close-ups and landscapes in your nature exploration. Fee: $192 member, $245 nonmember. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color Mixing for Artists and Watercolor I • Tue., April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt
Watercolor Pencils I
It’s dry, it’s wet, it’s mixed media in a single pencil! Discover the versatility of watercolor pencils. Start with color studies to explore the qualities of watercolor pencils as they translate into watercolor. Experiment with graphite pencil and ink as embellishments, as you develop and work on sketches from your journal, then put your new skills to use to create a finished botanical plate in this fresh and fluid medium. Fee: $192 member, $245 nonmember. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color layering for Colored Pencil • Wed., March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Renee Jorgensen
HOT Botanicals in Mixed Media
Take your botanical illustration skills in a HOT new direction! Start with a traditional drawing and learn step-by-step skills to create a stylized, contemporary image that can be applied to anything from dishes to packaging to fabrics or cards. Review basic design elements, historical illustration techniques, and dynamic color combinations. Stretch your creative vision and bolster your confi-
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Watercolor Pencil II
More to explore! Build on your new watercolor pencil skills and add more techniques to your toolbox. Create a paper swatch sampler of watercolor pencil with varied paper and media, including walnut and colored inks, gouache, and more. Learn how to create backgrounds. Refine your skills and apply new ideas to a finished work of your own design. Fee: $192 member, $245 nonmember. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color layering for Colored Pencil, Watercolor Pencil I • Mon., June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Renee Jorgensen
Roots in Watercolor
Taproots, fibrous roots, adventitious roots, root storage systems. Get to the base of the subject and learn all about the differences and similarities of root systems. Working in watercolor, learn dry-brush techniques that are well-suited to the depiction of these structures, some delicate and some sturdy. Practice mixing browns, grays, and neutral colors. Learn how to portray perspective Karla Beatty in complicated root masses. Create your own guide to depicting many types of roots, or choose one subject for a finished root painting. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color Mixing for Artists, Watercolor I • Thurs., Feb. 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Karla Beatty
Tropical Plants in Watercolor
A taste of the tropics in winter! The conservatory offers inspiration for big, bold, bright tropical plant portraits. Venture into the conservatory to learn about tropical plant characteristics and create strong graphic compositions that showcase these beautiful plants. Practice watercolor techConstance Sayas niques to paint glossy leaves and vibrant colors. Work to complete a finished painting that brings warmth to winter. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color Mixing for Artists, Watercolor I, Watercolor II • Mon., Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 9 a.m. - noon Instructor: Constance Sayas
Mysterious Yellows in Watercolor
Explore and master and the subtleties of yellow hues as you paint fruits and flowers. Begin with examples of how other botanical illustrators have handled this color. Through demonstration and practice, learn to create the best color Constance Sayas mixes to convey shading while keeping yellows bright and clean. Learn how to apply shadow colors using both glazing and feathering techniques. Practice the range of yellows from soft to striking. Work toward completing a plate of a beautiful yellow botanical. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color Mixing for Artists and Watercolor I • Wed., March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Constance Sayas
Orchids in Watercolor
The graceful orchid has been a favorite subject of botanical artists for centuries. See how other artists have and addressed the compositional challenges of orchids. Step by step, you’ll focus on capturing orchid characteristics in watercolor. From washes to dry brush techniques, learn how painting orchid leaves is a breeze, rendering their complex flowers requires focus, and Constance Sayas depicting orchid roots in downright fun. You’ll be on your way to creating a classic botanical portrait of an elegant orchid. Fee: $192 member, $245 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color Mixing for Artists, Watercolor I • Wed., Feb. 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 6 - 9 p.m. Instructor: Constance Sayas
Garden Landscapes in Watercolor
Out to the Gardens! Begin in the classroom with an historical overview and instruction in basic techniques for drawing and painting garden landscapes. Move outdoors and learn techniques to accurately portray
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both distant subjects and close-up botanicals within the scene. Field sketching techniques will help you to see and simplify landscape elements and create compositions with dynamic depth. Watercolor field sketching is so much fun, you may just want to stay outside! Fee: $192 member, $245 nonmember. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color Mixing for Artists and Watercolor I • Wed., May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 9 a.m. – noon Instructor: Karla Beatty accurate greens, browns and grays and depict deciduous and coniferous trees. Your finished portrait will be a record of a growing part of Denver’s history. Fee: $192 member, $245 nonmember. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Color Mixing for Artists and Watercolor I • Wed., April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Karla Beatty
Painting Succulents in Watercolor
Raise the challenge! Learn about the botanical attributes that make succulents unique in the plant world. Hone your skills with lessons that target techniques to portray needles, spines and ridges of cacti and other succulent plants. Practice painting washes to build form and volume and color mixing to achieve the range of greens often seen in these plants. Learn from viewing other illustrations of succulents, plenty of demonstrations and individual guidance as you create a finished plate. • Wed., June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 1 – 4 p.m. Instructor: Constance Sayas
Champion Trees in Watercolor
Denver is proud of its many Champion Trees - large and varied specimens that lend the city its beautiful summer canopy. Twentythree of these trees are at the Gardens and offer an unparalleled opportunity for artists. Begin with a tour by a Gardens’ expert who will identify the champions and discuss their importance. Learn how to scale and draw entire trees from a distance outdoors, including the canopy, branches and trunks. Back in the classroom, create a composition including the silhouette as well as detailed views of leaves, bark and twigs. Work in watercolor to mix
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