Botanical art and illustration is the well-established tradition of portraying plants for scientific purposes, recording vanishing species for historical record, or rendering the beauty and inspiration we experience in the flora of the world around us.
We invite you to join the tradition of artists who have portrayed the beauty of plants for centuries. Our core curriculum provides comprehensive instruction in botanical art and illustration.
In the School of Botanical Art and Illustration, you will learn the skills to render plants in remarkable scientific detail and the artistic techniques needed to create beautiful and lasting plant portraits.
Beginners will acquire new knowledge and skills, and experienced artists will refine techniques and find fresh directions for their work. All students enjoy small classes in a positive and encouraging atmosphere.
With close to 200 courses and workshops offered each year, we'll help you to combine scientific accuracy with an aesthetic vision to create beautiful botanicals. Sample the program with an introductory course or jump right into the core curriculum. Whether you have painted for years or did your last great work in grade school, our instructors will meet you where you are to begin your botanical art and illustration journey.
- General information
- Course listings and online registration
- Download the printable 2014 Summer/Fall Botanical Art & Illustration course catalog
- Application for Diploma in Botanical Illustration
- Scholarship Program information
- 'Café Botanique' - These free lectures create an atmosphere where botanical science, research and art provide communication topics for Botanical Art and Illustration students, Gardens' members, general public, academia and artists. Pre-registration is required for one elective course credit.
Join our Kickstarter campaign! The primary goal is to raise funds to publish the limited edition Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook with 76 illustrations by students and instructors representing the incredible artistry and talent at Denver Botanic Gardens.
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