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Botanical Illustration

Amaryllis, Laurence Pierson, watercolorBotanical 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.

NEW! 2015 Winter/Spring Botanical Art & Illustration course catalog
Registration begins December 9 at 9 a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Upcoming Classes

Color Layering for Colored Pencil

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Botany for the Botanical Illustrator

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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A test for your registration login

Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 10 a.m.
Offsite

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Watercolor Pencils I

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Personalize Your Illuminated Initials

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Egg Tempera

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Dried with Drama

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it” (Confucius, 551-479 BC).

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Focus on Art

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

You are a program graduate or almost there. You’ve learned techniques in multiple media and have created numerous works according to direction.

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Working from Copyrighted Photos

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

You need to illustrate a plant and all you have to work from are photographs and artistic references from copyrighted sources. What do you do?

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Beyond Pretty Pictures: Taking Composition Further

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

What makes a piece of art stand out above the rest? Why does a piece of art inspire? The answer most often lies in the composition. In this class, you address design from the very beginning.

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Brush and Quill - Expressive Ink on Mylar ®

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Step away from tradition to try new techniques! Trade your technical pen for a quill and brush and learn to express ink lines in a relaxed and painterly fashion. Begin with a look at how other artists have used ink expressively.

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Color Layering II: Complementary Colors

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Magic or mud? If your complements are not getting compliments, it is time to delve into the effective use of color wheel opposites. See how adjacent complements create brilliance and layered complements dull and shade.

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Carbon Dust

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Open Studio

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 5 p.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Light on Form

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014, at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Open Studio

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 5 p.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Color Layering for Colored Pencil

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Botany for the Botanical Illustrator

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Open Studio

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 5 p.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Open Studio

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 5 p.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Pencil I

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Open Studio

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 5 p.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Perfecting Perspective

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Colored Pencil I

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Light on Form

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014, at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Pencil I

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes appear sold out until then.

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BI in Watercolor II

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Color Mixing for Artists

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Wonderful Values and Textures in Pen and Ink

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Composition for Botanical Illustration

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Art Materials for the Botanical Illustrator

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Orchids

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Orchids, one of the oldest families of flowering plants, dating to about 80 million years ago, are also one of the largest plant families with nearly 800 genera and more than 25,000 species.

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Along the Silk Road and from the Center of the World

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

The Silk Road extended 7,450 miles (12,000 km) through 24 countries from the Mediterranean to the China Sea, linking Eastern and Western civilization between the Ancient and Middle Ages.

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Exploits in Watercolor

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Colored Pencil I

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Botanical Zentangle®

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Mastering Pen and Ink

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Advanced Pen and Ink Techniques: Preparing for Publication

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Class will appear sold out until then.

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Make an Art Portfolio Case

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Color Layering for Colored Pencil

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Portfolio Preparation Course

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Upon Completion of all course work, students may express their interest in applying for portfolio review and certification by requesting a transcript from the program manager and submitting an application for review by February 1, 2015

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Portfolio Preparation Course

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Upon Completion of all course work, students may express their interest in applying for portfolio review and certification by requesting a transcript from the program manager and submitting an application for review by February 1, 2015

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Photoshop for Beginners

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Light on Form

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014, at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Colored Pencil II

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes appear sold out until then.

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BI in Pencil II

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Contrast and Cones: Scratchboard for Fine Details

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Birds in Graphite

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Pen and Ink I

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

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.

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Crossed Structure Bindings

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Color Mixing for Artists

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Symbolism in Still Life (Egg Tempera)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Iris in Transparent Acrylics

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

“Iris” is the Greek word for rainbow, a perfect description for these exquisite spring and early summer beauties.

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Dance of the Pen

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Pencil I

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming about Color

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Color Layering II: Analogous Colors

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Neighbors on the color wheel, analogous colors provide a pleasing palette for botanical illustrations. Learn about the various effects of layered and adjacent analogous colors and how to create interest with harmonious blends.

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Color Layering II: Complementary Colors

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Magic or mud? If your complements are not getting compliments, it is time to delve into the effective use of color wheel opposites. See how adjacent complements create brilliance and layered complements dull and shade.

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BI in Watercolor I

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Introduction to Botanical Illustration

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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BI in Pen and Ink II

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Working from Copyrighted Photos

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

You need to illustrate a plant and all you have to work from are photographs and artistic references from copyrighted sources. What do you do?

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Improve Your Handwriting Skills

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Composition for Botanical Illustration

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Watercolor I

Monday, May 4, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Botany for the Botanical Illustrator

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Art Materials for the Botanical Illustrator

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Pen and Ink I

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

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.

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Smell, Taste and Touch: Sensory Plants in Colored Pencil

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Color Layering for Colored Pencil

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Pencil I

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Drawing on Tradition: Reflective Surfaces in the Style of M.C. Escher

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Shakespeare and Flowers

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Beyond Pretty Pictures: Taking Composition Further

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

What makes a piece of art stand out above the rest? Why does a piece of art inspire? The answer most often lies in the composition. In this class, you address design from the very beginning.

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BI in Colored Pencil I

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Embossed Design: Alphabets and Flowers

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Make an Art Portfolio Case

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Open Studio

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Enduring Perfection

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Open Studio

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Pencil II

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Open Studio

Monday, June 8, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Surface Textures in Microscope

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Shakespeare and Flowers

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Perfecting Perspective

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Open Studio

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Light on Form

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014, at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Pencil I

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Roses in Reality

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Watercolor II

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Nature Observed: Sketching in the Gardens

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Garden Landscapes

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Pen and Ink II

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Colored Pencil II

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Open Studio

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Framing Botanical Art

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Pencil I

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Introduction to Botanical Illustration

Monday, June 29, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Scientific Illustration for You: From Petals and Bugs to Paper (ages 12+)

Monday, July 6, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Botany for the Botanical Illustrator

Friday, July 10, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Sketching Wildflowers in Estes Park

Friday, July 17, 2015 - 9 a.m.
Offsite

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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