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Botanical Illustration

Palaenopsis by Sendy Issanti, colored pencilBotanical 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! 2014 Summer/Fall Botanical Art & Illustration course catalog
Registration begins June 10, 9 a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.  

2014 BI Summer Fall cover

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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Upcoming Classes

Color Mixing for Artists

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Color Layering for Colored Pencil

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Creative Color Mixing with Ann Swan

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Tips and Tricks: Techniques Intense (Graphite and Colored Pencil) with Ann Swan

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Crossed Structure Bindings

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Open Studio

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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BI in Pencil I

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Mastering Mushrooms: Master Class with Alexander Viazmensky

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Café Botanique

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 6:30 a.m.
York Street

Café Botanique is a part of the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program and is open to Botanical Art and Illustration students, Gardens' members, the general

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Introduction to Mushrooms and Painting Mushrooms with Alexander Viazmensky

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Introduction to Botanical Illustration

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 5 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Undulating, Folding and Sparkling: Understanding Plant Forms with Zentangle® “Tangles”

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

If you find undulating leaves hard to draw and you struggle with showing form and dimension, or if you need to improve your shapes, ellipses, and you would like to know how to make your pieces sparkle with highlights then this class is

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Egg Tempera

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Pencil II

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Miniature Masterpieces

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration opens June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Texture on Mylar with Colored Pencil

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration will open June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Light on Form

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Café Botanique

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 6:30 p.m.
York Street

Café Botanique is a part of the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program and is open to Botanical Art and Illustration students, Gardens' members, the general

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BI in Pencil I

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Pop-Up the Vegetables and Critters!

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Composition for Botanical Illustration

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Perfecting Perspective

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Do you shy away from complicated plants? Even experienced illustrators sometimes struggle with foreshortening and simplify their subjects to eliminate difficult elements.

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BI in Pencil I

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Color Layering for Colored Pencil

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

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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Botany for the Botanical Illustrator

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

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes 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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