School of Botanical Art and 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.

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Upcoming Classes

Sketching with Quill and Ink

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

Focus on Style

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 1 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

• Mon., Apr. 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 1 - 4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

Outlawed in Colorado

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

• Thur., Apr. 24, May 1, 15, 22, 29, 9 a.m. – Noon

Instructor: Susan Dimarchi

BI in Pen and Ink I

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 1 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

BI in Pen and Ink II

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

This class takes pen and ink skills to a new level of sophistication. Students will explore the Gardens’ limitless world of color, texture and complex botany to incorporate this information into black and white illustrations.

Introduction to Botanical Illustration

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

`Fri.  Sun., April 25 - 27, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Drawing on Tradition: Anthony Tyznik and Spring Flowering Native Shrubs and Trees

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

• Tue., Apr. 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, 9 a.m. – Noon

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

BI in Colored Pencil I

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 1 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

After students have learned to layer colored pencil, this class teaches the techniques to draw effectively in this medium. Students will apply drawing skills and learn new methods specific to colored pencils.

Light on Form

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 6 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

Scratchboard with Accent Color

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

• Wed., Apr. 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, 9 a.m. – Noon

Instructor: Randy Raak

Watercolor Pencils I

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 1 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

• Wed., Apr. 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, 1 - 4 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

Brilliant Butterflies

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 6 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

• Wed., Apr. 30, May 1, 15, 21, 28, 6 - 9 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

“Butterflies are self propelled flowers.” (R.H. Heinlein)

Color Layering for Colored Pencil

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

Registration begins December 10, 2013 at 9am. Class will appear sold out until then.

Texture on Mylar with Colored Pencil

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 6 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

• Mon., May 5, 12, 19, 6 – 9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

Perfecting Perspective

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

Registration begins December 10, 2013 at 9am. Class will appear sold out until then.

BI in Pencil I in Steamboat Springs

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 9 a.m.
Offsite
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

Class will be held at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs. Visit yampariverbotanicpark.org for additional info.

Art Materials for the Botanical Illustrator

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

• Fri., May 16, 9 a.m. – Noon

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

Case Bind Perfect Bindings

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

Sat-Sun, May 17-18, 9a.m.-4p.m.

BI in Colored Pencil II

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

Drawing on Tradition: Realism and Rory McEwen

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

• Mon., June 2, 9, 16, June 23, 30, 9 a.m. – Noon

Instructor: Constance Sayas

Non-Native Noxious Beauties

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 1 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

• Mon., June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 1 -4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

BI in Pencil II

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 6 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

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.

The Business of Botanical Art

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 1 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

Students interested in pursuing professional botanical illustration will learn about the skills and materials needed to professionally market themselves.

Color Mixing for Artists

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 6 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

The first step to watercolor painting is mixing colors. This class will explore a system for combining colors consistently to eliminate frustrating trial and error.

Botany for the Botanical Illustrator

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

One Square Foot of Colorado

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 1 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

• Wed., June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 1 - 4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

BI in Pencil I

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 6 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

Botanical Landscapes

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

• Thur., June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Karla Beatty

CSI - Criminally Seeding Invasives

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 1 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

• Mon., June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 1 - 4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

Composition for Botanical Illustration

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 6 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

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.

Advanced Botanical Zentangle®

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

• Fri. - Sun., June 6 - 8, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Annie Reiser, CZT

Botany for the Botanical Illustrator in Steamboat Springs

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 9 a.m.
Offsite
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

Class will be held at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs. Visit yampariverbotanicpark.org for additional info.

Composition for Botanical Illustration

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

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.

BI in Pencil I

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

Light on Form

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

Sequential Art – Visual Storytelling

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

From the prehistoric illustrations of the caves at Lascaux, France to the stained glass windows and murals of the cathedrals of the middle ages to the Hogarth’s Rake’s Progress, sequential art has been used throughout history to tell

Café Botanique

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 6:30 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

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 public,

Café Botanique

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 6:30 a.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

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 public,

Café Botanique

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 6:30 p.m.
York Street
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

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 public,

A test for your registration login

Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 10 a.m.
Offsite
Class - Botanical Illustration| Adults

Please use your username and password to test your member login. If you login successfully, the registration option 'class adult' for $0 will appear and your login works.