School of Botanical Art & Illustration https://www.botanicgardens.org/education/school-botanical-art-illustration
Color Mixing in Watercolor - ONLINE 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 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. Gain confidence and skills to improve your color work. This course is part of the Botanical Illustration Foundational Certificate Program but is open to everyone. Course fee includes a set of 12 Michael Wilcox watercolors and mixing palette. Prerequisites: None ONLINE:Aug 31, Sept 7, 14, 21, 28, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. MT
Introduction to Botanical Illustration - ONLINE Start at the beginning. Whether you've had no experience with drawing or have forgotten what you learned way back when, this is the class for you. Learn step by step in this gently paced course. Carefully explained demonstrations, simple exercises and helpful critiques show you how to draw what you see. Build your skills and enter the School of Botanical Art & Illustration with confidence. This Art Exploration course is also a Botanical Illustration Certificate elective. It is suitable for all artists. The course fee does not include materials. This course is open to everyone. Prerequisites: None ONLINE: New Dates Coming Soon!
Introduction to Watercolor Pencil -ONLINE Discover the amazing versatility of watercolor pencils for illustrating and painting. Learn tips and techniques on how to manage the color wet or dry. Used as a mixed media or alone, watercolor pencils are perfect for developing a botanical illustration, botanical art, great for travel, for journaling, and quick sketching applications. This course is an elective in the Botanical Illustration Foundational Certificate Program. This course fee does not include materials. Prerequisites:None ONSITE at Denver Botanic Gardens:July 13, 27, 9 a.m. – noon MT ONLINE:Aug 25, Sept 1, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. MT
Mixed Media: Watercolor Pencil & Colored Pencil. - ONLINE All colored pencils (watercolor or regular) are semi-transparent allowing for layering and glazing of one color over another. Build luminosity using under washes and color building methods. Explore textural techniques through exercises and finish with a completed botanical or nature related illustration.This course is an elective in the Botanical Illustration Foundational Certificate Program. You must have completed prerequisites to participate. This course fee does not include materials. Prerequisites:Pencil 1 (Botanical Illustration) and Introduction to Watercolor Pencil ONLINE: July 7, 14, 28, Aug 4, 18, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. MT
Pen & Ink II - ONLINE Take your pen and ink skills to a new level of sophistication. Explore the Gardens' limitless world of color, texture and complex botany and 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 ferns, the down on milkweed pods 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 a new meaning as you flesh out the final inked illustration of a plant of your choice. This course is part of the Botanical Illustration Foundational Certificate Program. You must have completed the prerequisites to participate. The course fee does not include materials.Prerequisites: Pencil I (Botanical Illustration), Pen and Ink I (Botanical Illustration), Perfecting Perspective, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration Any level one Botanical Illustration Core Course ONLINE:New Dates Coming Soon!
Pencil II - ONSITE & ONLINE Simple and classic, pencil drawing is a timeless art form. Expand on the drawing skills you learned in Botanical Illustration 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. Prerequisites:Pencil I (Botanical Illustration), Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective ONSITE:July 13, 27, Aug 3, 17, 24, 1 p.m - 4 p.m. MT ONLINE:Aug 4, 18, 25, Sept 1, 8, 9 a.m. - noon. MT
Watercolor II - ONLINE Develop your confidence as you work toward completion of a finished botanical plate from a live specimen in this traditional botanical media. This class brings it all together. Learn and refine additional techniques through instruction, demonstrations 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. This course is part of the Botanical Illustration Foundational Certificate Program. You must have completed the prerequisites to participate. The course fee does not include materials. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Color Mixing in Watercolor, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective, Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I ONLINE: New Dates Coming Soon!