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This art book features the inspiring talent of students and instructors at Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Illustration
This art book features the inspiring talent of students and instructors at Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Illustration
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Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration offers a comprehensive series of classes and workshops in the well-established tradition of portraying plants for aesthetic appreciation, scientific purposes, and historical documentation.

Practice Makes Perfect II: Botanical Illustration Sketchbook from Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration is a collaborative project that showcases the skills and unique perspectives of 76 botanical illustrators. Assembled page by page as the sketchbook traveled from one artist to the next, this collection represents friendship, shared ideas and community, along with impressive artistic ability. Botanical illustration is based on scientific study, but it is also a highly creative form of expression that can be executed in many different media. This book reveals that combination of technical accuracy and aesthetic freedom, as each botanical image jumps off the page in all its detailed glory.

Our primary goal is to raise funds to publish the limited edition of 300 copies of Practice Makes Perfect II: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook. This is an art book containing 76 illustrations made by artists from the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens (hardbound, 7.5”x 11”, with dust jacket, sewn with reinforced end sheets and headbands, foil-stamped spine). It includes an interpretative overview of each of the illustrated subjects.

The book also celebrates the forthcoming Freyer-Newman Center for Science, Art and Education and the 38th anniversary of the botanical illustration program at Denver Botanic Gardens. Our sketchbook project was completed in 76 weeks with participants from the Gardens’ botanical illustration community in 2016, including numerous renowned international artists. Part of the illustrations are in color and part meticulously executed in ink or graphite; each illustration offers insight into the individual artist’s way of working.

An original, handmade 160-page springback-bound sketchbook with 90 lb. Fabriano Artistico HP watercolor paper was used for this purpose. Each of the artists was given an 11”x 15” spread and up to one week to complete his or her work. Practice Makes Perfect II: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook with a foreword by artist Billy Showell showcases a unique collection of talent and expertise ranging from natural science illustrations and artistic explorations to calligraphy with a personal touch.

The secondary goal of this Kickstarter project is to raise funds to continue the successful Illustrator/Artist-in-Residence Program at Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration, which was initiated with the funds from our first Practice Makes Perfect sketchbook.

This is an exciting opportunity for up to two illustrators to get involved in the daily happenings at the Gardens, each for six weeks, during the summer and again in the fall. The illustrator can access collections, document the day-to-day progress and changes in the Rocky Mountain plant world, contribute online illustrations and write a blog, and participate in open studios and demonstrations for adults and children. The six-week residency provides $3,500 for housing, materials and other expenses.

Selections of work from the book:

Billy Showell  (left), Christabel King (right)
Billy Showell (left), Christabel King (right)
Ann Swan  (left), Constance Sayas (right)
Ann Swan (left), Constance Sayas (right)
Lauren Bassing (left), John Pastoriza-Pinol (right)
Lauren Bassing (left), John Pastoriza-Pinol (right)
Cathleen Harrington (left), Stephanie Oliver (right)
Cathleen Harrington (left), Stephanie Oliver (right)
Sarah Little
Sarah Little
Mary Burns  (left), Deanna Gammon (right)
Mary Burns (left), Deanna Gammon (right)
Suzi Stutzman
Suzi Stutzman
James Gurney
James Gurney
Joanna Webster (left), Beverley Johnson (right)
Joanna Webster (left), Beverley Johnson (right)
Lynn Williamson
Lynn Williamson
Sarah Simblet
Sarah Simblet
Hillary Parker
Hillary Parker
Randall Raak
Randall Raak
Susan DiMarchi
Susan DiMarchi
Mary McCauley
Mary McCauley

Contributing Artists:

Debra Ackley, CO; Cassi Bailey, CO; Karen Bary, CO; Lauren Bassing, CA; Mary Tricia Burns, TX; Michael Campbell, CO; Sue Carr, CO; Eleanor Williams Clark, MT; Leslie Crosby, CO; Kristi Czaikowski, CO; Shanelle Deater, CO; Susan DiMarchi, CO; Holly D’Oench, CO; Pauline Edwards, CO; Nick Elias, CO; Laura L. Farnsworth, CO; Meredith Feniak, CO; Mary Francis, CO; Deanne Gammon, CO; Briar Gomez, CO; Sally Grew, CO; James Gurney, N.Y.;  Jan Boyd Haring, CO; Cathleen Harrington, CO; Patti Hearn, CO; Ellen Ittelson, CO; Bev Johnson, CO; Renee Jorgensen,  CO; Diana Karowe, CO; Christabel King, U.K.; Libby Kyer, CO; Sara Cooke Little, Sally Liverman, CO; Lesley MacGregor, CO; Vanessa Martin, CO; Roxie Marshall, CO; Karen J. May, CO; Doug McCallum, CO; Mary McCauley, CO; Shiere Melin, CO; Ted Milner, CO; Jennifer C. Muto, CO; Martha Narey, CO; Anne Marie Nishi, CO; Ann O'Connell, CO; Stephanie L. Oliver, CO; Hillary Parker, FL; John Pastoriza-Piñol, Australia; Carla Pawlewich, CO; Alice L. Pearson, CO; Laurence Pierson, CO; Randall Raak, CO; Eileen Richardson, CO; Charlotte Ricker, CO; Paula Barry Riebe, CO; Christine Ruch, CO; Carole Rudy, CO; Jean Scorgie, CO; Constance Sayas, CO; Aaron Sedivy, NE; Sharah Simblet, U.K.; Suzanne Stutzman, CO; Rebecca Swain, CO; Ann Swan, U.K.; Karey Swan, CO; Helen Smithwick, CO; Lesley Switendick, CO; Judy Vanderbosch, CO; Joanna Webster, CO; Lynn Wellsand, SG;  Lynn Williamson, CO; Susan Willis, CO; Victoria Youcha, CO; Irene Young, CO;

Labels: Megan Maksimovich Goodenough, CO

Text: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

(Instructors in bold)

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Denver Botanic Gardens is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. All donations to Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration qualify as a charitable deduction on your federal income tax return.

NOTE: The name of supporters who contribute $100 or more will appear in the book’s acknowledgments.

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The risk of not completing the publishing of this book is minimal, since the cover and contents are all accounted for and in the layout phase. Books are mailed out as soon as they come from the printer.

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