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Certificate Program in Botanical Art & Illustration


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Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration
The Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration provides comprehensive courses to people who wish to improve their skills in drawing and painting plants in an accurate and technically detailed manner. Studies leading to the certificate will enhance the experience of both the professional and the dedicated amateur artist. The program is designed to give students a well-balanced curriculum combining basic scientific background, visual arts theory, and practical experience using various media.
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Virtual Certificate Program Graduation and Annual Celebration
Registration Closed
Join us for a Celebration of the 2021 graduates of the Certificates in Native Plants and Botanical Art & Illustration programs! We will hear from students and instructors of both programs about their journeys and experiences with the programs. Certificates will be presented to graduating students, and we will provide brief programmatic information and updates, providing a background to the programs for those who are visiting with graduates and for those considering registering for the certificate programs. After the program, we will officially open the Botanical Art & Illustration student exhibit in the DeBerry Gallery.
1:00 PM to 11/10/2021 5:00 PM
Beginning Watercolor: Virtual
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
In this class, students are introduced to watercolor and learn basics techniques such as flat and graded washes. Students learn to paint various simple shapes (spheres and cylinders) and a small botanical subject. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing.
9:30 AM to 11/13/2021 12:30 PM
Scratchboard: The Knife and the Quill - Virtual
Registration Closed
Scratchboard is the process of removing ink with a knife blade to create a black and white illustration. Using different angles of a blade can produce the look of fine lace or a traditional woodcut with strong, bold lines. Using both an angled knife blade and a flexible ink quill, students will explore the wonderful variety of textures achievable using two very simple instruments.
1:15 PM to 11/23/2021 4:45 PM
(CANCELLED) Pen and Ink
Registration Closed
In this class, students learn to draw with pen and ink using standard techniques and conventions. Students work with both “old-fashioned” dip pens and modern technical pens to create accurate botanical drawings. Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing.
9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Graduation Preparation for the Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration
Students will receive guidance on Independent Projects, graduation procedures and requirements, as well as organizing the exhibit, photographing and framing their paintings, and an introduction to marketing their work. Non-credit course.