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 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in BOTANICAL ART and ILLUSTRATION
Spaces Remaining: 4896
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. Classes are taught by NCBG staff, and other area art and botany professionals. $100 enrollment fee for administrative costs; courses will entail additional fees. Students must be at least 18 years of age to enroll.

 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in NATIVE PLANT STUDIES
Spaces Remaining: 4925
The Certificate in Native Plant Studies expands on the Garden's mission by providing 'a well-balanced botany, ecology, and taxonomy curriculum that enables students to expand their knowledge and develop a greater appreciation of native flora of the southeastern United States.' The program is designed to give students a well-balanced curriculum combining basic scientific background and hands-on investigative opportunities. Studies leading to the Certificate will enhance the experience of the professional and dedicated amateur botanist and provide strong credentials for those involved in botanical, ecological, and conservation endeavors. Classes are taught by Garden staff, UNC professors, and other area professionals. $100 enrollment fee for administrative costs; courses will entail additional fees. Students must be at least 18 years of age to enroll.

 Field Trip Programs for Schools
Spaces Remaining: 5000
School and Children's groups can visit NCBG to participate in an on-site, hands-on educational program. Different programs are available for different ages, and each is aligned to national and state curriculum standards. Each programs lasts about 60 minutes, and can accommodate up to 60 students at a time.

 Group Tours of the Display Gardens
Spaces Remaining: 5000
Botanical Garden Tour Guides lead visiting groups through our Display Gardens on a leisurely 60-90 minute walk. During this walk, your guides will point out plants that are blooming or of particular interest, give you insight into how our gardens were created, and even pass along some home gardening tips. If your group is particularly interested in a specific topic or area of the Garden, our Tour Guides will be happy to accommodate you. Guided tours for adults cost $40 for groups of up to 40 adults, with additional charges for larger groups.

 GIFT CERTIFICATES
Spaces Remaining: 10000
Share your love for the mission of the North Carolina Botanical Garden with a gift certificate in the amount of your choosing. Gift certificates never expire and can be used toward registration in any of our hundreds of programs, or even toward enrollment in one of our certificate programs!

December12/21/2014
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Winter Solstice Concert: A Tuba Holiday Concert
Spaces Remaining: 191
For its 2014 Winter Solstice concert, the Village Band Tuba/Euphonium ensemble will perform a selection of Pre-Christian and Christian winter carols, to include “Deck the Halls”, “Good King Wenceslas”, “The Holly and the Ivy”, “The Wassail Song”, “Carol of the Bells”, “Greensleeves”, “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, “Pat-A-Pan”, and others. Free, no registration required.

January1/7/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Advanced Watercolor Techniques: Wet and Wild
Spaces Remaining: 10
Wednesdays, Jan 7, 14, 21, 28 (incl. weather: Feb.4); 1–4:30pm This course builds on Intermediate Watercolor Techniques. Students complete a botanical watercolor painting of native North Carolina plants of her/his own choosing, using the elements learned in Intermediate Watercolor Techniques. Prerequisites: Intermediate Watercolor, Color Theory $125 ($115 Members)

1/10/2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Plant Ecology
Spaces Remaining: 19
Saturdays, Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 (incl. weather: Feb 7); 1–4pm Ecological relationships at the organism, population, community, and ecosystem levels are examined, using examples from the rich and diverse North Carolina flora. Students will learn about nutrient and energy cycling within ecosystems, as well as about current threats and trends for the conservation of ecosystems. No prerequisites. $125 ($115 Members)

1/11/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Beginning Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 16
Sundays, Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1 (incl. weather: Feb 8); 1:15–4:45pm This course is the entry course for the students in and interested in the certificate program. Students learn the fundamentals of illustration through contour drawing, negative space, perspective, and tone. No prerequisites. $125 ($115 Members)

1/14/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Advanced Watercolor Techniques: Wet and Wild
Spaces Remaining: 10
Wednesdays, Jan 7, 14, 21, 28 (incl. weather: Feb.4); 1–4:30pm This course builds on Intermediate Watercolor Techniques. Students complete a botanical watercolor painting of native North Carolina plants of her/his own choosing, using the elements learned in Intermediate Watercolor Techniques. Prerequisites: Intermediate Watercolor, Color Theory $125 ($115 Members)

1/17/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Introduction to Botanical Illustration
Spaces Remaining: 20
(inclement weather: Feb 1) This class covers examples of various types of botanical illustrations and botanical art, explores the history of botanical illustration, describes the coursework for the Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration, and introduces the instructors. It is meant for students beginning the NCBG certificate program and is a required course for new students in the program. No prerequisites. $40 ($35 Members)

1/18/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Beginning Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 16
Sundays, Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1 (incl. weather: Feb 8); 1:15–4:45pm This course is the entry course for the students in and interested in the certificate program. Students learn the fundamentals of illustration through contour drawing, negative space, perspective, and tone. No prerequisites. $125 ($115 Members)

1/18/2015
1:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Winter Flora
Spaces Remaining: 6
Sundays, Jan 18, 25 Feb 1, 8, 1:45–4:45 pm (Inclement weather date: Feb 15) This course is designed for a broad audience as well as for students who are enrolled in either of the Garden’s certificate programs. Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of winter and early spring native plants in a natural setting. Enjoy discovering that many trees and shrubs are easily recognized when not covered with leaves! No prerequisites. Fee: $130 ($115 NCBG members). Fee includes copy of May and Tom Watts, Winter Tree Finder.

1/20/2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Rare Plant Ecology and Conservation
Spaces Remaining: 19
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Jan 20, 22, 27, 29; 1–4pm (incl. weather: Feb 3) From the tops of the Smoky Mountains to the coastal dunes, North Carolina is home to many rare plant species, each with its own story. The primary focus of this course is on rare plants of North Carolina with additional examples from the southeastern United States. Through lectures, discussions, and the study of selected flora, this course examines the causes of plant rarity, conservation strategies, and the ethics of conservation. No prerequisites. $125 ($115 Members)

1/21/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Advanced Watercolor Techniques: Wet and Wild
Spaces Remaining: 10
Wednesdays, Jan 7, 14, 21, 28 (incl. weather: Feb.4); 1–4:30pm This course builds on Intermediate Watercolor Techniques. Students complete a botanical watercolor painting of native North Carolina plants of her/his own choosing, using the elements learned in Intermediate Watercolor Techniques. Prerequisites: Intermediate Watercolor, Color Theory $125 ($115 Members)

1/24/2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Little Sprouts 'When It Gets C-c-cold'
Spaces Remaining: 7
Share a morning of discovery with your little sprout and nurture their natural curiosity for the living world. Each class includes hands-on indoor and outdoor activities for you and your child to learn about plants, animals, and nature. Play games, take a short hike, make a craft, hear a story, and more. NOTE: One adult per child please. Non-registered siblings are not permitted.

1/24/2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Do’s and some Don’ts of Pruning
Spaces Remaining: 17
Participants will be instructed on the different types of pruning equipment and safety, the best pruning techniques, and the proper time to prune. The primary focus will be on, but not limited to, trees and shrubs. Pruning is a beneficial horticultural practice for the overall health of plants, as well as stimulating new growth and flowering. $20 ($15 Member)

1/25/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Beginning Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 16
Sundays, Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1 (incl. weather: Feb 8); 1:15–4:45pm This course is the entry course for the students in and interested in the certificate program. Students learn the fundamentals of illustration through contour drawing, negative space, perspective, and tone. No prerequisites. $125 ($115 Members)

1/28/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Advanced Watercolor Techniques: Wet and Wild
Spaces Remaining: 10
Wednesdays, Jan 7, 14, 21, 28 (incl. weather: Feb.4); 1–4:30pm This course builds on Intermediate Watercolor Techniques. Students complete a botanical watercolor painting of native North Carolina plants of her/his own choosing, using the elements learned in Intermediate Watercolor Techniques. Prerequisites: Intermediate Watercolor, Color Theory $125 ($115 Members)

1/28/2015
1:30 PM - 2/18/2015 3:30 PM
Bluets: Preschoolers Exploring Nature
Spaces Remaining: 7
Learning comes naturally for 4 and 5 year-olds during this fun-filled series that fosters a sense of wonder for the natural world and love for science learning. Preschoolers will learn about winter weather, how plants and animals survive the cold, and more through hands-on activities, nature walks, puppet shows, stories, crafts, and group play. Snack provided. NOTE: This is a drop-off program.

1/31/2015
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Copperplate Calligraphy
Spaces Remaining: 18
(incl. weather: Feb 7) Calligraphy is the artistic form of handwriting, traditionally used in botanical illustration to identify the subject of the illustration. Students learn the basics of this art, including how to make letterforms using the correct stroke sequence for lower and upper case letters with dip-pen in ink and watercolor paint. Proficiency will require practice beyond the scope of this short course. No prerequisites. $40 ($35 Members)

1/31/2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Native Plant Studies Networking Session
Spaces Remaining: 200
Nancy Easterling, NCBG Director of Education; Steph Jeffries, Forest Ecologist; David McCloy and Jim Schmidt, NPS Graduates Join current, past and interested students for an informal networking session led by the NPS Advisory Committee student representatives. This will be an opportunity to have dialog with students and student advisors and support the certificate experience and ultimate graduation. This session is a prerequisite for the Independent Study Design Short Course. Free, but pre-registration required

February2/1/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Beginning Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 16
Sundays, Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1 (incl. weather: Feb 8); 1:15–4:45pm This course is the entry course for the students in and interested in the certificate program. Students learn the fundamentals of illustration through contour drawing, negative space, perspective, and tone. No prerequisites. $125 ($115 Members)

2/14/2015
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Family Gardening Series: 'Tee-PEAS'
Spaces Remaining: 6
It’s time to plant peas ‘round the teepee! Even though the air is still chilly, now is the time to get seeds in the ground for a sweet spring time harvest. Discover this delicious, climbing vine, help plant peas in the vegetable garden and to take home, and learn how to build a teepee for your pea plant to grow on in your garden! NOTE: Adult chaperone required.

2/14/2015
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Wildlife Garden Design
Spaces Remaining: 15
This workshop focuses on the vital components of a garden designed to attract and sustain a diverse cross-section of wildlife species. Special attention will be paid to specific plant families which boast a diverse contingent of wildlife-attracting species. In addition, we’ll discuss how to provide refuge and sustenance for all stages of the insect life cycle, the vital role of water in the wildlife garden, and the important part native grass and sedge species can play in a landscape devoted to wildlife. $20 ($15 Member)

2/15/2015
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Weeds 101
Spaces Remaining: 19
Every gardener and homeowner can tell you what they consider to be a weed. Too often, one person’s weed is another creature’s critical food source or shelter, while another person’s prized plant might be the next ecological disaster. Discussion will include a brief history of weeds and their impact on ecosystems and our economy. This workshop focuses on ways to identify your weeds and strategies for their management, whether they be friend or foe. Management practices include time-tested approaches and some new techniques we employ here at NCBG, with an emphasis on environmentally responsible gardening. Participants are welcome to bring in their own specimens for identification. $20 ($15 Members)

2/18/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Intermediate Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 14
Wednesdays, Feb.18, 25, Mar 4, 11; 1-4:30pm In this class, students learn the skills needed to produce a clear, accurate pencil drawing. Specifics of the course include; contour drawing, values, tonal gradation, rendering plant anatomy, plate composition, and working with microscopes. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing $125 ($115 Members)

2/21/2015
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Winter Backyard Birds - Family Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 11
It’s National Bird Feeding Month! From yellow-bellied sapsuckers to Carolina chickadees, learn to identify common winter birds by sight and sound. We’ll visit our bird-feeding station for up-close encounters and then make recycled feeders to take home. Find out how you can attract birds to your backyard and participate as a citizen scientist in Project Feeder Watch. NOTE: One adult per child please. Dress for the outdoors.

2/21/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Beginning Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 15
Saturdays, Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14 (incl. weather: Mar 21); 1–4:30pm In this class, students are introduced to watercolor and learn basics techniques such as flat and graded washes. Students learn to paint simple shapes (spheres and cylinders) and a small botanical subject. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. $125 ($115 NCBG members)

2/22/2015
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Get Ready for Spring: A Vegetable Gardening Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 16
Get ready for spring! We are excited to have the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) as the learning laboratory for this workshop in our Home Gardening Series. This workshop covers what vegetables to plant for a spring garden, when to start planting, how to grow your own vegetable seedlings, tips on protecting plants from freezing, and how to get a large harvest from a small space. Following the workshop, plan on staying to volunteer with the CCCG volunteer corp! $15 ($10 Members; Free to UNC students

2/22/2015
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Bearing Witness to the Miracle of Monarch Migration
Spaces Remaining: 195
There are few undertakings on earth that amaze and inspire us more than the epic annual migration of the Monarch Butterfly across eastern America. As they begin their journey northward this February, peer into the life cycle of this species including their autumn journey, one that is fraught with peril but buoyed by optimism, and join millions of them at their winter destination in Mexico. $15 ($10 Members)

2/25/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Intermediate Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 14
Wednesdays, Feb.18, 25, Mar 4, 11; 1-4:30pm In this class, students learn the skills needed to produce a clear, accurate pencil drawing. Specifics of the course include; contour drawing, values, tonal gradation, rendering plant anatomy, plate composition, and working with microscopes. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing $125 ($115 Members)

2/26/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Climate Change in the Forest: Effects of Urban and Global Warming on Trees and Pests
Spaces Remaining: 199
Trees are essential to our wild and urban landscapes. They purify the air, cool the environment, provide wildlife habitat, and benefit human health. City trees, however, face serious stresses, including the urban heat island effect. Cities are warmer than the surrounding landscape, and research shows that urban hot spots favor insect pests. This talk will examine how urban warming helps pests and harms trees, and asks whether global warming will cause similar issues in rural forests. Free, but pre-registration required

2/28/2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Little Sprouts 'Salamander, Wake Up!'
Spaces Remaining: 6
Share a morning of discovery with your little sprout and nurture their natural curiosity for the living world. Each class includes hands-on indoor and outdoor activities for you and your child to learn about plants, animals, and nature. Play games, take a short hike, make a craft, hear a story, and more. NOTE: One adult per child please. Non-registered siblings are not permitted.

2/28/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Beginning Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 15
Saturdays, Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14 (incl. weather: Mar 21); 1–4:30pm In this class, students are introduced to watercolor and learn basics techniques such as flat and graded washes. Students learn to paint simple shapes (spheres and cylinders) and a small botanical subject. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. $125 ($115 NCBG members)

March3/3/2015
3:30 PM - 4/28/2015 5:30 PM
Blazing Stars: Afterschool Nature Club
Spaces Remaining: 10
Calling all young nature enthusiasts! Join us for this after-school series designed to connect children to plants and nature. We’ll explore the many wonders of the spring season – from salamanders to bud-burst to migrating birds. Hands-on activities, nature hikes, games, and crafts make learning fun and engaging. This program offers an exciting complement to your child’s science education. NOTE: This is a drop-off program.

3/4/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Beginning Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 13
Wednesdays, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25; 1–4:30pm Colored pencil is a next step in advancing from drawing to painting, and introduces the full array of fine art pigments. This course is a hands-on introduction to commonly used materials and techniques such as layering, blending, burnishing and tonal gradation. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing $125 ($115 Members)

3/4/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Intermediate Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 14
Wednesdays, Feb.18, 25, Mar 4, 11; 1-4:30pm In this class, students learn the skills needed to produce a clear, accurate pencil drawing. Specifics of the course include; contour drawing, values, tonal gradation, rendering plant anatomy, plate composition, and working with microscopes. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing $125 ($115 Members)

3/7/2015
9:15 AM - 1:15 PM
Botany
Spaces Remaining: 20
Saturdays, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28; 9:15am–1:15pm Learn the basic principles of botany including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology and physiology. Class time is divided between lectures and examining/dissecting samples, and includes opportunities for observing examples in the Garden. No prerequisites. $135 ($125 Members)

3/7/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Beginning Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 15
Saturdays, Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14 (incl. weather: Mar 21); 1–4:30pm In this class, students are introduced to watercolor and learn basics techniques such as flat and graded washes. Students learn to paint simple shapes (spheres and cylinders) and a small botanical subject. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. $125 ($115 NCBG members)

3/8/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Depth and Perspective
Spaces Remaining: 15
Sundays, Mar 8, 15, 22, 29; 1:15–4:45pm Learning how to “see” depth and perspective frequently flummoxes artists. This 4-week course teaches the student how to create the illusion of depth and informal techniques in sighting perspective. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing $125 ($115 Members)

3/11/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Beginning Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 13
Wednesdays, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25; 1–4:30pm Colored pencil is a next step in advancing from drawing to painting, and introduces the full array of fine art pigments. This course is a hands-on introduction to commonly used materials and techniques such as layering, blending, burnishing and tonal gradation. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing $125 ($115 Members)

3/11/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Intermediate Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 14
Wednesdays, Feb.18, 25, Mar 4, 11; 1-4:30pm In this class, students learn the skills needed to produce a clear, accurate pencil drawing. Specifics of the course include; contour drawing, values, tonal gradation, rendering plant anatomy, plate composition, and working with microscopes. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing $125 ($115 Members)

3/12/2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants
Spaces Remaining: 20
Through classroom and field demonstrations, students learn the tools and methods needed to identify invasive species and effectively remove them under various scenarios. No prerequisites. $30 ($25 Members)

3/14/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Beginning Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 15
Saturdays, Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14 (incl. weather: Mar 21); 1–4:30pm In this class, students are introduced to watercolor and learn basics techniques such as flat and graded washes. Students learn to paint simple shapes (spheres and cylinders) and a small botanical subject. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. $125 ($115 NCBG members)

3/14/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Spring Flora
Spaces Remaining: 18
Saturdays, Mar 14, 28, Apr 25, May 9; 1:30–4:30pm This course is intended for a broad audience, as well as for students who are enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in a natural setting. No prerequisites. $125 ($115 Members)

3/15/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Depth and Perspective
Spaces Remaining: 15
Sundays, Mar 8, 15, 22, 29; 1:15–4:45pm Learning how to “see” depth and perspective frequently flummoxes artists. This 4-week course teaches the student how to create the illusion of depth and informal techniques in sighting perspective. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing $125 ($115 Members)

3/16/2015
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Art of Carbon Dust
Spaces Remaining: 15
Monday, Tuesday, Mar 16, 17; 10am–4pm Students learn the technique of a carbon dust drawing, using the dust sanded off from carbon pencils to “paint” lovely, detailed, and richly modeled drawings in continuous tone. Bring your lunch for a 30 minutes lunch break. Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing. $100 ($90 Members)

3/17/2015
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Art of Carbon Dust
Spaces Remaining: 15
Monday, Tuesday, Mar 16, 17; 10am–4pm Students learn the technique of a carbon dust drawing, using the dust sanded off from carbon pencils to “paint” lovely, detailed, and richly modeled drawings in continuous tone. Bring your lunch for a 30 minutes lunch break. Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing. $100 ($90 Members)

3/18/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Beginning Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 13
Wednesdays, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25; 1–4:30pm Colored pencil is a next step in advancing from drawing to painting, and introduces the full array of fine art pigments. This course is a hands-on introduction to commonly used materials and techniques such as layering, blending, burnishing and tonal gradation. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing $125 ($115 Members)

3/20/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Ephemerals
Spaces Remaining: 15
Celebrate Spring! Students learn about native plants that flower in early spring and receive detailed instructions and demonstrations to complete a small drawing of an ephemeral plant species native to North Carolina. No prerequisites, and no supplies needed. $40 ($35 Members)

3/22/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Depth and Perspective
Spaces Remaining: 15
Sundays, Mar 8, 15, 22, 29; 1:15–4:45pm Learning how to “see” depth and perspective frequently flummoxes artists. This 4-week course teaches the student how to create the illusion of depth and informal techniques in sighting perspective. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing $125 ($115 Members)

3/23/2015
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Portfolio Preparation: What You Need to Know
Spaces Remaining: 14
An artist's portfolio is an edited collection of their best artwork intended to showcase an artist's style or method of work. In this class, students learn how to assemble, label and organize a portfolio (also called a presentation book.) No prerequisites. $40 ($35 Members)

3/25/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Beginning Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 13
Wednesdays, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25; 1–4:30pm Colored pencil is a next step in advancing from drawing to painting, and introduces the full array of fine art pigments. This course is a hands-on introduction to commonly used materials and techniques such as layering, blending, burnishing and tonal gradation. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing $125 ($115 Members)

3/26/2015
1:00 PM - 4/23/2015 4:00 PM
Nature Illustration for Kids
Spaces Remaining: 10
'Life Among the Hardwoods' - Our eastern hardwood forests support an incredible diversity of plant and animal life: furred raccoons, skunks, and flying squirrels; scaled or moist-skinned tree frogs, garter snakes, and salamanders; often hidden from us under a carpet of leaves or beneath logs slowly returning to soil; colored by the moist blues and greens of moss, lichen, and forest plants like trillium and wild ginger. Walk the Garden’s forest trails with sketchbook and artist's pencil in hand during 5 successive spring Thursdays as tree buds open and wildflowers emerge, and learn how to compose paintings and illustrations of this natural beauty in watercolor, pen and ink, using professional art materials and techniques. Each student will conclude the class with at least two matted illustrations. Course is taught by naturalist and children's book illustrator Bob Palmatier. NOTE: This is a drop-off program.

3/28/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Edibles on Paper: Root Vegetables in Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 15
Get acquainted with root vegetables! Instruction will include drawing for accuracy, painting wet into wet with saturated color followed by dry brush to bring out the details. No prerequisites, although some watercolor knowledge is helpful. $40 ($35 Members)

3/29/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Depth and Perspective
Spaces Remaining: 15
Sundays, Mar 8, 15, 22, 29; 1:15–4:45pm Learning how to “see” depth and perspective frequently flummoxes artists. This 4-week course teaches the student how to create the illusion of depth and informal techniques in sighting perspective. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing $125 ($115 Members)

3/30/2015
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Portfolio Preparation: What You Need to Know
Spaces Remaining: 14
An artist's portfolio is an edited collection of their best artwork intended to showcase an artist's style or method of work. In this class, students learn how to assemble, label and organize a portfolio (also called a presentation book.) No prerequisites. $40 ($35 Members)

3/31/2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Plant Communities
Spaces Remaining: 20
Tuesdays, Mar 31, Apr 7, 14; 9am–12pm; Apr 21; 8am–6pm This course introduces students to North Carolina’s rich diversity of plant communities. Variations in climate and soil types across the state as well as other factors have resulted in the creation of distinctive regions: subtropical maritime forests, salt marshes, longleaf pine savannas and sandhills, pocosins, oak-hickory forests, bottomland hardwoods, spruce-fir forests, rock outcrops and glades, relict prairies, and grasslands. This course explores the causes and history of North Carolina’s plant community diversity. Class sessions include nine hours of lecture and a full day field trip with transportation provided. No prerequisites. $125 ($115 Members)

April4/11/2015
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Local Deciduous Trees
Spaces Remaining: 20
Saturdays, Apr 11, 18; 9:30am–12:30pm As part of our 2 month exhibition and symposium of our eastern deciduous forest, we offer this 6-hour short course is aimed for a broad audience, perfect for those just beginning their study of trees, or for recent transplants to the NC Piedmont who want to identify the deciduous trees in their backyard gardens and neighborhoods. This short course offers students a chance to learn some of the common trees in the Piedmont of North Carolina. We will spend time outdoors, walking in the Garden or on the Piedmont Nature Trails—learning common trees and how to identify them and understanding why they grow where they do. No prerequisites. $65 ($55 Members)

4/11/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 11
Saturdays, Apr 11, 18, 25, May 2; 1–4:30pm In this class, students learn to draw 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 $125 ($115 Members)

4/18/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 11
Saturdays, Apr 11, 18, 25, May 2; 1–4:30pm In this class, students learn to draw 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 $125 ($115 Members)

4/25/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 11
Saturdays, Apr 11, 18, 25, May 2; 1–4:30pm In this class, students learn to draw 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 $125 ($115 Members)

4/30/2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Principles of Conservation Biology
Spaces Remaining: 20
Thursdays, Apr, 30, May 7, 14, 21; 7–9pm This course is intended for an experienced audience and introduces students to the principles of biodiversity and conservation. Students learn about rare plants, conservation genetics, ecological restoration, conservation landscaping, and preserve design. Prerequisites: Botany, Plant Ecology $125 ($115 Members)

May5/2/2015
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Piedmont Savanna Ecology
Spaces Remaining: 20
Saturdays, May 2, 9, 16, 30; 9:30am–12:30pm $125 ($115 Members)

5/2/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 11
Saturdays, Apr 11, 18, 25, May 2; 1–4:30pm In this class, students learn to draw 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 $125 ($115 Members)

5/6/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink: Media Exploration
Spaces Remaining: 15
Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27; 1–4:30pm This 4-week course is an in-depth exploration of drawing with ink, including exercises in creating texture with pen and ink and scratchboard. It also introduces the student to ink-wash, a bridge between watercolor and ink, stretching a student's grasp of value. New surfaces, such as drafting film and Yupo are introduced. Prerequisite: Pen & Ink $125 ($115 Members)

5/10/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Plant Taxonomy
Spaces Remaining: 19
Sundays, May 10, 17, 31; 1:15–4:45pm This course builds on the fundamentals of the Botany course and prepares students for supplementary material covered in Flowering Plant Families. It is a core course for students enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. Students learn the basic concepts of taxonomy of vascular plants and how to identify plant families by making observations of selected characteristics. The use of taxonomic keys is introduced. Interesting examples are studied to illustrate current issues in plant taxonomy and nomenclature. (Note: Class on 5/17 will be held in the Bell Seminar Room at NCBG rather than the classroom.) Prerequisite: Botany $125 ($115 Members)

5/13/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink: Media Exploration
Spaces Remaining: 15
Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27; 1–4:30pm This 4-week course is an in-depth exploration of drawing with ink, including exercises in creating texture with pen and ink and scratchboard. It also introduces the student to ink-wash, a bridge between watercolor and ink, stretching a student's grasp of value. New surfaces, such as drafting film and Yupo are introduced. Prerequisite: Pen & Ink $125 ($115 Members)

5/16/2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Flowering Plant Families
Spaces Remaining: 20
Saturdays, May 16, 30, June 6, 13; 1–4pm This course builds on the information covered in Plant Taxonomy and focuses on the study of plant diversity by targeting twenty major and fairly stable plant families found in North Carolina. Classroom discussions of evolutionary adaptations and relationships are combined with field studies in the Garden and close-up examination of representative examples. Prerequisite: Plant Taxonomy Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

5/17/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Integrating Color Theory & Composition
Spaces Remaining: 14
Sundays, May 17, 31, Jun 7, 14; 1:15–4:45pm In this class students learn the basics of color and the techniques for properly mixing pigments to match a specific color. Concepts of the color wheel and analogous/complementary colors are explored through instruction and numerous exercises. The three attributes of color – hue, value and intensity are also covered. Prerequisites: Composition, Intermediate Watercolor. $125 ($115 Members)

5/17/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Native Southeastern Medicinal Plants
Spaces Remaining: 19
This course is intended for a broad audience. Participants explore the beauty of spring native south eastern medicinal plants through field identification. Using the expansive resources of the NCBG gardens themselves as well as woodland trails in close proximity, students take in the abundant medicine that our local flora has to offer. Topics include field identification, ethical gathering and harvesting, history and lore of each plant, therapeutic and medicinal uses as well as preparations. $30 ($25 Members)

5/20/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink: Media Exploration
Spaces Remaining: 15
Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27; 1–4:30pm This 4-week course is an in-depth exploration of drawing with ink, including exercises in creating texture with pen and ink and scratchboard. It also introduces the student to ink-wash, a bridge between watercolor and ink, stretching a student's grasp of value. New surfaces, such as drafting film and Yupo are introduced. Prerequisite: Pen & Ink $125 ($115 Members)

5/26/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Intermediate Watercolor for Illustrators
Spaces Remaining: 15
Tuesdays; May 26, Jun 2, 9, 16; 1–4:30pm This course builds upon the knowledge and skills of Beginning Watercolor. Using live botanical specimens, students apply basic drawing and watercolor skills to create detailed, realistic watercolor studies of individual plant structures such as stems, twigs, leaves, petals, flowers, pods, and fruit. Classes cover such topics as creating the illusion of depth and volume and portraying shape, color, and textural details accurately. Prerequisites: Beginning Watercolor, Intermediate Drawing. $125 ($115 Members)

5/27/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink: Media Exploration
Spaces Remaining: 15
Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27; 1–4:30pm This 4-week course is an in-depth exploration of drawing with ink, including exercises in creating texture with pen and ink and scratchboard. It also introduces the student to ink-wash, a bridge between watercolor and ink, stretching a student's grasp of value. New surfaces, such as drafting film and Yupo are introduced. Prerequisite: Pen & Ink $125 ($115 Members)

5/31/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Integrating Color Theory & Composition
Spaces Remaining: 14
Sundays, May 17, 31, Jun 7, 14; 1:15–4:45pm In this class students learn the basics of color and the techniques for properly mixing pigments to match a specific color. Concepts of the color wheel and analogous/complementary colors are explored through instruction and numerous exercises. The three attributes of color – hue, value and intensity are also covered. Prerequisites: Composition, Intermediate Watercolor. $125 ($115 Members)

June6/2/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Intermediate Watercolor for Illustrators
Spaces Remaining: 15
Tuesdays; May 26, Jun 2, 9, 16; 1–4:30pm This course builds upon the knowledge and skills of Beginning Watercolor. Using live botanical specimens, students apply basic drawing and watercolor skills to create detailed, realistic watercolor studies of individual plant structures such as stems, twigs, leaves, petals, flowers, pods, and fruit. Classes cover such topics as creating the illusion of depth and volume and portraying shape, color, and textural details accurately. Prerequisites: Beginning Watercolor, Intermediate Drawing. $125 ($115 Members)

6/3/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Advanced Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 19
Wednesdays, Jun 3, 10, 17 24; 1–4:30pm This course builds upon Intermediate Colored Pencil. Student independently selects a native plant of their choice and designs and completes a complex colored pencil drawing. Student also prepares a critique of their work focusing on botanical accuracy, use of the media and artistic style. Instructor is available for consultation and problem solving. Prerequisites: Intermediate Colored Pencil. $125 ($115 Members)

6/6/2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Plant Propagation
Spaces Remaining: 20
This short course is intended for a broad audience. Students learn fundamentals of vegetative propagation and techniques for propagating southeastern native plants by means of stem and root cuttings. Class includes hands-on propagation and a tour of the vegetative propagation facilities of NCBG. No prerequisites $30 ($25 Members)

6/6/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Beginning Gouache
Spaces Remaining: 20
Saturdays, Jun 6, 13, 20, 27; 1:15–4:45pm This four-week elective course gives the student an introduction to the fundamentals in painting gouache (opaque watercolor) and provides instruction for botanical art and illustration. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing, Beginning Watercolor $125 ($115 Members)

6/7/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Integrating Color Theory & Composition
Spaces Remaining: 14
Sundays, May 17, 31, Jun 7, 14; 1:15–4:45pm In this class students learn the basics of color and the techniques for properly mixing pigments to match a specific color. Concepts of the color wheel and analogous/complementary colors are explored through instruction and numerous exercises. The three attributes of color – hue, value and intensity are also covered. Prerequisites: Composition, Intermediate Watercolor. $125 ($115 Members)

6/9/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Intermediate Watercolor for Illustrators
Spaces Remaining: 15
Tuesdays; May 26, Jun 2, 9, 16; 1–4:30pm This course builds upon the knowledge and skills of Beginning Watercolor. Using live botanical specimens, students apply basic drawing and watercolor skills to create detailed, realistic watercolor studies of individual plant structures such as stems, twigs, leaves, petals, flowers, pods, and fruit. Classes cover such topics as creating the illusion of depth and volume and portraying shape, color, and textural details accurately. Prerequisites: Beginning Watercolor, Intermediate Drawing. $125 ($115 Members)

6/10/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Advanced Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 19
Wednesdays, Jun 3, 10, 17 24; 1–4:30pm This course builds upon Intermediate Colored Pencil. Student independently selects a native plant of their choice and designs and completes a complex colored pencil drawing. Student also prepares a critique of their work focusing on botanical accuracy, use of the media and artistic style. Instructor is available for consultation and problem solving. Prerequisites: Intermediate Colored Pencil. $125 ($115 Members)

6/13/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Beginning Gouache
Spaces Remaining: 20
Saturdays, Jun 6, 13, 20, 27; 1:15–4:45pm This four-week elective course gives the student an introduction to the fundamentals in painting gouache (opaque watercolor) and provides instruction for botanical art and illustration. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing, Beginning Watercolor $125 ($115 Members)

6/14/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Integrating Color Theory & Composition
Spaces Remaining: 14
Sundays, May 17, 31, Jun 7, 14; 1:15–4:45pm In this class students learn the basics of color and the techniques for properly mixing pigments to match a specific color. Concepts of the color wheel and analogous/complementary colors are explored through instruction and numerous exercises. The three attributes of color – hue, value and intensity are also covered. Prerequisites: Composition, Intermediate Watercolor. $125 ($115 Members)

6/16/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Intermediate Watercolor for Illustrators
Spaces Remaining: 15
Tuesdays; May 26, Jun 2, 9, 16; 1–4:30pm This course builds upon the knowledge and skills of Beginning Watercolor. Using live botanical specimens, students apply basic drawing and watercolor skills to create detailed, realistic watercolor studies of individual plant structures such as stems, twigs, leaves, petals, flowers, pods, and fruit. Classes cover such topics as creating the illusion of depth and volume and portraying shape, color, and textural details accurately. Prerequisites: Beginning Watercolor, Intermediate Drawing. $125 ($115 Members)

6/17/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Advanced Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 19
Wednesdays, Jun 3, 10, 17 24; 1–4:30pm This course builds upon Intermediate Colored Pencil. Student independently selects a native plant of their choice and designs and completes a complex colored pencil drawing. Student also prepares a critique of their work focusing on botanical accuracy, use of the media and artistic style. Instructor is available for consultation and problem solving. Prerequisites: Intermediate Colored Pencil. $125 ($115 Members)

6/20/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Beginning Gouache
Spaces Remaining: 20
Saturdays, Jun 6, 13, 20, 27; 1:15–4:45pm This four-week elective course gives the student an introduction to the fundamentals in painting gouache (opaque watercolor) and provides instruction for botanical art and illustration. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing, Beginning Watercolor $125 ($115 Members)

6/21/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Butterflies in Colored Pencil (Short Course)
Spaces Remaining: 15
This half-day short course is an introduction to drawing with colored pencils, using one of North Carolinas many butterflies as the reference. Students are given step-by-step instruction. Students can purchase drawing materials or borrow them for the course. During the course, information about our native butterflies is also provided. No prerequisites. $40 ($35 NCBG members)

6/24/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Advanced Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 19
Wednesdays, Jun 3, 10, 17 24; 1–4:30pm This course builds upon Intermediate Colored Pencil. Student independently selects a native plant of their choice and designs and completes a complex colored pencil drawing. Student also prepares a critique of their work focusing on botanical accuracy, use of the media and artistic style. Instructor is available for consultation and problem solving. Prerequisites: Intermediate Colored Pencil. $125 ($115 Members)

6/27/2015
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Summer Flora
Spaces Remaining: 20
Saturdays, Jun 27, Jul 11, 18, 25; 9:30am–12:30pm Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in a natural setting. $125 ($115 Members)

6/27/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Beginning Gouache
Spaces Remaining: 20
Saturdays, Jun 6, 13, 20, 27; 1:15–4:45pm This four-week elective course gives the student an introduction to the fundamentals in painting gouache (opaque watercolor) and provides instruction for botanical art and illustration. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing, Beginning Watercolor $125 ($115 Members)

6/30/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Botanicals in Colored Pencil, Watercolor and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 20
Tuesdays, June 30, July 7, 14, 21; 1–4:30pm This class is designed to increase the skills and confidence in the use of colored pencils by building on the instruction from Intermediate Colored pencil and adding other media. The instructor demonstrates techniques to combine watercolor and ink with colored pencils to create vibrant botanical paintings. Students receive one-on-one instruction to evolve their own unique drawing and painting. Prerequisites: Beginning Colored Pencil, Pen and Ink, Intermediate Watercolor $125 ($115 NCBG members)

July7/7/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Botanicals in Colored Pencil, Watercolor and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 20
Tuesdays, June 30, July 7, 14, 21; 1–4:30pm This class is designed to increase the skills and confidence in the use of colored pencils by building on the instruction from Intermediate Colored pencil and adding other media. The instructor demonstrates techniques to combine watercolor and ink with colored pencils to create vibrant botanical paintings. Students receive one-on-one instruction to evolve their own unique drawing and painting. Prerequisites: Beginning Colored Pencil, Pen and Ink, Intermediate Watercolor $125 ($115 NCBG members)

7/11/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
How to Paint a Cast Shadow
Spaces Remaining: 15
Using different-sized objects and various surfaces, students look at how shadows change with shapes and how shadows are affected by the surfaces they fall on. No prerequisite. $40 ($35 Members)

7/14/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Botanicals in Colored Pencil, Watercolor and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 20
Tuesdays, June 30, July 7, 14, 21; 1–4:30pm This class is designed to increase the skills and confidence in the use of colored pencils by building on the instruction from Intermediate Colored pencil and adding other media. The instructor demonstrates techniques to combine watercolor and ink with colored pencils to create vibrant botanical paintings. Students receive one-on-one instruction to evolve their own unique drawing and painting. Prerequisites: Beginning Colored Pencil, Pen and Ink, Intermediate Watercolor $125 ($115 NCBG members)

7/18/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
How to Paint a Flat Wash
Spaces Remaining: 15
Working on pre-stretched watercolor paper, students will tackle painting a large flat wash. No prerequisite. $40 ($35 Members)

7/21/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Botanicals in Colored Pencil, Watercolor and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 20
Tuesdays, June 30, July 7, 14, 21; 1–4:30pm This class is designed to increase the skills and confidence in the use of colored pencils by building on the instruction from Intermediate Colored pencil and adding other media. The instructor demonstrates techniques to combine watercolor and ink with colored pencils to create vibrant botanical paintings. Students receive one-on-one instruction to evolve their own unique drawing and painting. Prerequisites: Beginning Colored Pencil, Pen and Ink, Intermediate Watercolor $125 ($115 NCBG members)

 
 

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phone: 919-843-8524 

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