Certificate Program Courses

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Botanical Art & Illustration or Native Plant Studies


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Spaces Remaining: 4874
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.
Spaces Remaining: 899
The Certificate in Native Plant Studies provides a well-balanced botany, ecology, and taxonomy curriculum that enables students to develop a greater appreciation of native flora of the southeastern United States. The program provides basic scientific background and hands-on investigative opportunities. Studies leading to the Certificate will enhance the experience of professionals as well as dedicated amateur botanists and provide strong credentials for those involved in botanical, ecological, and conservation endeavors. Classes are taught by Garden staff, UNC professors, and other area experts.
6/4/2016 9:30 AM - 7/23/2016 12:30 AM
Summer Flora
Spaces Remaining: 4
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.
6/6/2016 1:00 PM - 6/27/2016 4:30 PM
Beginning Gouache
Spaces Remaining: 9
Mondays, June 6, 13, 20, 27; 1:00 – 4:30pm 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. Prerequisites: Beginning Drawing, Beginning Watercolor. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members). Limit 16.
6/11/2016 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Native Plant Propagation
Spaces Remaining: 4
Saturday, June 11; 9:30am – 1:00pm This workshop 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. Fee: $38 ($34 NCBG members). Limit 15
6/18/2016 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Butterflies in Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 10
Draw one of North Carolina's many wonderful butterflies in this half-day short course. Students are given step-by-step instruction and demonstrations to complete the butterfly, without any prior drawing experiencing. During the course, information about our native butterflies is also provided. Supply fee included. Fee: $41 ($37 NCBG Members).
6/25/2016 1:00 PM - 7/16/2016 4:30 PM
Botanicals in Colored Pencil, Watercolor, and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 10
Saturdays June 25, July 2, 9, 16; 1:00 – 4:30 pm This class is designed to increase your skills and confidence in the use of the various art media taught at the Garden. The instructor demonstrates techniques to combine watercolor, ink and colored pencils to create vibrant botanical paintings. Students receive one-on-one instruction to evolve their own unique drawing and painting. This course is a non-credit course. Prerequisites: Beginning Colored Pencil, Pen and Ink, Intermediate Watercolor. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members). Limit 16.
7/16/2016 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Spaces Remaining: 11
This one-day course is intended for a broad audience and explores the unique partnership of flowering plants and their animal pollinators. Included is an exploration of attractant systems and breeding biology of the floral partner and aspects of the biology and behaviors of common pollinators. We also explore the importance of pollination to ecosystem health and to human food production. Brief lectures are followed by field observations at the Garden and some lab work. Students learn to recognize important insect pollinators. Prerequisites: Botany.
8/14/2016 1:30 PM - 9/18/2016 5:00 PM
Beginning Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 8
This is the entry-level course for the Certificate in Botanical Illustration and is designed for a broad audience. Students learn the fundamentals of botanical illustration through contour drawing, negative space, perspective, and tone.
8/26/2016 12:00 PM - 9/16/2016 4:30 PM
Spaces Remaining: 14
This course is introductory in nature and designed for a broad audience. It is a fundamental core course for students enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. Basic principles of botany including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology and physiology are covered. Class time is divided between lectures and examining/dissecting samples. There are also opportunities for making observations in the gardens. Fee: $195 ($175 NCBG members)
10/1/2016 1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
The Elegance of the Bird: A Study in Drawing (4-session course)
Spaces Remaining: 18
Using specimens from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, we learn simple techniques in drawing birds. We first focus on specific elements of the bird’s anatomy and then put them all together to draw the entire bird. Fee: $150 ($135 members)