Certificate Program Courses

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Botanical Art & Illustration or Native Plant Studies


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1/1/2008 - 1/1/2016
Spaces Remaining: 4876
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.
1/1/2008 - 1/1/2016
Spaces Remaining: 4905
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.
3/5/2016 9:30 AM - 3/12/2016 1:00 PM
Portfolio Preparation: What You Need to Know
Spaces Remaining: 2
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.
3/6/2016 1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Edibles on Paper: Root Vegetables in Watercolor
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Spend this early spring getting 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. This course is a non-credit course. Some watercolor knowledge is helpful. Supply fee included. Fee: $38 ($34 NCBG Members).
3/8/2016 1:00 PM - 3/29/2016 4:30 PM
Beginning Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 11
Tuesdays, March 8, 15, 22. 29; 1:00 – 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.
3/13/2016 1:15 PM - 4/10/2016 4:45 PM
Intermediate Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 7
Sundays, March 13, 20, April 3, 10; 1:15 – 4:45 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.
3/16/2016 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Indentifying and Controlling Invasive Plants
Spaces Remaining: 23
This course is intended for a broad audience. Through classroom and field demonstrations, students learn the tools and methods needed to identify invasive species and effectively remove them under various scenarios. Fee: $32 ($30 NCBG members).
3/19/2016 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Spaces Remaining: 10
Celebrate Spring! Students learn about native plants that flower in early spring and receive easy-to-follow instructions and demonstrations to complete a small drawing of an ephemeral plant species native to North Carolina. No drawing experience needed. Supply fee included. Fee: $41 ($37 NCBG Members).
3/19/2016 1:00 PM - 5/7/2016 4:00 PM
Spring Flora
Spaces Remaining: 10
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 spring plants in a natural setting. No prerequisite. Fee: $130 ($117 NCBG members).
4/5/2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Plant Communities of North Carolina
Spaces Remaining: 23
This 4-session 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. Students explore the causes and history of North Carolina’s plant community diversity. Class sessions include nine hours of lecture and a full day field trip. No prerequisites.
4/9/2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Weeds 101
Spaces Remaining: 16
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.
4/15/2016 1:00 PM - 5/13/2016 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 10
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.
4/19/2016 1:00 PM - 5/3/2016 4:30 PM
Intermediate Traditional Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 6
Tuesdays, April 19, 26, May 3, 10; 100 - 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.
4/23/2016 1:15 PM - 5/14/2016 4:45 PM
Depth and Perspective
Spaces Remaining: 10
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.
4/26/2016 2:00 PM - 5/5/2016 5:00 PM
Principles of Conservation and Biology
Spaces Remaining: 24
Tuesdays/Thursdays, April 26, 28, May 3, 5; 2:00 – 5:00pm 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.
4/30/2016 9:15 AM - 5/7/2016 12:15 PM
Flowering Plant Families
Spaces Remaining: 17
Saturdays, April 30, May 7, 14; 9:15 – 12:15 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.
5/14/2016 1:00 PM - 6/11/2016 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink Media Exploration
Spaces Remaining: 15
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.
5/15/2016 1:15 PM - 6/12/2016 4:45 PM
Integrating Color Theory & Composition (Color Theory)
Spaces Remaining: 10
Sundays, May 15, 22, June 5, 12; 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. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members). Limit 12.
5/21/2016 12:30 PM - 6/18/2016 4:30 PM
Plant Taxonomy
Spaces Remaining: 26
This course builds on the fundamentals of the Botany course and prepares students for supplementary material covered in Flowering Plant Families. 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 are introduced. Interesting examples are studied to illustrate current issues in plant taxonomy and nomenclature. Prerequisite: Botany.
6/4/2016 9:30 AM - 7/23/2016 12:30 AM
Summer Flora
Spaces Remaining: 15
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: 16
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 - 12:30 PM
Plant Propagation
Spaces Remaining: 14
Saturday, June 11; 9:30am – 12:30pm 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: $32 ($30 NCBG members). Limit 15
6/18/2016 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Butterflies in Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 14
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: 14
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.