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Botanical Art & Illustration or Native Plant Studies


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Spaces Remaining: 4866
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: 897
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.
9/7/2016 1:30 PM - 10/26/2016 4:30 PM
Joslin Classroom II (C107)
Fall Flora
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This course is intended 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 plants in a natural setting.
9/17/2016 9:30 AM - 10/10/2016 12:00 PM
Joslin Classroom II (C107)
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This course is designed for anyone who wishes to learn to identify most of the common Piedmont tree species. Students spend much of class time outdoors in the Garden learning to identify trees using morphological characteristics: leaves, bark, twigs, fruits. The ecology and natural history of each tree species are discussed too. Fee: $130 ($117 NCBG members)
9/23/2016 1:00 PM - 10/21/2016 4:00 PM
Joslin Classroom I (C106)
Grasses, Sedges and Rushes
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This course is intended for a broad audience and explores many aspects of the evolutionary history, economic and ecological dominance, current distribution, biology, and identification of the “graminoids.” Through lectures, lab work, and short field trips, students learn to appreciate the subtle and detailed beauty of these plants with inconspicuous flowers. Students also learn materials and methods for identifying these distinctive and important members of our flora. No prerequisite. Fee: $130 ($117 NCBG members)
10/3/2016 1:00 PM - 10/24/2016 4:30 PM
Joslin Classroom I (C106)
Intermediate Expressive Watercolor (Wet and Wild)
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The Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program now offers two complimentary tracks of instruction with two watercolor tracks, one emphasizing techniques for the high detail and accuracy needed for illustrations (Intermediate Watercolor for Illustrators) and this course of techniques for a looser, expressive watercolor while still emphasizing drawing accuracy. This course builds upon the knowledge and skills of Beginning Watercolor and provides instruction based on a fluid brush style combined with careful observation of plants. This course focuses on learning methods for using a brush to create forms, adding details, using masks and creating backgrounds. Prerequisites: Beginning Watercolor, Intermediate Drawing.
10/7/2016 12:30 PM - 11/11/2016 4:30 PM
Joslin Classroom II (C107)
Plant Taxonomy
Spaces Remaining: 6
This course builds on the fundamentals taught in Botany 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 the 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. Prerequisite: Botany. Fee: $130 ($117 NCBG members)
10/12/2016 1:00 PM - 11/2/2016 4:30 PM
Joslin Classroom I (C106)
Field Sketching
Spaces Remaining: 4
Take your sketchbook outdoors and reconnect with plants in their natural environment. In this course, students are encouraged to shed old habits and try new techniques as they travel to a variety of gardens and habitats. Through a combination of guided exercises and free experimentation, students discover new ways of seeing plants, new problem-solving skills, and a refreshing way of thinking about layout and color. Several media are used, from ballpoint pen to watercolor to pencil. No prerequisite.
10/23/2016 1:15 PM - 11/20/2016 4:45 PM
Joslin Classroom II (C107)
Pen and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 7
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.
10/27/2016 1:00 PM - 11/17/2016 4:30 PM
Joslin Classroom I (C106)
Intermediate Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 2
This course adds to the techniques and information covered in Beginning Colored Pencil and hones skills in color and layering. Students complete a drawing of a native botanical subject of choice. This elective is intended for students who wish to develop a strong, more-advanced-level skill in colored pencil. Prerequisites: Beginning Colored Pencil, Intermediate Drawing.
10/29/2016 9:30 AM - 11/19/2016 12:30 PM
Joslin Classroom II (C107)
Geology for Botanists and Ecologists
Spaces Remaining: 10
This course introduces students to the principles of geology, with an emphasis on the aspects that most affect the distribution of native plants and natural communities. Classes cover the different types of rocks, and their chemical and physical effects on the soils that form from them, addressing the geological processes that shape the earth’s surface, the landforms that result from them, and the way natural communities align with these patterns. This course is intended for a broad audience, but some familiarity with natural communities or native plants and some exposure to chemistry will be assumed. No prerequisite. Fee: $130 ($117 NCBG members)
11/5/2016 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Joslin Classroom I (C106)
Spaces Remaining: 9
This class is intended for a broad audience. Lichens (lichenized fungi) are symbiotic organisms that consist of fungal, algal and/or bacterial partners. Among the first life-forms to live on land, lichens have occupied nearly every habitat on Earth and grow on many of the surfaces of our environment. This class introduces students to the fascinating world of lichen biology, the dazzling diversity of the local lichen flora, and their importance as indicators of environmental health. Includes lecture, demonstrations, and a field trip. Serves as 1/2 elective credit for the Certificate in Native Plant Studies. Bring your lunch. No prerequisite. Fee: $65 ($58 NCBG members)
11/16/2016 1:00 PM - 12/14/2016 4:30 PM
Joslin Classroom I (C106)
Advanced Traditional Watercolor (for Illustrators)
Spaces Remaining: 6
This course builds upon Intermediate Watercolor for Illustrators. Students independently select a native plant of their choice and design and complete a watercolor painting displaying different aspects of that plant. Instructor is available for consultation and problem solving, as well as in-class critiques. Students prepare a written analysis of their work, explaining their design choices, as well as report describing the botanical details of their selected plant. Prerequisites: Intermediate Traditional Watercolor (for Illustrators), Integrating Composition and Color Theory. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members)
1/8/2017 1:15 PM - 1/29/2017 4:45 PM
Joslin Classroom II (C107)
Spaces Remaining: 5
This course is a broad study in the elements that formulate a good artistic composition. Students learn how to make visual choices and determine how parts of a plant are arranged on the page to balance botanical accuracy and artistic sensitivity. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members).
1/10/2017 1:00 PM - 1/31/2017 4:30 PM
Joslin Classroom II (C107)
Beginning Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 9
This is the entry course for the Certificate in Botanical Illustration and is designed for a broad audience. Students learn the fundamentals of illustration through contour drawing, negative space, perspective, and tone. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members).
1/14/2017 1:00 PM - 2/18/2017 4:00 PM
Joslin Classroom II (C107)
Plant Ecology
Spaces Remaining: 13
Plant Ecology is a conceptual course designed for a broad audience interested in the interactions of plants within their environments. Ecological relationships at the organism, population, community, and ecosystem levels are examined, using examples from the rich and diverse North Carolina flora. Students learn about nutrient and energy cycling within ecosystems, as well as about current threats and trends for the conservation of ecosystems. Fee: $130 ($117 NCBG members).
1/18/2017 1:30 PM - 2/8/2017 4:30 PM
Joslin Classroom I (C106)
Winter Flora
Spaces Remaining: 9
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 plants in their winter condition in natural settings. Enjoy discovering that many trees and shrubs are easily recognized when not covered with leaves!
1/21/2017 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Joslin Classroom II (C107)
Introduction to Botanical Art and Illustration
Spaces Remaining: 17
This class explores the history of botanical illustration, shows examples of various types of botanical illustrations and botanical art, describes the coursework for the Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration, and introduces the instructors. Supply fee included. Fee: $41 ($37 NCBG members)
2/4/2017 9:15 AM - 2/25/2017 2:15 PM
Joslin Classroom II (C107)
Spaces Remaining: 14
This course is introductory in nature and designed for a broad audience. 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. Bring your lunch. Fee: $195 ($175 NCBG members).