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CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in BOTANICAL ART and ILLUSTRATION
Spaces Remaining: 4868
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.
CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in NATIVE PLANT STUDIES
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.
August
8/14/2016 1:30 PM - 9/18/2016 5:00 PM
Beginning Drawing
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
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.
8/23/2016 1:30 PM - 9/13/2016 4:30 PM
Soil Ecology
Spaces Remaining: 13
This course is intended for a broad audience. Students are introduced to the complex world of soils including information on how they are formed, characterized, and populated by a wide array of organisms. An overview of soil types is presented, followed by the study of typical Piedmont soils and their properties. The various roles that soils play in both human society and ecological systems are discussed. No prerequisite. Fee: $130 ($117 NCBG members)
8/26/2016 12:00 PM - 9/16/2016 4:30 PM
Botany
Spaces Remaining: 5
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.
8/27/2016 1:30 PM - 9/24/2016 4:30 PM
Principles of Conservation Biology
Spaces Remaining: 12
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.
September
9/7/2016 1:30 PM - 10/26/2016 4:30 PM
Fall Flora
Spaces Remaining: 11
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.
9/14/2016 1:00 PM - 10/5/2016 4:30 PM
Beginning Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 11
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.
9/17/2016 9:30 AM - 10/10/2016 12:00 PM
Dendrology
Spaces Remaining: 12
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)
9/18/2016 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Native Seed Propagation
Spaces Remaining: 5
Intended for all levels, students learn seed propagation techniques for native perennials and woody plants. Topics include seed collection methods, post-collection handling, cleaning equipment and techniques, seed storage, seed sowing techniques, sowing media, cultural requirements of seedlings, and dormancy requirements. No prerequisite. Fee: $32 ($29 NCBG members)
9/25/2016 1:15 PM - 10/23/2016 4:45 PM
Intermediate Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 8
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.
October
10/1/2016 1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
The Elegance of the Bird: A Study in Drawing (4-session course)
Spaces Remaining: 4
This 4-session course use specimens from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences to 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)
10/2/2016 1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Intermediate Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 8
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.
10/3/2016 1:00 PM - 10/24/2016 4:30 PM
Intermediate Expressive Watercolor (Wet and Wild)
Spaces Remaining: 5
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
Plant Taxonomy
Spaces Remaining: 11
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)
10/9/2016 1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Intermediate Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 8
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.
10/12/2016 1:00 PM - 11/2/2016 4:30 PM
Field Sketching
Spaces Remaining: 9
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.
10/19/2016 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Field Sketching
Spaces Remaining: 9
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.
10/21/2016 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Plant Taxonomy
Spaces Remaining: 11
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)
10/23/2016 1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Intermediate Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 8
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.
10/23/2016 1:15 PM - 11/20/2016 4:45 PM
Pen and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 8
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.
10/26/2016 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Field Sketching
Spaces Remaining: 9
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.
10/27/2016 1:00 PM - 11/17/2016 4:30 PM
Intermediate Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 12
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.
10/30/2016 1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Pen and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 8
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.
10/30/2016 1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Pen and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 8
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.
November
11/2/2016 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Field Sketching
Spaces Remaining: 9
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.
11/5/2016 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Lichens
Spaces Remaining: 15
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)
11/11/2016 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Plant Taxonomy
Spaces Remaining: 11
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)
11/13/2016 1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Pen and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 8
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.
11/13/2016 1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Pen and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 8
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.
11/16/2016
Advanced Traditional Watercolor (for Illustrators)
Spaces Remaining: 8
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)
11/20/2016 1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Pen and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 8
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.
11/20/2016 1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Pen and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 8
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.
January
1/18/2017 1:30 PM - 2/8/2017 4:30 PM
Winter Flora
Spaces Remaining: 11
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!