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1:00 PM - 6/19/2014
Beginning Watercolor
Registration Closed
Saturdays, February 15, 22, March 1, 8 (inclement weather: March 15) 1:00 – 4:30 pm In this class, students are introduced to watercolor and learn basics techniques such as washes. Students learn to paint various simple shapes (spheres and cylinders) and a small botanical subject. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

1:15 PM - 5/4/2014
Plant Taxonomy
Registration Closed
Sundays, March 30, April 13, May 4 1:15 –4:45 pm 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. Prerequisite: Botany Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

1:00 PM - 5/1/2014
Master Class: Colored Pencil, Watercolor and Ink
Registration Closed
Thursdays, April 10, 17, 24, May 1 1:00 – 4:00PM 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 Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

1:00 PM - 5/14/2014
Pen and Ink: Media Exploration
Registration Closed
Wednesdays, April 23, 30, May 7, 14 1:00 – 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 Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

1:15 PM - 6/1/2014
Integrating Color Theory & Composition (Color Theory)
Spaces Remaining: 8
Sundays, April 27, May 4, 18 June 1; 1:15 – 4:45 pm 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: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

7:00 PM - 5/22/2014
Principles of Conservation Biology
Spaces Remaining: 18
Thursdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 7:00 – 9:00pm 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 Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Local Trees (Short Course)
Spaces Remaining: 12
Saturdays, May 3, 10 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 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 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 Fee: $65 ($55 NCBG members)

1:00 PM - 6/7/2014
Flowering Plant Families
Spaces Remaining: 17
Saturdays, May 10, 17, 31, June 7 1:00 – 4:00 pm 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)

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Native Southeastern Medicinal Plants (Short Course)
Spaces Remaining: 16
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. No prerequisite Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members)

1:15 PM - 6/29/2014
Grasses, Sedges and Rushes
Spaces Remaining: 12
Sundays, June 1, 8, 22, 29 1:15 – 4:15pm 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: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Plant Propagation (Short Course)
Spaces Remaining: 18
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 Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members)

1:15 PM - 6/29/2014
NEW! Beginning Gouache
Spaces Remaining: 15
Sundays, June 8, 15, 22, 29 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 Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Butterflies in Colored Pencil (Short Course)
Spaces Remaining: 14
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. Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members)

9:30 AM - 7/19/2014
Summer Flora
Spaces Remaining: 17
Saturdays, June 21, 28, July 12, 19 9:30 am– 12:30 pm 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 Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)


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