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Date
Upcoming Event
 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in BOTANICAL ART and ILLUSTRATION
Spaces Remaining: 4890
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. $100 enrollment fee for administrative costs; courses will entail additional fees. Students must be at least 18 years of age to enroll.

 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in NATIVE PLANT STUDIES
Spaces Remaining: 4920
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. $100 enrollment fee for administrative costs; courses will entail additional fees. Students must be at least 18 years of age to enroll.

 GIFT CERTIFICATES
Spaces Remaining: 9999
Share your love for the mission of the North Carolina Botanical Garden with a gift certificate in the amount of your choosing. Gift certificates never expire and can be used toward registration in any of our hundreds of programs, or even toward enrollment in one of our certificate programs!

March3/4/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Beginning Colored Pencil
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Wednesdays, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25; 1–4:30pm 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 $125 ($115 Members)

3/7/2015
9:15 AM - 1:15 PM
Botany
Spaces Remaining: 11
Saturdays, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28; 9:15am–1:15pm Learn the basic principles of botany including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology and physiology. Class time is divided between lectures and examining/dissecting samples, and includes opportunities for observing examples in the Garden. No prerequisites. $135 ($125 Members)

3/8/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Depth and Perspective
Spaces Remaining: 9
Sundays, Mar 8, 15, 22, 29; 1:15–4:45pm 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 $125 ($115 Members)

3/12/2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants
Spaces Remaining: 13
Through classroom and field demonstrations, students learn the tools and methods needed to identify invasive species and effectively remove them under various scenarios. No prerequisites. $30 ($25 Members)

3/14/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Spring Flora
Spaces Remaining: 16
Saturdays, Mar 14, 28, Apr 25, May 9; 1:30–4:30pm 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. $125 ($115 Members)

3/16/2015
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Art of Carbon Dust
Spaces Remaining: 14
Monday, Tuesday, Mar 16, 17; 10am–4pm Students learn the technique of a carbon dust drawing, using the dust sanded off from carbon pencils to “paint” lovely, detailed, and richly modeled drawings in continuous tone. Bring your lunch for a 30 minutes lunch break. Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing. $100 ($90 Members)

3/17/2015
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Art of Carbon Dust
Spaces Remaining: 14
Monday, Tuesday, Mar 16, 17; 10am–4pm Students learn the technique of a carbon dust drawing, using the dust sanded off from carbon pencils to “paint” lovely, detailed, and richly modeled drawings in continuous tone. Bring your lunch for a 30 minutes lunch break. Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing. $100 ($90 Members)

3/20/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Ephemerals
Spaces Remaining: 11
Celebrate Spring! Students learn about native plants that flower in early spring and receive detailed instructions and demonstrations to complete a small drawing of an ephemeral plant species native to North Carolina. No prerequisites, and no supplies needed. $40 ($35 Members)

3/21/2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Natural Colors Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 20
Celebrate the spring equinox when red, orange and yellow pigments are visible in the surrounding trees and garden plants, and before the green chlorophyll of summer masks their colors. On International Color Day come learn the origin of natural colors come, how we perceive them, what they mean to us, and all that we can create from them. Explore color as light, as pigment and as art by participating in hands-on painting activities. Use natural pigments and other materials to make homemade paint and create a cave-style painting to take home! Rebeccah has a M.S. in Natural Resources Management and a B.S. in Biology. Her work focuses on species conservation, habitat protection, public land management, and education. In her exploration of medieval book paintings she learned about the fascinating natural materials that contributed to the creation of artistic masterpieces. Fee includes materials and supplies. Fee: $38 ($34 NCBG Members)

3/23/2015
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Portfolio Preparation: What You Need to Know
Spaces Remaining: 12
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. $40 ($35 Members)

3/28/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Edibles on Paper: Root Vegetables in Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 11
Get 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. No prerequisites, although some watercolor knowledge is helpful. $40 ($35 Members)

3/31/2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Plant Communities
Spaces Remaining: 18
Tuesdays, Mar 31, Apr 7, 14; 9am–12pm; Apr 21; 8am–6pm This 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. This course explores the causes and history of North Carolina’s plant community diversity. Class sessions include nine hours of lecture and a full day field trip with transportation provided. No prerequisites. $125 ($115 Members)

April4/11/2015
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Local Deciduous Trees
Spaces Remaining: 15
Saturdays, Apr 11, 18; 9:30am–12:30pm As part of our 2 month exhibition and symposium of our eastern deciduous forest, we offer 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 deciduous 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. $65 ($55 Members)

4/11/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 2
Saturdays, Apr 11, 18, 25, May 2; 1–4:30pm 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 $125 ($115 Members)

4/23/2015
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Principles of Conservation Biology
Spaces Remaining: 20
Thursdays, Apr 23, 30, May 7, 14; 1-3pm 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 $125 ($115 Members)

4/23/2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sketching Among Our Trees
Spaces Remaining: 20
This workshop is intended for a broad audience. Students learn how to create tree sketches using pencil as well as pen & ink, using contour line and shading techniques. Sketching is a great way to become acquainted with our southeastern forest and trees. Supplies Provided. $40 ($35 NCBG Members)

May5/2/2015
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Piedmont Savanna Ecology
Spaces Remaining: 19
Saturdays, May 2, 9, 16, 30; 9:30am–12:30pm $125 ($115 Members)

5/3/2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Expressive Painting: Watercolor Trees
Spaces Remaining: 19
I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. Joyce Kilmer Trees are a fusion of line, color, and shape. Rich with visual poetry, trees represent excitement, life and change. Join nurse/artist Beverly Dyer for this expressive painting workshop. Students learn how to paint trees with loose, spontaneous watercolor techniques. No experience required. Everyone is an artist. Beverly is an avid nature journaler and spends much of her time hiking, sketching, and painting at Mason Farm. She writes a blog called The Art Prescription: A daily dose of art and haiku (artprescription.com). Fee (Includes materials and supplies): $30 ($25 NCBG Members)

5/6/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink: Media Exploration
Spaces Remaining: 13
Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27; 1–4:30pm 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 $125 ($115 Members)

5/10/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Plant Taxonomy
Spaces Remaining: 16
Sundays, May 10, 17, 31; 1:15–4:45pm 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. (Note: Class on 5/17 will be held in the Bell Seminar Room at NCBG rather than the classroom.) Prerequisite: Botany $125 ($115 Members)

5/16/2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Flowering Plant Families
Spaces Remaining: 19
Saturdays, May 16, 30, June 6, 13; 1–4pm 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)

5/17/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Integrating Color Theory & Composition
Spaces Remaining: 12
Sundays, May 17, 31, Jun 7, 14; 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. $125 ($115 Members)

5/17/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Native Southeastern Medicinal Plants
Spaces Remaining: 17
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. $30 ($25 Members)

5/26/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Intermediate Watercolor for Illustrators
Spaces Remaining: 11
Tuesdays; May 26, Jun 2, 9, 16; 1–4:30pm 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. $125 ($115 Members)

June6/3/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Advanced Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 18
Wednesdays, Jun 3, 10, 17 24; 1–4:30pm This course builds upon Intermediate Colored Pencil. Student independently selects a native plant of their choice and designs and completes a complex colored pencil drawing. Student also prepares a critique of their work focusing on botanical accuracy, use of the media and artistic style. Instructor is available for consultation and problem solving. Prerequisites: Intermediate Colored Pencil. $125 ($115 Members)

6/6/2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Plant Propagation
Spaces Remaining: 19
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 $30 ($25 Members)

6/6/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Beginning Gouache
Spaces Remaining: 20
Saturdays, Jun 6, 13, 20, 27; 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 $125 ($115 Members)

6/7/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Entomology
Spaces Remaining: 20
Sundays, June 7, 14, 21, 28; 1:30 – 4:30pm This new elective course is intended for a broad audience. Students learn insect family recognition and common species identification, insect ecology and conservation, basic life cycle biology, and how to improve insect habitat and conservation in the urban environment. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG member)

6/14/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Entomology
Spaces Remaining: 20
Sundays, June 7, 14, 21, 28; 1:30 – 4:30pm This new elective course is intended for a broad audience. Students learn insect family recognition and common species identification, insect ecology and conservation, basic life cycle biology, and how to improve insect habitat and conservation in the urban environment. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG member)

6/21/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Butterflies in Colored Pencil (Short Course)
Spaces Remaining: 13
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. $40 ($35 NCBG members)

6/21/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Entomology
Spaces Remaining: 20
Sundays, June 7, 14, 21, 28; 1:30 – 4:30pm This new elective course is intended for a broad audience. Students learn insect family recognition and common species identification, insect ecology and conservation, basic life cycle biology, and how to improve insect habitat and conservation in the urban environment. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG member)

6/27/2015
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Summer Flora
Spaces Remaining: 19
Saturdays, Jun 27, Jul 11, 18, 25; 9:30am–12:30pm Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in a natural setting. $125 ($115 Members)

6/28/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Entomology
Spaces Remaining: 20
Sundays, June 7, 14, 21, 28; 1:30 – 4:30pm This new elective course is intended for a broad audience. Students learn insect family recognition and common species identification, insect ecology and conservation, basic life cycle biology, and how to improve insect habitat and conservation in the urban environment. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG member)

6/30/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Botanicals in Colored Pencil, Watercolor and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 18
Tuesdays, June 30, July 7, 14, 21; 1–4:30pm 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 $125 ($115 NCBG members)

July7/11/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
How to Paint a Cast Shadow
Spaces Remaining: 14
Using different-sized objects and various surfaces, students look at how shadows change with shapes and how shadows are affected by the surfaces they fall on. No prerequisite. $40 ($35 Members)

7/18/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
How to Paint a Flat Wash
Spaces Remaining: 14
Working on pre-stretched watercolor paper, students will tackle painting a large flat wash. No prerequisite. $40 ($35 Members)

 
 

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phone: 919-843-8524 

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phone: 919-962-0522
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