Certificate Program Courses

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Botanical Art & Illustration or Native Plant Studies


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Spaces Remaining: 4875
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: 899
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.
3/19/2016 1:00 PM - 5/7/2016 4:00 PM
Spring Flora
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This 4-session 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).
4/19/2016 1:00 PM - 5/3/2016 4:30 PM
Intermediate Traditional Watercolor
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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.
5/14/2016 1:00 PM - 6/11/2016 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink Media Exploration
Spaces Remaining: 13
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: 3
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: 13
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: 11
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: 11
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 - 1:00 PM
Native Plant Propagation
Spaces Remaining: 8
Saturday, June 11; 9:30am – 1:00pm 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: $38 ($34 NCBG members). Limit 15
6/18/2016 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Butterflies in Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 11
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: 10
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.
6/30/2016 12:30 PM - 7/21/2016 5:00 PM
Spaces Remaining: 15
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. Fee: $195 ($175 NCBG members)
7/16/2016 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Spaces Remaining: 13
This one-day course is intended for a broad audience and explores the unique partnership of flowering plants and their animal pollinators. Included is an exploration of attractant systems and breeding biology of the floral partner and aspects of the biology and behaviors of common pollinators. We also explore the importance of pollination to ecosystem health and to human food production. Brief lectures are followed by field observations at the Garden and some lab work. Students learn to recognize important insect pollinators. Prerequisites: Botany.
8/14/2016 1:30 PM - 9/18/2016 5:00 PM
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 botanical illustration through contour drawing, negative space, perspective, and tone. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members)
10/1/2016 1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
The Elegance of the Bird: A Study in Drawing (4-session course)
Spaces Remaining: 19
Using specimens from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, we 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)