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Spaces Remaining: 4899
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.

Spaces Remaining: 4927
The Certificate in Native Plant Studies expands on the Garden's mission by providing 'a well-balanced botany, ecology, and taxonomy curriculum that enables students to expand their knowledge and develop a greater appreciation of native flora of the southeastern United States.' The program is designed to give students a well-balanced curriculum combining basic scientific background and hands-on investigative opportunities. Studies leading to the Certificate will enhance the experience of the professional and dedicated amateur botanist and provide strong credentials for those involved in botanical, ecological, and conservation endeavors. Classes are taught by Garden staff, UNC professors, and other area professionals. $100 enrollment fee for administrative costs; courses will entail additional fees. Students must be at least 18 years of age to enroll.

1:00 PM - 10/27/2014
Field Sketching
Registration Closed
Mondays, October 6, 13, 20, 27 1:00pm - 4:30pm 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. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

1:00 PM - 10/28/2014
Intermediate Drawing
Registration Closed
Tuesdays October 7, 14, 21, 28 1:00 – 4:30 pm 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 Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

1:00 PM - 11/5/2014
Intermediate Colored Pencil
Registration Closed
Wednesdays, October 15, 22, 29, November 5 1:00pm – 4:30pm This course makes use of the techniques and information covered in Beginning Colored Pencil and hones skills in composition, color matching 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 Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

7:00 PM - 10/26/2014
Nature Notes Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 8
Thursday, October 23, 7pm–9pm Friday, October 24, 9am–4:30pm Saturday, October 25, 9am–4:30pm Sunday, October 26, 9am–4:30pm This intensive four-day workshop with distinguished North Carolina artist and teacher Robert Johnson provides simple methods for making visual notes while exploring nature. Students take field excursions to sketch and make notes, then return to the Botanical Garden studio to enhance their “nature notes” with watercolors. All levels welcome; fee includes watercolors, color chart, brushes, sketch pad, pencil, and high quality watercolor paper. Assistant instructor Ken Moore provides fresh plant specimens for detail studies and assistance in plant identification. Fee: $400 ($375 NCBG Members). Bring your lunch! Course credit: Counts as one elective credit toward NCBG Botanical Art & Illustration certificate

1:00 PM - 11/21/2014
Plant Taxonomy
Spaces Remaining: 20
Fridays, October 24, November 7, 14, 21 1:00pm - 4:00pm 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)

9:30 AM - 11/19/2014
Registration Closed
Wednesdays Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19 (inclement weather date: Nov. 26) 9:30am - 12:30pm This course is designed for anyone who wishes to learn to identify most of the common Piedmont tree species. Students spend much of the class time outdoors in the Garden learning to identify trees using morphological characteristics such as leaves, bark, twigs, and fruits. In addition, the ecology and natural history of each tree species are discussed. No prerequisites Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Introduction to Mushrooms (Short Course)
Spaces Remaining: 8
This course is intended for a broad audience as an introduction to mushrooms, including their identification, ecology and cultivation. Session includes classroom discussion on the basic taxonomy of fleshy fungi and a foray to a nearby forest. Directions for the foray will be provided. Serves as 1/2 elective credit for the Certificate in Native Plant Studies. Bring your lunch. No prerequisite. Fee: $70 ($65 NCBG members)

9:30 AM - 12/6/2014
Soil Ecology
Spaces Remaining: 17
Saturdays, November 1, 8, 22, December 6 9:30am - 12:30pm 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: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

1:15 PM - 11/23/2014
Spaces Remaining: 6
Sundays, November 2, 9, 16, 23 1:15 – 4:45 pm This course is a broad study in the elements that formulate a good 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. No prerequisites. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

10:30 AM - 11/24/2014
Intermediate Watercolor Techniques: Wet and Wild
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Mondays, November 3, 10, 17, 24 10:30am - 1:00pm 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 new course of techniques for a looser, expressive art 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. 'It focuses on learning general methods for using a brush to create forms, adding details, using masks and creating backgrounds. Prerequisites: Beginning Watercolor, Intermediate Drawing. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

1:00 PM - 11/25/2014
Advanced Watercolor for Illustrators
Spaces Remaining: 15
Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 18, 25 1:00 – 4:30pm 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: Prerequisites: Intermediate Watercolor for Illustrators, Color Theory Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Edibles on Paper: Squash and Pumpkins in Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 10
Spend a fall afternoon getting acquainted with autumn vegetables. They are colorful, flavorful, flamboyant, and odd looking, just right for transparent watercolors. 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. Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members)


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