Botanical Art & Illustration Certificate Overview and Requirements
The Botanical Art & Illustration Certificate requirements provide a solid foundation in scientifically accurate drawing based on observation and fine art techniques.
In the course of the Certificate program, students will:
- Acquire skills in drawing and/or painting accurately and beautifully.
- Develop techniques needed to re-create amazing detail, natural color, and convincing form.
- Gain knowledge of basic morphological features of plants.
- Learn the elements of successful composition for scientific illustration or for fine artwork.
- Through electives, learn business skills for artists and the history of botanical art.
- Develop a personal aesthetic and a strong artistic identity.
- Enjoy access to the exceptional collection of botanical art in the Garden's LuEsther T. Mertz Library and the library of the American Society of Botanical Artists.
These core classes provide a strong, well-rounded foundation that prepares the student for higher-level classes. These classes can also be taken singly.
* Courses offered in the Fall-Winter Season
P = Courses with a prerequisite before you can register
|COURSE (in Recommended Order)||CODE||HOURS|
|Botanical Drawing I: Methods and Materials
|Botanical Drawing II: Developing Your Skills
|The Basics of Visual Composition (should be completed early)
|Botanical Drawing III: Focus on Flowers
|Plant Morphology for Botanical Artists
|Botanical Watercolor I
|Practical Aspects of Botanical Art*
|Plus one of the following:|
|Internet Tools for Creatives, Part I: Social Media*
|Internet Tools for Creatives, Part II: Website*
|Pen and Ink
|TOTAL REQUIRED HOURS||221**|
**Plus a final project that meets Certificate standards
Students seeking a Certificate may focus their electives on watercolor, colored pencil, drawing—or they may choose a natural science concentration. Elective courses build on foundation skills and allow the student to tailor their direction of study.
|The Secrets of Daffodils||BIL 347||P||15|
|Spring Flowers in Colored Pencil and Watercolor
|Hibiscus in Colored Pencil and Watercolor
|Drawing Spring Trees in Bloom
|Tonal Drawing Techniques
|Scaling Up: Enlarging
|The Mystique of Carbon Dust||BIL 376||P||15|
|Branching Out in Silverpoint
|Watercolor Techniques: Sepia Wash
|The Stages of Crabapples
|Floral Forms||BIL 325||P||8|
|Iridescence: Capturing Light on Form||BIL 614||P||15|
|Accordion Book: Illustrating A Life Cycle||BIL 615||P||18|