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Biology for Botanical Artists

Although no longer considered formally to be members of the plant kingdom, fungi make fascinating subjects for botanical illustrators. Morning sessions help you learn to understand the structure of these distinctive organisms through lecture and observation under the guidance of botanist Dr. John Hayden.  Students keep an illustrated study journal.  Descriptive morphological terms and scientific names are discussed and used. Afternoons are devoted to studying the diversity of fungi and lichens: forms, textures, subtle colors, and substrate, and becoming inspired by and enchanted with mushrooms and their relatives under the guidance of Tom Case. Students complete several sketchbook entries, or illustrations of Basidiomycetes and Ascomycetes and Lichens on good sketchbook paper or drawing paper such as Strathmore 300 series or 500 series Bristol vellum finish, or Stonehenge Wired. See supply list.

Our Garden continues to follow CDC recommendations and state guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Properly worn masks are strongly encouraged for indoor class participants regardless of vaccination status. The Garden reserves the right to implement additional safety measures. Any updates will be communicated prior to class, if possible.

This class is cancelled.  

Saturday, October 8, 2022 - Saturday, October 29, 2022
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Event Details

Biology for Botanical Artists Fungi MushroomsGES: BI, 15, elective*

Pre-requisite:   Introduction to Drawing for Botanical Illustration.

This course takes place over 3 Saturdays:

  • October 8
  • October 15
  • October 29 (skips October 22)

*This class is an elective for the Garden Education Series: Botanical Illustration Certificate program and offers 15 hours of credit toward the certificate.

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About the Instructors

John Hayden is Professor of Biology at the University of Richmond where his teaching involves diverse aspects of plant biology; he also conducts research on the anatomy, morphology, and systematics of plants, curates the herbarium, and manages the greenhouse.  He has served as the Botany Chair for the Virginia Native Plant Society since 2004.

Tom Case is an artist and teacher who enjoys exploring the natural world through the lens of Botany. After retiring from teaching public school, he completed the Certificate of Botanical Illustration at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. His interests include drawing and painting, as well as botany, garden history, and landscape design. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied painting, printmaking, and ceramics.