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Botanical illustrators need to be well versed in the intricacies of plant forms. Morning sessions help you learn to understand the structure of flowering plants and conifers and to study and draw a diversity of plant parts under the guidance of a botanist. Students keep an illustrated study journal. Scientific names in botanical illustration are discussed and used. Afternoons are devoted to graphite illustrations of plants related to the morning’s discussion. Emphasis is placed on observation, accurate representation of details, and labeling. Pre-requisite: Introduction to Drawing for Botanical Illustration or equivalent coursework.

This class is cancelled.

Required text (students should have this at the first class):

Botany Illustrated: Introduction to Plants, Major Groups, Flowering Plant Families by Janice Glimn-Lacy and Peter B. Kaufman (2nd edition, Mar 29, 2006, not the Kindle edition).  This edition has an orange hibiscus on the cover.

Our Garden continues to follow CDC recommendations and state guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Properly worn masks are required for indoor class participants regardless of vaccination status. Non-vaccinated participants are also required to wear masks when outdoors and unable to maintain 6 feet of social distancing. The Garden reserves the right to implement additional safety measures. Any updates will be communicated prior to class, if possible.

Saturday, October 9, 2021 - Saturday, November 6, 2021
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Event Details

Botany for Botanical Artists ClassGES: BI, 20, required*

Pre-requisite:  Introduction to Drawing for Botanical Illustration.

This course takes place over 4 Saturdays:

  • October 9
  • October 23 (skips October 16)
  • October 30
  • November 6

*This class is required for the Garden Education Series: Botanical Illustration Certificate program and offers 20 hours of credit toward the certificate.

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About the instructors

Sheila Hayden is a botanist and botanical illustrator. She has both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree with a focus on Botany from the University of Richmond and an Art minor.  She taught Biology at John Tyler Community College and Botany for University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies.  Sheila has published research papers and scientific botanical illustrations.

Judith Towers holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Madison College, now James Madison University. After retiring from her career as a middle school art teacher in Henrico County, she earned a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.