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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. Prerequisite: Introduction to Drawing for Botanical Illustration.

Required text (students should have this at the first class): Understanding the Flowering Plants, by Anne L.D. Bebbington

See the link below for additional required materials.

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Saturday, April 29, 2023 - Saturday, May 20, 2023
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Event Details

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

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Drawing for Botanical Illustration

This course takes place over 4 Saturdays:

  • April 29
  • May 6
  • May 13
  • May 20

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

Required text: Understanding the Flowering Plants, by Anne L.D. Bebbington

View and print the Botany for Botanical Artists supply list

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.

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.