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Botany for Botanical Artists

Botanical illustrators need to be well versed in the intricacies of plant forms. Morning sessions with botanist Sheila Hayden 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 Hayden and artist Judith Towers.  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.

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)

Pre-requisites: Introduction to Drawing for Botanical Illustration or equivalent coursework.


A limited number of spaces remain available in this class.  Please call 804-262-9887 x320 to register.  

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - Wednesday, September 28, 2016
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Event Details

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

Pre-requisite:  Introduction to Drawing for Botanical Illustration or equivalent coursework.

This course takes place over 4 Wednesdays:

  • September 7
  • September 14
  • September 21
  • September 28

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