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Botanical Illustration 3: Advanced Techniques

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To build on previous experience with botanical drawing techniques by using various art media, culminating in the development of a portfolio.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Observe nature through both a scientific (structural) and an artistic (aesthetic) lens at an advanced and detailed level.
  • Articulate a personal aesthetic -- what appeals to you, and what you enjoy.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with different media including pencil, ink, chalk, colored pencil, and pastels.

Course at a Glance

  • Welcome and an Introduction: Course Overview
  • Lesson 1: Review of Elements and Principles
  • Lesson 2: Technical Drawing with Pen and Ink
  • Lesson 3: Textures and Dimensions Found in Nature; geometric forms; charcoal and chalk
  • Lesson 4: Pastels and Colored Pencil, Mixed Media
  • Lesson 5: Identification and Portrayal of Plant Characteristics
  • Lesson 6: Final Lesson – Illustration and Portfolio Review

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