Botanical Art & Illustration Certificate Electives

Students seeking a Certificate may focus their electives on watercolor, colored pencil, drawing—or they may choose a natural science concentration. Elective courses build on foundation skills and allow the student to tailor their direction of study. Students who are pursuing a Certificate must complete at least 54 elective course hours.

Elective course offerings vary with every catalog season. Browse this page to discover what's currently scheduled.


Learn to identify and draw the key characteristics associated with coniferous plants. From needles and bark to seeds and cones, come away with athorough grounding in the best ways to illustrate the morphological attributes of this beautiful group of plants. more...
243BIL404O 01/08 Mo 6:00pm-8:30pm Fasano

The architecture of tiny flowers and fruits is fascinating and rendering them accurately requires enlargement. Learn best practices for viewing and measuring samples. Explore different techniques to scale them up as you paint the enlarged drawings in watercolor. Botanical specimens more...
243BIL349O 01/17 We 10:00am-12:00pm Fashek


With work in over 25 museum and university collections in addition to four solo shows in New York City, David Morrison is lauded for his hyper-realistic drawings, rich in tonal detail. In this special in-person workshop, Morrison will show you more...
243BIL482 02/23 Fr 10:30am-4:30pm Morrison

Note the "Location" below which indicates if a particular class meets online or in person. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails will contain specific logistics.
Capture the subtle beauty and color of lichen as it contrasts with the rough more...
243BIL387O 02/29 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut


If you're looking to transition from drawing to watercolor painting or fine tune your watercolor techniques, this class is for you. You will practice basic techniques such as flat washes, glazing, graded washes, and dry brush for fine details. Dilutions more...
243BIL407O 03/14 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Vogel