Fancy Field Guides: Botanical Studies, Calligraphy and More

Winter 2014
1:00 – 2:00
ages 10+

This study group combines learning how to draw botanicals (trees, flowers, herbs, plants) with a little bit of everything: the history of field guides, the specifics of detailed botanical drawings, a little Latin and of course calligraphy.

We’ll explore watercolor painting, black and white drawing, concepts of shading, using color to showcase details and other art techniques. Lessons on specific historical styles of calligraphy will be included in this study group, as well as biographical information about field guide pioneers.

At the end of the 8-week session, each participant will have designed and created their own version of a historically-styled field guide, with calligraphic labeling, Latin names and useful descriptions. One kid’s focus may be on garden flowers, another on medicinal herbs or maybe even poisonous rainforest plants. There’s plenty of room for individualization and creativity!

Designed for children ages 10 and up and/or who can:

  • listen quietly and discuss the information presented
  • follow directions
  • work independently
  • use the necessary focus and patience to explore detailed artwork and calligraphy
  • work in a pair or a small group
  • understand and make connections based on the scientific, historical and artistic concepts

Materials fee = approximately $10 per child to be paid directly to the instructor on the first day of the session