Syllabus for Botanical Illustration I Basic Drawing

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My Philosophy as an Instructor, This is an on line course that you are likely taking for your own personal enrichment and proficiency As. such I hope that you are intrinsically motivated to complete readings and all assignments including. optional assignments to devote considerable time to drawing and to communicate with your colleagues. freely and often in an effort to get the most from this course I will assign readings and I will assume you. read them I will not test you on content because I do not believe that should be your motivation You. will get from the course what you put into it, Our communication will be positive and will focus on course content Rude or offensive language and. overly critical commentary will not be tolerated It is a course taken for enrichment and the way we. communicate with one another will be constructive, Please be open with your feedback and feel free to contact us with any questions Open dialogue is. encouraged,Expectations, We ask that you begin without demanding expectations of your artistic abilities for each lesson or upon. completion of the course Keep an open mind and please remember that it can take a lifetime of drawing. every day to develop the kind of skill that you see in the text Learning to observe and draw is like. learning to play the piano you would never expect yourself to be playing symphonies at the end of your. first lesson and yet often it seems the people have this expectation with art techniques. Please take the time to enjoy yourself and get lost in the process particularly since it offers the additional. benefits of providing an experience that gives you a break from the rush and stress of daily life. The text we have chosen will provide you with a reference for the terms and techniques introduced. while providing you with supplemental exercises that will help you to sharpen your skills on your own. You can locate this text on line very affordably, Your illustrations will not likely be as well developed as the course text author s and it would be unwise.
to have that expectation from the course onset Use the exercises for inspiration. Location and setting, It is important that you choose a comfortable quiet place to practice drawing and complete your. assignments All of the numerous everyday distractions can disrupt creative flow limit your focus and. hinder a careful understanding of the plant material you will choose as your subject So shut off the cell. phone and enjoy the break in the action, We recommend that you set up your art supplies in a place where they can be readily accessed rather. than have to bring them out each time you use them This will encourage you to practice more If you. don t have a place where you can leave your supplies uninterrupted keep them close at hand in a box. underneath your desk or table to eliminate the chore of searching for supplies when you feel inspired. Working from life, You will need to have some access to plant materials for drawing houseplants gardens stems from the. grocery store or florist produce collected leaves or twigs etc They need not be expensive and can be. very simple but it is critical that you work from life There will be times when working with a photograph. or other image is tempting appropriate or perhaps necessary For the requirements of this course. however unless we ask you to use an image or a photograph please work from the real thing. Our lessons are set up so that you will work through one lesson each week completing assignments for. that week There will be some combination of warm ups exercises and optional assignments or. additional challenges for each lesson Often you will be scanning your work and sending it to the. instructor Some weeks may contain more lessons than others. Modifying lessons, You may find some of the lessons to be very straightforward in their approach Although you need to. submit the basic requirements each week you certainly may embellish and add to them if you wish. Reflective journals, Your reflective journals will allow you to develop new observational skills as well as a dialogue with the.
course instructor and your peers Reflection is something that you can do at home at work or during a. stroll through the garden It is a very important part of developing the creative and observational. components of your brain something we expect to improve not just your drawing ability but your full. range of activities around creativity and the plant world It will encourage you to make connections. between the course and your life experience in addition to reflecting on course content. Reflective writing can include focus on, Issues concepts of observing and illustrating as you perceive them personal opinion and. experience or statements of belief I believe that this week s effort was especially well done. How your thinking opinions and beliefs about art are changing may change through experience. as well as what factors are influencing those changes. What have you come to understand about art and how did you come to know it. Problems areas of ambiguity and how you resolve problem s. Observations about artists art works art techniques gardeners gardens landscapes etc what. you admire what you dislike, Something you are learning discovering uncovering and how you are learning it as an on going. process what factors contributed to your successful learning Unsuccessful learning. Reflective not just descriptive,Reflective not just descriptive. Submitted once each week in a timely manner a page in length at the least with a developed idea. if we need to continually remind you to send your journals it will impact your grade. Evidence of thoughtful weighing of course concepts their meanings. What have you learned from this experience,Required Readings. Beautiful Botanicals Painting and Drawing Flowers and Plants by Bente Starcke King North Light Books. Cincinnati Ohio Chapter pdfs are embedded into the site so there is no need to purchase the book it is. out of print and may be increasingly difficult to access. Optional Reading, A list of optional books to be used with this course can be found in the Additional Resources topic at the.
end of the course To access the list simply click the Materials for Further Exploration resource. These books can be found in your local bookstore or library If you have trouble finding them try online. book vendors, Graphite pencils These drawing pencils can be purchased at any craft store or local art supplier I. suggest purchasing wood encased graphite pencils that require sharpening rather than buying. mechanical pencils that can carry leads of different hardness for reasons that will be clarified when we. learn line and shading techniques, Hardness Drawing pencils come in several degrees of hardness which will. produce lines of varying darkness The softest pencil is the 6B which will. produce the darkest line the hardest is 6H providing a finer sharper line. Between these is a continuum of hardness from the hardest to the softest. i I II I I f I I I I j,6H 5H 4H 3H 2H HB 2B 3B 4B 5B 6B Hi idi. You can buy a set of pencils which will contain all or a selection of these or you can llil lH 1. purchase them individually If purchasing individually make sure to span the. hardness range with your selections Another excellent drawing pencil is the Sanford. Ebony Jet Black pencil 14420, Erasers You will need two of these A Kneaded eraser is made of. pliable gum rubber when kneaded it will resemble a large chewed. piece of gum This can be pulled to a point to reach inside small. spaces for erasure A Plastic eraser or White Vinyl eraser is. somewhat flexible and excellent for cleanly erasing larger parts of a. Sharpener A good sharpener produces a long sharp tip You may consider. sharpening your pencils with a craft knife since it will allow the pencil to last. Drawing Paper Drawing paper is available in different weights and sizes For the different range of. mediums pencil ink pastels and charcoal you should purchase the appropriate paper for the type of art. medium You will want to try different papers to experiment to find out which you prefer and should. start out with inexpensive papers The paper is available in sheet form or in blocks. Set of Black Pens Purchasing a good set of black pens with a wide range of sizes is important for this. course Micron or Prismacolor pens are great for illustrating because of. the lasting quality of Pigma ink These pens are acid free and archival. Unlike dye based ink found in most pens and markers Pigma ink will not. feather or bleed even through the thinnest paper Pigma ink is derived. from a single pigment to ensure color consistency and is fadeproof. against sunlight or UV light Pigma inks will not clog or dry out like most. mechanical pens, Speedball Crow Quill Dip Pen with Nibs and Ink This is the more traditional option for ink instead of.
micron type pens Please select your pens of choice. Completely optional, Inexpensive Hot press Watercolor Paper or Watercolor pad or block This is not necessary if cost is an. issue Watercolor paper however will hold the moisture of ink without buckling and can also support ink. wash techniques with much greater ease than can sketch paper It can be purchased in loose sheets or on. a pad or book at your art supply store Hot press paper will be suitable for pen use otherwise the. paper may be too rough to work with, Viewfinder The easiest way to create one of these is by cutting a rectangular hole in an index card It is. best to preserve the proportions of your sketchbook when creating the hole which can be about 1 x 1. 1 4 or 2 x 2 1 2 A small pre cut mat may also suffice You ll be using this to narrow your view and. experience how a part of the scene stands alone before drawing it as shown below. Final Drawing, Please include a description with your piece that discusses your approach no more than one page what. you have attempted to do why you chose the topic what it demonstrates what you learned any. challenges encountered and how you overcame them, Open dialogue with the instructor about the final project is encouraged as your ideas materialize It is. important that you discuss ideas with other students in the Final Project Forum found in Unit 6 It is. often helpful to know that everyone may struggle with a project of this nature the thoughts of your. instructor and peers may help to narrow your focus or clarify your goals. Sample project ideas include but are certainly not limited to a pencil pen and ink or charcoal. rendering of,a detailed plant or portion of a plant.
an element of a landscape,a still life you have created. Less may be more A small well rendered piece is preferable to biting off more than you can chew. Criteria for review, Reflects a culmination of all the previous weeks assignments. Use of plant material in the final project, The description as outlined above is included when submitting the drawing. Submitted by the date required,Originality and creativity. The final drawing can be submitted under the assignment Final Drawing which can be found in Unit 6. of the Course Please have your piece or pieces submitted by the final date of the course. The final project will be piece of original work that is not due for submission until the end of the course. It will reflect your evolving experience and all that you have learned during these six weeks It doesn t. need to be complex to pull together all of the elements In fact a simply executed composition may be. more manageable and more beautiful than attempting too much. All work will be evaluated and assigned exemplary developing or emerging as a grade for the effort You. must receive a grade of developing or exemplary for all required assignments to receive a certificate of. completion,Course Timetable at a Glance, All assignments are due at the end of each week unless otherwise indicated.
Course introduction period June 2 June 4, Become familiar with Moodle read through entire set of resources readings in the introduction. Introduce yourself, Read through the entire course to see whether you have questions. Understand final drawing requirements,Practice uploading and sending a file. Week by week,Lesson 1 Observation of Art in Nature. Lesson 2 The Use of Line in Drawing,Lesson 3 The Use of Shape and Space in Drawing.
Lesson 4 Depicting Perspective and Foreshortening in Illustration. Lesson 5 Using Light to Add Dimension to Botanical Illustrations. Lesson 6 Composition and a Creative Approach to Drawing. Perceive botanical art in the world around you Articulate a personal aesthetic what appeals to you and what you enjoy Gain some proficiency in basic methods of botanical illustration using media such as graphite and pen amp ink Course Philosophy This course is designed to encourage your discovery of plants as the subject of art and to express your interest in the plant world

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