Botanical Art Certificate Program

Engage your senses, discover hidden talents, and explore a more personal relationship with plants and the environment in this studio art program. Courses in drawing, painting, and color theory will help you develop your technical skills and further your understanding of art and the creative process.

Who should participate? People wanting to nurture their creativity, improve their artistic skill, and experience plants, nature, and our shared environment in new ways. No prior art experience is needed.

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Program Requirements

The certificate program consists of seven core courses, designated required courses within each track below; your choice of 60 instructional hours of elective courses; and a portfolio review. You may select any combination of elective courses, tailoring the program to your personal learning objectives and interests. ART electives are designated as such in the course description. The Botanical Arts program has two tracks of concentration, the Traditional Botanical Arts Certificate and the Expressive Botanical Arts Certificate.

The Traditional track provides training for a student wishing to improve their work in a technically detailed manner. This program of study incorporates traditional methods and materials that will enhance the skills of an artist accurately portraying artistic and scientific images.

The Expressive track allows a student to explore art outside of the traditional media and techniques. After satisfying core courses, students in the Expressive track will complete their coursework by a combination of their choosing in oil, pastel or expressive watercolor to expand their artistic palette.

To earn a certificate, a grade of "S" sufficient and at least one portfolio-quality finished piece is required to pass each course. If you are not interested in the certificate, you do not need to concern yourself with grades.

All requirements for the certificate must be completed within five years of the start date of your first course in the program. The final juried comprehensive portfolio review required for the certificate will include one piece from each course. There is no separate enrollment for the program.

Portfolio Review

After completing all required Botanical Arts Certificate Program coursework, certificate students will prepare and present a portfolio of finished botanical artwork for the review committee. To confirm completion of your coursework, please contact the Adult Education Department at Click here to show mail address.

Please reference the Portfolio Review Requirements for more information.


ART Required Core Courses Prerequisites
Botanical Drawing 1* None
Botanical Drawing 2 Botanical Drawing 1
Botany for Botanical Artists* None
Composition Botanical Drawing 1
Color Mixing* None
Watercolor 1 Botanical Drawing 1, Color Mixing
Outdoor Sketching* None
Portfolio Review** Approval of Program Manager, 60 hours of ART elective credit
ART Traditional Track Requirements
(all are required)
Pen and Ink 1 Botanical Drawing 1
Pen and Ink 2 Pen and Ink 1
English Watercolor Techniques Botanical Drawing 1, Color Mixing, and Watercolor 1
ART Expressive Track Requirements
(choice of three classes below)
Expressive Watercolor Watercolor 1
Pastels: Landscapes and Flowers Botanical Drawing 1
Pastels 2 Pastels 1
The Landscape in Pastel None
Introduction to Oil Painting Botanical Drawing 1
Oil Painting 2 Oil Painting 1
ART Elective Courses Prerequisites
Colored Pencil Drawing Course None
Color Pencil on Film None
Close Focus Pastel None
Open Studio, Spring Session None
Open Studio, Fall Session Session None