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BG1600: Special Topics in Botanical Art: Drawing the Tropics

This course offers a rotating series of topics in Botanical Art and Illustration in response to current exhibitions at the United States Botanic Garden.


Spend a week in the tropics! Inspired by the United States Botanic Garden’s permanent collection, this art workshop will concentrate on a variety of tropical plants that can be found throughout the world. Palms, hibiscus and pineapples are some of the many beautiful specimens that provide inspiration for this course. Working with watercolor and colored pencil techniques, students will have the opportunity to illustrate tropical plants from the both the planted gardens of the Conservatory and specimens provided from the collection at the Production Facility. During the last two sessions the instructor will guide students in matting and framing their artwork. A select number of student artwork will then be hung in the Classroom gallery of the USBG for the remainder of the summer and into the fall.

Students who wish to be considered for the exhibition must register for the class for credit through the Corcoran College of Art and Design ( Those who are not interested in the exhibition, but would still enjoy the course, are encouraged to sign up through the USBG. Please note: A materials list can be found with the online listing. Please bring a lunch.

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