Picturing Plants


Spring 2016 quarter

Taught by

botany, ecology, environmental history


Botany: People & Plants (or equivalent introductory plant biology and basic drawing)

In this program, students learn how to use Hitchcock and Cronquist's Flora of the Pacific Northwest, a technical key for identifying unknown plants. In the field and laboratory, they will hone their ability to recognize diagnostic characters of plant families. Students will also learn how to collect, prepare, and curate herbarium specimens. These skills will be applied to a collaborative research project. Through field trips, lectures, and readings, students will learn about Pacific Northwest plant communities, including prairies, oak woodlands, coniferous forests, sagebrush steppe, and wetlands. Students can expect to dedicate a significant amount of time to maintaining a detailed field journal, which will be used to assess their field skills.

Another significant focus of the quarter is botanical illustration. Students will create a portfolio of artwork and participate in the curation of a show. In lectures, readings and critiques, participants will study the cultural history of botanical illustration. In workshops, students can expect to develop skills in pen and ink, scratchboard, and watercolor techniques. Students will practice these skills in the execution of a portfolio of illustrations. They will also learn to digitally reproduce and manipulate their images for publication. A five-day field trip to Sun Lakes State Park is critical to the work of this program. Participation in this and other field trips is required.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

botany, vegetation ecology, and scientific illustration.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: First spring class meeting: Monday, March 29 at 10am (Sem 2 B3105)


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Required Fees

$250 for multi-day field trip and art supplies.

Upper Division Science Credit

Students may earn up to 12 units of upper-division science credit.


Date Revision
February 9th, 2016 This program will accept enrollment with signature.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 32


Signature Required

Students must demonstrate how they have met the prerequisites. Please email (bowcuttf@evergreen.edu) by March 3 with scans of sample drawings attached or bring original artwork to the Academic Fair.

Course Reference Number

Jr - Sr (16 credits): 30112

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