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Florilegium: Creating a Plant Compendium - ARTDES 353

IMPORTANT: This class (ARTDES 353) begins at the Biological Station during a short May 27-June 6 field residency. It continues on campus in Ann Arbor in the fall semester (ARTDES 352). Students who enroll for 353 must also enroll for 352. Students may also enroll only for ARTDES 352 for the fall semester.

  • This class is only open to University of Michigan Ann Arbor students
  • Tuition for ARTDES 353 is assessed and credits are awarded in the fall semester
  • Room and board at the Biological Station is automatically covered by UMBS scholarships for the duration of the extension class

2 Credits    

Dates: May 27 - June 6, 2023

Prerequisites: ARTDES 352 or permission of instructor

Requirements: with ARTDES 352, satisfies PitE Practical Experience requirement.

Meets: Monday-Saturday

Instructors: Cathy Barry; Susan Fawcett

TO ENROLL: Fill out the UMBS Application.


Course Description

You are invited to create a florilegium (from Latin: to gather), a collection of drawings and paintings of plants and flowers found near the U-M Biological Station. The final format will be a book of original work from field observations, study and studio work.

As part of this 2-credit extension, you will spend ten days at the University of Michigan Biological Station before classes begin in Ann Arbor. Both in the field and in the classroom, you will identify, draw and paint plants, as well as take notes on their biology.

You will receive drawing and painting instruction from the class instructor, Cathy Barry, and a thorough introduction to plant structures, habitats, reproduction and taxonomy from botanist Susan Fawcett.

This section is not required for students taking the falls studio class, ARTDES 352. However, if you enroll in this field section, you must also enroll in the fall studio class.


Collecting and learning about the plants of northern Michigan is as central to this class as representing them on paper.