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Florilegium: Creating a Plant Compendium - ARTDES 353

2 Credits    

Dates: August 6-18, 2022    

Prerequisites: None

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

Instructors: Cathy Barry; Susan Fawcett

TO ENROLL: Fill out the UMBS Application. Students who are not in the Stamps School will need to request an override by scrolling down to the bottom of this page, and fill out the linked form.


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.