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Florilegium: Creating a Plant Compendium - ARTDES 353

2 Credits    

Meets: August 10-19, 2020, but you will enroll for fall term credit*.

Location: U-M Biological Station

Instructor: Cathy Barry

TO ENROLL: Fill out the UMBS Application. This course has seats reserved for non-majors. Students who are not in the Stamps School will need to request an override by scrolling down the list of courses HERE (when updated in March, 2020) to ARTDES 353. In the bottom line, where it says "Request Override," click the ADD link and fill out the form.

Note: Students in this class are also expected to enroll in ARTDES 352, a fall term studio course in Ann Arbor. It uses your notes, sketches and plant pressings from the Biological Station, supplemented with field trips to the U-M Herbarium and other resources, to develop your own florilegium. These two courses are designed to be taken in sequence.

*This course runs August 10-19, 2020, but you will enroll for fall term credit. You are financially responsible for these credits, but you may not have to pay additional tuition if your total credits are within 12-18 hours. Students taking fewer than 12 or more than 18 credit hours will be assessed fees on those credits.
You will live at the Biological Station for the duration of the course. Your room and board is covered by UMBS Transforming Learning scholarships.

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 (August 10-19, 2020) 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 300. 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.