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UMFK to offer "Botanical Illustration" drawing course during the Summer Session

May 7, 2004


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will be offering a unique drawing course on botanical illustration beginning on June 22 through July 8. The class will be taught by Joan H. Lee.

Lee is a freelance artist and writer who has illustrated for DePaul University and the Field Museum of Natural History both in Chicago, and has been published in The Journal of Natural Science Illustration. She has taught similar courses at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

The short course is for adult participants of all levels and will instruct students in the development of observation and drawing techniques and will teach participants how to sketch and paint pictures that are both scientifically accurate and attractive.

As well as studio time on campus and local field trips, the group will spend a day at the New Brunswick Botanical Gardens in St. Jacques, New Brunswick.

"This is a great opportunity for someone to combine a love of nature with their interest in art," said Don Eno, academic outreach director. "The skills covered in this course, such as observation and maintaining a field sketchbook, will be valuable to outdoor enthusiasts as well."

Other topics Lee will cover include selection of medium, communicating scientific information visually, and illustration standards. Students will use pencil sketching and watercolors and prepare work for display or a portfolio.

This program requires the ability to walk on uneven terrain. Transportation is provided for all field trips. Participants must pay their own admission to the Botanical Gardens.

Classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for two weeks. Art supplies may be purchased at the UMFK bookstore. The course fee is $85 per person or $150 per couple.

For more information on the course, call Eno at 834-7835.

To register for the course, call the UMFK registrar's office at 834-7520.