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Florilegium: A Plant Compendium

ARTDES 352 .1


Credit Hours: 3
Course Fee: 125
Instructor(s): Barry, Cathy
Schedule: Fri 11:00a-1:15p
Modality: In-person


Fall 2021

This course is an inves­ti­ga­tion of a place and its plants through draw­ing and paint­ing and iden­ti­fy­ing by name. The inte­gra­tion of sci­ence, art, nat­ural his­tory, nature and design are key to the course. The endeavor is to encour­age the dis­cov­ery of plants as a sub­ject of art and design and to express one’s inter­est in the plant world. Draw­ing inspi­ra­tion from the ways artists engage with the shapes, life sys­tems, and cul­tural mean­ings of plant life, and incor­po­rat­ing hands-on field­work, library research, and stu­dio activ­ity, stu­dents in Flo­ri­legium: Cre­at­ing a Plant Com­pendium cre­ate a hand­made book of draw­ings and paint­ings inspired by a semes­ter-long inves­ti­ga­tion into wide-rang­ing top­ics relat­ing to plants, art, design, and nature. My idea for the class stems from my encounter with The Banks’ Flo­ri­legium, an eigh­teenth-cen­tury book of plant illus­tra­tions cre­ated by Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solande while they trav­eled with Cap­tain Cook on his world­wide voy­age. Tak­ing The Banks’ Flo­ri­legium as a model, stu­dents pur­sue their own sci­en­tific and artis­tic explo­ration of plants to cre­ate a com­pendium of art­works that details each student’s area of research. The idea of a flo­ri­legium” may be expressed in many ways. Each per­son will develop their own ideas along the way about a theme for their final book. This course, by design, is front loaded and begins as a wide fun­nel”. Don’t be in a rush- The process is what it is about! The final for­mat of the work for this class will be an accor­dion book made with orig­i­nal drawings/​paintings from field obser­va­tion, pho­tographs, study and stu­dio work. FRE­QUENCY OF OFFER­ING: This course is typ­i­cally offered in the fall term of every aca­d­e­mic year, though sched­ul­ing may vary accord­ing to future term circumstances.
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