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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Intensive Foundational Certificate

Tillandsia,  Colored Pencil (distance learning option), Milvi Gill

Since 2011 the School of Botanical Illustration has offered an distance learning option, which is a hybrid combining classroom participation (10 classroom hours) with remote online teaching. Typically the results from these sessions have been convincing, however this form of training is high cost and time consuming.   

Entry level watercolor (distance learning option) by Cynthia Zyzda
In 2020 we are searching additional options to better facilitate our out-of state and international audience. We are introducing an intense Block system in which all the 15 required courses for the Foundational Certificate at the SBAI can be completed in three intense two-week BLOCKS onsite. The classroom instruction covers each class in 12 hours spread over two consecutive days within the 2-week block. The last day of each block is dedicated to a Deep-Dive Day providing the students an opportunity to explore the trickier challenges, questions and the next steps in their illustration studies.
Each of the 2-week blocks is followed by online sessions which may include both virtual sessions and email reports. The number of students for each block is limited to six (6)
In order to receive a credit for each session in a block and continua to the next level, the student work is evaluated according to the technical competence, accuracy and overall composition.
To complete the certificate candidates present a final themed portfolio reflecting a comprehensive botanical research of the chosen species. In addition to the intense blocks, the students are encouraged to take part in stand-alone courses to enrich their knowledge of different techniques and ways of working. 

For more information about the BLOCK system, please do not hesitate to write your questions to the school.

Pen and Ink (distance learning option) by Karey Swan

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