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Natural Science Illustration Studio

Learn how to capture the beauty of nature. This course teaches you the basics of scientific observation and artistic depiction of natural subjects. You’ll get an introduction to using graphite, ink and watercolor to depict plants and insects in a scientifically accurate way. The class will be organized into three modules, each focused on a medium, where you’ll participate in demos and activities designed to hone your grasp of the technique. Equipped with your new skills, you’ll finish with a final project to depict growth stages, plant/animal/pollinator relationships or impacts on a natural subject from our changing ecosystem.

Who It’s For

This course is for ninth to 12th graders.


Kelsey Nollette is a graphic designer and art director in a digital marketing firm, and a graduate of the UW Certificate in Natural Science Illustration. Her portfolio includes botanical painting and drawing and is influenced by her design background as well as her love for edible and medicinal subjects.

More Information

This remote course uses the Canvas learning management system and Zoom video conferencing. Classes meet in real time and are not recorded. The instructor uses a blend of whole group discussion, small group/partner work and individual work time.

To participate, you’ll need access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection and a headset and webcam. You'll also need to purchase some art supplies; a supply list will be sent shortly before the class starts.

See the Policies section for details about registration policies and more.


Mar 23–May 27, 2021

Tue, Thu
6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Refund Deadline
Mar 2 (100%)