Field sketching encourages close observation which is essential in plant identification. If you can’t dig up a specimen, a practice usually not advised, and on public land, prohibited without explicit written permission, a field sketch records details for later identification. By sketching parts and growth form and making notes we can reconstruct a plant. Photography often misses key points.
Using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide to help us understand relevant key features, we will practice ways to draw them. (Bring your copy of the guide if you have it). We will explore the native and non-native plants in the URI gardens or the pharmacy garden. Come prepared to enjoy studying plants in situ and making a record of them.
In the field one contends with different conditions so bring:
• sunscreen, hat, insect repellent and water
• a small stool or chair or kneeling pad; remember plants often grow low down!
Other materials to bring:
• a sketch book with a hard back
• a pencil and eraser or waterproof pen e.g. Micron .005 or .01a magnifying glass if you have one.
• If you’d like to work in color, bring some color medium such as:
– colored pencils, a small paint box or paint in a sectioned pill box
-a paint or water color brush, water, a paper towel for watercolor.
Frances Topping holds a Certificate of Natural Science Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and a degree in Geography, Botany and Zoology as well as in Graphic Design with Illustration and Photography. Among other places, her drawings are featured on RIWPS native plant sale posters.
Enjoy Frances’ recent article Nature Sketching and Journaling: A Way of Experiencing Nature in WildFloraRI.
This program is limited to 12.
Fee: $15.00 for RIWPS members, $30.00 for non RIWPS Members.
Preregistration is required. See form below
(Note: If the case of rain, we will explore the plants in the URI Greenhouse!)
Location: URI, Kingston, RI. We’ll meet at the pergola outside the Cooperative Extension Mallon Center.
(Park behind the Fine Arts Center or where ever you can find a spot. You don’t need a parking pass on the weekends. We’ll meet at the pergola outside the Cooperative Extension Mallon Center first.) Link to URI Campus Map