Natural Science Illustration Certificate Program
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Natural Science Illustration Certificate Program

The Yale Peabody Museum's Natural Science Illustration Program offers a Certificate in Natural Science Illustration.  Students pursuing a certificate will study botanical and zoological art in a variety of media including graphite, pen and ink, watercolor, mixed media, oil, colored pencil, and digital graphics. Requirements for the certificate include core and elective courses and a final class project for each course taken.  This project will demonstrate artistic proficiency in the concepts and techniques taught in the course.


The portfolio certificate will reflect the quality of instruction provided by experienced professional artists and the Peabody Museum's endorsement of the student's certificate portfolio.  Certificates will be awarded annually with recipients recognized at a public exhibition of their work.


Core courses include:

  • Drawing I & II
  • Pen & Ink I
  • Composition & Design
  • Colored Pencil I
  • Watercolor I
  • Business Practices for Natural Science Illustrators
  • Digital Techniques for the Artist
  • Plant Morphology
  • Illustrating Vertebrates
  • Portfolio Development


 Selected examples of elective courses include:

  • Field Sketching
  • Botanical Illustration
  • Oil Painting
  • Insects Writ Large in Graphite
  • Painting Birds
  • Advanced Digital Graphics
  • Watercolor II
  • Painting Gems & Minerals
  • Painting with a Digital Tablet


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