As of Monday, March 23, all classes will be taught remotely through the end of the semester. Read the full update. Summer 2020 online classes are now available for registration. We will be adding more regularly, so keep checking for updates. It is our hope to have the entire Summer 2020 class schedule available for registration in early to mid April.

Professor Diane Bigda

Illustrating the Natural World


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Tower 603

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Using plant life as the basis for experimentation and documentation, this class gives students an opportunity to explore various drawing techniques and media based on the natural world.

We will draw, paint, use mixed-media and printmaking to create informed mark-making, solidify sketching and journaling skills, and give form to your observations. Subject matter will include plants, animals and objects.

Field trips are planned to visit extraordinary and diverse environments—to explore place, subject matter, and art-making techniques. Places to visit: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Japanese garden at the Museum of Fine ArtsHarvard Museum of Natural History, classroom at Massachusetts College of Art.

No class October 12

This class has ended.

Diane Bigda is an illustrator and artist with a surface design, nature drawing and printmaking focus. Her client list includes publishers such as Chronicle Books, Random House, Simon and Schuster, McGraw-Hill, and Bantam Dell, and magazines including The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Gourmet. Diane has also worked with design and advertising agencies such as Arnold Worldwide, … Read more