University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Jane K. Neroni, M.A.


Jane K. Neroni, Adjunct Lecturer

  • Certificate, Natural Science Illustration, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Spring 1985
  • M.A. Art Education, City University of New York,NY, 1970
  • B.A. History, University of Michigan,1962
  • C.V.
Scientific Illustration, Drawing and Painting in the Sciences, Art Education

Throughout history artists have produced botanical drawings and paintings that appeal not only for their beauty, but also for the scientific information they convey. This course focuses on the skills required to produce botanically accurate and aesthetically pleasing visual representations of a wide range of botanical subjects. Students are taught to observe carefully and master the skills necessary to draw and paint a wide variety of live plants being studied, both in the studio and in the greenhouse. Line, shading, color and composition are explored in depth while students are introduced to media that include graphite, pen and ink, colored pencils and watercolor.  Students leave the course with enhanced drawing and observational skills, a firm foundation in color theory (and the understanding of how to apply it in watercolor and colored pencils), a field sketchbook, knowledge of basic plant morphology and a final project that is a culmination of all of the above.  .

Contact Information
Office Hours: by appointment

Website: Faculty website


Courses: I teach PSS 095 - 096: Drawing and Painting Botanicals and ARTS 095: Drawing and Painting Botanicals.

Workshops and short courses
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence, RI, “Drawing Botanicals”
Massachusetts Audubon Society, Visual Arts Center, Canton, MA, “Drawing from nature”
Bermuda Biological Research Station, St. George, Bermuda, “Natural Science Illustration”
Blithewold Gardens, Bristol, RI, “Botanical Illustration”