Jean Masseau

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.

Associations and Affiliations

College of the Atlantic Summer Institute for Teachers, Bar Harbor, ME

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

University of Vermont OLLI Adult Education

Shelburne Craft School, Shelburne, VT

Jeane Carlson Masseau

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Scientific Illustration, Drawing and Painting in the Sciences, Art Education


  • B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 1975
  • Teaching Certificate Grades K – 12, University of Vermont 1976


Office Hours:

By appointment

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Courses Taught

Drawing and Painting Botanicals, PSS 095