Sketching and Plant Identification

Held at locations in and around the Southern California area, this course is an introduction to scientific sketching and plant identification. Students are introduced to plant taxonomy and terminology. The instructor establishes a plant pallet to be studied for each location. Above all, students develop a keen sense of awareness and observation.


David Squires

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Sketching and Plant Identification

Student: Eric de la Hoya

A Brief review of my work and Reflection on David Squires Sketching class

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Sketch Compilation

Student: Grace Pan

David embarked us on a journey of creating meaningful/communicative sketches, learning about plant form + composition, and opening our eyes to what landscape architecture is truly like in the field.

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Student: Calvin Mingione

A collection of field sketches completed while on site at the Getty Center, Devil Mountain Nursery, and a Los Angeles area residential project.

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Student: Amy Norman

Sketches from Sketching and Plant Identification class

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Sketching & Plant ID

Student: Marilena Lewandowski

Sketching with David and the team – ‘seeing’ negative space and trying to use it in sketching plants.

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