Drawing Botanicals like Linnaeus (2nd Ed)


Learn about Carl Linnaeus, the “Father of Taxonomy,” and how to use Negative Space to improve your drawing.


This lesson plan is designed to teach students about Carl Linnaeus, the “Father of Taxonomy,” while they learn how to use Negative Space to improve their drawing.

This 20-page lesson plan includes the following:

  • A condensed background on the artist
  • An explanation of the Element of Art, “Space” and how noticing Negative Space helps us draw more accurately.
  • “The 7 Elements of Art” poster
  • 9 Printable Botanical Illustrations (including 2 of Linnaeus’ botanicals, 7 other botanicals, and a painting of Linnaeus’),
  • A pair of carefully crafted sentences about Linnaeus (ideal for memorization),
  • Vocabulary words and definitions
  • Simple art project instructions
  • Materials list
  • Two simplified line drawings of a botanical (ideal for younger kids to trace)
  • Options for scaling the art project up or down depending on the experience level of your art students
  • Encore suggestions- These are ideas tutors and teachers can offer students for how they can repeat the lesson at home with a fun twist. If you have several hours to complete this art project, you may want to try one of these suggestions in class.

For more info and some extra photos, check out the blog post Drawing Botanicals like Linnaeus. 

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Single User (and up to 10 students), 2-4 Users (and up to 40 students), 5-10 Users (and up to 100 students)


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