Botanical Art & Illustration Classes

Contemporary botanical art captures the beauty of the natural world with precision, and our extraordinary instructors share their expertise in this nurturing yet rigorous program. NYBG offered North America's first formal botanical art certificate program, and remains a leader in the discipline after more than three decades. This program offers a well-rounded array of courses that can be enjoyed singly, just for fun, or lead to a Certificate.

Click here for an overview of the Certificate Program.


October

Plein-Air artist Frank Guida covers basic design principles, including focal point, contrast, perspective, line, and gesture, as well as how to choose a subject that translates well on the page. Then, you will go out on grounds to practice what more...
232CRF198 10/06 Th 10:00am-2:00pm Guida
NYBG

Accurate observation translates into sensitive, realistic drawings and is an essential skill for botanical artists. Using basic shapes, fruit, and leaves, learn contour drawing with an emphasis on proportion, and explore techniques such as foreshortening, perspective, and line weight.
232BIL301AO 10/11 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Grossman
ONLINE

Bring the texture and subtle colors of spruce cones to life against its sharply pointed needles. This workshop will impart the instructor's method of using dry brush watercolor to replicate the colors, form, and texture of spruce cones. Please note more...
231BIL284O 10/15 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting the earthy tones of fungi. A photograph will be provided for reference. Flat wash, layering, and dry brush techniques will be covered. This online course will offer live demonstrations, more...
232BIL187O 10/16 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

Pen and ink, among the most versatile and useful media, can be used to create high quality, easily reproducible drawings. Learn how to produce different strokes and how to create tone by using stipple, line, and crosshatch techniques.
232BIL400AO 10/17 Mo 11:00am-2:00pm Morley
ONLINE

This comprehensive class covers the basic techniques of botanical watercolor. Learn how to use your brushes to make smooth, underlying washes, as well as to create fine detail. Color theory will teach you how paints interact, and how to select more...
232BIL331AO 10/19 We 11:00am-2:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

Accurate observation translates into sensitive, realistic drawings and is an essential skill for botanical artists. Using basic shapes, fruit, and leaves, learn contour drawing with an emphasis on proportion, and explore techniques such as foreshortening, perspective, and line weight.
232BIL301B 10/26 We 10:00am-1:00pm Wry
NYBG

You loved her recent New Yorker covers! Award-winning artist and seasoned educator Jenny Kroik is known for the loosely rendered, evocative scenes she describes as "very responsive—like a journal." Using cut flowers as your subject, you will learn the basics more...
232CRF277A 10/26 We 10:00am-12:00pm Kroik
NYBG

Forethought and an understanding of basic composition principles are the foundation of any balanced work of art. Through group critiques, discussions and a variety of exercises, we'll experiment with a wide range of principles, including focal point, the rule of more...
232BIL421AO 10/28 Fr 10:00am-3:00pm Rogers-Knox
ONLINE

This intro class teaches you basic botanical illustration techniques to help you make realistic drawings of branches, stems, leaves, and flowers using graphite and colored pencil.
232BIL145AO 10/29 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Fashek
ONLINE

We will focus on using Instagram to showcase and promote your work. You'll define your goals for using social media as a marketing tool, and create a strategy to achieve those goals, as well as discover tips for attracting and more...
232BIL394AO 10/29 Sa 10:00am-12:30pm Jamison
ONLINE

November

This class is designed for both inexperienced students and those who wish to improve their skills. Lectures and demonstrations are enhanced by individual instruction. Work at your own pace on a variety of pieces.
232BIL140AO 11/01 Tu 6:00pm-8:50pm Vogel
ONLINE

Practice techniques learned in Botanical Watercolor I using live subjects such as leaves, stems, and fruit. Emphasis is on realistic portrayal of botanical subjects and traditional methods of dry brush watercolor painting, with attention to detail and color accuracy. more...
232BIL332AO 11/02 We 10:00am-1:00pm James
ONLINE

Building on Botanical Drawing I skills, learn to tone fruit, vegetables, leaves, and branches. Focus on concepts of light source, value, and shading to create form. Learn to translate color into black and white, and create the illusion of depth more...
232BIL302AO 11/03 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
ONLINE

Focus on the most brilliant and seasonal foliage—maple, ginkgo, sassafras, or even something unexpected.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshops dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture the beautiful colors more...
232BIL203O 11/06 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

You loved her recent New Yorker covers! Award-winning artist and seasoned educator Jenny Kroik is known for the loosely rendered, evocative scenes she describes as "very responsive—like a journal." Using cut flowers as your subject, you will learn the basics more...
232CRF277B 11/09 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Kroik
MDTN

Apply your understanding of contours, perspective, and tone to drawing three distinct types of flowers. The object is to accurately draw a fully toned flowering plant. Explore compositional possibilities, textures, and details.
232BIL303AO 11/10 Th 11:00am-2:00pm Jess
ONLINE

Bring the subtle color and texture of a fig to life on paper using specific watercolor techniques. This workshop will impart the instructor's method of using dry brush watercolor to replicate the colors, form, and texture of this subject. Please more...
232BIL124O 11/19 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE
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