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.


April

This class will take place online with ample opportunity for one on one feedback from the instructor. Registered students will receive login instructions.
This workshop will impart the instructor's method of using dry brush watercolor to replicate more...
204BIL207AO 04/25 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

May

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...
204BIL331A 05/02 Sa 10:30am-2:30pm Sapanara
MDTN

Enjoy painting botanical watercolors in a relaxed atmosphere. 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 more...
204BIL140B 05/04 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
MDTN

Each spring, New York trees blossom in abundance— from simple oaks and maples, to exuberant dogwood,crabapples, and magnolias. Instructor Frank Guida takes you en plein air to draw ethereal drifts of blossoms on the bough, and develop your skill at more...
204BIL226 05/08 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Guida
NYBG

Award-winning botanical artist Mary Dillon visits from Ireland to share the relaxed and slow painting techniques she uses to bring movement, vitality, and depth to her work. She will be your guide as you explore the nuances of layering color more...
204BIL645 05/13 We 10:00am-4:30pm Dillon
NYBG

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...
204BIL302A 05/14 Th 5:30pm-8:30pm James
MDTN

Join us for an introduction to the centuries-oldpainting methods using egg tempera. We will cover mixing pigments, brush-stroke techniques, scumbling, glazing, and how it all can be applied to achieve an ethereal quality in your botanical painting.
204BIL366 05/16 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Di Costanzo
NYBG

Focus on the bold, symmetrical shape of this spring favorite whose beauty has captured ourimagination for centuries. Please bring lunch.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshops dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In more...
204BIL207B 05/17 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Vogel
NYBG

Do you ever wish you could capture the details of a plant long after you've seen it? This intro class teaches you how to make realistic drawings of plants using a variety of techniques. Learn to draw a selection of more...
204BIL145B 05/27 We 10:00am-1:00pm Nemergut
NYBG

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...
204BIL302B 05/30 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Vogel
NYBG
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