Botanical Art & Illustration Classes

Are you a plant person, an art person, or both? Contemporary botanical art combines these interests to capture the beauty of the natural world. NYBG offered North America’s first formal botanical art certificate program, and has remained a leader in the discipline for three decades. A well-rounded array of courses in the classroom and Garden can be enjoyed singly, just for fun, or lead to a Certificate.

Click here for an overview of the Certificate Program.


October

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 and unique details of a different botanical subject. Photo reference materials will be provided more...
202BIL233 10/19 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Rossetti
MDTN

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...
202BIL203 10/20 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Vogel
NYBG

November

Working with seasonal specimens such as holly, winterberry, and Chinese lantern, explore creative compositional devices of line, balance, and harmony. Develop skills in painting glowing neutrals, shiny leaves, and deep greens and reds. We'll provide plant material, though we welcome more...
202BIL327 11/02 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Miranda
MDTN

Internationally renowned botanical artist Asuka Hishiki returns to the Garden to show you how to build texture quickly by combining watercolor and colored pencil. Less time consuming than her signature dry brush technique, this method highlights textures and patterns to more...
202BIL489 11/02 Sa 10:00am-4:00pm Hishiki
NYBG

Explore the craggy textures and desolate beauty of winter seed pods.

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 and unique details more...
202BIL223 11/03 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Di Costanzo
NYBG

Enjoy painting botanical watercolors in a relaxed atmosphere. This class is designed for both inexperienced students and those who wish to improve their skills. Sign up for one section, or several! Lectures and demonstrations are enhanced by individual instruction. Work more...
202BIL140A 11/04 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
MDTN

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...
202BIL302A 11/08 Fr 10:00am-1:40pm James
NYBG

Enjoy painting botanical watercolors in a relaxed atmosphere. This class is designed for both inexperienced students and those who wish to improve their skills. Sign up for one section, or several! Lectures and demonstrations are enhanced by individual instruction. Work more...
202BIL140B 11/10 Su 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
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...
202BIL302B 11/12 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
MDTN

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 and unique details of a different botanical subject. Photo reference materials will be provided more...
202BIL259 11/16 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Vogel
NYBG
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