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.

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As a developing artist, you need personalized, supportive evaluation to improve your techniques. This is your chance to bring your finished art and work-in-progress for respectful, careful feedback via group discussion and teacher-led demos. We'll pay special attention to your more...
243BIL208O 02/26 Mo 10:00am-3:30pm Sapanara

Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting a Purple Coneflower from the photograph provided. Demonstrations will show you how to lay a smooth wash and how to shade a form to make it look 3D, among more...
243BIL253O 02/26 Mo 11:00am-4:30pm Rossetti

The focus of this course is on color theory and application. Colored pencil line and tone can be applied to look like either drawing or painting, making it a versatile medium for creating botanical artwork. Learn a variety of techniques, more...
243BIL415O 02/27 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Reiner

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.
243BIL145C 02/28 We 11:00am-2:00pm Wry

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Capture the subtle beauty and color of lichen as it contrasts with the rough more...
243BIL387O 02/29 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut


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.
243BIL301EO 03/06 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Vogel

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...
243BIL331BO 03/06 We 10:00am-1:00pm James

Study the warm tones of flowers available in our corner markets, even in the winter's cold. Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting orchid flowers from the photograph provided. Flat wash, layering and other techniques will more...
243BIL225O 03/08 Fr 11:00am-1:45pm Vogel

If you're looking to transition from drawing to watercolor painting or fine tune your watercolor techniques, this class is for you. You will practice basic techniques such as flat washes, glazing, graded washes, and dry brush for fine details. Dilutions more...
243BIL407O 03/14 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Vogel

Black and white stipple technique can produce smooth gradated tones, add texture and value, and suggest color. Learn the skills and procedures to master the method of using sized pens and ink or fine point markers such as Copic multiliners more...
243BIL458O 03/18 Mo 11:00am-2:30pm Jess

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...
243BIL302CO 03/20 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Rawlins

For nearly three centuries Elizabeth Blackwell (1699-c. 1758) has been recognized for etching the 500 full-page images of medicinal plants that are found in A Curious Herbal. Her intriguing story, joined to that of her hapless husband, made her an more...
243BIL802O 03/20 We 5:30pm-6:30pm Stiles Tyson
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