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.


August

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. Plant materials will be provided by more...
201BIL220 08/25 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Di Costanzo
NYBG

September

The intricate beauty of a bird's nest really shines when drawn in silverpoint, especially as the silver develops a soft patina over time. Using a silver wire held in a stylus, master an organic approach to drawing a complex subject. more...
201BIL351 09/11 We 10:00am-2:30pm Nemergut
NYBG

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.
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing II.

201BIL303C 09/12 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm James
MDTN

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.
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201BIL301C 09/13 Fr 10:00am-1:35pm Miranda
NYBG

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...
201BIL415B 09/14 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Vogel
NYBG

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. Plant materials will be provided by more...
201BIL221 09/15 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Wry
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...
201BIL140C 09/16 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
MDTN

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...
201BIL331B 09/16 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm James
MDTN

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...
201BIL145C 09/17 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Wry
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.
more...
201BIL301D 09/17 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. Plant materials will be provided by more...
201BIL243 09/22 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Jess
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...
201BIL145D 09/25 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
MDTN

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...
201BIL331C 09/26 Th 10:30am-1:30pm Vogel
NYBG
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