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.


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...
203BIL140D 02/01 Sa 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel

Examine the enormous variety of forms and structural adaptations of flowering plants—the world's dominant plant group. Through lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory studies, learn to recognize and draw the many plant parts and growth stages of the most common plant families. more...
203BIL300B 02/01 Sa 10:00am-2:00pm Jess

Observe the anatomy, gestures, and behavioral habits of water birds, while learning techniques to paint their vivid plumage and distinctive markings. Classes will cover composition and light on form, along with approaches to rendering reflections on water. While working primarily more...
203BIL353 02/04 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Christiansen

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...
203BIL145B 02/05 We 10:00am-1:00pm Nemergut

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...
203BIL415A 02/06 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Reiner

To create a memorable work of art, you must carefully position your subjects on the page. Using a variety of exercises, we'll experiment with a wide range of principles, including balance, focal points, and the rule of thirds, that will more...
203BIL421 02/08 Sa 10:00am-3:00pm Rogers-Knox

Study the warm tones of flowers available in our corner markets, even in the winter's cold.

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 more...
203BIL225A 02/09 Su 10:00am-3:30pm 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...
203BIL331A 02/10 Mo 10:00am-1:00pm James

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...
203BIL208 02/19 We 10:00am-3:30pm Jess

Whether or not you decide to pursue botanical art as a business, knowing standard practices will be useful. In these two sessions, you will learn the basics of dealing with galleries and artists' reps, including pricing, contracts and sales agreements; more...
203BIL392 02/21 Fr 11:00am-4:30pm Woodin

World-renowned botanical watercolorist Vincent Jeannerot will share techniques for painting the exuberant beauty of flowers bursting with petals. Learn to capture the depth and nuance of your subject and how to evoke an emotional response in the viewer, a process more...
203BIL494 02/26 We 10:00am-4:00pm Jeannerot
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