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.


January

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...
203BIL140C 01/06 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
MDTN

Pen and ink, among the most versatile and useful media, can be used to create high quality, easily reproducible drawings. Learn how to produce different strokes and how to create tone by using stipple, line, and crosshatch techniques.
Prerequisite: more...
203BIL400 01/07 Tu 10:30am-3:30pm Vogel
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.
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203BIL301A 01/08 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Miranda
MDTN
203BIL301B 01/09 Th 10:00am-1:00pm 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.

203BIL303A 01/10 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm James
NYBG

Learn how to use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest to showcase your work. Define your goals for using social media as a marketing tool, and create a strategy to achieve those goals. Discover tips for attracting and engaging followers. Basic more...
203BIL394 01/11 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Thompson
NYBG

Capture the subtle colors and nearly infinite texture of lichens. You'll explore their nature and history, and use dissecting microscopes to examine their minute detail. Learn to accurately render lichens irregular structures. We will also discuss how best to include more...
203BIL386 01/22 We 10:00am-3:30pm Rauh
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. Photo reference materials will be provided more...
203BIL224 01/25 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Rossetti
MDTN

Having a professional online presence is essential to getting the word out about your work. In this hands-on class, you will build a simple website (no coding required!) to showcase your portfolio using Wix.com, a free and easy-to-use platform. We more...
203BIL395 01/25 Sa 11:00am-2:30pm Thompson
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. Photo reference materials will be provided more...
203BIL237 01/26 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Vogel
NYBG
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