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.

Click here for an overview of the Certificate Program.


September

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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. more...
221BIL302CO 09/18 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Rawlins
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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, more...
221BIL415BO 09/18 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online with ample opportunity for one on one feedback from the instructor.
This workshop will impart the instructor's method of using dry brush watercolor to replicate the colors, form, and texture more...
221BIL246O 09/19 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
221BIL301DO 09/21 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
This comprehensive class covers the basic techniques of botanical watercolor. Learn how to use your brushes to make smooth, underlying washes, aswell as to create fine more...
221BIL331BO 09/22 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Sapanara
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
221BIL140FO 09/23 Th 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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. more...
221BIL303CO 09/23 Th 5:30pm-8:30pm James
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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. more...
221BIL302DO 09/27 Mo 11:00am-2:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

October

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting a Chinese lantern plant from the photograph provided. Demonstrations will show you how to lay more...
222BIL257O 10/03 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Rossetti
ONLINE

Note the "Location" of each session, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Accurate observation translates into sensitive, realistic drawings and is an essential skill for botanical artists. Using more...
222BIL301A 10/05 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm James
NYBG

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
222BIL400AO 10/18 Mo 11:00am-2:00pm Morley
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
This comprehensive class covers the basic techniques of botanical watercolor. Learn how to use your brushes to make smooth, underlying washes, aswell as to create fine more...
222BIL331AO 10/20 We 10:30am-1:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting miniature ornamental pumpkins from the photograph provided. Flat wash, layering and other techniques will be more...
222BIL229O 10/30 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Wry
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting fall leaves from the photograph provided. Flat wash, layering and other techniques will be covered. more...
222BIL203O 10/31 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Vogel
ONLINE
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