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.


April

This class will consist of a pre-recorded lecture and demo, along with the opportunity to individually FaceTime with the instructor during the scheduled class period.
This workshop will impart the instructor's method of using dry brush more...
204BIL207AO 04/25 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Di Costanzo
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May

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...
204BIL331A 05/02 Sa 10:30am-2:30pm Sapanara
MDTN

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...
204BIL140B 05/04 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
MDTN

Each spring, New York trees blossom in abundance— from simple oaks and maples, to exuberant dogwood,crabapples, and magnolias. Instructor Frank Guida takes you en plein air to draw ethereal drifts of blossoms on the bough, and develop your skill at more...
204BIL226 05/08 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Guida
NYBG

Award-winning botanical artist Mary Dillon visits from Ireland to share the relaxed and slow painting techniques she uses to bring movement, vitality, and depth to her work. She will be your guide as you explore the nuances of layering color more...
204BIL645 05/13 We 10:00am-4:30pm Dillon
NYBG

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...
204BIL302A 05/14 Th 5:30pm-8:30pm James
MDTN

Join us for an introduction to the centuries-oldpainting methods using egg tempera. We will cover mixing pigments, brush-stroke techniques, scumbling, glazing, and how it all can be applied to achieve an ethereal quality in your botanical painting.
204BIL366 05/16 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Di Costanzo
NYBG

Focus on the bold, symmetrical shape of this spring favorite whose beauty has captured ourimagination for centuries. Please bring lunch.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshops dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In more...
204BIL207B 05/17 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Vogel
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...
204BIL145B 05/27 We 10:00am-1:00pm Nemergut
NYBG

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...
204BIL302B 05/30 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Vogel
NYBG

June

Strike gold and take your pen and ink drawings to a new level. See how easily 18-carat-gold liquid Spectralite ink flows from the nib of a traditional crow quill dip pen. You will transfer one of your favorite botanical drawings more...
204BIL342 06/01 Mo 10:00am-3:30pm Morley
NYBG

Artist James Gurney shares how he paints from life using his portable gouache setup. He'll start with a digital presentation to give an overview of his painting process in opaque water media, including gouache, casein, and watercolor. After a quick more...
204BIL497 06/04 Th 10:00am-4:00pm Gurney
NYBG

Channel your inner Monet while you spend a morning drawing in the Garden! Botanical artist Frank Guida covers basic design principles, including focal point, contrast, perspective, line, and gesture, as well as how to choose a subject that translates well more...
204CRF198 06/13 Sa 10:00am-2:00pm Guida
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...
204BIL228 06/14 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Wry
NYBG

You loved her recent New Yorker covers! Award-winning artist and seasoned educator Jenny Kroik is known for the loosely rendered, evocative scenes she describes as "very responsive—like a journal." Using cut flowers as your subject, you will learn the basics more...
204CRF277A 06/18 Th 6:30pm-8:30pm Kroik
MDTN

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...
204BIL140C 06/22 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
MDTN

Revel in summer's bounty while learning how to layer watercolor, colored pencil, and watercolor pencil to create rich color, detail, and form. You'll experiment with a dynamic blend of botanical drawing and painting techniques while focusing on the structure of more...
204BIL483 06/23 Tu 10:00am-4:00pm Hollender
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 differentbotanical subject. Plant and photo reference materials will be provided more...
204BIL212 06/27 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Di Costanzo
NYBG

July

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...
211BIL301A 07/06 Mo 10:00am-1:00pm Nemergut
NYBG

Accurate observation translates into sensitive, realistic drawings and is an essential skill for botanical artists. Learn contour drawing with an emphasis on proportion, and explore techniques such as foreshortening, perspective, and line weight.

This class is a prerequisite for all more...
211BIL301IA 07/06 Mo 10:00am-1:00pm Nemergut
NYBG

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 howto create tone by using stipple, line, and crosshatch techniques.
more...
211BIL400 07/06 Mo 10:00am-4:30pm Morley
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...
211BIL301B 07/07 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm James
MDTN

Accurate observation translates into sensitive, realistic drawings and is an essential skill for botanical artists. Learn contour drawing with an emphasis on proportion, and explore techniques such as foreshortening, perspective, and line weight.

This class is a prerequisite for all more...
211BIL301IB 07/07 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm James
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...
211BIL219A 07/11 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Di Costanzo
MDTN

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, a versatility that makes it an enjoyable medium for creating botanical artwork. Learn how more...
211BIL415A 07/14 Tu 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
NYBG

Rosemary, basil, sage, and lavender, all members of the mint family, are known for their fragrance, flavor, and medicinal value. Create a lovely study page of various leaf textures, colors, and shapes, featuring their unique square stems and diminutive, delicate more...
211BIL491 07/18 Sa 10:00am-2:30pm Jess
MDTN

Apply Botanical Drawing I skills and techniques to simple relevant subjects. 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 and space in more...
211BIL302C 07/27 Mo 10:00am-1:00pm Nemergut
NYBG

August

Though graphite is generally considered to be most beneficial in producing sketches or "studies" for more complete drawings and paintings, it can also be used to produce finished illustrations suitable for publication in scientific journals. Using pencils of various densities, more...
211BIL370 08/10 Mo 10:00am-3:30pm Rawlins
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...
211BIL219B 08/23 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Di Costanzo
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...
211BIL234 08/29 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Rossetti
MDTN

September

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...
211BIL241 09/13 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Di Costanzo
NYBG

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...
211BIL331B 09/14 Mo 5:30pm-8:30pm 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...
211BIL145C 09/15 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...
211BIL301C 09/15 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
MDTN

Capture the subtle color and texture of lichen as it contrasts with the soft patina of a branch drawn in silverpoint. Learn to prepare the substrate, develop a skillful handling of the drawing material and add touches of color to more...
211BIL362 09/16 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.

211BIL303C 09/17 Th 5:30pm-8:30pm 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.
more...
211BIL301D 09/18 Fr 10:00am-1:35pm Miranda
NYBG

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...
211BIL331C 09/24 Th 10:30am-1:30pm Vogel
NYBG

A renowned master of color application, botanical artist Fiona Strickland will maximize your success in color mixing by increasing your understanding of color relationships and paint qualities. Demonstrated through use of an organized palette and application of a dry brush more...
211BIL637 09/29 Tu 10:00am-4:30pm Strickland
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...
211BIL145D 09/30 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
MDTN

October

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...
212BIL415B 10/17 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Vogel
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. Lectures and demonstrations are enhanced by individual instruction. Work at your own pace on a variety more...
212BIL140D 10/19 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
MDTN