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.


February

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...
233BIL415BO 02/06 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Reiner
ONLINE

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...
233BIL208O 02/07 Tu 10:00am-3:30pm Jess
ONLINE

This intro class teaches you basic botanical illustration techniques to help you make realistic drawings of branches, stems, leaves, and flowers using graphite and colored pencil.
233BIL145CO 02/09 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
ONLINE

Bring the lush color and tone of an eggplant to life on paper using specific watercolor techniques. This workshop will impart the instructor's method of using dry brush watercolor to replicate the colors, form, and texture of this subject. Please more...
233BIL282O 02/11 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

If you're looking to transition from drawing to watercolor painting or fine tune your watercolor techniques, this class is for you. You will practice basic techniques such as flat washes, glazing, graded washes, and dry brush for fine details. Dilutions more...
233BIL407O 02/16 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

From "mushroom leather" fashion to best-selling books on how mycelial networks create webs of interconnectivity between species, fungi continue to capture the contemporary imagination. Join us to view stunning artwork created by botanical artists Christiane Fashek, Lucy Martin, and Margaret more...
233BIL807O 02/16 Th 6:00pm-7:00pm Fashek
Martin
Saylor
ONLINE

Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting colorful irises from the photograph provided. Flat wash, layering and other techniques will be covered. This online course will offer live demonstrations, videos, and individual feedback. You will need more...
233BIL237O 02/18 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

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.
233BIL301EO 02/21 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

We will focus on using Instagram to showcase and promote your work. You'll define your goals for using social media as a marketing tool, and create a strategy to achieve those goals, as well as discover tips for attracting and more...
233BIL394BO 02/25 Sa 10:00am-12:30pm Jamison
ONLINE

March

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...
233BIL300O 03/01 We 10:00am-12:30pm Rauh
ONLINE

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...
233BIL302DO 03/02 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

Bring the unique texture and subtle colors of an artichoke to life on paper using specific watercolor techniques. This workshop will impart the instructor's method of using dry brush watercolor to replicate the colors, form, and texture of artichokes. Please more...
233BIL270O 03/04 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

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.
233BIL301FO 03/08 We 11:00am-2:00pm Lyness
ONLINE

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 of pieces.
233BIL140CO 03/13 Mo 6:00pm-8:50pm Vogel
ONLINE

Black and white stipple technique can produce smooth gradated tones, add texture and value, and suggest color. Learn the skills and procedures to master the method of using sized pens and ink or fine point markers such as Copic multiliners more...
233BIL458O 03/13 Mo 11:00am-2:30pm Jess
ONLINE

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.
233BIL303CO 03/14 Tu 5:30pm-8:30pm James
ONLINE

Study the warm tones of flowers available in our corner markets, even in the winter's cold. Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting orchid flowers from the photograph provided. Flat wash, layering and other techniques will more...
233BIL225O 03/18 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

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...
233BIL302EO 03/18 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Rawlins
ONLINE

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...
233BIL395 03/18 Sa 11:00am-1:20pm Marcheschi
NYBG

With work in over 25 museum and university collections in addition to four solo shows in New York City, David Morrison is lauded for his hyper-realistic drawings, rich in tonal detail. In this special in-person workshop, he will show you more...
233BIL487 03/24 Fr 10:00am-4:00pm Morrison
NYBG

Embark on an historical exploration of botanical art. You'll trace the globe with author and curator Giovanni Aloi as he uncovers the critical role that botany has played in the advancement of movements, styles, and invention of new media. From more...
233BIL285O 03/28 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Aloi
ONLINE

April

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...
234BIL302AO 04/11 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Vogel
ONLINE