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.


March

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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. more...
213BIL145CO 03/02 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
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...
213BIL301DO 03/03 We 11:00am-2:00pm Vogel
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...
213BIL302CO 03/04 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Award-winning botanical artist Mary Dillon joins us online from Ireland to share her relaxed approach in which she progresses through wet and dry painting techniques to more...
213BIL645O 03/05 Fr 10:00am-2:00pm Dillon
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
213BIL225O 03/07 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Vogel
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...
213BIL140EO 03/08 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
213BIL407O 03/09 Tu 10:00am-3:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online with ample opportunity for one on one feedback from the instructor.
Learn how to capture the fuzzy surface texture that kiwis possess. This workshop will impart the instructor's method of more...
213BIL262O 03/14 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
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...
213BIL303BO 03/18 Th 5:30pm-8:30pm James
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
The architecture of tiny flowers and fruits is fascinating and rendering them accurately requires enlargement. Learn best practices for viewing and measuring samples. Explore different techniques more...
213BIL349O 03/18 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Rauh
ONLINE

This lecture will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Three prominent experts come together for a lively exchange celebrating the ways in which chefs, artists, and plant breeders can promote diversity in the plants that more...
213HRT824O 03/23 Tu 11:00am-12:00pm Mazourek
Woodin
Barber
ONLINE

April

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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. more...
214BIL145AO 04/06 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Make composition work for you! In this introductory overview, we will focus on a few key principles that will bring strength, balance, and the "wow" factor more...
214BIL156AO 04/10 Sa 10:00am-3:00pm Rogers-Knox
ONLINE

This lecture will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Join Robin Jess and Carol Woodin (ASBA's Botanical Art Techniques), Dick Rauh (The Science Behind Flowers), and Wendy Hollender (The Joy of Botanical more...
214BIL279O 04/16 Fr 1:00pm-2:00pm Jess
Hollender
Rauh
Woodin
ONLINE

This class will take place online with ample opportunity for one on one feedback from the instructor. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting a lovely striped more...
214BIL207AO 04/17 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Vogel
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...
214BIL302AO 04/21 We 11:00am-2:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Learn to capture the exquisite beauty of these delicate flowers. On day one, morphology expert Dick Rauh will guide you through the fine details and special more...
214BIL399O 04/21 We 9:30am-3:30pm Woodin
Rauh
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Practice using gouache to create the details, colors, and shine of magnolia leaves. First, you will transfer a line drawing provided by the instructor to watercolor more...
214BIL419O 04/24 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Revel in spring while learning how to layer watercolor, colored pencil, and watercolor pencil to create rich color, detail, and form. You'll experiment with a dynamic more...
214BIL405O 04/27 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm Hollender
ONLINE

May

This class will take place online with ample opportunity for one on one feedback from the instructor. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting a lovely striped more...
214BIL207BO 05/01 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Vogel
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...
214BIL331AO 05/01 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm James
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...
214BIL140AO 05/03 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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. more...
214BIL145BO 05/04 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
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...
214BIL301AO 05/06 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

Study how to properly illustrate insect anatomy using colored pencil. Guided by Jeanne Reiner's skillful demonstrations, you will practice capturing the translucence, iridescence, textures, and more...
214BIL439O 05/07 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Reiner
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...
214BIL220O 05/15 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
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...
214BIL140BO 05/20 Th 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

Study the warm tones of flowers available in our corner markets. Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting vibrant daffodils from a more...
214BIL240O 05/23 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Sapanara
ONLINE

June

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...
214BIL415AO 06/01 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Reiner
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
214BIL300O 06/02 We 10:00am-12:30pm Rauh
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...
214BIL303AO 06/02 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Jess
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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. more...
214BIL145CO 06/05 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Rawlins
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting roses from a provided photograph. A photograph will be provided for reference. Flat wash, more...
214BIL236O 06/06 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Rossetti
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Develop observational skills, an eye for detail and proportion, and a basic knowledge of anatomy to create lively, accurate images of these elusive birds. We'll work more...
214BIL422O 06/07 Mo 11:00am-2:00pm Christiansen
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...
214BIL239O 06/13 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
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...
214BIL140CO 06/21 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
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...
214BIL302BO 06/24 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

This class will take place online with ample opportunity for one on one feedback from the instructor. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting a day lily more...
214BIL228O 06/27 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Wry
ONLINE

July

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...
221BIL140DO 07/07 We 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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. more...
221BIL145DO 07/08 Th 11:00am-2:00pm Lyness
ONLINE

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...
221BIL400O 07/09 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Morley
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...
221BIL301BO 07/10 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Rawlins
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...
221BIL303BO 07/12 Mo 11:00am-2:00pm Nemergut
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...
221BIL219O 07/18 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

This class will take place online with ample opportunity for one on one feedback from the instructor. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Capture the beautiful colors of the unique tropical bird of paradise flower while learning more...
221BIL211O 07/25 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

August

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...
221BIL140EO 08/02 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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. more...
221BIL145EO 08/06 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting the beautiful blooms of the rose of sharon, a type of hibiscus flower. A more...
221BIL266O 08/07 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Practice techniques learned in Botanical Watercolor I using live subjects such as leaves, stems, and fruit. Emphasis is on realistic portrayal of botanical subjects and traditional more...
221BIL332O 08/07 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm James
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Join us for an introduction to the centuries-old painting methods using egg tempera. We will cover mixing pigments, brush-stroke techniques, scumbling, and glazing. You'll learn how more...
221BIL366O 08/07 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Make composition work for you! In this introductory overview, we will focus on a few key principles that will bring strength, balance, and the "wow" factor more...
221BIL156BO 08/12 Th 10:00am-3:00pm Rogers-Knox
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
221BIL370O 08/15 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Rawlins
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...
221BIL238O 08/28 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE