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.


January

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting a cyclamen plant from the photograph provided. Demonstrations will show you how to lay a more...
223BIL264O 01/29 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Rossetti
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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, more...
223BIL208O 01/31 Mo 10:00am-3:30pm Jess
ONLINE

February

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...
223BIL300BO 02/02 We 10:00am-12:30pm Rauh
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...
223BIL415O 02/03 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Reiner
ONLINE

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

Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting pine cones from the photograph provided. Flat wash, layering and other techniques will be covered. more...
223BIL274O 02/05 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Forethought and an understanding of basic composition principles are the foundation of any balanced work of art. Through group critiques, discussions and a variety of exercises, more...
223BIL421BO 02/05 Sa 10:00am-3:00pm Rogers-Knox
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...
223BIL331BO 02/07 Mo 5:30pm-8:30pm James
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Butterflies play a crucial part in plant pollination. Learn how to use watercolor and colored pencil techniques to create brilliantly colored patterns seen on the wings more...
223BIL464O 02/09 We 11:00am-1:30pm Reiner
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...
223BIL301DO 02/10 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Vogel
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...
223BIL395 02/18 Fr 11:00am-1:20pm Marcheschi
NYBG

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...
223BIL242O 02/26 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

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...
223BIL145DO 03/01 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...
223BIL301EO 03/02 We 11:00am-2:00pm Lyness
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...
223BIL302CO 03/03 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Learn how to accurately draw feathers, wings and birds with popular artist Mindy Lighthipe. Each week, you'll be introduced to a new part of a bird's more...
223BIL451O 03/04 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Lighthipe
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...
223BIL225O 03/06 Su 11:00am-4:30pm 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...
223BIL140CO 03/07 Mo 11:00am-3:30pm 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...
223BIL407O 03/08 Tu 11:00am-4:30pm 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...
223BIL262O 03/12 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
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...
223BIL302DO 03/16 We 11:00am-2:00pm 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...
223BIL303BO 03/17 Th 10:00am-1:00pm James
ONLINE

Learn to identify and draw the key characteristics associated with coniferous plants. From needles and bark to seeds and cones, come away with a thorough grounding in the best ways to illustrate the morphological attributes of this beautiful group of more...
223BIL404O 03/17 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Rauh
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
223BIL394BO 03/19 Sa 11:00am-1:30pm TBA
ONLINE

April

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...
224BIL332O 04/18 Mo 5:30pm-8:30pm James
ONLINE