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

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.
243BIL301EO 03/06 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

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...
243BIL331BO 03/06 We 10:00am-1:00pm 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...
243BIL225O 03/08 Fr 11:00am-1:45pm Vogel
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...
243BIL407O 03/14 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm 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...
243BIL458O 03/18 Mo 11:00am-2:30pm Jess
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...
243BIL302CO 03/20 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Rawlins
ONLINE

For nearly three centuries Elizabeth Blackwell (1699-c. 1758) has been recognized for etching the 500 full-page images of medicinal plants that are found in A Curious Herbal. Her intriguing story, joined to that of her hapless husband, made her an more...
243BIL802O 03/20 We 5:30pm-6:30pm Stiles Tyson
ONLINE

April

Bumblebees pilot their remarkably un-aerodynamic bodies in and out of our gardens all throughout spring and summer. In this class, you'll take a closer look at their anatomy and learn how to use colored pencil techniques to illustrate the "fuzzy" more...
244BIL396O 04/04 Th 11:00am-2:00pm Reiner
ONLINE

Award-winning botanical artist Lucy Smith joins us from Kew to share her different approaches to painting green leaves. In this three-day online workshop, you'll learn how to achieve the perfect, naturalistic green using watercolor. Smith will guide you through the more...
244BIL459O 04/04 Th 10:00am-3:30pm Smith
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.
244BIL145A 04/12 Fr 10:30am-1:30pm Wry
NYBG

This workshop will impart the instructor's method of using dry brush watercolor to replicate the colors, form, and texture of peony petals. The demonstration will include color mixing, working light to dark, layering colors, adding fine detail, using dry brush, more...
244BIL161O 04/13 Sa 10:30am-4:00pm Kluglein
ONLINE

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, we'll experiment with a wide range of principles, including focal point, the rule of more...
244BIL421O 04/13 Sa 10:30am-3:30pm Rogers-Knox
ONLINE

May

Using specimens from The Orchid Show, learn to paint the exquisite beauty of these delicate flowers. Master orchid artist Carol Woodin will show you techniques to achieve the waxy textures, subtle colors, and graceful forms of this flower family. Each more...
244BIL399 05/02 Th 10:00am-3:30pm Woodin
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.
244BIL301AO 05/06 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Rawlins
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...
244BIL302AO 05/07 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting a lovely striped tulip from provided plant material. Flat wash, layering and dry brush techniques will be covered.
244BIL207 05/10 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Wry
NYBG

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.
244BIL145BO 05/14 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Fashek
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.
244BIL303AO 05/14 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

Talented botanical artist and active scientific illustrator Crystal Shin will share her approach to colored pencil renderings, from the importance of color observation to unique layering techniques that yield deep saturation, smooth surface, and vibrant, glowing undertones of watercolor. Through more...
244BIL409O 05/16 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Shin
ONLINE

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...
244BIL300O 05/17 Fr 10:30am-1:00pm Day
Smoke
ONLINE

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 methods of dry brush watercolor painting, with attention to detail and color accuracy. more...
244BIL332O 05/21 Tu 5:30pm-8:30pm James
ONLINE

June

Take your composition skills to the next level and learn how the Golden Ratio, Fibonacci Sequence, Golden Spiral, and Golden Angle can be incorporated into your work. We'll also explore the step-by-step approach to organizing and planning a more complex more...
244BIL288O 06/01 Sa 10:30am-4:00pm Rogers-Knox
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.
244BIL145CO 06/04 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Rawlins
ONLINE

Plein-Air 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 on the page. Then, you will go out on grounds to practice what more...
244CRF198 06/06 Th 10:00am-2:00pm Guida
NYBG

All flowering plants produce fruit, regardless of whether the fruit is edible, sweet, or soft. In this class, you'll combine botanical morphology with illustration to gain a deeper understanding of plant reproduction—how fruits develop from fertilized carpels in various ways more...
244BIL449O 06/07 Fr 11:00am-1:00pm Leech
ONLINE

Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting fresh garlic from the photograph provided. Flat wash, layering and other techniques will be covered. This online course will offer live demonstrations, videos, and individual feedback.

Please note, this course more...
244BIL260O 06/15 Sa 12:00pm-4:00pm Schermer-Gramm
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.
244BIL301BO 06/20 Th 11:00am-2:00pm Grossman
ONLINE

Designed for both inexperienced students and those who wish to improve their skills, this class will allow you to work at your own pace on a variety of pieces. Lectures and demonstrations are enhanced by individual instruction.
244BIL140AO 06/22 Sa 11:00am-3:30pm Vogel
ONLINE