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.


May

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.
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...
214BIL302DO 05/18 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm 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...
214BIL140BO 05/20 Th 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
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...
214BIL207CO 05/22 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm 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 Rawlins
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.
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...
221BIL301CO 08/03 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm 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

September

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...
221BIL421O 09/13 Mo 10:00am-3:00pm Rogers-Knox
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...
221BIL145FO 09/14 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
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...
221BIL415BO 09/18 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Vogel
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...
221BIL246O 09/19 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
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...
221BIL331BO 09/22 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Sapanara
ONLINE