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.


July

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