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.


June

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...
224BIL267O 06/25 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

July

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...
231BIL145DO 07/07 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm 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...
231BIL400O 07/08 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Morley
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...
231BIL302CO 07/09 Sa 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...
231BIL303AO 07/14 Th 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 succulents from a provided photograph. A photograph will be provided for reference. Flat wash, more...
231BIL233O 07/16 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Sapanara
ONLINE

Note the "Location" of each session, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Accurate observation translates into sensitive, realistic drawings and is an essential skill for botanical artists. Using more...
231BIL301D 07/19 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm Nemergut
NYBG

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Award-winning scientific illustrator Rogério Lupo shares how to finely render a wide variety of organic textures, from slim hairs and iridescent scales to striations and deep more...
231BIL493O 07/19 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm Lupo
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...
231BIL278O 07/23 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
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...
231BIL140CO 08/01 Mo 11:00am-3:30pm 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...
231BIL302DO 08/03 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Grossman
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...
231BIL301EO 08/04 Th 11:00am-2:00pm Vogel
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...
231BIL394O 08/06 Sa 10:00am-12:30pm Jamison
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...
231BIL266O 08/07 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Vogel
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...
231BIL156BO 08/19 Fr 10:00am-3:00pm Rogers-Knox
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 of more...
231BIL271O 08/27 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

September

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting Japanese chrysanthemums from a provided photograph. A photograph will be provided for reference. Flat more...
231BIL269O 09/10 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Rossetti
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...
231BIL332AO 09/12 Mo 5:30pm-8:30pm James
ONLINE

Note the "Location" of each session, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Building on Botanical Drawing I skills, learn to tone fruit, vegetables, leaves, and branches. Focus on more...
231BIL302E 09/13 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm Wry
NYBG

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Capture the subtle beauty and color of lichen as it contrasts with the rough texture and neutral colors of a branch. Develop your drawing and toning more...
231BIL387O 09/13 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
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...
231BIL145EO 09/14 We 11:00am-2:00pm Rawlins
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...
231BIL300BO 09/14 We 10:00am-12:30pm Rauh
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...
231BIL331BO 09/14 We 11:00am-2:00pm Sapanara
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...
231BIL301FO 09/15 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
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...
231BIL421BO 09/16 Fr 10:00am-3:00pm Rogers-Knox
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...
231BIL284O 09/17 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...
231BIL140DO 09/19 Mo 11:00am-3:30pm 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...
231BIL302FO 09/22 Th 11:00am-2:00pm Vogel
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...
231BIL303BO 09/22 Th 5:30pm-8:30pm James
ONLINE