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. 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...
211BIL332O 07/18 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm James
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...
211BIL244O 07/25 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm 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...
211BIL211O 07/26 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

August

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Enjoy painting botanical watercolors in a relaxed atmosphere. This class is designed for both inexperienced students and those who wish to improve their skills. Lectures and more...
211BIL140FO 08/03 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
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...
211BIL266O 08/15 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm 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...
211BIL238O 08/23 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

September

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...
211BIL246O 09/13 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Di Costanzo
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...
211BIL331B 09/14 Mo 5:30pm-8:30pm James
MDTN

Do you ever wish you could capture the details of a plant long after you've seen it? This intro class teaches you how to make realistic drawings of plants using a variety of techniques. Learn to draw a selection of more...
211BIL145C 09/15 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Wry
NYBG

Capture the subtle color and texture of lichen as it contrasts with the soft patina of a branch drawn in silverpoint. Learn to prepare the substrate, develop a skillful handling of the drawing material and add touches of color to more...
211BIL362 09/16 We 10:00am-2:30pm Nemergut
NYBG

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.
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing II.

211BIL303C 09/17 Th 5:30pm-8:30pm James
MDTN

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.
more...
211BIL301D 09/18 Fr 10:00am-1:35pm Miranda
NYBG

A renowned master of color application, botanical artist Fiona Strickland will maximize your success in color mixing by increasing your understanding of color relationships and paint qualities. Demonstrated through use of an organized palette and application of a dry brush more...
211BIL637 09/29 Tu 10:00am-4:30pm Strickland
NYBG

Do you ever wish you could capture the details of a plant long after you've seen it? This intro class teaches you how to make realistic drawings of plants using a variety of techniques. Learn to draw a selection of more...
211BIL145D 09/30 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
MDTN

October

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, making it a versatile medium for creating botanical artwork. Learn a variety of techniques, more...
212BIL415B 10/17 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Vogel
NYBG