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

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 and how to create tone by using stipple, line, and crosshatch techniques.
251BIL400O 07/12 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Morley
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.
251BIL303BO 07/13 Sa 11:30am-2:30pm Rawlins
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.
251BIL145DO 07/17 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Rawlins
ONLINE

Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting a lovely, bearded iris in watercolor and colored pencil. Flat wash, layering, and dry brush techniques will be covered. This online course will offer live demonstrations, videos, and individual more...
251BIL162O 07/18 Th 11:00am-1:45pm Vogel
ONLINE

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...
251BIL415O 07/25 Th 11:00am-2:00pm Reiner
ONLINE

This course offers an immersive exploration of drawing dragonflies with colored pencils. Through comprehensive demonstrations and hands-on practice, learn to depict the intricate beauty of these winged creatures, from their iridescence to the delicate wing veining. You'll discover essential techniques more...
251BIL384O 07/30 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm Reiner
ONLINE

August

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.
251BIL301CO 08/03 Sa 10:30am-1:30pm Nemergut
ONLINE

Learn how toned paper creates dimension and allows for vibrant colors, dramatic light, and dark application—bringing your subject to life. Using colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache, you'll explore a variety of painting techniques as you study the color shifts caused more...
251BIL359O 08/13 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
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.
251BIL145EO 08/20 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Fashek
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...
251BIL302BO 08/22 Th 11:00am-2:00pm Grossman
ONLINE

Bring the texture and tones of acorns to life on paper using specific watercolor techniques. This workshop will impart the instructor's method of using dry brush watercolor to replicate the colors, form, and texture of this subject. Please note that more...
251BIL128O 08/24 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Grossman
ONLINE

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 to your artwork in any medium. Analyze botanical art images, complete an in-class exercise, more...
251BIL156O 08/24 Sa 10:30am-3:30pm Rogers-Knox
ONLINE

September

Gain an understanding of how light interacts with multiple botanical subjects in a single composition. Light on form is critical to creating dimension in a botanical illustration; when a composition contains several botanical specimens, additional attention to the placement of more...
251BIL450O 09/09 Mo 10:30am-1:30pm James
ONLINE

Learn how the wet on wet technique is used by botanical artists to achieve the groundwork for painting peppers and mushrooms. Additional techniques, such as dry brush for the finishing touches, will also be covered. This online course will offer more...
251BIL188O 09/13 Fr 11:00am-1:45pm Vogel
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.
251BIL301DO 09/17 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
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...
251BIL331O 09/17 Tu 5:30pm-8:30pm James
ONLINE

Internationally renowned botanical artist Asuka Hishiki returns to the Garden to show you how to build texture quickly by combining watercolor and colored pencil. Less time consuming than her signature dry brush technique, this method highlights textures and patterns to more...
251BIL489 09/20 Fr 10:00am-3:30pm Hishiki
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.
251BIL145FO 09/23 Mo 10:30am-1:30pm Rawlins
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.
251BIL140BO 09/24 Tu 6:00pm-8:50pm Vogel
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...
251BIL302CO 09/28 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Vogel
ONLINE