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.


October

Plein-Air artist Frank Guida covers basic design principles, including focal point, contrast, perspective, line, and gesture, as well as how to choose a subject that translates well on the page. Then, you will go out on grounds to practice what more...
232CRF198 10/06 Th 10:00am-2:00pm Guida
NYBG

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.
232BIL301AO 10/11 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Grossman
ONLINE

Bring the texture and subtle colors of spruce cones to life against its sharply pointed needles. This workshop will impart the instructor's method of using dry brush watercolor to replicate the colors, form, and texture of spruce cones. Please note more...
231BIL284O 10/15 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting the earthy tones of fungi. A photograph will be provided for reference. Flat wash, layering, and dry brush techniques will be covered. This online course will offer live demonstrations, more...
232BIL187O 10/16 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

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.
232BIL400AO 10/17 Mo 11:00am-2:00pm Morley
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...
232BIL331AO 10/19 We 11:00am-2:00pm 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.
232BIL301B 10/26 We 10:00am-1:00pm Wry
NYBG

You loved her recent New Yorker covers! Award-winning artist and seasoned educator Jenny Kroik is known for the loosely rendered, evocative scenes she describes as "very responsive—like a journal." Using cut flowers as your subject, you will learn the basics more...
232CRF277A 10/26 We 10:00am-12:00pm Kroik
NYBG

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, we'll experiment with a wide range of principles, including focal point, the rule of more...
232BIL421AO 10/28 Fr 10:00am-3:00pm Rogers-Knox
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.
232BIL145AO 10/29 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Fashek
ONLINE

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 a strategy to achieve those goals, as well as discover tips for attracting and more...
232BIL394AO 10/29 Sa 10:00am-12:30pm Jamison
ONLINE

November

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 your own pace on a variety of pieces.
232BIL140AO 11/01 Tu 6:00pm-8:50pm Vogel
ONLINE

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 methods of dry brush watercolor painting, with attention to detail and color accuracy. more...
232BIL332AO 11/02 We 10:00am-1:00pm James
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...
232BIL302AO 11/03 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
ONLINE

Focus on the most brilliant and seasonal foliage—maple, ginkgo, sassafras, or even something unexpected.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshops dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture the beautiful colors more...
232BIL203O 11/06 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

You loved her recent New Yorker covers! Award-winning artist and seasoned educator Jenny Kroik is known for the loosely rendered, evocative scenes she describes as "very responsive—like a journal." Using cut flowers as your subject, you will learn the basics more...
232CRF277B 11/09 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Kroik
MDTN

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.
232BIL303AO 11/10 Th 11:00am-2:00pm Jess
ONLINE

Bring the subtle color and texture of a fig 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 more...
232BIL124O 11/19 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

January

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...
233BIL302BO 01/10 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Grossman
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.
233BIL145BO 01/11 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
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.
233BIL301CO 01/12 Th 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...
233BIL331BO 01/12 Th 5:30pm-8:30pm James
ONLINE

Heeyoung Kim-RHS Gold Medalist and ASBA Best in Show Winner-will share how she creates complicated yet seamless designs without crowded layers or awkward blockages. After exploring the basic mechanics of using graphite pencils, you will practice using value in order more...
233BIL431O 01/13 Fr 10:00am-4:00pm Kim
ONLINE

Bring the unique textures and bright color of red bell peppers 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 more...
233BIL167O 01/14 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
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.
233BIL303BO 01/17 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

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.
233BIL400BO 01/17 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm Morley
ONLINE

In this in-depth study of seed pods, we will focus on capturing the final (and beginning!) display of a plant's life cycle, one whose beauty does not depend on flashy flowers. Because the ways in which plants protect and distribute more...
232BIL329O 01/18 We 10:00am-12:00pm Rauh
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...
233BIL302C 01/18 We 10:00am-1:00pm Wry
NYBG

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.
233BIL301DO 01/21 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Rawlins
ONLINE

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 your own pace on a variety of pieces.
233BIL140BO 01/23 Mo 11:00am-3:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting the muted tones of winter seed pods and berries. A photograph will be provided for reference. Flat wash, layering, and dry brush techniques will be covered. This online course more...
233BIL133O 01/28 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

February

Whether or not you decide to pursue botanical art as a business, knowing standard practices will be useful. Over the course of this class, you'll learn the basics of dealing with galleries and artists' reps, including; pricing, contracts and sales more...
233BIL392O 02/03 Fr 10:30am-1:00pm Woodin
ONLINE

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, we'll experiment with a wide range of principles, including focal point, the rule of more...
233BIL421BO 02/04 Sa 10:00am-3:00pm Rogers-Knox
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...
233BIL415BO 02/06 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Reiner
ONLINE

As a developing artist, you need personalized, supportive evaluation to improve your techniques. This is your chance to bring your finished art and work-in-progress for respectful, careful feedback via group discussion and teacher-led demos. We'll pay special attention to your more...
233BIL208O 02/07 Tu 10:00am-3:30pm Jess
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.
233BIL145CO 02/09 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
ONLINE

Bring the lush color and tone of an eggplant 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 more...
233BIL282O 02/11 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

You loved her recent New Yorker covers! Award-winning artist and seasoned educator Jenny Kroik is known for the loosely rendered, evocative scenes she describes as "very responsive—like a journal." Using cut flowers as your subject, you will learn the basics more...
233CRF277C 02/15 We 6:00pm-8:00pm Kroik
MDTN

If you're looking to transition from drawing to watercolor painting or fine tune your watercolor techniques, this class is for you. You will practice basic techniques such as flat washes, glazing, graded washes, and dry brush for fine details. Dilutions more...
233BIL407O 02/16 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

From "mushroom leather" fashion to best-selling books on how mycelial networks create webs of interconnectivity between species, fungi continue to capture the contemporary imagination. Join us to view stunning artwork created by botanical artists Christiane Fashek, Lucy Martin, and Margaret more...
233BIL807O 02/16 Th 6:00pm-7:00pm Fashek
Martin
Saylor
ONLINE

Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting colorful irises from the photograph provided. Flat wash, layering and other techniques will be covered. This online course will offer live demonstrations, videos, and individual feedback.

Artists of all more...
233BIL237O 02/18 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm 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.
233BIL301EO 02/21 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

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 draw the many plant parts and growth stages of the most common plant families. more...
233BIL300O 02/22 We 10:00am-12:30pm Rauh
ONLINE

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 a strategy to achieve those goals, as well as discover tips for attracting and more...
233BIL394BO 02/25 Sa 10:00am-12:30pm Jamison
ONLINE

March

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...
233BIL302DO 03/02 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

Bring the unique texture and subtle colors of an artichoke 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 artichokes. Please more...
233BIL270O 03/04 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
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.
233BIL301FO 03/08 We 11:00am-2:00pm Lyness
ONLINE

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 your own pace on a variety of pieces.
233BIL140CO 03/13 Mo 6:00pm-8:50pm Vogel
ONLINE

Black and white stipple technique can produce smooth gradated tones, add texture and value, and suggest color. Learn the skills and procedures to master the method of using sized pens and ink or fine point markers such as Copic multiliners more...
233BIL458O 03/13 Mo 11:00am-2:30pm Jess
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.
233BIL303CO 03/14 Tu 5:30pm-8:30pm James
ONLINE

Study the warm tones of flowers available in our corner markets, even in the winter's cold.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshops dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture the more...
233BIL225O 03/18 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm 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...
233BIL302EO 03/18 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Rawlins
ONLINE

Having a professional online presence is essential to getting the word out about your work. In this hands-on class, you will build a simple website (no coding required!) to showcase your portfolio using Wix.com, a free and easy-to-use platform. We more...
233BIL395 03/18 Sa 11:00am-1:20pm Marcheschi
NYBG

With work in over 25 museum and university collections in addition to four solo shows in New York City, David Morrison is lauded for his hyper-realistic drawings, rich in tonal detail. In this special in-person workshop, he will show you more...
233BIL487 03/24 Fr 10:00am-4:00pm Morrison
NYBG

April

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...
234BIL302AO 04/11 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Vogel
ONLINE