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

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting miniature ornamental pumpkins from the photograph provided. Flat wash, layering and other techniques will be more...
212BIL229O 10/04 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Wry
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...
212BIL300AO 10/07 We 10:00am-12:30pm Rauh
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
212BIL145AO 10/14 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
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.
Prerequisite: more...
212BIL400AO 10/16 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Morley
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting a Chinese lantern plant from the photograph provided. Demonstrations will show you how to lay more...
212BIL257O 10/17 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Rossetti
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...
212BIL415BO 10/17 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

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...
212BIL140DO 10/19 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...
212BIL301CO 10/20 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

Bring the colors and warm tones of fall to life through a seasonal journal on Stonehenge kraft paper. With its mid-tone background, learn how kraft paper more...
212BIL455O 10/20 Tu 11:00am-2:45pm Hollender
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...
212BIL331CO 10/22 Th 10:30am-1:30pm Vogel
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...
212BIL370O 10/25 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Rawlins
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...
212BIL302AO 10/30 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

November

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
212BIL203O 11/01 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

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...
212BIL140BO 11/08 Su 10:00am-2:30pm 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...
212BIL263O 11/21 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
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...
212BIL332O 11/30 Mo 5:30pm-8:30pm James
ONLINE

January

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...
213BIL301AO 01/06 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
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...
213BIL303AO 01/08 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm 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...
213BIL258O 01/10 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
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...
213BIL302BO 01/12 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm James
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.
Prerequisite: more...
213BIL400BO 01/12 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm Morley
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...
213BIL301BO 01/14 Th 11:00am-2:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

A professional online presence is the key to growing your business. In this hands-on class, you will build a simple website (no coding required!) to showcase more...
213BIL395O 01/14 Th 5:00pm-7:20pm Thompson
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

Learn the basic watercolor techniques used by botanical artists while painting a Purple Coneflower from the photograph provided. Demonstrations will show you how to lay a more...
213BIL253O 01/23 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Rossetti
ONLINE

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...
213BIL140CO 01/25 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

Learn how to use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest to showcase your work. Define your goals for using social media as a marketing tool, and create more...
213BIL394O 01/31 Su 11:00am-1:30pm Thompson
ONLINE

February

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Hummingbirds play a key role in the pollination of many flower types and can add lively interest to your botanical art. You'll learn the anatomy, habitat more...
213BIL382O 02/02 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm Christiansen
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
213BIL145BO 02/03 We 11:00am-2:00pm Nemergut
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...
213BIL300BO 02/03 We 10:00am-12:30pm Rauh
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...
213BIL415AO 02/04 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Reiner
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

To create a memorable work of art, you must carefully position your subjects on the page. Using a variety of exercises, we'll experiment with a wide more...
213BIL421O 02/06 Sa 10:00am-3:00pm Rogers-Knox
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...
213BIL331AO 02/08 Mo 11:00am-2:00pm James
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

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, more...
213BIL208O 02/17 We 10:00am-3:30pm Jess
ONLINE

Whether or not you decide to pursue botanical art as a business, knowing standard practices will be useful. In these two sessions, you will learn the basics of dealingwith galleries and artists' reps, including pricing, contracts and sales agreements; how/when more...
213BIL392O 02/19 Fr 10:30am-1:00pm Woodin
ONLINE

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...
213BIL140DO 02/20 Sa 10:00am-2:30pm 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...
213BIL242O 02/20 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

From gerbils to giraffes, and big cats to house cats, mammals make inspiring subjects. Learn the basic anatomy common among mammals, including underlying skeletal and muscular more...
213BIL358O 02/21 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Fleming
ONLINE

March

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...
213BIL302CO 03/04 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

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 more...
213BIL225O 03/07 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

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...
213BIL140EO 03/08 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

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 more...
213BIL407O 03/09 Tu 10:00am-3:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
The architecture of tiny flowers and fruits is fascinating and rendering them accurately requires enlargement. Learn best practices for viewing and measuring samples. Explore different techniques more...
213BIL349O 03/18 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Rauh
ONLINE