Botanical Art & Illustration Certificate Requirements

NYBG's Botanical Art & Illustration Certificate Program offers the opportunity to learn from some of the most extraordinary artists from around the world. The program requirements give students a solid foundation in scientifically accurate drawing based on observation and fine art techniques.

Those in pursuit of a Certificate must complete 221 total course hours (167 required + 54 elective), plus a final project. Browse this page to discover what required courses are currently scheduled.


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.
244BIL301AO 05/06 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Rawlins

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...
244BIL302AO 05/07 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Vogel

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...
244BIL300O 05/10 Fr 10:30am-1:00pm Day

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.
244BIL303AO 05/14 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
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