Botanical Art & Illustration Certificate Classes

NYBG offered the first formal botanical art Certificate Program in North America and has remained a leader in the discipline for three decades. The program offers the opportunity to learn from some of the most extraordinary artists from around the world.The Botanical Art and Illustration requirements give students a solid foundation in scientifically accurate drawing based on observation and fine art techniques. Those who achieve the highest level of accomplishment receive a Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration with
Honors, an indication of superior work.

Click here for an overview of the required courses and electives.



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.
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203BIL400 01/07 Tu 10:30am-3:30pm Vogel

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.
203BIL301A 01/08 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Miranda
203BIL301B 01/09 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Nemergut

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.

203BIL303A 01/10 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm James

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 a strategy to achieve those goals. Discover tips for attracting and engaging followers. Basic more...
203BIL394 01/11 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Thompson

Capture the subtle colors and nearly infinite texture of lichens. You'll explore their nature and history, and use dissecting microscopes to examine their minute detail. Learn to accurately render lichens irregular structures. We will also discuss how best to include more...
203BIL386 01/22 We 10:00am-3:30pm Rauh

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, a free and easy-to-use platform. We more...
203BIL395 01/25 Sa 11:00am-2:30pm Thompson
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