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.



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 dealing with galleries and artists' reps, including pricing, contracts and sales agreements; more...
203BIL392 02/21 Fr 11:00am-4:30pm Woodin

World-renowned botanical watercolorist Vincent Jeannerot will share techniques for painting the exuberant beauty of flowers bursting with petals. Learn to capture the depth and nuance of your subject and how to evoke an emotional response in the viewer, a process more...
203BIL494 02/26 We 10:00am-4:00pm Jeannerot


From the fiddlehead to the frond, ferns have a charm all their own. In the studio and the Conservatory, you'll examine some of their special adaptations and growth patterns, then use your graphite pencil or pen and ink to create more...
203BIL344 03/01 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Rauh

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...
203BIL302C 03/04 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Miranda
203BIL302D 03/05 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Nemergut

If you wish to transition from drawing to watercolor painting techniques or fine tune your watercolor skills, this class is for you. Sessions will focus on demonstration and practice of basic techniques such as flat washes, glazing, graded washes and more...
203BIL407 03/18 We 10:00am-3:30pm Vogel

Develop advanced graphite techniques for rendering the overlapping linear texture, pattern, and density found in feathers and furs. We will explore drawing with an eraser and using negative space. Please bring your own collection or photos to draw. Instructor will more...
203BIL322 03/21 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Miranda

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.
203BIL301C 03/26 Th 5:30pm-8:30pm James
203BIL301D 03/28 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Vogel
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