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.



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...
202BIL300A 10/16 We 10:00am-12:30pm Rauh


Working with seasonal specimens such as holly, winterberry, and Chinese lantern, explore creative compositional devices of line, balance, and harmony. Develop skills in painting glowing neutrals, shiny leaves, and deep greens and reds. We'll provide plant material, though we welcome more...
202BIL327 11/02 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Miranda

Internationally renowned botanical artist Asuka Hishiki returns to the Garden to show you how to build texture quickly by combining watercolor and colored pencil. Less time consuming than her signature dry brush technique, this method highlights textures and patterns to more...
202BIL489 11/02 Sa 10:00am-4:00pm Hishiki

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...
202BIL302A 11/08 Fr 10:00am-1:40pm James
202BIL302B 11/12 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
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