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.


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.
251BIL400O 07/12 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Morley

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.
251BIL303BO 07/13 Sa 11:30am-2:30pm Rawlins

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, making it a versatile medium for creating botanical artwork. Learn a variety of techniques, more...
251BIL415O 07/25 Th 11:00am-2:00pm Reiner
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