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.


March

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
If you're looking to transition from drawing to watercolor painting or fine tune your watercolor techniques, this class is for you. You will practice basic techniques more...
213BIL407O 03/09 Tu 10:00am-3:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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. more...
213BIL303BO 03/18 Th 5:30pm-8:30pm James
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
The architecture of tiny flowers and fruits is fascinating and rendering them accurately requires enlargement. Learn best practices for viewing and measuring samples. Explore different techniques more...
213BIL349O 03/18 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Rauh
ONLINE

April

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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. more...
214BIL302AO 04/21 We 11:00am-2:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Learn to capture the exquisite beauty of these delicate flowers. On day one, morphology expert Dick Rauh will guide you through the fine details and special more...
214BIL399O 04/21 We 9:30am-3:30pm Woodin
Rauh
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Practice using gouache to create the details, colors, and shine of magnolia leaves. First, you will transfer a line drawing provided by the instructor to watercolor more...
214BIL419O 04/24 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Revel in spring while learning how to layer watercolor, colored pencil, and watercolor pencil to create rich color, detail, and form. You'll experiment with a dynamic more...
214BIL405O 04/27 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm Hollender
ONLINE

May

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
This comprehensive class covers the basic techniques of botanical watercolor. Learn how to use your brushes to make smooth, underlying washes, aswell as to create fine more...
214BIL331AO 05/01 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm James
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
214BIL301AO 05/06 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

Study how to properly illustrate insect anatomy using colored pencil. Guided by Jeanne Reiner's skillful demonstrations, you will practice capturing the translucence, iridescence, textures, and more...
214BIL439O 05/07 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Reiner
ONLINE

June

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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, more...
214BIL415AO 06/01 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Reiner
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
214BIL300O 06/02 We 10:00am-12:30pm Rauh
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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. more...
214BIL303AO 06/02 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Jess
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Develop observational skills, an eye for detail and proportion, and a basic knowledge of anatomy to create lively, accurate images of these elusive birds. We'll work more...
214BIL422O 06/07 Mo 11:00am-2:00pm Christiansen
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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. more...
214BIL302BO 06/24 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

July

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
221BIL400O 07/09 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Morley
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
221BIL301BO 07/10 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Rawlins
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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. more...
221BIL303BO 07/12 Mo 11:00am-2:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

August

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
221BIL301CO 08/03 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Practice techniques learned in Botanical Watercolor I using live subjects such as leaves, stems, and fruit. Emphasis is on realistic portrayal of botanical subjects and traditional more...
221BIL332O 08/07 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm James
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This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Join us for an introduction to the centuries-old painting methods using egg tempera. We will cover mixing pigments, brush-stroke techniques, scumbling, and glazing. You'll learn how more...
221BIL366O 08/07 Sa 11:00am-4:30pm Di Costanzo
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Though graphite is generally considered to be most beneficial in producing sketches or "studies" for more complete drawings and paintings, it can also be used to more...
221BIL370O 08/15 Su 11:00am-4:30pm Rawlins
ONLINE