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.


May

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...
224BIL302BO 05/31 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
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...
224BIL415O 06/07 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Vogel
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...
224BIL300AO 06/08 We 10:00am-12:30pm Rauh
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Illustrators Maria Sybilla and Art Cushman and botanical artists Marianne North and Marc Isaac-Williams accurately depict the complex beauty of insects. To better render these animals more...
224BIL338O 06/09 Th 11:00am-3:00pm Rawlins
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...
224BIL301CO 06/15 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Grossman
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...
231BIL400O 07/08 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Morley
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...
231BIL302CO 07/09 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm 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...
231BIL303AO 07/14 Th 11:00am-2:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

Note the "Location" of each session, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Accurate observation translates into sensitive, realistic drawings and is an essential skill for botanical artists. Using more...
231BIL301D 07/19 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm Nemergut
NYBG

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Award-winning scientific illustrator Rogério Lupo shares how to finely render a wide variety of organic textures, from slim hairs and iridescent scales to striations and deep more...
231BIL493O 07/19 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm Lupo
ONLINE

August

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...
231BIL302DO 08/03 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Grossman
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...
231BIL301EO 08/04 Th 11:00am-2:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
We will focus on using Instagram to showcase and promote your work. You'll define your goals for using social media as a marketing tool, and create more...
231BIL394O 08/06 Sa 10:00am-12:30pm Jamison
ONLINE

September

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...
231BIL332AO 09/12 Mo 5:30pm-8:30pm James
ONLINE

Note the "Location" of each session, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Building on Botanical Drawing I skills, learn to tone fruit, vegetables, leaves, and branches. Focus on more...
231BIL302E 09/13 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm Wry
NYBG

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Capture the subtle beauty and color of lichen as it contrasts with the rough texture and neutral colors of a branch. Develop your drawing and toning more...
231BIL387O 09/13 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
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...
231BIL300BO 09/14 We 10:00am-12:30pm Rauh
ONLINE

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...
231BIL331BO 09/14 We 11:00am-2:00pm Sapanara
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...
231BIL301FO 09/15 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Lyness
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Forethought and an understanding of basic composition principles are the foundation of any balanced work of art. Through group critiques, discussions and a variety of exercises, more...
231BIL421BO 09/16 Fr 10:00am-3:00pm Rogers-Knox
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...
231BIL302FO 09/22 Th 11:00am-2:00pm 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...
231BIL303BO 09/22 Th 5:30pm-8:30pm James
ONLINE