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.


February

As a developing artist, you need personalized, supportive evaluation to improve your techniques. This is your chance to bring your finished art and work-in-progress for respectful, careful feedback via group discussion and teacher-led demos. We'll pay special attention to your more...
243BIL208O 02/26 Mo 10:00am-3:30pm Sapanara
ONLINE

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...
243BIL415O 02/27 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Reiner
ONLINE

March

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.
243BIL301EO 03/06 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

This comprehensive class covers the basic techniques of botanical watercolor. Learn how to use your brushes to make smooth, underlying washes, as well as to create fine detail. Color theory will teach you how paints interact, and how to select more...
243BIL331BO 03/06 We 10:00am-1:00pm James
ONLINE

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...
243BIL302CO 03/20 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Rawlins
ONLINE

April

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, we'll experiment with a wide range of principles, including focal point, the rule of more...
244BIL421O 04/13 Sa 10:30am-3:30pm Rogers-Knox
ONLINE

May

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.
244BIL301AO 05/06 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Rawlins
ONLINE

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...
244BIL302AO 05/07 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

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.
244BIL303AO 05/14 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

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...
244BIL300O 05/17 Fr 10:30am-1:00pm Day
Smoke
ONLINE

June

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.
244BIL301BO 06/20 Th 11:00am-2:00pm Grossman
ONLINE