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.



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 methods of dry brush watercolor painting, with attention to detail and color accuracy. It more...
202BIL332 12/02 Mo 5:30pm-8:30pm James

Dream of 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 blend of botanical drawing and painting techniques while focusing on the structure of splendid more...
202BIL397 12/04 We 10:00am-4:00pm Hollender


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.
Prerequisite: more...
203BIL400 01/07 Tu 10:30am-3:30pm Vogel

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.
203BIL301A 01/08 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Miranda
203BIL301B 01/09 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Nemergut

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.
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing II.

203BIL303A 01/10 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm James

Learn how to use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest to showcase your work. Define your goals for using social media as a marketing tool, and create a strategy to achieve those goals. Discover tips for attracting and engaging followers. Basic more...
203BIL394 01/11 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Thompson

Capture the subtle colors and nearly infinite texture of lichens. You'll explore their nature and history, and use dissecting microscopes to examine their minute detail. Learn to accurately render lichens irregular structures. We will also discuss how best to include more...
203BIL386 01/22 We 10:00am-3:30pm Rauh

Having a professional online presence is essential to getting the word out about your work. In this hands-on class, you will build a simple website (no coding required!) to showcase your portfolio using, a free and easy-to-use platform. We more...
203BIL395 01/25 Sa 11:00am-2:30pm Thompson


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...
203BIL300B 02/01 Sa 10:00am-2:00pm Jess

Observe the anatomy, gestures, and behavioral habits of water birds, while learning techniques to paint their vivid plumage and distinctive markings. Classes will cover composition and light on form, along with approaches to rendering reflections on water. While working primarily more...
203BIL353 02/04 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Christiansen

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...
203BIL415A 02/06 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Reiner

To create a memorable work of art, you must carefully position your subjects on the page. Using a variety of exercises, we'll experiment with a wide range of principles, including balance, focal points, and the rule of thirds, that will more...
203BIL421 02/08 Sa 10:00am-3:00pm Rogers-Knox

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...
203BIL331A 02/10 Mo 10:00am-1:00pm James

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...
203BIL208 02/19 We 10:00am-3:30pm Jess

Whether or not you decide to pursue botanical art as a business, knowing standard practices will be useful. In these two sessions, you will learn the basics of dealing with galleries and artists' reps, including pricing, contracts and sales agreements; more...
203BIL392 02/21 Fr 11:00am-4:30pm Woodin

World-renowned botanical watercolorist Vincent Jeannerot will share techniques for painting the exuberant beauty of flowers bursting with petals. Learn to capture the depth and nuance of your subject and how to evoke an emotional response in the viewer, a process more...
203BIL494 02/26 We 10:00am-4:00pm Jeannerot


From the fiddlehead to the frond, ferns have a charm all their own. In the studio and the Conservatory, you'll examine some of their special adaptations and growth patterns, then use your graphite pencil or pen and ink to create more...
203BIL344 03/01 Su 10:00am-3:30pm Rauh

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...
203BIL302C 03/04 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Miranda
203BIL302D 03/05 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Nemergut

If you wish to transition from drawing to watercolor painting techniques or fine tune your watercolor skills, this class is for you. Sessions will focus on demonstration and practice of basic techniques such as flat washes, glazing, graded washes and more...
203BIL407 03/18 We 10:00am-3:30pm Vogel

Develop advanced graphite techniques for rendering the overlapping linear texture, pattern, and density found in feathers and furs. We will explore drawing with an eraser and using negative space. Please bring your own collection or photos to draw. Instructor will more...
203BIL322 03/21 Sa 10:00am-3:30pm Miranda