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.


September

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...
221BIL302CO 09/18 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Rawlins
ONLINE

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...
221BIL415BO 09/18 Sa 11:00am-2:00pm Vogel
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...
221BIL301DO 09/21 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
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...
221BIL331BO 09/22 We 6:00pm-9:00pm Sapanara
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...
221BIL303CO 09/23 Th 5:30pm-8:30pm James
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...
221BIL302DO 09/27 Mo 11:00am-2:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

October

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...
222BIL301A 10/05 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm James
NYBG

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...
222BIL400AO 10/18 Mo 11:00am-2:00pm Morley
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...
222BIL331AO 10/20 We 10:30am-1:30pm Vogel
ONLINE

November

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Internationally renowned botanical artist Billy Showell joins us from England for a special4-day online workshop. A master of the wet-on-wet watercolor technique—the process of applying more...
222BIL4980 11/04 Th 11:00am-3:00pm Showell
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...
222BIL302AO 11/09 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

January

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...
223BIL302B 01/11 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm James
NYBG

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...
223BIL303AO 01/11 Tu 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
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...
223BIL301BO 01/12 We 11:00am-2:00pm Rawlins
ONLINE
223BIL301CO 01/13 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Black and white stipple technique can produce smooth gradated tones, add texture and value,and suggest color. Learn the skills and procedures to master the method of more...
223BIL458O 01/13 Th 11:00am-2:30pm Jess
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Whether or not you decide to pursue botanical art as a business, knowing standard practices will be useful. Over the course of this class, you'll learn more...
223BIL392O 01/14 Fr 10:30am-1:00pm Woodin
ONLINE

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...
223BIL400BO 01/18 Tu 11:00am-2:00pm Morley
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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, more...
223BIL208O 01/31 Mo 10:00am-3:30pm Jess
ONLINE

February

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...
223BIL300BO 02/02 We 10:00am-12:30pm Rauh
ONLINE

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...
223BIL415O 02/03 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Reiner
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...
223BIL421BO 02/05 Sa 10:00am-3:00pm Rogers-Knox
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...
223BIL331BO 02/07 Mo 5:30pm-8:30pm James
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Butterflies play a crucial part in plant pollination. Learn how to use watercolor and colored pencil techniques to create brilliantly colored patterns seen on the wings more...
223BIL464O 02/09 We 11:00am-1:30pm Reiner
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...
223BIL301DO 02/10 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Vogel
ONLINE

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 Wix.com, a free and easy-to-use platform. We more...
223BIL395 02/18 Fr 11:00am-1:20pm Marcheschi
NYBG

March

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...
223BIL301EO 03/02 We 11:00am-2:00pm Lyness
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...
223BIL302CO 03/03 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Nemergut
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Learn how to accurately draw feathers, wings and birds with popular artist Mindy Lighthipe. Each week, you'll be introduced to a new part of a bird's more...
223BIL451O 03/04 Fr 11:00am-2:00pm Lighthipe
ONLINE

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...
223BIL407O 03/08 Tu 11:00am-4:30pm Vogel
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...
223BIL302DO 03/16 We 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...
223BIL303BO 03/17 Th 10:00am-1:00pm James
ONLINE

Learn to identify and draw the key characteristics associated with coniferous plants. From needles and bark to seeds and cones, come away with athorough grounding in the best ways to illustrate the morphological attributes of this beautiful group of plants. more...
223BIL404O 03/17 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Rauh
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
223BIL394BO 03/19 Sa 11:00am-1:30pm TBA
ONLINE

April

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...
224BIL332O 04/18 Mo 5:30pm-8:30pm James
ONLINE