Botanical Art & Illustration Classes

Contemporary botanical art captures the beauty of the natural world with precision, and our extraordinary instructors share their expertise in this nurturing yet rigorous program. NYBG offered North America’s first formal botanical art certificate program, and has remained a leader in the discipline for more than three decades. Whether you are looking for personal enrichment or a professional credential, the NYBG Certificate is a prestigious indicator of mastery and accomplishment. 

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Classes

July
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.
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07/08 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
Accurate observation translates into sensitive, realistic drawings and is an essential skill for botanical artists. Learn contour drawing with an emphasis on proportion, and explore techniques such as foreshortening, perspective, and line weight.

This class is a prerequisite for more...
07/08 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
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.
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07/08 Mo 10:00am-04:30pm Morley
NYBG
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.
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07/09 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm James
MDTN
Accurate observation translates into sensitive, realistic drawings and is an essential skill for botanical artists. Learn contour drawing with an emphasis on proportion, and explore techniques such as foreshortening, perspective, and line weight.

This class is a prerequisite for more...
07/09 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm James
MDTN
Leaves are endlessly varied—in their arrangement on the stem, their form and shape, their texture and margins. We will begin each class looking at different types of leaves to inform our artwork. You'll build on basic watercolor skills as you more...
07/13 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Jess
MDTN
Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshops dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture the beautiful colors and unique details of a different botanical subject. Plant materials will be provided by more...
07/14 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Di Costanzo
NYBG
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...
07/16 Tu 10:00am-02:00pm Vogel
NYBG
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, a versatility that makes it an enjoyable medium for creating botanical artwork. Learn how more...
07/16 Tu 10:00am-02:00pm Vogel
NYBG
You loved her recent New Yorker covers! Awardwinning artist and seasoned educator Jenny Kroik is known for the loosely rendered, evocative scenes she describes as "very responsive—like a journal." Using cut flowers as your subject, you will learn the basics more...
07/20 Sa 12:00pm-02:00pm Kroik
NYBG
Mindy Lighthipe, popular artist, and author of The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration, leads this special workshop focused on accurately depicting pollinating insects in flight. Mindy will show you how to render the anatomy and wing position of butterflies, more...
07/22 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Lighthipe
NYBG
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...
07/29 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
Apply Botanical Drawing I skills and techniques to simple relevant subjects. 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 and space in more...
07/29 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
August
Practice layering watercolor, colored pencil, and watercolor pencil to create rich color, detail, and form under the expert guidance of Wendy Hollender. You'll experiment with a dynamic blend of botanical drawing and painting techniques while focusing on the structure of more...
08/02 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Hollender
NYBG
Though pencil drawings are generally considered to be "studies" for more complete renderings, graphite can also be used to produce finished illustrations suitable for publication in scientific journals. Using a graduated series of pencils as well as tortillons and erasers, more...
08/12 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Rawlins
NYBG
Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshops dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture the beautiful colors and unique details of a different botanical subject. Plant materials will be provided by more...
08/25 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Di Costanzo
NYBG
September
The intricate beauty of a bird's nest really shines when drawn in silverpoint, especially as the silver develops a soft patina over time. Using a silver wire held in a stylus, master an organic approach to drawing a complex subject. more...
09/11 We 10:00am-02:30pm Nemergut
NYBG
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.

09/12 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm James
MDTN
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.
more...
09/13 Fr 10:00am-01:35pm Miranda
NYBG
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...
09/14 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Vogel
NYBG
Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshops dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture the beautiful colors and unique details of a different botanical subject. Plant materials will be provided by more...
09/15 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Wry
NYBG
Enjoy painting botanical watercolors in a relaxed atmosphere. This class is designed for both inexperienced students and those who wish to improve their skills. Sign up for one section, or several! Lectures and demonstrations are enhanced by individual instruction. Work more...
09/16 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Vogel
MDTN
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...
09/16 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm James
MDTN
Do you ever wish you could capture the details of a plant long after you've seen it? This intro class teaches you how to make realistic drawings of plants using a variety of techniques. Learn to draw a selection of more...
09/17 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Wry
NYBG
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.
more...
09/17 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Lyness
MDTN
Do you ever wish you could capture the details of a plant long after you've seen it? This intro class teaches you how to make realistic drawings of plants using a variety of techniques. Learn to draw a selection of more...
09/25 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Lyness
MDTN
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...
09/26 Th 10:30am-01:30pm Vogel
NYBG