Botanical Art & Illustration Classes

Are you a plant person, an art person, or both? Contemporary botanical art combines these interests to capture the beauty of the natural world. NYBG offered North America’s first formal botanical art certificate program, and has remained a leader in the discipline for three decades. A well-rounded array of courses in the classroom and Garden can be enjoyed singly, just for fun, or lead to a Certificate

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May
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...
05/31 We 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
June
Tiny flowers and fruits have fascinating architecture that must be enlarged in order to be rendered properly. Use a dissecting microscope to closely examine samples and learn specific techniques to measure and scale up the botanical subjects for final artwork. more...
06/13 Tu 10:00am-03:30pm Rauh
NYBG
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...
06/15 Th 10:00am-03:30pm Vogel
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...
06/19 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Vogel
MDTN
Luxuriant textures, like those of violet and magnolia petals, require special skill to reproduce. Experiment with a step-by-step method using watercolor to achieve this rich, velvety look. Come away with a variety of actionable, artistic tips. Prerequisite: Botanical Watercolor.

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06/19 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Pellicano
MDTN
Vellum has long been used to create paintings that seem to glow from within. Learn the basics of this ancient art, beginning with how to prepare vellum for painting. After transferring a small compositional drawing to vellum, you will apply more...
06/21 We 10:30am-04:00pm Woodin
NYBG
July
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.

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07/10 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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07/10 Mo 10:00am-04:30pm Morley
NYBG
Popular artist, instructor, and former Coordinator of our Certificate Program, Mindy Lighthipe is renowned for her beautiful natural science renderings. Join Mindy for a special workshop on the anatomy of butterflies, moths, and other pollinating insects that will enhance your more...
07/17 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Lighthipe
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...
07/18 Tu 10:00am-01:20pm Vogel
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...
07/24 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Rawlins
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...
07/31 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Christiansen
MDTN
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...
07/31 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
August
A challenge you have likely faced as a botanical artist is translating the color you see into the color you paint. In this special course, you'll paint various flowers and leaves while focusing on how to create rich, deep colors, more...
08/08 Tu 10:30am-02:30pm Jess
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...
09/13 We 10:00am-02:30pm Nemergut
NYBG