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

September
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 We 06:00pm-09:00pm James
MDTN
Explore how to evoke the craggy, peeling, or gnarled textures of bark using silverpoint, whose shine develops a soft patina over time, adding complexity to your drawing. Using a silver wire held in a stylus, experiment with all aspects of more...
09/13 Th 10:00am-02:30pm Nemergut
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...
09/14 Fr 10:00am-01:35pm James
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...
09/15 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Vogel
NYBG
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...
09/17 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...
09/18 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Sapanara
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 and photo reference materials will be more...
09/23 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Di Costanzo
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...
09/24 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Vogel
MDTN
Award-winning botanical and wildlife artist Katie Lee will guide you step by step as you create an accordion book that tells the life cycle of a species. From seed to seed for a plant, or from egg to maturity for more...
09/24 Mo 10:00am-04:30pm Lee
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...
09/25 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Vogel
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...
09/26 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Lyness
MDTN
Build upon the skills you learned in Watercolor I to accurately render the highlights and glossy surface textures of the crabapple's diminutive, round fruits. If you took the spring section, you can use this opportunity to add a fruiting branch more...
09/26 We 10:00am-02:30pm Jess
NYBG
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...
09/27 Th 10:30am-01:30pm Vogel
NYBG
Learn to evoke the glowing hues and glossy skins of autumnal fruits.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshop dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture the beautiful colors and unique more...
09/30 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Sapanara
NYBG
October
Explore special drawing techniques and create dynamic compositions that capture the nature and "personality" of NYBG's exquisite specimen trees. From a weeping willow to a sturdy oak, trees all have defining characteristics. Frank Guida will take you en plein air more...
10/05 Fr 10:00am-03:00pm Guida
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 and photo reference materials will be more...
10/13 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Rossetti
MDTN
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...
10/20 Sa 10:00am-12:30pm Rauh
NYBG
Focus on the most brilliant and seasonal foliage—maple, ginkgo, sassafras, or even something unexpected.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshop dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture the beautiful more...
10/21 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Vogel
NYBG
Develop the skills you learned in Watercolor I by focusing on the bold, beautiful sunflower. Working with live specimens, we'll use graphite to develop an exact tonal drawing that will serve as a base for our painting. Then, we'll experiment more...
10/25 Th 10:00am-03:30pm James
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 and photo reference materials will be more...
10/28 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Saylor
NYBG
November
Internationally acclaimed Australian watercolor master John Pastoriza-Pi¤ol will teach you how to use masking fluid and washes to create deep, glowing effects that enhance the drama and power of your paintings. Delivered with his great sense of humor, his clear more...
11/01 Th 10:00am-04:00pm Pastoriza-Piñol
MDTN
Focus on the most brilliant and seasonal foliage—maple, ginkgo, sassafras, or even something unexpected.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshop dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture the beautiful more...
11/04 Su 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...
11/05 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Vogel
MDTN
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...
11/06 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Vogel
MDTN
Revel in autumn 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 autumn more...
11/07 We 10:00am-04:00pm Hollender
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...
11/09 Fr 10:00am-01:40pm Reiner
NYBG
Focus on the most brilliant and seasonal foliage—maple, ginkgo, sassafras, or even something unexpected.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshop dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture the beautiful more...
11/17 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Vogel
MDTN
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...
11/26 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm James
MDTN
December
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...
12/08 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Christiansen
NYBG
January
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...
01/07 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Vogel
MDTN
A traditional scientific botanical illustration- sometimes called a plate-tells the story of a plant, and includes details and dissections, in addition to a life-size drawing. Learn how to select the key characteristics to feature, and how to compose a holistic more...
01/08 Tu 10:00am-02:30pm Jess
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.
Prerequisite: more...
01/08 Tu 10:30am-03:30pm Vogel
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...
01/09 We 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
  01/09 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Vogel
MDTN
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.

01/10 Th 10:00am-01:00pm James
NYBG
Building on basic skills learned in drawing and watercolor, draw and paint the showy Amaryllis from the ground up: roots, bulb, stem, leaves, flower bud, and flowers. We'll focus on accuracy in line and color, as well as light on more...
01/17 Th 10:00am-03:30pm Miranda
MDTN
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...
01/26 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm 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 and photo reference materials will be more...
01/26 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Rossetti
MDTN
Explore the craggy textures and desolate beauty of winter seed pods.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshop dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture the beautiful colors and unique details more...
01/27 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Di Costanzo
NYBG
February
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...
02/02 Sa 10:00am-02:00pm Jess
MDTN
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...
02/02 Sa 10:00am-03:00pm Jones
NYBG
Fascinated by owls, hawks, eagles, and falcons? Learn their anatomical structure, the form and function of plumage, their habitats, and behavioral habits as you hone your natural science drawing skills. Graphite lends delicacy, depth, and fine detail to drawings, and more...
02/05 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Christiansen
NYBG
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...
02/07 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
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...
02/07 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Reiner
MDTN
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...
02/09 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Thompson
NYBG
Study the warm tones of flowers available in our corner markets, even in the winter's cold.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshop dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture more...
02/10 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Vogel
NYBG
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...
02/11 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm James
NYBG
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...
02/15 Fr 11:00am-04:30pm Woodin
NYBG
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...
02/20 We 10:00am-03:30pm Jess
NYBG
Study the warm tones of flowers available in our corner markets, even in the winter's cold.

Artists of all skill levels will enjoy these one-day workshop dedicated to basic watercolor techniques. In each session, you'll learn to capture more...
02/24 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Vogel
NYBG
U.K. botanical artist Elaine Searle is renowned for making ordinary botanical subjects look extraordinary. Part of her secret lies in creating strong compositions. In this special workshop, she'll encourage you to push the boundaries of your art. Working with a more...
02/27 We 10:00am-01:00pm Searle
NYBG
March
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...
03/02 Sa 11:00am-02:30pm Thompson
NYBG
Learn to identify and draw the key characteristics associated with coniferous plants. From needles and bark to seeds and cones, come away with a thorough grounding in the best ways to illustrate the morphological attributes of this beautiful group of more...
03/03 Su 10:00am-03:30pm Rauh
NYBG
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...
03/05 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm James
MDTN
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...
03/06 We 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
  03/06 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Vogel
MDTN
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...
03/11 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Vogel
MDTN
Add intricacy and excitement to your work by drawing a plant in its natural habitat. Using only graphite, you'll work step-by-step to build up values to illustrate "ground litter" such as leaves, twigs, nuts, and pods around a small, focal more...
03/14 Th 10:00am-03:30pm Rogers-Knox
NYBG
This one-day session is devoted to an in-depth study of orchids. Look at some of the special adaptations and growth patterns, and use microscopes and lab books. Examine and record differences and similarities in this very large and varied group more...
03/16 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Rauh
NYBG