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 over 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.

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Classes

February
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...
02/23 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Rauh
NYBG
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...
02/24 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Day
MDTN
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...
02/24 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Herman
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...
02/28 We 10:00am-03:30pm Jess
NYBG
March
Painting with yellow in watercolor presents many challenges, and subjects can easily be overpainted. Learn to work with a wide variety of warm and cool yellows, and practice mixing and applying their shadow hues using daffodils and other yellow flowers. more...
03/06 Tu 10:00am-03:30pm Rogers-Knox
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...
03/07 We 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
  03/07 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Vogel
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...
03/24 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Vogel
NYBG
  03/29 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm James
MDTN
April
Use the warmth and elegance of sepia to enhance your watercolor skills in washes, developing tone and adding detail. Regardless of your watercolor abilities, you will gain painting confidence by working in monochromatic sepia paint—without worrying about color. At the more...
04/03 Tu 10:00am-02:30pm Vogel
NYBG
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...
04/11 We 10:00am-12:30pm Rauh
NYBG
Strengthen your drawing skills with an in-depth study of tonal values and how to apply them using graphite. Revisit the basic shapes and the principles of shading. Learn to use these basic drawing tools to interpret the 3D forms of more...
04/19 Th 10:00am-03:30pm Morley
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.

04/26 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
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...
04/27 Fr 10:00am-03:00pm Jones
NYBG
May
With a little planning and patience the botanical artist can incorporate several seasons within one painting. In the spring session, you'll paint the beautiful crabapple blossoms, then return in the fall to add a fruiting branch. Sign up for one more...
05/01 Tu 10:00am-02:30pm Jess
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.

05/02 We 06:00pm-09:00pm James
MDTN
Each spring, New York trees blossom in abundance— from simple oaks and maples, to exuberant dogwood, crabapples, and magnolias. Instructor Frank Guida takes you en plein air to draw ethereal drifts of blossoms on the bough, and develop your skill more...
05/03 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Guida
NYBG
Revel in 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 spring more...
05/04 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Hollender
NYBG
Flowers exist to produce seeds, and some flower species have developed fascinating structures to aid pollination and seed distribution. Use microscopes to investigate this intricate architecture, while capturing its beauty in graphite. Focus on how form follows function in flowers. more...
05/15 Tu 10:00am-02:30pm Rauh
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...
05/19 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Vogel
NYBG
June
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...
06/02 Sa 10:30am-02:30pm Sapanara
MDTN
Many 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 your botanical subjects for final artwork. more...
06/12 Tu 10:00am-03:30pm Rauh
NYBG
From gerbils to giraffes, and big cats to house cats, mammals make inspiring subjects. Learn the basic anatomy common among mammals, including underlying skeletal and muscular structures to help you create realistic renderings. Develop techniques to address subtle differences in more...
06/25 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Reilly
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.

This class is a prerequisite for more...
07/09 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
  07/09 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm James
MDTN
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.
more...
07/09 Mo 10:00am-04:30pm Morley
NYBG
there is magic in iridescence. Renowned natural science artist and author of the recently published The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration Mindy Lighthipe will show you how to capture the beguiling shimmer on peacock feathers, beetle exoskeletons, butterfly wings, more...
07/16 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...
07/17 Tu 10:00am-02:00pm Vogel
NYBG
The sensual hibiscus flower, a focus of O'Keeffe's work during her time in Hawai`i, continues to beguile. Practice blending colored pencil and watercolor pencil to capture the tropical stunner's undulating petals and dramatic reproductive structure.
07/25 We 10:00am-03:30pm Hollender
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...
07/30 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
August
As a medium, carbon dust has been a mainstay for natural science illustrators for nearly a century. The technique combines carbon pencil lines and dust "washes" applied with brushes, resulting in rich, tonal renderings with a strong value range and more...
08/13 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Rawlins
NYBG
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
An accordion book is the perfect format for telling the life cycle of a species, whether plant or animal. From seed to seed for a plant, or from egg to maturity for a bird, the story is revealed with each 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
With a little planning and patience the botanical artist can incorporate several seasons within one painting. In the spring session, you'll paint the beautiful crabapple blossoms, then return in the fall to add a fruiting branch. Sign up for one 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