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.

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Classes

October
A deep understanding of your subject is crucial to creating exquisite botanical art. Focusing on hemlocks, Patricia Wynne will walk you through best research practices, using world-class resources inside and outside the Garden. You'll make reference sketches and take photos more...
10/04 We 10:00am-01:00pm Wynne
NYBG
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...
10/06 Fr 10:00am-03:00pm Guida
NYBG
Under the guidance of award-winning botanical artist Ingrid Finnan, create a number of small studies in oil. If you are a beginner, the basics will be covered so you have the confidence to continue exploring the medium on your own. more...
10/13 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Finnan
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...
10/17 Tu 10:00am-12:30pm Rauh
NYBG
Autumn is the prime growing time for the rich diversity of local wild mushrooms. These mysterious life forms display a variety of fleshy shapes, colors, and textures, making them great subjects for illustration. Learn to capture their beauty and accurately more...
10/23 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Miranda
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...
10/31 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Vogel
MDTN
November
Layering watercolor, colored pencil, and watercolor pencil is a dynamic technique that creates rich color, detail, and form. Veteran instructor Wendy Hollender blends botanical education and art while you learn to draw different members of the gourd family.Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing more...
11/01 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 Th 10:00am-01:40pm Reiner
NYBG
Take advantage of this special opportunity to learn the traditional botanical watercolor technique of dry brush with internationally renowned botanical artist Asuka Hishiki who has shown her work at the Hunt Institute, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the National Tropical more...
11/18 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Hishiki
NYBG
December
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...
12/04 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm James
MDTN
Spend two winter afternoons in the sunlit Lowland Tropical Rain Forest Gallery sketching the plants that flourish there. With Wendy Hollender as your guide, capture the leaves and tendrils of exotic flora from the unique vantage point of the skywalk more...
12/13 We 02:00pm-05:00pm Hollender
NYBG
January
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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01/09 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm 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.
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01/10 We 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
  01/10 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.

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01/11 Th 10:00am-01:00pm James
NYBG
Building on skills learned in Watercolor I, combine wet and drybrush techniques to make the waxy, glossy and fuzzy textures found in the leaves of hollies and magnolias. Creating sparkling highlights, rich greens and drybrush details will be demonstrated with more...
01/19 Fr 10:00am-02:00pm Jess
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...
01/20 Sa 11:00am-04:30pm Woodin
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...
01/25 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Reiner
MDTN
February
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...
02/03 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Herman
NYBG
Hummingbirds play a key role in the pollination of many flower types and can add lively interest to your botanical art. You'll learn the anatomy, habitat and behavior of these diminutive birds, as well as techniques for rendering their vivid more...
02/06 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Christiansen
NYBG
Delve into botanical art history with NYBG's Stephen Sinon, Head of Special Collections, Research and Archives, as your expert guide. Explore the evolution of the art form, from Renaissance-era woodcuts through works by contemporary artists. We'll examine gloriously illuminated 16th-century more...
02/09 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Jess
Sinon
NYBG
Strong composition is essential to creating memorable works of art and illustration. Through exercises addressing focal point, balance, leading the eye, the Rule of Thirds, and more, students will learn a range of principles that will inform and improve their more...
02/10 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Jones
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...
02/12 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm James
NYBG
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 graceful images of different genera in this beautiful and varied 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 range and variety of warm and cool yellows, and practice mixing and applying their correct shadow hues using daffodils and 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