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
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
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
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
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-03:30pm 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
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
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
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...
07/08 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. 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
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
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