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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 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

April
Layering watercolor, colored pencil and watercolor pencil is a dynamic technique that creates rich color, detail, and form. This class blends botanical drawing and painting techniques while you learn the structure and botany of daffodils, tulips, and other spring bulbs more...
04/24 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Hollender
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...
04/28 Fr 10:00am-03:00pm Jones
NYBG
May
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...
05/04 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Reiner
NYBG
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 at more...
05/05 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Guida
NYBG
Working with colored pencils, learn how to achieve a rich glow using multiple overlays of pigments that give fruit an intriguing luminosity. The colors you think you know can change their appearance on black paper. Learn how to control these more...
05/05 Fr 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.

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05/10 We 10:00am-01:00pm Vogel
NYBG
  05/10 We 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...
05/13 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Vogel
NYBG
Build your watercolor skills with a concentrated focus on dry brush, an essential technique needed to replicate texture, define edges, tighten up shapes, model form, and add final details to botanical subjects. Begin creating detailed delineation on branches and stamens, more...
05/16 Tu 10:00am-03:30pm Sapanara
NYBG
After spending hours creating a work of botanical art, it is important to professionally present and preserve it. Whether for evaluation, juried competition, exhibition, or storage, knowing the best way to frame your work and keep it pristine requires attention more...
05/19 Fr 10:00am-04:30pm James
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
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