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

June
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 TBA
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.
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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.
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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