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

March
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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03/28 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm James
MDTN
  03/30 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Vogel
NYBG
Intricacies of stones and shells are fun to draw! Experiment with advanced graphite techniques to capture striking depressions, fissures, and striations of your natural science subjects. Please bring your own collection to draw. Recommended specimens include whelk or nautilus shells, more...
03/30 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Miranda
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...
04/02 Tu 10:00am-03:30pm Vogel
NYBG
Bring a timeless quality to your work by learning to paint on vellum. Denise Walser-Kolar, whose luminous paintings have garnered awards from the RHS and ASBA, will use short exercises, demos, and discussion of materials to teach you a variety more...
04/05 Fr 10:00am-04:30pm Walser-Kolar
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.

04/18 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
  04/24 We 10:00am-01:00pm James
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...
04/29 Mo 10:00am-03:00pm Rogers-Knox
NYBG
May
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...
05/03 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Morley
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...
05/11 Sa 10:30am-03:30pm Sapanara
MDTN
Plants that "eat" animals have intrigued naturalists for centuries, from glistening sundews to vivid, almost erotic Venus's flytraps. We'll focus specifically on accurately rendering the morphology of pitcher plants with their magnificent and intricately patterned, multicolored vases. You'll use dissecting more...
05/14 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...
05/18 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Vogel
NYBG
Ann Swan—RHS Gold Medalist and author of Botanical Painting with Colored Pencils—will share her many tips for creating rich, clean colors and realistic textures that help you capture velvety petals, strong highlights, and surface patterns. Explore using solvents and fluorescent more...
05/29 We 10:00am-04:30pm Swan
NYBG
June
Learn to approach animal portraiture from an anatomical perspective. We will see how structures of the skeleton and musculature combine with texture, coloration, and expression for realistic portraits. Techniques will be directly applicable to all animals, domestic and wild, and more...
06/24 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Fleming
NYBG
July
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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07/08 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
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...
07/08 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. 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...
07/09 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm James
MDTN
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
Leaves are endlessly varied—in their arrangement on the stem, their form and shape, their texture and margins. We will begin each class looking at different types of leaves to inform our artwork. You'll build on basic watercolor skills as you more...
07/13 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Jess
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
Mindy Lighthipe, popular artist, and author of The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration, leads this special workshop focused on accurately depicting pollinating insects in flight. Mindy will show you how to render the anatomy and wing position of butterflies, more...
07/22 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Lighthipe
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...
07/29 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Nemergut
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
August
Practice layering watercolor, colored pencil, and watercolor pencil to create rich color, detail, and form under the expert guidance of Wendy Hollender. You'll experiment with a dynamic blend of botanical drawing and painting techniques while focusing on the structure of more...
08/02 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Hollender
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...
08/12 Mo 10:00am-02:30pm Rawlins
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...
09/11 We 10:00am-02:30pm Nemergut
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.

09/12 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm James
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...
09/13 Fr 10:00am-01:35pm Miranda
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...
09/14 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...
09/16 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm James
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...
09/17 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Lyness
MDTN
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...
09/26 Th 10:30am-01:30pm Vogel
NYBG