Robin Jess
Robin Jess Robin Jess is currently the Executive Director of the American Society of Botanical Artists. She was recently invited to paint at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii for two weeks in March. Robin has been a freelance botanical illustrator and artist since 1976. She earned an M.A. from Pratt Institute. She has received two grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, including the Distinguished Artist's Fellowship in 1990. With funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and through the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Robin created a series of 40 watercolors of New Jersey's Pinelands flora, which toured the state's major museums and arts venues. Robin also developed the botanical illustration certificate program for NYBG where she has illustrated many books and continues to teach.

Classes by this instructor

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 ability to convey the more...
02/28 We 10:00am-03:30pm Jess
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 manuscri more...
02/09 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Jess
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 ample personal assistance. Take advantag more...
01/19 Fr 10:00am-02:00pm Jess