Botanical Illustration Classes

Courses are designed to provide a thorough foundation in the classical approaches and disciplines of botanical illustration.   Arranged in a series format, classes are structured for students pursuing the Garden Education Certificate in Botanical Illustration.  Enrollment in the certificate program is not required to take courses in the Botanical Illustration curriculum.  Pre-requisites are listed under individual course descriptions.

Looking for other media, including fiber arts and other drawing styles?  Check out Art in the Garden.

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Class Schedule April – August 2015

Introduction to Watercolor for Botanical Illustration | April 11, 18, 25, May 2

Students learn about painting materials (papers and brushes), practice watercolor painting skills and complete exercises demonstrating core techniques.  Instructor: Hazel Buys.


Pen and Ink for Botanical Illustration | May 9, 16, 30, June 30

This course builds in students’ previous experiences with drawing and rendering in graphite.  Instructor: Lorraine Brevig.


Botanical Illustration Sunday Studios | May 17, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13

Advisors and students work on certificate projects together in these sessions for certificate candidates.


Introduction to Drawing for Botanical Illustration | June 4, 11, 18, 25

This class explores drawing materials, line quality and expressiveness as well as basic aids to drawing.  Instructor: Hazel Buys.


Advanced Watercolor for Botanical Illustration | July 7, 9, 14, 16

Williamsburg-based artist Juliet Kirby leads this four-day watercolor workshop for advanced botanical artists.


Intermediate Drawing for Botanical Illustration | July 15, 22, 29, August 5

Continue to explore line quality and expressiveness and refine the basic knowledge and techniques covered in Introduction to Drawing.   Instructor: Hazel Buys.


Introduction to Watercolor for Botanical Illustration | August 11, 18, 25, September 1

Students learn about painting materials, practice watercolor painting skills and complete exercises demonstrating core techniques.

Interested in gaining a thorough foundation in the art of botanical illustration?

Explore our Botanical Illustration Certificate Program.

Explore the Certificate