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 August-December 2015

Botanical Illustration Sunday Studios | August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13

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

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

Students learn about painting materials (papers and brushes), practice watercolor painting skills and complete exercises demonstrating core techniques.  Instructor: Hazel Buys.  (Pre-requisites: Introduction to Drawing and Intermediate drawing or equivalent)

Botany for Botanical Artists | September 16, 23, 30, October 7

Morning sessions help you learn to understand the structure of flowering plants and conifers and to study and draw a diversity of plant parts under the guidance of a botanist.  Afternoons are devoted to graphite illustrations of plants related to the morning’s discussion.  Instructors: Sheila Hayden and Judith Towers. (Pre-requisites: Introduction to Drawing and Intermediate drawing or equivalent)

Pen and Ink for Botanical Illustration | October 3, 10, 17, 24

Primarily associated with scientific illustration because of its ease for reproduction in books and scientific journals, pen and ink is a valuable tool for the botanical artist.  This course builds and expands on students’ previous experiences with drawing and rendering in graphite.  Instructor: Lorraine Brevig.  (Pre-requisites: Introduction to Drawing and Intermediate drawing or equivalent)

Techniques for Watercolor: Mixing Greens, Painting Leaves | October 13, 20, 27, November 3

See how light falling on leaves reveals structure, form, and texture. Use the paints in your palette to make nature’s greens.  Instructors: Hazel Buys and Judith Towers.  (Pre-requisites Introduction to Drawing, Intermediate Drawing and Introduction to Watercolor)

Advanced Watercolor for Botanical Illustration | November 5, 10, 12, 17

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


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

Explore our Botanical Illustration Certificate Program.

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