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 2017

Botanical Illustration Sunday Studios | April 9, May 21, June 11, July 9, August 13

Mentors and students work on certificate projects together in an informal setting.  Open to Botanical Illustration certificate candidates only.

Introduction to Watercolor for Botanical Illustration | May 13, 20, June 3, 10

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

Advanced Watercolor for Botanical Illustration | June 15, 20, 22, 27

Williamsburg-based botanical artist Juliet Kirby leads this four-day watercolor workshop for advanced botanical artists.  Participants bring a plant of their own choosing.

Monochromatic Watercolor Painting | June 17, 24, July 1, 8

This class emphasizes shading, light, and form while familiarizing students with the properties and techniques of watercolor paint. Students learn how to hone their ability to render three-dimensional shapes in watercolor through a series of workshops, demonstrations, and discussions.  Instructor: Kelly McLeod

Techniques for Watercolor: Mixing Color, Painting Leaves | July 15, 22, 29, August 5

See how light falling on leaves reveals structure, form, and texture. Use the paints in your palette to make nature’s colors.  Instructors: Hazel Buys & Judith Towers

Introduction to Drawing for Botanical Illustration | August 8, 10, 15, 17

This class explores drawing materials (papers and pencils), line quality and expressiveness as well as basic aids to drawing (types of rulers, compass and stencils). Students study the basics of proportion, perspective and composition in addition to simple approaches to rendering form with tone.  Instructor: Hazel Buys

Intermediate Drawing for Botanical Illustration | September 16, 23, 30, October 7

Students  continue to develop the basic techniques and knowledge covered in Introduction to Drawing. Complete one or more drawings of a seasonally-appropriate botanical subject of your choice, practicing the core concepts taught in the class. Instructor: Hazel Buys

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Interested in gaining a thorough foundation in the art of botanical illustration?  Explore our Botanical Illustration Certificate Program.


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