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 January-April 2016

Botanical Illustration Sunday Studios | December 13, January 10, February 14, March 13, April 17

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

Introduction to Drawing for Botanical Illustration | January 9, 16, 23, 30 OR February 19, 20, 26, 27

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). Instructor: Hazel Buys.

Winter Botany for Botanical Artists | February 6, 13

Explore the intricacies of plant forms in winter. Morning sessions help you learn to understand the structure of cones, berries, twigs. 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)

Advanced Watercolor for Botanical Illustration | February 18, 23, 25, March 1

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

Intermediate Drawing for Botanical Illustration | March 5, 12, 19, 26

Continue to explore line quality and expressiveness as begun in “Introduction.”  Students continue to develop the basic techniques and knowledge. Instructor: Hazel Buys.  (Pre-requisite: Introduction to Drawing)

Guest Artist Workshop: Painting in Sepia with Lara Call Gastinger | April 9, 10

Learn a detailed approach to observing and painting spring specimens with a monochromatic sepia palette.  You will learn how to accurately render stems, create value, detail different textures, and use brush control to attain a tight finished look.  Instructor: Lara Call Gastinger.  (This is an intermediate to advanced level class)

Introduction to Watercolor for Botanical Illustration | April 30, May 7, 14, 21

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)


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

Explore our Botanical Illustration Certificate Program.

Explore the Certificate