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 December – April 2017

Botanical Illustration Sunday Studios | January 8 January 15, February 12, March 12, April 9

Mentors and students work on certificate projects together in an informal setting.

Introduction to Drawing for Botanical Illustration | January 14, 21, 28, February 4

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

Winter Botany for Botanical Artists | February 2, 9

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 & Judith Towers

Intermediate Drawing for Botanical Illustration | February 11, 18, 25, March 4

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

Advanced Watercolor for Botanical Illustration | February 23, 28, March 2, 7

Williamsburg-based botanical artist Juliet Kirby leads this four-day watercolor workshop for advanced botanical artists.  Focus is on composition, accuracy, and direction of light.

Botany and Journaling with Lara Call Gastinger | March 8, April 12, May 3

Explore botany and art together. Join botanical artist Lara Call Gastinger to learn how to use a sketchbook to observe the ways plants change each month

Pen and Ink for Botanical Illustration | March 18, 19, 25, 26

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

Botany for Botanical Artists | March 23, 30, April 6, 13

Botanical illustrators need to be well versed in the intricacies of plant forms. 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.  Instructors: Sheila Hayden & Judith Towers

Painting on Vellum with Guest Artist Denise Walser-Kolar | March 31, April 1, 2

Denise Walser-Kolar reveals her technique for painting on vellum during this three-day workshop designed for students who are new to vellum. Begin by doing some exercises on small bits of vellum to learn her technique and get a feel for painting on this surface. Then choose a small fruit to draw and paint.

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

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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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