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 2017

Botanical Illustration Sunday Studios | August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10

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

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

Botany and Journaling with Lara Call Gastinger | September 13, October 11, November 15

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. Explore strategies to condense the natural world within the pages of your sketchbook.

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

Advanced Watercolor for Botanical Illustration | October 19, 24, 26, 31

Williamsburg-based botanical artist Juliet Kirby leads this four-day watercolor workshop for advanced botanical artists.  Participants bring a plant of their own choosing.  Focus is on composition, accuracy, and direction of light.

Botany for Botanical Artists | October 21, 28, November 4, 11

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.  Students keep an illustrated study journal.  Afternoons are devoted to graphite illustrations of plants related to the morning’s discussion.

Biology for Botanical Artists: Fungi | October 27, November 3, 10

Although no longer considered formally to be members of the plant kingdom, fungi make fascinating subjects for botanical illustrators. Morning sessions help you learn to understand the structure of these distinctive organisms through lecture and observation under the guidance of botanist John Hayden. Afternoons are devoted to graphite illustrations of fungi related to the morning’s discussion.

Painting Fungi with Margaret Saylor | November 18, 19

Much of the mystery and intrigue surrounding mushrooms comes from the tiny kingdom on the forest floor that they inhabit. Join Margaret Saylor for a two-day workshop to examine different types of fungi and mushrooms, then sketch, compose, and build a unique and accurate painting.

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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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