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 2018

Botanical Illustration Sunday Studios | April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9

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


Lecture & Demonstration: Drawing and Painting Butterflies with Katie Lee | April 26

Botanical artist Katie Lee discusses her fascination with butterflies and demonstrates some of her drawing and painting techniques.


Master Class: Drawing and Painting Butterflies with Katie Lee | April 27, April 28, April 29, April 30

A butterfly alone can create an exquisite painting, but when added to a botanical work it not only enhances the image, it can also inform the viewer of the role the butterfly plays in some of the intricate interdependencies of nature.  Instructor: Katie Lee


Pen & Ink for Botanical Illustration | May 12, 19, June 2, 9 (skips May 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


Intermediate Watercolor for Botanical Illustration | June 16, 23, 30, July 7

See how light falling on leaves reveals structure, form, and texture. Use the paints in your palette to make nature’s colors. Explore warm and cool colors to find just the right mix. Make four small, detailed leaf paintings on watercolor paper.  Instructors: Hazel Buys and Judith Towers


Advanced Watercolor Workshop | July 19, 24, 26, 31

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.


Painting White Flowers | August 2, 4, 7, 9 (Date Change from published dates!)

Work with Instructors Hazel Buys and Judith Towers on class days 1 and 2 to plan your composition and complete a value study with graphite. Study with Advanced Watercolor Instructor Juliet Kirby during classes 3 and 4 in order to perfect techniques for capturing radiant whites with a light touch of the brush.

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

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