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 2018

Botanical Illustration Sunday Studios | December 10, January 14, February 11, April 8

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 | January 13, 20, 27, February 3

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

Advanced Watercolor for Botanical Illustration | February 22, 27, March 1, 6

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.

Intermediate Drawing for Botanical Illustration | February 23, 24, March 2, 3

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

Lecture: Putting Botanical Art to Work | March 11

Members of the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE) are committed to fostering the use and conservation of native plants, while pursuing excellence in botanical art. Join us for a presentation about their recent project and book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic and learn about how these contemporary plant portraits were created.

Introduction to Watercolor for Botanical Illustration | March 17, 24, 31, April 7

Students learn about painting materials (papers and brushes), practice watercolor painting skills and complete exercises demonstrating core techniques. Complete one or more painting(s) of a simple botanical subject (e.g., leaf, nut, simple flower) of your choice, practicing the painting skills taught in the class.  Instructor: Hazel Buys

Botany and Journaling with Lara Call Gastinger | March 21, April 18, May 23

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.


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