Students enrolled in the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate program will learn how to draw botanical subjects with scientific accuracy, artistry and mastery of technical methods. Using a basic knowledge of plant morphology, participants will develop the skills needed to document plants in intricate detail, including the root system, upper and lower leaf surfaces, flowers, fruits and seed heads. This program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing art for pleasure and self-satisfaction, and they can choose between two concentrations: watercolor or colored pencil. Beginners, as well as those with art experience, are welcome. Students may repeat most courses in the program at a 10-percent discount; however, a repeat course cannot apply toward certificate credit.

For more details about our programs, or to receive personalized class recommendations from our helpful staff, please feel free to contact us at edu@phipps.conservatory.org.

Botanical Drawing I: Foundations | Robin Menard

Saturdays: Jan. 13, 20 and 27, 2018 (Snow Date: Feb. 3) | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To accurately draw three-dimensional shapes using line and tone, employing geometric and aerial perspective in drawing botanical subjects.
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

In this beginning drawing class, you will learn to identify basic shapes in nature, and using a step-by-step process, create the illusion of depth through light, shadow and perspective. Botanical illustration differs from traditional drawing as it captures a subject with scientific accuracy through observation, form and detail. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions, or to be placed on the waiting list. Registration for the June 2018 session of Botanical Drawing I will open in the spring.

Pen and Ink III | Melissa Fabian

Saturdays: Jan. 13, 20 and 27 (Snow date: Feb. 10) | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create more complex plant drawings using refined, basic pen and ink-drawing skills and more difficult strokes to create shading
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Prerequisites: Pen and Ink I and II

Using the materials and techniques explored in Pen and Ink I and II, complete a traditional or contemporary piece of botanical art. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Mastering Color I, II and III | Amy Lindenberger

Sundays: Jan. 14; Feb. 11; March 11; and Sat., April 7 (Snow date: Sun., Jan. 21) | 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

$240 members | $270 nonmembers | Specimen fee: $8
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to use color, perception, hue, value, intensity and temperature for application to personal colored pencil renderings
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II, and Colored Pencil I

These classes will run simultaneously. You may choose which level you wish to join based on your abilities and previous experience. Focus on the four major aspects of color — hue, value, intensity and temperature — and develop your own working strategy for perceiving color, analyzing, matching and mixing as it relates to colored pencil. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Mastering Color I: Work at your own pace within a group setting doing color-related exercises only. Please bring any color exercises completed in the Colored Pencil series of classes.

Mastering Color II: Working from a live plant specimen, mix and match colors. The instructor will address the subject of harmonious color schemes and show you ways to successfully apply color schemes in your own individual work.

Mastering Color III: Work from plant specimens and focus on the challenge of mixing interesting neutrals and near-neutrals without creating mud. Explore the role opacity plays in color-mixing with colored pencil, and apply the principles of warm and cool colors to add to the depth of your renderings.

Capturing Textures in Graphite | Robin Menard

Sundays: Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 (Snow date: Feb. 18) | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$145 members | $165 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to draw different botanical textures in graphite
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I

Some of the most captivating botanical illustrations depict textures of the subject, but accurately translating them onto paper can be challenging. Tackle a variety of textures found in nature. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Drawing II: Volume, Texture and Details | Robin Menard

Saturdays: Feb. 10, 17 and 24 (Snow date: March 3) | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to apply skills gained in Botanical Drawing I to accurately capture various plant forms, details and textures that are unique to the subject
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I

Continue to develop your observation and drawing skills to accurately render leaves, stems, roots and flowers in varying positions, capturing details and textures unique to the botanical subject. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Mixed Media for Botanical Art | Melissa Fabian

Sat., Feb. 24 and Sun., Feb. 25 (Snow date: Sat., March 10) | 9:30 a.m.– 4 p.m.

$145 members | $165 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to add a combination of materials and techniques to botanical art
Level: Advanced
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II, Colored Pencil I, and Watercolor I

Enhance your botanical work with various combinations of materials and techniques, such as combining watercolor with colored pencil, graphite with watercolor or colored pencil, ink with watercolor, and pastel pencil. Explore the various combinations through four small projects. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Painting Beautiful Fruits on Vellum | Visiting Artist Denise Walser-Kolar

Sat., March 3 – Sun., March 4 | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$295 members | $335 nonmembers (includes specimen and vellum fee)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to do watercolor painting on vellum
Level: Beginning to intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II, Watercolor I

During this two-day workshop, Denise Walser-Kolar shares her technique for painting on vellum. Begin by doing exercises on small bits of vellum to learn her dry brush technique and get a feel for painting on this surface. Then choose small fruit to draw and paint. This class is designed for students new to vellum who are interested in learning how to successfully paint on vellum as well as for experienced vellum painters who will learn new tricks and techniques, develop skills in a hands-on environment, and receive lots of individual attention and feedback. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Phipps Flora Project: Weeds and Invasive Plants of Southwestern Pennsylvania | Robin Menard

Student orientation | Sun., March 25 | 10 a.m. – noon
Botanical lecture | Sun., March 25 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Jeanne Poremski
Hunt Institute visit | Sun., June 10 | 1 – 3 p.m.
Guided open studios | Sundays: July 15; Aug. 12; Sept. 23; Oct. 21; and Nov. 11

$135 members | $155 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create a botanical illustration from the beginning to end
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II, Watercolor I or Colored Pencil I

Learn how to research and produce a beautiful and accurate botanical painting from start to finish. In this long-term collaborative project, create a watercolor or colored pencil painting, a copy of which will be catalogued into the Phipps’ Allegheny Highlands Flora Project for future educational or marketing uses. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

History of Botanical Art | Weldon Doran

Lecture | Sat., March 24 | 1 – 4 p.m. | Phipps Garden Center
Field trip | Sun., April 8 | 1 – 4 p.m. | Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation
Student presentations | Sun., April 15 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Phipps Garden Center

$96 members | $116 nonmembers

Objective: To understand how botanical art has developed and changed to serve the needs of different generations and cultures
Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: None

Explore the history of botanical art from its earliest beginnings in herbals through present-day contemporary works. The class includes a private session at the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of botanical art and illustration. You will have the opportunity to study some of the rare books and original paintings and drawings by artists such as Pierre-Joseph Rédout, George Ehret and Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden. You will be responsible for writing a research report on a selected botanical artist. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Colored Pencil II: Applications | Amy Lindenberger

Sat., April 14 and Sundays: April 22 and 29 | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers (includes specimen fee)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to take a methodical approach to botanical painting with colored pencils, building on experience gained in Colored Pencil I
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II, Colored Pencil I

Building on the foundation of colored pencil techniques and layering principles established in Colored Pencil I, focus on more advanced layering and blending techniques to create a variety of surface textures. Improve your color perception skills and explore more advanced color theory to better understand hue, value, intensity and temperature. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Page of Petals | Amy Lewandowski

Sat., April 21 – Sun., April 22 | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$145 members | $165 nonmembers (includes specimen fee)
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to observe color on a petal and portray its likeness on paper
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II, Watercolor I

Explore color matching to illustrate flower petals. Create a page of petals in an assortment of colors using different methods for mixing watercolor pigments along with a variety of wash techniques. The instructor will demonstrate a series of techniques for using watercolor paints on hot-pressed paper, and you will have a chance to practice them yourself, supplemented by individual help and group discussions. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Fixing Mistakes in Colored Pencil | Amy Lindenberger

Sat., May 5 | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$105 members | $115 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to learn the many techniques for correcting colored pencil mistakes
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I & II, Colored Pencil I

Colored pencil is a forgiving medium, but accidents and missteps – unintentional impressed lines, stray marks and smears, too much color to permit further color layering, damage to the paper surface, spilled drinks or food, etc. – can still produce unwanted results that can be a challenge to correct, and, if they occur when a drawing is nearly finished, be devastating to the artist. In this class Amy will demonstrate ways to correct common problems and also invites students to bring samples of their own for discussion and demo. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Developing Foreshortening and Perspective Botanical Drawing Skills | Melissa Fabian

Sat., May 12 and Sun., May 13 | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$145 members | $165 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to develop foreshortening and perspective botanical drawing skills
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I

Understanding foreshortening, various perspectives and shadow placement can make the most challenging botanical drawing a success. During this three-session course, work with various botanical forms, including twining vines, contorted branching and cup- or trumpet-shaped blooms. The drawing exercises supplement Botanical Drawing I and II concepts and allow further focused practice. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Field Sketching/Studies | Robin Menard

Sat., May 19 | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$105 members | $115 nonmembers
Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens OR Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park (details available before class)

Objective: To develop observation and drawing skills for botanical illustration
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II

Field sketches are important tools in developing botanical illustrations, and a great opportunity to hone your drawing and observation skills. Complete several pencil field sketches, accurately documenting plant characteristics such as posture, size, flower and leaf patterns, bark and roots. Then, return to the classroom and use your notes to develop one sketch into a more refined drawing or painting in the medium of your choice. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective