NOTE: Phipps is open for your visit. All tickets must be purchased in advance, and safety protocols must be followed. Learn more about how you can join us!

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 ay repeat most courses in the program at a 10-percent discount; however, a repeat course cannot apply toward certificate credit.

Botanical Art and Illustration

About the Program

Learn more about our certificate requirements, browse work from our students, meet our instructors and more.

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.
 

Current Classes

Click titles for full details 

  • Drawing Bird Nests and Eggs | Melissa Fabian | Sundays: May 9, May 23 and June 6 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-class meeting: Tues., June 22 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Colored Pencil on Drafting Film Workshop | Heidi Snyder, visiting artist | Fri., May 14 and Sun., May 16 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)

  • Drawing the 3 B’s: Bees, Beetles and Butterflies | Melissa Fabian | Tuesdays: June 1, 8, 15, 29, July 6 and 13 | 1 – 4 p.m. (with short breaks) | After-class meeting: Tues., Aug. 3, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

  • Limning I and II | Christine Hutson |  Thursdays: June 3, 10, 17 and 24, July 1 and 8 | 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (with half hour lunch break) | After-Class Meeting: Thurs., July 15 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Page of Petals | Amy Lewandowski | Saturdays: June 5, 12 and 19 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break) | After-class meeting: Thurs., July 1 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger | Saturdays June, 5, 12 and 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30pm (with lunch break) | After-class meeting: Tues., July 6, 7 – 8:30 p.m. | This class is now filled.

  • Mixed Media for Botanical Art | Melissa Fabian | Sundays: June 13, 20 and 27 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-Class Meeting: Wed., July 14 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Botanical Drawing I | Robin Menard | Sun., June 20 and Saturdays: June 26 and July 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-Class Meeting: Sun., July 18 | 9:30 – 11 a.m.

  • Colored Pencil Florals on Black Paper I, II and III | Amy Lindenberger | Saturdays: July 10, 17 and 24 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-Class Meeting: Tues., Aug. 17 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Illustrating Nature's Fauna in Pen and Ink | Melissa Fabian | Sundays: July 11 and 25, Aug. 1 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-Class Meeting: Wed., Aug. 11 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Watercolor on Vellum Summer Berries | visiting artist Carol Woodin | Friday and Sunday, July 16 and 18, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After class meeting: Aug. 2, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Celebrating Imperfection Watercolor Workshop | visiting artist Julia Trickey | Friday., Aug. 6 | 9 a.m. – noon EST | 1500 – 1800 BST | Sun., Aug. 8 |10 am – noon EST |1600 – 1800 BST

  • Watercolor I: Techniques and Color Theory | Brenda Jordan | Saturdays: Aug. 14, 21 and 28 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-Class Meeting: Tues., Sept. 21 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Botanical Drawing II: Volume, Texture and Details |  Robin Menard | Saturdays: Aug. 14, 21 and 28 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-Class Meeting: Wed., Sept. 8 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

  • Dark-to-Light Colored Pencil Technique For Dramatic Lighting I and II | Amy Lindenberger | Sundays: Aug. 15 and 22 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | Sat., Sept. 11| 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-Class Meeting: Tues., Sept. 28 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Floral Morphology | Bonnie Isaac | Sundays: Aug. 22 and 29 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)

  • Botanical Collections | Robin Menard | Aug. 29 and Sept. 26 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-Class Meeting: Sun., Oct. 3 | 9:30 – 11 a.m.

  • Botanical Drawing I | Robin Menard | Saturdays: Sept. 11 and 18 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | Sun., Oct. 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)

  • Nature Journaling | Melissa Fabian | Sundays: Sept. 12, Oct. 3 and 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-Class Meeting: Wed., Oct. 27 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Creating Tactile Textures with Colored Pencil and Graphite with Visiting Artist Ann Swan | Friday., Sept. 17 | 9 a.m. – noon EST | 1400 – 1700 BST | Sun., Sept. 19 |10 a.m. – noon EST |1500 – 1700 BST

  • Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger | Saturdays: Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 9 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-Class Meeting: Tues., Oct. 26 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Autumn Gourds in Watercolor | Amy Lewandowski | Saturdays: Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and 9 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-Class Meeting: Tues., Oct. 19 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Classes in Progress

  • Mastering Color I and II | Amy Lindenberger  | Saturdays: Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13 and April 17 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
  • Colored Pencil III | Amy Lindenberger | Saturdays: March 20 and 27, April 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-class meeting: Tues., May 11 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Gorgeous Greens in Watercolor | Amy Lewandowski | Sundays: April 18 and 25, May 2 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-class meeting: Tues., May 18 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Botanical Drawing II: Volume, Texture and Details (Session II) | Robin Menard | Saturdays: May 1, 8 and 22 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-class meeting: Wed., June 2 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Detailed Listings

Botanical Art and Illustration
Watercolor by Genevieve Jones

Drawing Bird Nests and Eggs | Melissa Fabian

Sundays: May 9, May 23 and June 6 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-class meeting: Tues., June 22 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To study the relationship of artistry and scientific accuracy of an environmentally challenged species, birds, and their “homes”
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II, and at least one of the following: Pen and Ink 1, Colored Pencil 1, or Watercolor 1

Supply list (PDF)

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Study the nest and eggs of local birds, using local resources such as The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, the National Aviary and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Drawings should focus on the many parts of plants used to create the nest and the botanical structure often used to support the nest and eggs. Use guided practice and research handouts, 2D photographs and videos of nests and eggs as resources for drawing. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Watercolor by Genevieve Jones

Botanical Art and Illustration
Colored Pencil on Drafting Film by Heidi Synder

Colored Pencil on Drafting Film Workshop | Heidi Snyder, visiting artist

Fri., May 14 and Sun., May 16 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)

$195 members | $225 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to transfer an image onto film using appropriate reference materials and drawing techniques to create the desired effect
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: Colored Pencil I (or equivalent experience)

Supply list (PDF)

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Focus on the endless range of expression possible with unique colored pencil techniques applied to drafting film. Take your botanical art to new heights by experimenting with additional choices of backgrounds and final presentation options. View several of Heidi’s original pieces with different looks to inspire your work. You are also encouraged to have your own reference material, including finished or partially finished colored pencil or watercolor drawings to serve as backgrounds for the semi-translucent drafting film. The overarching botanical theme may include birds, insects or other items as desired. At the end of the workshop, you will know how to choose reference material, transfer an image onto film, and choose drawing techniques for desired effects. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Art and Illustration
Colored Pencil by Melissa Fabian

Drawing the 3 B’s: Bees, Beetles and Butterflies | Melissa Fabian

Tuesdays: June 1, 8, 15, 29, July 6 and 13 | 1 – 4 p.m. (with short breaks)
After-class meeting: Tues., Aug. 3, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to draw bees, beetles and butterflies

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II and Colored Pencil I or Watercolor I

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Students will study the life cycle of the many pollinators that are attracted to the native plants of southwestern Pennsylvania and learn how insects use these plants at different lifecycle stages as a Host or Nectar source.  Students will record and draw the various stages of these diverse local pollinators on “Study Pages”.  Different texture rendering techniques will be taught to show a bee with pollen coated legs, iridescent beetles and colorful accuracy on a butterfly wing.  A final project will be assigned. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Art and Illustration
Watercolor by Christine Hutson

Limning I and II | Christine Hutson

Thursdays: June 3, 10, 17 and 24, July 1 and 8 | 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (with half hour lunch break)
After-Class Meeting: Thurs., July 15 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To use and build on or improve limning style techniques and create detailed illustrations

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Watercolor I (or equivalent watercolor experience) 

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Limning, a traditional painting method dating back to the Renaissance, has been used by botanical artists and scientific illustrators for centuries and is still favored by those who need to portray their subjects with great precision. For this technique, tiny brushstrokes are used to build up a highly detailed image. Receive online step-by-step instruction on this watercolor technique and practice it using high-quality photos of plants and flowers that you select as references. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Art and Illustration
Watercolor by Amy Lewandowski

Page of Petals | Amy Lewandowski

Saturdays: June 5, 12 and 19 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break)
After-class meeting: Thurs., July 1 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar on Zoom

Objective: To be able to observe color on a petal and portray its likeness on paper
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Prerequisite: Watercolor I (or equivalent experience)

Supply list (PDF)

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

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

Watercolor by Amy Lewandowski

Botanical Art and Illustration
Colored Pencil by Brenda Jordan

Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays: June 5, 12 and 19 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Tues., July 6 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

This class is now filled. Please see another session of this class listed below.

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to create a gradual transition of tone and color with colored pencils

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Using different techniques, you can make colored pencil tones look like a drawing or a painting, providing you with the versatility to create a wide variety of surface textures. Develop your color perception and become familiar with colored pencil tools, color applications and color theory fundamentals. Learn to layer colors to achieve different hues and densities and master a variety of techniques, including burnishing, impressed line and sgraffito. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core class (Colored Pencil concentration)

Botanical Art and Illustration
Colored Pencil on Toned Paper by Melissa Fabian

Mixed Media for Botanical Art | Melissa Fabian

Sundays: June 13, 20 and 27 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Wed., July 14 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$230 members | $260 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to combine mediums on different substrates for your botanical art work

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II and at least one of the following: Pen and Ink I, Watercolor I or Colored Pencil I

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Explore the best qualities of the mediums most commonly used with botanical art, and a few new ones. The results you can achieve when combining one or more together could inspire your next work. Various substrates such as, clayboard, film and sanded paper will also be explored. Samples of the substrates will be sent to the student as part of the class fee. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Art and Illustration
Graphite Drawing by Jessi Evans

Botanical Drawing I | Robin Menard

Sun., June 20 and Saturdays: June 26 and July 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Sun., July 18 | 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Registration for this class will close on June 4.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to accurately draw three-dimensional shapes using line and tone, and employ geometric and aerial perspective in drawing botanical subjects

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Botanical illustration differs from traditional drawing because it captures a subject with scientific accuracy through observation, form and detail. Learn to identify basic shapes in nature and use a step-by-step process to create the illusion of depth through light, shadow and perspective. Students must register by Fri., June 4. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Botanical Art and Illustration
Colored Pencil on Black Paper by Amy Lindenberger

Colored Pencil Florals on Black Paper I, II and III | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays: July 10, 17 and 24 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Tues., Aug. 17 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to create colored pencil botanical drawings on a black background

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II, Colored Pencil I (or equivalent experience)

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Colored pencil drawings are traditionally applied to white or light, neutral-colored papers, but some subjects — such as night blooming flowers — can be much more effective against very dark backgrounds. Those backgrounds can be difficult (and labor intensive) to achieve with colored pencil. Discuss colored pencil opacity and explore key techniques for using colored pencil on black and very dark-colored surfaces to keep colors true and luminous. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Art and Illustration
Rabbit in Pen and Ink by Beatrix Potter

Illustrating Nature’s Fauna with Pen and Ink | Melissa Fabian

Sundays: July 11 and 25, Aug. 1 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Wed., Aug. 11 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to create study pages and draw fauna with pen and ink 

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II, Pen and Ink I

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Using several wildlife artists as inspiration, create study pages using pen and ink techniques. Choose the fauna from your student pages that greatly impact the local flora and create a final project illustrating the relationship of both. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Art and Illustration
Watercolor on Vellum by Carol Woodin

Watercolor on Vellum Summer Berries | visiting artist Carol Woodin

Friday and Sunday, July 16 and 18, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After class meeting: Aug. 2, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$195 members | $225 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to paint drybrush technique on vellum  

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Prerequisite: Watercolor I (or equivalent experience)

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Summer brings beautiful berries, and they make great paintings. After a brief discussion of vellum and its characteristics, artists will transfer their drawings of berry bunches to vellum. Through discussion, demonstration, and practice artists will learn effective drybrush techniques on vellum. Conveying berry shapes and surface color, as well as bloom if present, will be demonstrated and practiced. Each participant will have a substantially advanced or completed painting by the end of the second day. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Art and Illustration
Watercolor by Julia Trickey

Celebrating Imperfection Watercolor Workshop | visiting artist Julia Trickey

Friday., Aug. 6 | 9 a.m. – noon EST | 1500 – 1800 BST
Sun., Aug. 8 |10 am – noon EST |1600 – 1800 BST

$195 members | $225 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to use several watercolor techniques for depicting a faded specimen

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisite: Drawing I and II and Watercolor I

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

In this workshop students will look at how to depict less than perfect flower or leaf specimens. We will look at the characteristics of fading subjects, and consider the process and techniques for capturing these in watercolor. This may include features of fading flowers, how to make flowers look translucent, wet-in-wet techniques for undulating leaves and petals, working larger than life, composition and background options and fine detail.   Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Art and Illustration

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

Saturdays: Aug. 14, 21 and 28 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Wed., Sept. 8 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

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

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

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

Botanical Art and Illustration
Watercolor by Holly Johnson

Watercolor I: Techniques and Color Theory | Brenda Jordan

Saturdays: Aug. 14, 21 and 28 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Tues., Sept. 21 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To have control of the brush, pigment and paper while learning to combine watercolor paints to create a rich a varied palette

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Learn the basics of transparent watercolor as a medium and gain a foundational understanding of the brushes, paper and paints suitable for botanical watercolor. Using a limited palette, explore techniques such as washes and glazes and practice creating a full range of hues, shades and tones using the limited palette. Through demonstrations and exercises, you will produce a series of studies that demonstrate the foundational techniques of transparent watercolor and application of those techniques to rendering plant forms.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course (Watercolor concentration)

Botanical Art and Illustration
Lily in Colored Pencil by Amy Lindenberger

Dark-to-Light Colored Pencil Technique For Dramatic Lighting I and II | Amy Lindenberger

Sundays: Aug. 15 and 22 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
Sat., Sept. 11 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Tues., Sept. 21 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to create dark-to-light colored pencil technique on medium-dark surfaces

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II, Colored Pencil I

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Learn how to apply colored pencil to medium and medium-dark colored surfaces. Begin the color application with a layer of black colored pencil, creating very rich color through the concept known as simultaneous contrast. Start practicing from a photographic sample and progress to illustrating a floral specimen. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Art and Illustration

Floral Morphology | Bonnie Isaac

Sundays: Aug. 22 and 29 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)

$150 members | $170 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to understand plant morphology and function, and quickly and accurately draw a plant’s reproductive and vegetative characteristics

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: None

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Study the morphology of a flower, including its parts, evolutionary trends and pollination adaptations. Plus dissect and draw flowers representing a variety of plant families.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Botanical Art and Illustration
Watercolor by Robin Menard

Botanical Collections | Robin Menard

Aug. 29 and Sept. 26 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Sun., Oct. 3 | 9:30 – 11 a.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To create a painting from your collection of nature’s treasures

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite:  Botanical Drawing I and II, Watercolor I or Colored Pencil I

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

All of us have jars and drawers filled with little treasures collected on our walks, or while tending our gardens. Create a collection painting with your favorite items! Feathers, shells, leaves, twigs, rocks or acorns — what treasures do you have hidden away? Pull them out and depict special arrangements of your finds in colored pencil, watercolor or mixed media. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Art and Illustration
Graphite Drawing by Jessi Evans

Botanical Drawing I | Robin Menard

Saturdays: Sept. 11 and 18 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
Sun., Oct. 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Sun., Oct. 17 | 9:30 – 11 a.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to accurately draw three-dimensional shapes using line and tone, and employ geometric and aerial perspective in drawing botanical subjects

Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Botanical illustration differs from traditional drawing because it captures a subject with scientific accuracy through observation, form and detail. Learn to identify basic shapes in nature and use a step-by-step process to create the illusion of depth through light, shadow and perspective. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Botanical Art and Illustration
A Day at the Aviary by Melissa Fabian

Nature Journaling | Melissa Fabian

Sundays: Sept. 12, Oct. 3 and 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Wed., Oct. 27 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to design a nature related journal

Level:  Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Study and practice several nature journaling formats by different artists, learning the tools to design and create your own nature related journal. The techniques practiced will include quick sketching, sketching movement and applying color. Challenge yourself to sketch and write about nature’s who, what, when, where and why. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Art and Illustration
Colored Pencil and Graphite Drawing by Ann Swan

Creating Tactile Textures with Colored Pencil and Graphite with Visiting Artist Ann Swan

Friday., Sept. 17 | 9 a.m. – noon EST | 1400 – 1700 BST
Sun., Sept. 19  | 10 a.m. – noon EST |1500 – 1700 BST

$195 members | $225 nonmembers

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To try different techniques with colored pencil and graphite to create tactile texture

Level: Beginner to Intermediate  

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II, Colored Pencil 

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

In this short course Ann will show you some of her many tricks and tips for creating realistic textures for bloom, velvety petals, strong highlights, surface patterns, hairy stems and fuzzy leaves. Learn the importance of planning; when and in what order do you underpaint, blend, use resist or emboss? 

This workshop is for having a go and trying out all these techniques which when mastered will add depth, realism and interest to your finished colour pencil work and certainly help you attract an audience for your painting. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

This class is now filled. Please contact Phipps at edu@phipps.conservatory.org to be placed on the waiting list.

Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays: Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 9 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Tues., Oct. 26 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Registration for this class will close on Sept. 7.

Objective: To be able to create a gradual transition of tone and color with colored pencils

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Using different techniques, you can make colored pencil tones look like a drawing or a painting, providing you with the versatility to create a wide variety of surface textures. Develop your color perception and become familiar with colored pencil tools, color applications and color theory fundamentals. Learn to layer colors to achieve different hues and densities and master a variety of techniques, including burnishing, impressed line and sgraffito. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core class (Colored Pencil concentration) 

Botanical Art and Illustration
Watercolor by Amy Lewandowski

Autumn Gourds in Watercolor | Amy Lewandowski

Saturdays: Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and 9 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Tues., Oct. 19 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. 

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Supply list (PDF)

Objective: To be able to use masking fluid and watercolor washes to enhance the painting of a seasonal gourd

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II and Watercolor I

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Use masking fluid techniques and a variety of watercolor washes to enhance the illustration of a colorful autumn gourd. Create glowing layers of autumn color to a single or multiple gourd composition through a series of demonstrations, individual help and group discussion. Please purchase gourds of special interest to paint during class. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Art and Illustration
Colored Pencil of Lily by Amy Lindenberger

Colored Pencil III | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays: March 20 and 27, April 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-class meeting: Tues., May 11 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: Students will complete a start-to-finish botanical drawing in colored pencil.
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Prerequisites: Colored Pencil I and II

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Work through all of the steps of completing a start-to-finish botanical drawing in colored pencil — including layout, photography, composition, incorporating light and shadow to build form, color layering and utilizing a range of colored pencil techniques. While Colored Pencil I and II introduced a range of techniques and some completion of botanical samples, this class offers a chance to put it all together to increase your confidence in your ability to successfully tackle your own projects. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Colored Pencil of Lily by Amy Lindenberger

Botanical Art and Illustration
Watercolor of Gorgeous Greens by Amy Lewandowski

Gorgeous Greens in Watercolor | Amy Lewandowski

Sundays: April 18 and 25, May 2 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-class meeting: Tues., May 18 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to create a variety of greens in watercolor and apply them to plant specimens
Level: Advanced
Prerequisite: Watercolor I

Supply list (PDF)

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

Plants often have a wide variety of beautiful greens and it can be challenging to represent these different colors accurately. Learn how to assess the differences in the greens of plants by observing their subtle variations in hue, value and intensity. Practice painting different greens through a series of watercolor mixing exercises and then apply this information to an illustration of a single leaf or of multiple specimens. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Art and Illustration

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

Saturdays: May 1, 8 and 22 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-class meeting: Wed., June 2 | 6:30  – 8 p.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Supply list (PDF)

*Relevant demos are recorded and made available to pre-registered students within 1 week of each class session. Videos will be viewable for one month from receipt.

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

Botanical Art and Illustration

About the Program

Learn more about our certificate requirements, browse work from our students, meet our instructors and more.