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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.

Receiving Class Credit: For both core and elective classes, students must attend all class sessions and complete and submit all the work required to earn class credit. Class credit is important if a student is pursuing the Basic or Advanced Botanical Art and Illustration certificate. Even if a student is not sure about pursuing the certificate, it is recommended that they earn credit for each class because this is difficult to do retroactively. If a student has to miss class (e.g. health reasons or a death in the family), they must contact the instructor at their earliest convenience to see if it’s possible to still earn class credit.

A note on recordings: The class recordings posted on Google Classroom are meant to aid students in completing their work between classes but are not a substitute for attending class.  Students are required to attend all classes and are not allowed to miss class and watch the recordings for credit.

Botanical Art and Illustration
Illustration by Betty Yee Yates

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.

Confirmations will be emailed the day before each class, including a Zoom link. Please check your spam/junk mail folder, and if you have not received the link, email edu@phipps.conservatory.org.

Relevant demos from virtual classes are recorded and made available to all registered participants for one month after the program.

Cancellation policy:

Contact edu@phipps.conservatory.org or 412-441-4442 ext. 3925 to cancel a class registration.

  • Up to two weeks before the class (or the first class date, for a multi-session class), you may receive a full refund minus a non-refundable $10 adminstrative fee.
  • Up to 72 hours (3 days) before the class or the first class date, you may receive a 50% refund.
  • Less than 72 hours (3 days) before the class or the first class date, there are no refunds.
  • Special events like conferences will have a separate cancellation policy and refund deadline.

All times are Eastern Time Zone.

Current Classes

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Classes in Progress

  • Pen and Ink II | Melissa Fabian |  Tuesdays: Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25, Nov. 1 and 8 | 6 – 9 p.m. | After class meeting: Tuesday Dec. 6, 7- 8:30 p.m.
  • Nature’s Treasures: A Collection Painting | Robin Menard | Sundays: Oct. 30 and Nov. 20 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break) |  After class meeting: Sunday Dec. 4 | 9:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger | Saturdays Nov. 5, 19 and Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-class meeting: Wednesday Dec. 14, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Nature Journaling in Place | Melissa Fabian | Tuesdays Nov. 15, 22 and 29 | 1 – 4 p.m. |  After class meeting: Tuesday Dec. 13 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Detailed Listings

Botanical Art and Illustration
Watercolor Painting of Holly by Amy Lewandowski

Winter Gems in Watercolor | Amy Lewandowski

Thursdays Dec. 1, 8 and 15 | 6 – 9 p.m.
After class meeting: Thursday Jan. 12 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.

$130 members | $150 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: Intermediate to Advanced
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II, 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.

Illustrate seasonal plants in an assortment of colors using different methods of mixing watercolor paints along with a variety of wash techniques.  Apply these techniques to a composition of multiple small specimens or a single sample of winter flora through a series of demonstrations, individual help and group discussion Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Botanical Art and Illustration

Mastering Color I - VI | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays: Jan. 14 and 28, Feb. 18 and March 25 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)   

$300 members | $330 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Supply List (PDF)

These classes are mixed level and are sequential; please register for Mastering Color I if you are new to the series and other levels only as appropriate based on which level(s) you have taken previously. 

Mastering Color I: Work at your own pace within a group setting to create precise color-matching tools for hue, value and intensity. Then use those tools to match color to botanical reference photos (and live specimens as time permits). Be sure to bring your completed color wheel from Colored Pencil II.  

Mastering Color II: Using the tools created in Mastering Color I, learn how and why to categorize manufactured pencil colors - known as convenience colors - into families.  Then, working from a live plant specimen, use the color-matching system to match colors in a live plant specimen. 

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.

Mastering Color IV: Working with color schemes and other color considerations, student will work on techniques to enhance their individual color sense while remaining true to Botanical accuracy using both exercises and working from plant specimens

Mastering Color V: Students will work on experimental approaches to color usage - particularly in the area of intensity/value combinations - to further enhance their individual color sense and create a mood. 

Mastering Color VI: This level is an independent study level where students work individually with the instructor to devise a plan to focus on some aspect of color study that they wish to focus on. This level may be repeated

Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Art and Illustration
Drawing by Melissa Fabian

Developing Botanical Perspective to Create Depth | Melissa Fabian

Tuesdays: Jan. 17, 24, and 31, Feb. 7, 14 and 21 | 6 – 9 p.m. 

After-class meeting: Tuesday Feb. 28 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

$245 members | $275 nonmembers                                       

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To create three-dimensional plants using tools presented in this class.

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II

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 and draw the various perspective techniques used to create depth.  Use foreshortening, shadows and highlights to achieve a highly accurate and convincing botanical drawing, working with guided practice handouts, 2D photographs and 3D botanical specimens.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course.

Botanical Art and Illustration
Floral Painting by Christine Hutson

Flowers, Jewels and Gold | Christine Hutson

Wednesdays Jan. 18 and 25, Feb. 1 and 8 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (with short breaks)

 After class meeting: Wednesday Feb. 22 | 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

$170 members | $190 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to portray flowers, jewels and gold in a decorative arts design.

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II and 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.

Winter is usually a time of rest for the natural world, and we often perceive it as colorless or washed out. But we can put some color and shimmer into winter by using gold and flowers and gems to liven up our artwork. In this class we’ll explore the medieval and renaissance decorative art featuring flowers, insects, and gems on golden borders, and then students will create their own designs. This style of art tended to be much more realistic than most medieval book art, and it led directly to what the botanical illustration that we have today.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Botanical Art and Illustration
Graphite Drawing by Willy Hiret

Botanical Drawing I | Weldon Doran

Wednesday, Jan. 18 and 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22, March 1 | 6 – 9 p.m. (with small breaks)

After-class meeting: Wednesday March 8 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

$265 members | $295 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

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.

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

Watercolor Materials: Paper, Brushes, Pigments and Charts | Amy Lewandowski

Thursdays Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2 and 9 | 6 – 9 p.m. 

After class meeting Thursday Feb. 23 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

$170 members | $190 nonmembers 

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To understand the characteristics of watercolor painting materials and paint a series of useful watercolor charts

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Prerequisites: Watercolor I

Supply List (PDF)

In this class we will take an in depth look into watercolor paper, brushes, and pigments. We will learn about different aspects of these materials to understand how to use them in your paintings and which qualities to look for when purchasing new materials. In addition students will create useful watercolor charts from their palette of pigments to use for reference.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Botanical Art and Illustration
Graphite Drawing by Betsy Doherty

Botanical Drawing I: Foundations | Robin Menard

Saturdays: Jan. 21 and 28, Feb. 11 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break)
After class meeting: Tuesday Feb. 21 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

$265 members | $295 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through zoom

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

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.

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
Reduction Print by Lisa Rasmussen

Reduction Block Printing with Botanical Imagery | Lisa Rasmussen

Sundays Jan. 22 and 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 | 2 – 5 p.m.

After class meeting: Sunday March 5, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

$285 members | $315 nonmembers (includes supply kit)

Presented as a live webinar through zoom  

Objective: To be able to apply the skills learned in Introduction to Printmaking with Botanical Imagery for reduction block printing

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Prerequisite: Introduction to Printmaking with Botanical Imagery (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.

In this course, you will create a three-color block print of a botanical subject using a linoleum type plate. This course will take you through the process of creating a print using the reduction block printing method in which part of the plate is carved away then printed, more of the plate is carved away and printed and so on working from the lightest color to the darkest. You will also learn how registration works when using multiple colors. Kits containing materials for printmaking will be mailed out to students prior to class. Kit prices are part of the tuition. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Botanical Art and Illustration

Detailed Nature Studies in Pen and Ink with Watercolor Washes | visiting artist Sarah Morrish

Saturdays Feb. 4, 11 and 25  | 10 a.m. – noon EDT        

$200 members | $230 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom         

Objective: To be able to sketch natural subjects using fine line and dip pens, with further enhancement applying a watercolour wash.

Level: Beginner to Advanced

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

When out for a walk or exploring our gardens there are many interesting subjects we come across and want to sketch and also draw in detail.  

This class will introduce you to sketching natural subjects using both fine line pens and dip pen drawing nibs.  Sketching with such a nib, without prior pencil drawing, is a great way to increase your drawing confidence through more spontaneity, using different mark-making techniques.

From there, we will move onto creating more detailed illustrations through structured drawing techniques alongside using fine line pens to develop form, texture, pattern and color differences.  You will also be guided in how to enhance your illustrations further using a watercolour wash.

The first part of each session will be a presentation where time will be set aside for questions and answers.  The second half will consist of live demonstration where students will be able to ask questions freely as the instructor works on specific subjects.  Each session will be a show and tell format so that you can follow along freely without any distractions and you have the option of working on your own artwork between three sessions.

In between sessions Sarah will provide tutor support through Google Classroom where students will be able to ask for advice, interact with the rest of the class, share  artwork in progress, access additional learning resources as well as recordings of each session.  All students will be invited to Google Classroom prior to the start of class as is the custom with all of Phipps Botanical Art classes. Individual support cannot be given via email.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Botanical Art and Illustration

Pop-Up Flower Cardmaking (Full Series) | Shawn Sheehy

Saturdays: Feb. 11, March 11 and April 22 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (with 30 minute break)

Full Series: $260 members | $290 nonmembers (includes material fee)
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Registration for the full series closes on Feb. 1.

*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.

Supply List (PDF)

Why wait for spring to bring beautiful blooms into your home?  Join Shawn Sheehy in building four striking pop-up flower cards each class using just a few tools and a kit of pre-cut pieces.  You’ll leave the workshop with a set of completed cards- perfect for gift giving – and you’ll also gain insight into paper engineering and paper sculpture.  There are three individual wildflower workshops.  Take any or all three! All skills are welcome.

Session #1 (Eastern Flowers) Feb. 11 -  Common Blue Violet, Jewelweed, Pasture Rose, Butterflyweed

Session #2 (Southern Flowers) March 11 – Pitcher Plant, Spider Lily, Gaillardia, Trumpet Flower Vine

Session #3 (Western Flowers) April 22 – Miner’s Lettuce, California Buttercup, California Poppy, Sego Lily

Botanical Art and Illustration

Pop-Up Flower Cardmaking: Eastern Flowers | Shawn Sheehy

Saturday, Feb. 11 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (with 30 minute break)

Single Session: $90 members | $100 nonmembers (includes material fee)
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Registration for this session closes on Feb. 1.

*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.

Supply List (PDF)

Why wait for spring to bring beautiful blooms into your home?  Join Shawn Sheehy in building four striking pop-up flower cards each class using just a few tools and a kit of pre-cut pieces.  You’ll leave the workshop with a set of completed cards- perfect for gift giving – and you’ll also gain insight into paper engineering and paper sculpture.  There are three individual wildflower workshops.  Take any or all three! All skills are welcome.

Session #1 (Eastern Flowers) Feb. 11 -  Common Blue Violet, Jewelweed, Pasture Rose, Butterflyweed

Botanical Art and Illustration
Illustration by Stephanie Lind

2023 Phipps’ Allegheny Highlands Flora Project: Exhibition of Foraged Plants in Southwestern PA (with an emphasis on the edible parts of each plant)

Plant Selection | Monday Feb. 20 | 6 - 8 p.m. on the Zoom platform | Robin Menard and Stephanie Lind
Student orientation | Monday Feb. 27 | 6 – 8 p.m. on the Zoom platform | Robin Menard
Hunt Institute will be emailing digital images to participants in June 2023
In Person Guided open studios | Sundays: July 16; Aug. 13; Sept. 17; Oct.15; and Nov. 12 | 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. |

$180 members | $200 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 painting of a foraged plant. 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 

Botanical Art and Illustration
Graphite Drawing by Jessi Evans

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

Saturdays: Feb. 25, March 4 and 18 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break)

After class meeting: Monday March 27, 6 - 7:30 p.m.   

$265 members | $295 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

Colored Pencil on Mylar Film | visiting artist Susan Rubin

Saturdays March 4, 11 and 18, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

$225 members | $255 non members
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: to be able to use new colored pencil techniques on Mylar film
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Prerequisites: Colored Pencil I

Supply List (PDF)

Expand your Colored Pencil repertoire! The translucent, synthetic surface of Mylar film opens the door to creative possibilities.  Begin with a variety of colored pencil techniques specific to Mylar, including pencil application and layering. Learn how to make the back of the surface enhance the front, and how to erase (yes, erase!) colored pencil from Mylar. See how to add mixed media and layer Mylar with other materials to create one-of-a-kind botanicals. Through demonstration, guided exercises, and practice, create several small studies that you can use as a springboard for your future work. This fun, experimental class will open your mind to fresh ideas. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

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

Botanical Art and Illustration

Silverpoint I & II | Melissa Fabian

Tuesdays March 7, 14, 21 and 28, April 4 and 11 | 6 – 9 p.m.
After class meeting: Tuesday April 18 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.

$245 members | $275 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through zoom

Objective: for new students to be able to practice and complete a 6” square botanical drawing and for more experienced students to be able to complete a 12“ square Natural History drawing.
Level: Beginner, Intermediate to Advanced
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I 

Supply List: Silverpoint I (PDF)

Supply List: Silverpoint II (PDF)

Silverpoint is a beautiful drawing medium, used by many Renaissance Artist prior to the use of graphite. 

Silverpoint I If new to silverpoint, check out Renaissance and contemporary silverpoint work online and familiarize yourself with the medium. Check supply list which provides resources for necessary materials, a stylus for the metal piece, silver and prepared paper.

There are several different options to choose from for the 2 necessary materials for the 1st class. A recommended book is listed that will be a resource during the classes.

 Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Art and Illustration
Watercolor Painting by Anne Semler

Watercolor II | Brenda Jordan

Saturdays: March 11, 25 and April 1 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break)
After-class meeting: Monday April 17 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$245 members | $275 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to create three dimensional botanical portrayals using and enhancing practices used in Watercolor I
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II and 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.

Build upon your knowledge from Watercolor I to learn additional techniques used in transparent watercolor.  Practice manipulating watercolor using different brushes and papers, plus discover some new colors and techniques for mixing colors.  Apply your new skills to studies of plant forms, including a final project that demonstrates your control of watercolor techniques for an accurate rendering of botanical forms.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate (watercolor concentration) core course.

Botanical Art and Illustration

Pop-Up Flower Cardmaking: Southern Flowers | Shawn Sheehy

Saturday, March 11 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (with 30 minute break)

Single Session: $90 members | $100 nonmembers (includes material fee)

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Registration for this session closes on Feb. 25.

*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.

Supply List (PDF)

Why wait for spring to bring beautiful blooms into your home?  Join Shawn Sheehy in building four striking pop-up flower cards each class using just a few tools and a kit of pre-cut pieces.  You’ll leave the workshop with a set of completed cards- perfect for gift giving – and you’ll also gain insight into paper engineering and paper sculpture.  There are three individual wildflower workshops.  Take any or all three! All skills are welcome.

Session #2 (Southern Flowers) March 11 – Pitcher Plant, Spider Lily, Gaillardia, Trumpet Flower Vine

Botanical Art and Illustration
Graphite Drawing by Willy HIret

Botanical Drawing II | Volume, Texture and Details | Weldon Doran

Wednesday, March 15, 22 and 29, April 5, 12, 19 and 26 | 6 – 9 p.m. (with small breaks)
After-class meeting: Wednesday May 3 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

$265 members | $295 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
Painting of L. Capreolus by Christine Hutson

Drawing and Painting Insects | Christine Hutson

Saturdays April 1, 15, 22 and 29, May 6 and 13 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (with small breaks)
After-class meeting: Saturday May 20 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$245 members | $275 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to illustrate insects in natural poses using graphite, pen and ink and/or watercolor
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II (some watercolor and/or pen and ink experience 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.

In this class we will explore various methods for illustrating insects, and students may use any medium they are comfortable with already, including graphite drawing, pen and ink, watercolor, etc.  The goal of the class is to learn how to observe insects from life or from photos and then work on illustrating them in natural poses. There will be one final project due at the end of the class, but we will work on various exercises and sketches during class as well. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Botanical Art and Illustration
Colored Pencil Rose by Anne Candreva

Colored Pencil II | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays: April 15, 22 and 29 | 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. (with lunch and additional breaks)
Tuesday May 9, 7-8:30 p.m. after class meeting
After Class Meeting Monday March 1, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Please Note: Registration for this class will close Friday March 31

$250 members | $280 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Supply List (PDF)

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

Pop-Up Flower Cardmaking: Western Flowers | Shawn Sheehy

Saturday, April 22 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (with 30 minute break)

Single Session: $90 members | $100 nonmembers (includes material fee)
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Registration for this session closes on April 12.

*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.

Supply List (PDF)

Why wait for spring to bring beautiful blooms into your home?  Join Shawn Sheehy in building four striking pop-up flower cards each class using just a few tools and a kit of pre-cut pieces.  You’ll leave the workshop with a set of completed cards- perfect for gift giving – and you’ll also gain insight into paper engineering and paper sculpture.  There are three individual wildflower workshops.  Take any or all three! All skills are welcome.

Session #3 (Western Flowers) April 22 – Miner’s Lettuce, California Buttercup, California Poppy, Sego Lily

Botanical Art and Illustration
Natural Journal by Melissa Fabian

Nature Journaling in Two Locations | Flora and Fauna of Spring \ Comparing and Contrasting Two Different Environments | Melissa Fabian

Thursdays April 27, May 4, 11 and 18 | 1 – 4 p.m.
After class meeting:  Thursday May 25, 6- 7:30 p.m.

$170 members | $200 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through zoom

Objective: To observe and sketch the awakening of spring Flora and Fauna in two different locations of your choice; students will compare observations from the two environments.
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Prerequisite: None 

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.

  This class will allow the student nature journalists to compare and contrast the awakening of plants and fauna in two different environments - recording the needs of the plants and fauna to sustain their continued existence in closely observed environments. Will the changing environments force the plants and fauna to new areas? Can “we” influence these environments in a positive way? Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Botanical Art and Illustration
Pen and Ink drawing by Melissa Fabian

Pen and Ink II | Melissa Fabian

Tuesdays: Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25, Nov. 1 and 8 | 6 – 9 p.m.
After class meeting: Tuesday Dec. 6, 7- 8:30 p.m.

$235 members | $265 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: Pen and Ink II student will have improved stroke making and wash skills with the introduction of color through various tools and inks.
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Pen and Ink 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.

Add another dimension to your pen and ink work through color.  Various tools and inks will be provided to develop additional reference sheets to add to your black and white references.  Create various plant studies and a completed botanical art piece.  Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Botanical Art and Illustration
Watercolor Painting by Robin Menard

Nature’s Treasures: A Collection Painting | Robin Menard

Sundays: Oct. 30 and Nov. 20 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch break)
After class meeting: Sunday Dec. 4 | 9:30 – 11 a.m.

$165 members | $185 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To create a painting from your collection of nature’s treasures.
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Prerequisite: Botanical Drawing I and II

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*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. In this class, create a collection painting with your favorite items! Feathers, shells, leaves, twigs, or acorns – what treasures do you have hidden away? Pull them out and highlight them in graphite, colored pencil, watercolor or mixed media! Past participants welcome! Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective.

Botanical Art and Illustration
Sunflower by Brenda Jordan

Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays Nov. 5, 19 and Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-class meeting: Wednesday Dec. 14, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$235 members | $265 non members
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to create a gradual transition of tone and color with colored pencils.
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites:  Botanical Drawing I and II

Registration for this class is now closed.

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Using different techniques, you can make colored pencil tones look like a drawing or painting, providing you work 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.

Botanical Art and Illustration
Nature Journal posting by Melissa Fabian

Nature Journaling in Place | Melissa Fabian

Tuesdays Nov. 15, 22 and 29 | 1 – 4 p.m.
After class meeting: Tuesday Dec. 13 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.

$130 members | $150 nonmembers
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To observe and sketch often forgotten places in your outdoor space
Level: Beginner to advanced
Prerequisite: None

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*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.

Clare Walker Leslie, an internationally recognized artist, naturalist, educator and author of numerous journaling books will be the resource for this class.  During class several techniques will be introduced to use in our green “place”.   The November class works perfectly to observe and learn about the process plants, insects and birds must follow to survive and continue propagating, ushering in the next Monarch butterfly or keeping the pair of cardinals coming back to your “place”. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective

Botanical Art and Illustration
Illustration by Betty Yee Yates

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