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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.

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.

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.

All times are Eastern Time Zone.

Current Classes

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  • 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. | This class has been canceled.

  • Composition for Botanical Artists | Weldon Doran | Saturdays: Oct. 2, 9 and 16 | 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | This class is now filled.

  • Botanical Drawing II: Volume, Texture and Details | Robin Menard | Saturdays: Oct. 30, Nov. 13 and 20 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-class meeting: Sat. Dec. 4, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

  • Watercolor I: Techniques and Color Theory | Brenda Gail Jordan | Saturdays: Nov. 6, 13 and 20 | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (with lunch break) | After-class meeting: Thurs. Dec. 16, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Pen and Ink I | Melissa Fabian | Sundays:  Nov. 7, 14 and 21 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-class meeting: Tues. Dec. 7 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Drawing Birds in Winter Habitats | Melissa Fabian | Tues.  Nov. 9, 16, 23 Dec. 7, 14 and 21 | 1 – 4 p.m. | After-class meeting: Tues. Jan. 11, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Winter Gems | Amy Lewandowski | Saturday December 4 and 11, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-class meeting: Tues. Dec. 21 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Pen and Ink II | Melissa Fabian | Sundays:  Dec. 5, 12 and 19 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks) | After-class meeting: Tues. Dec. 28 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Classes in Progress

  • 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.
  • 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. 24 | 9:30 – 11 a.m.

  • Illumination Techniques  I, II and III | Christine Hutson | Thursdays: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7 and 14 | 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (with lunch break) | After-class meeting: Thursday, Nov. 11, 10 – 11:30 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) |  After-class meeting: Sun., Oct. 31 | 9:30 - 11 a.m.

  • 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.

  • 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. | Registration for this class is now closed.

Detailed Listings

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. Eastern (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

Composition for Botanical Artists | Weldon Doran

Saturdays: Oct. 2, 9 and 16 | 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern (with lunch breaks)

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Oct. 16: Meeting with the Hunt Institute, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Objective: To be able to arrange multiple botanical subjects to create a pleasing composition

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.

It is relatively simple to place just one subject on a piece of paper in a pleasing composition. Explore the option of using many images combined into one well- balanced, easily read single image.  Learn traditional composition principles, such as how to place images on the page, and how to balance positive and negative space, light and dark, and textured and smooth areas.  Plus discover how image placement can indicate emotion, action, height or size.  You will use your own supplied images for class exercises. Supplies will be discussed in first class and will be needed for the second class. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

edu@phipps.conservatory.orgThis class is now filled. Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list.

Botanical Art and Illustration

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

Saturdays: Oct. 30, Nov. 13 and 20 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern (with lunch breaks)

After-class meeting: Sat. Dec. 4, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

$225 members | $255 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

Watercolor I: Techniques and Color Theory | Brenda Gail Jordan

Saturdays: Nov. 6, 13 and 20 | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Eastern (with lunch break)
After-class meeting: Thurs. Dec. 16, 7 – 8:30 pm

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

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

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Prerequisites: 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.

Students will 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, students will 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, students will produce a series of studies that demonstrate the foundational techniques of transparent watercolor and application of those techniques to rendering plant forms.

Assignments for the day will be due by Friday at 5 p.m. of the following week, so that the instructor can put together a power point of all assignments for an in-class critique the next morning. All assignments for the class will be due one month from the date of the last class. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

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Pen and Ink by Melissa Fabian

Pen and Ink I | Melissa Fabian

Sundays:  Nov. 7, 14 and 21 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern (with lunch breaks)
After-class meeting: Tues. Dec. 7 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to make tonal and semi-schematic drawings with pen and ink

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: 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.

Beginning with the fundamentals of pen and ink techniques, learn how to use different strokes to create a compositional balance of black and white tones. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate core course

Botanical Art and Illustration
Colored Pencil by Melissa Fabian

Drawing Birds in Winter Habitats | Melissa Fabian

Tues. Nov. 9, 16, 23, Dec. 7, 14 and 21 | 1 – 4 p.m. Eastern
After-class meeting: Tues. Jan. 11, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To study and draw the birds in their winter habitat. 

Level: Medium to advanced

Prerequisites: 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

This class will focus on the connection of a bird to their winter habitat and needs for survival.  Environmental changes and human interactions will be studied. The final project will give the viewer an artistic interruption of the bird and the winter environment. Several mediums will be demonstrated allowing the students a choice of medium for the final artwork. Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate elective course

Botanical Art and Illustration
Watercolor Holly by Amy Lewdowski

Winter Gems | Amy Lewandowski

Saturdays: December 4 and 11, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern (with lunch breaks)
After-class meeting: Tues. Dec. 21 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$150 members | $160 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to observe color and texture in seasonal plants

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II, 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.

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
Pen and Ink by Melissa Fabian

Pen and Ink II | Melissa Fabian

Sundays: Dec. 5, 12 and 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern (with lunch breaks)

After-class meeting: Tues. Dec. 28 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

$225 members | $255 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective:  Students will have improved stroke making and wash skills with introduction of color through various tools and inks

Level: Intermediate 

Prerequisites: 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.

Create various plant studies and a completed botanical art piece.  Projects completed in this class will be due for the final after class meeting. Botanical Art and Illustration Core course

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. Eastern (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.

$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

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Watercolor by Robin Menard

Botanical Collections | Robin Menard

Aug. 29 and Sept. 26 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Sun., Oct. 24 | 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
"A" Painted by Christine Hutson

Illumination Techniques I, II and III | Christine Hutson

Thursdays: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7 and 14 | 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Eastern (with lunch break)
After-class meeting: Thursday, Nov. 11, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

$220 members | $250 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Objective: To be able to use a variety of illumination techniques

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Watercolor I (or equivalent watercolor 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.

Discover several different styles of medieval book illumination and explore them using modern materials, including watercolors and gold paint. Plus, explore watercolor illumination on black paper. Create illuminated initial letters, as well as other decorative styles and motifs. 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. Eastern (with lunch breaks)
Sun., Oct. 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with lunch breaks)
After-Class Meeting: Sun., Oct. 31 | 9:30 – 11 a.m. [please note new date]

$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. Eastern (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

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Colored Pencil by Brenda Jordan

Colored Pencil I: Techniques | Amy Lindenberger

Saturdays: Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 9 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern (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

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

About the Program

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