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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 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.

Current Classes

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  • Pollinators l | Saturdays: June 27, July 11 and 18 | 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., with additional one-on-one discussion and feedback time as needed. Registration for this class is now closed.
  • ​Drawing Mushrooms | Melissa Fabian | Sundays: July 26, Aug. 2 and 16 | 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.  and 1 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Botanical Drawing ll | Robin Menard | Saturdays: Aug. 15 and 22 | 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (lunch break occurs from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.), and Sat., Aug. 29 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
  • Drawing Deciduous Trees | Melissa Fabian | Sundays, Sept. 13, 20 and Oct. 4 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. 
  • Pen and Ink I | Melissa Fabian | Sundays: November 1, 15 and 22 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. and 1 – 3:30 p.m.