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The Arts Center of the Capital Region
An art center in Troy, NY offering classes in drawing, painting, art history, the business of art, and the digital arts. View their extensive schedule of classes online.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Established in 1910, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is home to 12,000 plant species and cultivars, the Steinhardt Conservatory and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium. They offer classes in botanical art, botany, birding and many garden-related subjects. A sample of upcoming classes is listed below. Search for more learning opportunities by viewing their complete schedule online.
Located on the campus of Cornell University, Cornell Plantations manages 4,300 acres of natural area that includes bogs, fens, gorges, glens, meadows, woodlands and other ecosystems. They host several events during the year. Adult workshops include The Joy of Botanical Illustration.
Cornell University Department of Horticulture
The Department of Horticulture at Cornell University has expanded their schedule of online courses to include an advanced techniques course in botanical illustration. The Cornell University Department of Horticulture now offers a certificate in botanical illustration through the Office of Continuing Education. This certificate program is composed of the following courses: Botanical Illustration I: Basic Drawing Techniques, Botanical Illustration II: Working with Watercolor and Botanical Illustration III: Advanced Techniques.
Botanical Illustration I: Basic Drawing Techniques
Students will work in pencil and pen-and-ink. Topics include: observing nature, drawing, composition, perspective, foreshortening, and how to use light to give botanical drawings three-dimensional form. Cost: $500. Limit: 15 students.
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Botanical Illustration II: Working with Watercolor
In this introductory course about color, students will continue their study of plants. Emphasis will be on simpler subjects such as a single-stem flower, fruit, and vegetables. Cost: $500. Limit: 15 students.
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Botanical Illustration III: Advanced Techniques
In this class, students will explore various media and develop a portfolio of work. Students will develop a proficiency in botanical drawing using pastels, colored pencil, pen and ink, pencil and chalk. Cost: $400. Limit: 15 students. View syllabus and register
A Botanical Illustration Certificate of Completion from the Department of Horticulture, Cornell University, will be awarded upon the successful completion of all three botanical illustration courses.
Cornell’s Winter 2012 classes in botanical illustration produce successful student outcomes. Read More
Gretchen Kai Halpert
Gretchen Halpert is a scientific illustrator and biologist with many years of experience creating illustrations for the medical field, for scientific research, and for commercial clients. Gretchen also teaches classes in the book arts and leads journaling classes.
Botanical Illustration and Drawing Workshops
Choose one of the dates below or register for all four workshops!
June 1, 2013
June 2, 2013
June 29, 2013
June 30, 2013
Botanical illustration and basic drawing. Each session above is a full-day workshop using botanical specimens to learn basic drawing techniques. Students will focus on tools and techniques to create realistic and accurate drawings along with observation exercises and botanical study. The first session will focus on graphite sketches, transfers and tonal drawings on white paper. Individual attention and small class size allows participants to receive help with their particular challenges and interests. This workshop is an opportunity for beginners to get your feet wet. As interest dictates, classes can meet during the week – days or evenings – as well as weekends. More advanced students may benefit by having a set time to draw with others and will be given more advanced exercises.
Each workshop is scheduled for 10 AM – 4 PM. From 4:00-6:00 PM, students may remain to draw outdoors, hike or socialize. There are trails, fields, woods, a pond and plants specific to each ecosystem. Cost: $100. Location: Elmira, New York.
(Note: Students may sign-up for multiple sessions, the exercises will be different each time so the workshops may progress as in a series.)
Contact: Gretchen by email or at 607-767-6936.
Nature and Travel Journaling in Tuscany, Siena, Italy
June 16-23, 2013
$2475pp double; $2750 single
Includes 7 nights lodging in 16th-century villa, 19 meals, wine, field trips, daily classes and evening presentations. This workshop is about creating a journal, focusing on plants and nature and expanding to architecture and travel. Daily lessons in pen and ink, watercolor, composition, text, observation, and writing give participants the tools to document their time in Italy and wherever they go in the world, including home. All takes place on one of the first privately-owned wildlife sanctuaries in Italy. Flower and vegetable gardens, animals, trails and an abandoned castle offer plenty of subject material. Afternoons are set aside for field trips and working on your own, relaxing by the pool, hiking, reading, exploring and enjoying life. The weekends with a wine and cheese opening of our work.
For more information, go to Nature and Travel Journaling in Tuscany.
Wendy Hollender at Hollengold Farm
Wendy Hollender is an illustrator, author, and teacher. She teaches at the New York Botanical Garden and at Hollengold Farm, her organic vegetable farm.
Karen is an award-winning botanical artist whose illustrations of fruit, vegetables, herbs and other food items have been used on the packaging of many familiar products. Karen works in watercolor on calf skin, watercolor on paper, gouache, pencil and silverpoint. She is represented by Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works on Paper, LLC.
Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial
Located in Somers, NY, the 234-acre Lasdon Arboretum is home to the botanical art program directed by botanical artist Laura Gould. Laura is a botanical artist who works primarily in colored pencil, graphite, and watercolor. Detailed course descriptions, supply lists, registration information, and Laura’s online gallery can be viewed at Barking Dog Studio.
New York Botanical Garden
Two certificate programs are offered through the Garden’s Continuing Education program. One certificate program emphasizes Botanical Art & Illustration and the other, Natural Science Illustration. There are several courses from which to choose. View current course schedule.
Rose Pellicano’s career as a botanical artist spans 20 years. Her work has been exhibited widely and is in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Learn more about Rose by visiting her profile in the ASBA Members Gallery. Rose is represented by Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works on Paper, LLC in New Jersey.
Roberta Rosenthal, RSR Designs
Roberta is a professional botanical artist and has been an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden for over 22 years. In addition to her regular teaching schedule, Roberta also offers private lessons and group instruction at her studio. View current teaching schedule.
Corinne Lapin-Cohen is pleased to announce that StoneHouse Studio in Katonah, NY is the new location for ALL of her classes. Each seven-week course costs $250. Morning sessions occur from 9:15 am – 12:15 pm. Afternoon sessions occur from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm.
Wave Hill: New York Public Garden and Cultural Center
Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx. Their mission is to establish human connections with nature through horticulture, education and the arts. Visit their website to learn more about their gardens, special collections and art classes.