Technology enables botanical artists and natural science illustrators to connect with students through online classes. So many online classes have been announced over the past few years that this format now has its own page in the Classes Near You section.
Do you teach botanical art, natural science illustration or nature journaling online? If you do, please send your information to ArtPlantae.
View Cornell’s Distance Learning Program
- Botanical Illustration I: Basic Drawing Techniques
- Botanical Illustration II: Working with Watercolor
- Botanical Illustration III: Advanced Techniques
University of Newcastle, Australia
Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration
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Gretchen Kai Halpert
Gretchen Kai Halpert is the founder and instructor of an online program in scientific illustration. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design/CE , Gretchen has many years of experience working as a scientific illustrator and teaching programs about natural science illustration.
Learn more about the distance learning program in scientific illustration at www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com. Check out her blog and enjoy the student artwork.
Draw Botanical’s online program offers a thorough immersion into the world of scientifically accurate, three-dimensional, and artistically rendered natural illustration. Whether you’re just broaching this unique skill or are already an expert, these step-by-step instructions and extensive videos are an invaluable guide, created by one of the nation’s leading experts in the field, Wendy Hollender. Each lesson here increases in complexity to build your skill set in a clear, concise, and accessible way. With a focus on the natural world through the botanical life-cycle, each project is not only a technical study but a beautiful piece of artwork in and of itself.
- Single light source toning technique
- Principles of perspective for drawing flowers
- The fundamentals of plant anatomy
- Colored pencil and watercolor combined techniques
- Color Theory of the natural world
Two Subscription Programs Available:
The Practice of Botanical Drawing:
$40 monthly or $400 for a year (Comprehensive Course)
$20 monthly or $200 for a year (Short 30 minute lessons)
Access to Both Programs for $50 monthly or $500 for a year
Jane is a mixed media artist and a member of the San Diego Sketchcrawl group. Jane teaches at conferences across the U.S. and leads classes in Italy and Greece too. In addition to sketching classes, Jane teaches workshops in collage, mixed media, and quilting. There are always many, many opportunities to learn from Jane in-person. Below is a short list of classes that may be of interest to you. To view all of Jane’s upcoming classes, see her teaching schedule online.
Mindy Lighthipe is an award-winning natural science illustrator and the author of the children’s book Mother Monarch. She leads tours to Costa Rica and teaches scientific illustration at the University of Florida.
Learn how to paint botanical subjects with great detail. Online classes include step-by-step tutorials, access to the Knowledge Base of Anna’s School of Watercolor, sketchbook exercises, practice exercises and a supportive community of artists from which to learn. Need help getting started? Sign up to receive Anna’s free Pick Up Your Brush class.
Subscribe to receive a new tutorial every two weeks. Artists of all abilities are welcome. Choose from one of three plans:
- FREE – Access to a selection of basic lessons.
- Monthly Plan – Access to current projects. New projects uploaded every two weeks. Subscribers at this level also receive access to the previous two months of projects and tutorials.
- Six-Month Plan – Six-month membership with access to all current and new projects. Access to projects, courses and tutorials from previous six months.
The Illustrated Garden, A Studio Blog
Val Webb is an illustrator and teacher who teaches both live and online workshops. Be sure to watch Val’s online tutorial, Botanical Drawing with Pencil and Watercolor. Connect with The Illustrated Garden on Facebook.