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Wendy Hollender

Draw Botanical

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)

    Botanical Basics:
    $20 monthly or $200 for a year (Short 30 minute lessons)

    Access to Both Programs for $50 monthly or $500 for a year

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In November 2015 illustrator and educator Wendy Hollender launched
A Year of Botanical Drawing, a 12-month subscription program created to provide aspiring botanical illustrators with structured instruction through 2016.

Now one year later, this successful subscription program has evolved into two new online courses. These courses are now available at DrawBotanical.com, the learning platform created specifically for them. Time-strapped nature artists juggling the demands of daily life can choose between relaxing 30-minute instructional meditations in Botanical Basics or step-by-step instruction in colored pencil and watercolor in The Practice of Botanical Drawing. To learn more about each program, click on the links above. If you would like to go on a tour of the new learning platform and would like to “meet” with Wendy herself, be sure to watch the video on the DrawBotanical.com homepage.

Purchase a one-year subscription to The Practice of Botanical Drawing between now and Christmas Eve (December 24, 2016) and receive 5% off the course fee of $400 when you use the promotional code HOLIDAYSALE12 during checkout. A one-year subscription to The Practice of Botanical Drawing includes complimentary access to Botanical Basics.

Begin your study of botanical illustration or give the gift of botanical art to your favorite nature artist, classroom teacher or informal science educator.

Find out more at DrawBotanical.com

About Wendy Hollender

Wendy Hollender is a botanical illustrator, author and instructor. She is the author of Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color and Botanical Drawing: A Beginner’s Guide. She is the co-owner of Botanical Arts Press, LLC and the illustrator of Foraging and Feasting: A Basic Field Guide & Wild Food Cookbook written by Dina Falconi. Wendy has years of experience introducing botanical illustration to new audiences.

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Wendy Hollender will show you how.

She will also spend the next year supporting you on your journey.

Wendy Hollender is a botanical artist, illustrator, author and instructor. She is the author of Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color and Botanical Drawing: A Beginner’s Guide. She is the co-owner of Botanical Arts Press, LLC and the co-creator of a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign. Wendy has years of experience introducing botanical illustration to new audiences. Now she is ready to help you make nature drawing a habit.

The meditative and relaxing effects of observing and drawing nature have long been known. Making it a part of your life practice, however, has always been a challenge and it seems to get worse with every technological advancement and with every holiday release of a new gadget.

So how can you slow things down a bit?

Consider Wendy’s new subscription program A Year of Botanical Drawing. Announced only two days ago, Wendy’s one-year program provides students with the structure and support to learn botanical illustration, to develop their new skills and to make drawing a life-fulfilling habit. Enrollment is now open. The program begins in January 2016.

When registering for this program, students can choose between two options. For Option One, students receive a printed hard copy lesson with an easel-style binder in the mail each month. This easel-style binder keeps the current lesson propped up while working. For Option Two, students receive their monthly lesson as a PDF document. The only difference between the two options has to do with the format in which students receive their lessons. Other than this, both options include the following:

  • Online monthly instructional video
  • Mid-month online group meeting with interactive features allowing for group participation and the review of student drawings.
  • A private page for students enrolled in the program. This page features the current lesson, instructional video and a place for students to communicate with each other and with Wendy.
  • Private image and comment sharing with Wendy.
  • Regional student drawing groups (when possible)
  • Option to take part in a summer drawing retreat (not included in subscription price)
  • Year-end online exhibition of student work.
  • Private critique available (not included in subscription price)

Give the gift of inner peace and stress relief this holiday season.
Learn more about this exciting new program at Drawing in Color.


This new program has been added to the resource page Classes Near You > Online. Visit this page to view distance learning options in natural science illustration and botanical art.

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Botanical Illustration Intensive Workshop
The National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kaua’I Hawaii

    February 2 – February 15, 2014 (Session 1)
    February 15 – 28, 2014 (Session 2)
    February 2 – February 28, 2014 (One-month Intensive)

    Time: 10 AM to 4 PM, daily

Study the fundamentals of botanical drawing using graphite pencil, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and watercolor. Drawing plants and flowers starts with observation.

Under the supervision of Wendy Hollender, illustrator, author, and instructor from The New York Botanical Garden, students will learn about plant structures and their importance through dissection and comparison.

Students will create detailed botanical drawings and sketchbook pages of flowering plants, fruits and seedpods, working directly from the wide variety of tropical plants growing at the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG).

There will be opportunity to work on large compositions and detailed paintings for those staying the entire month. Lessons in composition will facilitate the development of larger compositions.

Participants will study historical botanical illustrations spanning four centuries as a way of understanding the tradition and techniques still in use today.

Dr. David Burney and other NTBG botanists will be available to help with understanding botany and other aspects of plant ecology.

This class is appropriate for advanced students as well as beginners because everyone works individually. No previous art background required.

Instructional classes will be conducted four days each week at The National Tropical Botanical Garden, with one day per week allotted for field trips or working in other locations on the island. Participants will have a large indoor-outdoor classroom for use, with time to draw outside anywhere in the garden.

Instructor is available in the classroom and does daily demonstrations. There will be a demonstration about drawing in the garden to introduce participants to techniques used when drawing outside. The weekends are free where by students can visit the island, relax at the beach or continue to draw in the garden classroom.

Workshop Fees:
Two-week workshop: $950 includes sumptuous fresh lunch on class days featuring local produce and tropical fruits. Other meals are not included with the exception of a once a week beach dinner barbeque.

Accommodations are available at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in shared housing for an unbeatable price or in nearby Kalaheo and Poipu or other locations in the area. For those staying in shared housing there is a kitchen for shared use. Bed and Breakfasts options are also available.

For additional information and to register, visit www.DrawingInColor.com or contact Wendy.

This information has been added to the Classes Near You sections for New York and Hawaii.

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Colored pencil paintings and drawings of edible plants, both wild and cultivated, are the focus of Botanical Edibles…Wild and Cultivated, a new exhibition featuring the work of SUNY ULSTER Artist-in-Residence, Wendy Hollender. Tomorrow’s opening festivities will include a special slide presentation by Wendy that will be followed by an opening reception in the Muroff Kotler Gallery.

Wendy Hollender is a botanical artist, teacher, author and organic farmer living in New York. Learn more about the exhibition and the programs Wendy will conduct during her residency on her website at Drawing in Color.

Botanical Edibles…Wild and Cultivated

January 26 – February 17, 2012
Ulster County Community College
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
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Opening Reception

Slide presentation by Wendy Hollender, 7 PM (Student Lounge VAN 203)
Gallery Reception in Muroff Kotler Gallery begins after Wendy’s presentation


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In April, Wendy Hollender was interviewed by a radio station serving the community near her organic farm. In her interview, Wendy talks about her recent exhibition, her New York Times article about endangered plants, and her career as a botanical artist.

Wendy’s interview with “Dennis in the Morning” is now available for all of us to hear. This interview was conducted by WELV, the only local radio station in Ellenville, NY. Radio station WELV is operated by students and faculty from the Ellenville Central School District.

Listen to Wendy’s interview on WELV 107.9!

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Colored pencil isn’t just a medium to use, it is also a learning tool. It allows you to teach drawing skills and teach about color at the same time.
— Wendy Hollender

Just as her first book is an inspiring guide for botanical illustrators, Wendy Hollender’s Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color is equally inspiring, if not more.

In her new book, Wendy reveals the mystery behind botanical illustration by breaking each step of the process down to minute detail. No detail is too small. Even the seemingly obvious detail of sharpening a pencil is addressed. Experience has taught Hollender that something as innocent as a blunt pencil can become an obstacle if not monitored properly. The step-by-step instructions Hollender provides in Botanical Drawing do more than carefully guide artists through new exercises. Through carefully written text and supporting illustrations, Hollender instills confidence in novice illustrators bravely embarking on their first attempt in botanical art and instills confidence in artists who may be exploring colored pencil techniques for the first time.

What makes Botanical Drawing in Color a comprehensive guide to botanical illustration is Hollender’s careful arrangement of exercises, each exercise building upon the one before. This book is not a reading book. It’s a book that requires readers to take action. If the exercises are completed faithfully and in sequence, novice illustrators will find they are no longer beginners and colored pencil enthusiasts will be charged with their enhanced understanding of color theory and color harmony.

Here is a quick overview of the contents of this new book and how artists can benefit from Hollender’s thorough introduction to botanical illustration:

Chapter 1 – Overview

Chapter 2 – Art Supplies & Materials: Hollender introduces the materials she uses and explains the reasons behind her choice of graphite pencils, colored pencils, paper, and other supplies.

Chapter 3 – Tone and Form: Artists will learn how to look for changes in value on any surface, learn how to create many values in order to achieve 3-dimensional form, how to work with a light source, and how to create the natural forms found in nature.

Chapter 4 – Adding Color to a Toned Form: The essential skills of toning and burnishing in colored pencil are discussed. These skills are required if artists are to convincingly render form in color. Hollender demonstrates how to hang onto form while applying color.

Chapter 5 – Establishing Perspective: Creating a 3-dimensional form on a flat piece of paper is simply not possible without being able to see and draw in perspective. Artists will learn how to do both in this chapter.

Chapter 6 – Putting Value and Perspective Together: Applying the techniques learned in Chapter 5, Hollender demonstrates how line, tone, and perspective work together to create natural forms.

Chapter 7 – Understanding Color: Color theory, color mixing, and color harmony are the focus of this chapter. Carefully planned exercises enable artists to experience these concepts, not just read about them.

Chapter 8 – Depicting Overlapping Elements & Different Planes: Drawing an individual flower or leaf is fine, but plants don’t produce free-standing leaves and flowers. Plants have branches, clusters of flowers, and leaves of all shapes and sizes overlapping each other. How do you get all of this down on a piece of paper? This is what this chapter is about.

Chapter 9 – Understanding the Form & Function of Plants: Plant morphology, growth patterns, and working with a microscope are the focus of this chapter. Artists will learn how to design an herbarium page and a sketchbook page when studying plant specimens.

Chapter 10 – Mastering Advanced Drawing Techniques: In this chapter, artists will apply what they’ve learned about form, perspective, overlapping elements, and color to create a finished drawing.

Chapter 11 – Mastering Advanced Compositions & Techniques: Hollender describes how to plan and evaluate eye-pleasing compositions and how to use alternative backgrounds. She also demonstrates how to work with watercolor pencils, how to create a colored pencil painting of a white flower, and how to capture the intricate details of a flower’s reproductive parts so that the centers of your flowers are as alive as the rest of your drawing.

Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color is far from basic. This all-inclusive guide is sure to enhance the work of botanical artists and jump-start the career of beginners who have been wanting to explore botanical illustration, but were too intimidated by the process. Hollender’s approach to botanical drawing is doable and no-fuss. All one needs is paper, pencil, and colored pencils.



  • Our April 2008 “Ask The Artist” with Wendy Hollender is the most read article to date at ArtPlantae Today?
  • Botanical Drawing in Color sky-rocketed to the #2 position on the Nielsen Bookscan Ratings during its first week?
  • Botanical Drawing in Color is already in its second printing?

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