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Botanical Illustration

Constance Sayas, MilkweedBotanical art and illustration is the well-established tradition of portraying plants for scientific purposes, recording vanishing species for historical record, or rendering the beauty and inspiration we experience in the flora of the world around us.

We invite you to join the tradition of artists who have portrayed the beauty of plants for centuries. Our core curriculum provides comprehensive instruction in botanical art and illustration.

In the School of Botanical Art and Illustration, you will learn the skills to render plants in remarkable scientific detail and the artistic techniques needed to create beautiful and lasting plant portraits.

Beginners will acquire new knowledge and skills, and experienced artists will refine techniques and find fresh directions for their work. All students enjoy small classes in a positive and encouraging atmosphere.

With close to 200 courses and workshops offered each year, we'll help you to combine scientific accuracy with an aesthetic vision to create beautiful botanicals. Sample the program with an introductory course or jump right into the core curriculum. Whether you have painted for years or did your last great work in grade school, our instructors will meet you where you are to begin your botanical art and illustration journey.

NEW! 2015 Winter/Spring Botanical Art & Illustration course catalog

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Upcoming Classes

Enduring Perfection

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Botanical illustration in the traditional Indian style will bring your images to life with the unique characteristics of tempera, the oldest painting technique in India.

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Surface Textures in Microscope

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Shakespeare and Flowers

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

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Perfecting Perspective

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Do you shy away from complicated plants? Even experienced illustrators sometimes struggle with foreshortening and simplify their subjects to eliminate difficult elements.

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Light on Form

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Take your drawings from flat to fabulous. The secret to portraying light and shadow on your subjects lies in understanding the scientific method of lighting as it applies to different forms.

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Roses in Reality

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

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Nature Observed: Sketching in the Gardens

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9 a.m.
Offsite

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Garden Landscapes

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

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BI in Pen and Ink II

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Take your pen and ink skills to a new level of sophistication. Explore the Gardens’ limitless world of color, texture and complex botany and incorporate this information into black-and-white illustrations.

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Framing Botanical Art

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

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Scientific Illustration for You: From Petals and Bugs to Paper (ages 12+)

Monday, July 6, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

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Printmaking Inspired By Nature (ages 12+)

Monday, July 13, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Prints add personality and style to everything from our clothing to the bags we carry. Learn how you can transform complex three-dimensional subjects into simple and striking graphic prints.

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Sketching Wildflowers in Estes Park

Friday, July 17, 2015 - 9 a.m.
Offsite

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Light on Form

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Take your drawings from flat to fabulous. The secret to portraying light and shadow on your subjects lies in understanding the scientific method of lighting as it applies to different forms.

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Café Botanique

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.
York Street

Café Botanique is a part of the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program and is open to Botanical Art and Illustration students, Gardens' members, the general public, academia and artists.

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Light on Form

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Take your drawings from flat to fabulous. The secret to portraying light and shadow on your subjects lies in understanding the scientific method of lighting as it applies to different forms.

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Café Botanique

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.
York Street

Café Botanique is a part of the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program and is open to Botanical Art and Illustration students, Gardens' members, the general public, academia and artists.

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Light on Form

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Take your drawings from flat to fabulous. The secret to portraying light and shadow on your subjects lies in understanding the scientific method of lighting as it applies to different forms.

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Café Botanique

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.
York Street

Café Botanique is a part of the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program and is open to Botanical Art and Illustration students, Gardens' members, the general public, academia and artists.

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Light on Form

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Take your drawings from flat to fabulous. The secret to portraying light and shadow on your subjects lies in understanding the scientific method of lighting as it applies to different forms.

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A test for your registration login

Friday, December 25, 2015 - 10 a.m.
Offsite

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