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Botanical Illustration

Amaryllis, Laurence Pierson, watercolorBotanical 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
Registration begins December 9 at 9 a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Upcoming Classes

Color Layering for Colored Pencil

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

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

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Botany for the Botanical Illustrator

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 9 a.m.
York Street

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

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A test for your registration login

Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 10 a.m.
Offsite

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Open Studio

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 5 p.m.
York Street

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

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Light on Form

Friday, January 16, 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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Open Studio

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 5 p.m.
York Street

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

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Color Layering for Colored Pencil

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

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

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Open Studio

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 5 p.m.
York Street

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

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Open Studio

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 5 p.m.
York Street

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

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Botany for the Botanical Illustrator

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 10 a.m.
York Street

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

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Open Studio

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 5 p.m.
York Street

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

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Perfecting Perspective

Friday, February 13, 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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BI in Colored Pencil I

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

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

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Light on Form

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

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

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BI in Watercolor II

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Color Mixing for Artists

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Composition for Botanical Illustration

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Art Materials for the Botanical Illustrator

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

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

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BI in Colored Pencil I

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

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

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Mastering Pen and Ink

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

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

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Advanced Pen and Ink Techniques: Preparing for Publication

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Class will appear sold out until then.

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Make an Art Portfolio Case

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Color Layering for Colored Pencil

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

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

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Photoshop for Beginners

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

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

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Light on Form

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

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

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BI in Colored Pencil II

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

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

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BI in Pencil II

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

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

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Crossed Structure Bindings

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

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

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Color Mixing for Artists

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Introduction to Botanical Illustration

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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BI in Pen and Ink II

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

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

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Improve Your Handwriting Skills

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

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

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Composition for Botanical Illustration

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Art Materials for the Botanical Illustrator

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 1 p.m.
York Street

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

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Color Layering for Colored Pencil

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

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

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BI in Colored Pencil I

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

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

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Make an Art Portfolio Case

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Open Studio

Monday, May 18, 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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Enduring Perfection

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

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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Open Studio

Monday, June 1, 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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BI in Pencil II

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

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

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Open Studio

Monday, June 8, 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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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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Perfecting Perspective

Friday, June 12, 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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Open Studio

Monday, June 15, 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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Light on Form

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

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

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BI in Watercolor II

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 6 p.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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BI in Pen and Ink II

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

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

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BI in Colored Pencil II

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

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

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Open Studio

Monday, June 22, 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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Framing Botanical Art

Wednesday, June 24, 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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Introduction to Botanical Illustration

Monday, June 29, 2015 - 9 a.m.
York Street

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.

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