Botanical Drawing for Beginners - Online

at New York Botanical Garden

Course Details
$249 7 seats left
Start Date:

Wed, Sep 14, 11:00am - Oct 12, 2:00pm Eastern Time (4 sessions)

Virtual Learning
Course Level: 145
No class on Oct 5
Purchase Options
Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 14
System Requirements:

You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which you can access your virtual class. We recommend you arrive to class 5-10 minutes early to ensure you're able to set up your device and connection.

Class Delivery:

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

Teacher: Scott Rawlins

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this botanical drawing class:

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

This intro class teaches you basic botanical illustration techniques to help you make realistic drawings of branches, stems, leaves, and flowers using graphite and colored pencil.

Recommended Textbooks:

Botanical Art Techniques, American Society of Botanical Artists (Woodin and Jess)
Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, John Muir Laws
The Joy of Botanical Drawing, Wendy Hollender
The Science Behind Flowers, Dick Rauh

Please note, this course requires the purchase of materials. Please refer to the materials list linked below for more information.

Materials list: Instructor-Katy Lyness

Materials list: Instructor- Scott Rawlins

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

School Notes: If you purchase the class using a CourseHorse promotion or discount, these discounts will not reflect on your NYBG receipt. Actual price paid will be reflected on your CourseHorse receipt only.

In accordance with New York City Executive Order 225., all students registering for on-site classes are required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. For more information on what to expect, please visit our FAQs.

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Refund Policy

Refunds and Withdrawals

Students can transfer into an alternate section without penalty, provided that's done at the time of cancellation, and with sufficient notice. Classes in which material is being mailed to student, require a minimum of 2 weeks' notice for changes/cancellations.

Missed Classes

No discounts will be granted for missed classes. There are no refunds or credits 24 hours before a course begins. A refund will be issued if your class is cancelled due to low enrollment. If you wish to withdraw from a course before it begins, you must notify the Registration Office ten full business days before the first class meeting. We will issue a refund minus a $10 processing fee.

  • If you must withdraw fewer than ten days before the first class meeting:
  • No refunds will be granted for course levels 0–299 and 700–999
  • A 75% refund minus a $10 processing fee will be granted for course levels 300–699

Please note: Floral Design materials fees will not be refunded fewer than five (5) business days before class begins.


New York Botanical Garden do not offer make-up classes.

Start Dates (1)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
11:00am - 2:00pm Eastern Time Scott Rawlins 4 $249
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Wed, Sep 21 11:00am - 2:00pm Eastern Time Scott Rawlins
Wed, Sep 28 11:00am - 2:00pm Eastern Time Scott Rawlins
Wed, Oct 12 11:00am - 2:00pm Eastern Time Scott Rawlins

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Question from Paulino F.
I would like to take this class with my daughter, 13. Can she attend this class?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Paulino! Unfortunately, the classes are limited to adults (18+) only. Even supervised, they do not allow children and teens in our classes. Hope this helps!
Question from Marianna K.
Will I have no problems with nybg staff if I pay your lower price?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Marianna! The prices posted on CourseHorse is the same as what is on the New York Botanical Garden's website so there should be no problem at all!
Question from Marianna K.
Hi! I cannot find the list of materials for Linda Nemergut Botanical Drawings for beginners class. I do need your assistance. Thanks a lot!
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Thank you so much , I appreciate it!
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Question from Janice V.
I would like to do this course but cannot do it in February - are there more classes scheduled for later in year? Thanks Janice Verity
Answer from Kristle C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hey Janice, there are newly updated sections of this class that you can choose from!

Reviews of Classes at New York Botanical Garden (638)

(638 Reviews)
Botanical Drawing for Beginners - Online
Reviewed by Anonymous on 8/3/2022
Katy has packed SO much theory and technique into this intro drawing course! Her videos and homework assignments are fun and relevant. I would definitely recommend to anyone with an interest in drawing the natural world.
Botanical Drawing for Beginners - Online
Reviewed by Marianna K. on 3/8/2019
I loved the class. The teacher - Linda Nemergut - was incredible. She has vast knowledge, knows how to deal with beginners, is very patient, gives a lot of personal attention, and answers all your questions. What else to wish for? You are not rushed - also good news for a beginner. Another good thing - for reasonable price you get to understand, what botanical illustration is - and decide, whether you want to take NYBG certification classes or master this type of drawing in depth by yourself. Even if not - information about paper, pencils, supplies, and some basics is applicable for any type of drawing. It was definitely money wisely spent.
Botanical Drawing for Beginners - Online
Reviewed by Jeanne B. on 10/24/2018
The teacher was expressive, gave good technical instruction, and much individual attention.
Botanical Drawing for Beginners - Online
Reviewed by Alexandra C. on 6/29/2018
The teacher was incredibly knowledgeable and thorough in her instruction. She shared many tips on drawing and materials that as a former art school student, I appreciated. She was also very enthusiastic about the subject and her own work was beautiful. Linda was great. A gem. Go take her class!
Botanical Drawing for Beginners - Online
Reviewed by Anonymous on 11/29/2014
The classroom did not have proper lighting for this class. We were trying to draw shadows and light with overhead florescent lighting. The teacher was very kind and talented but her feedback with minimal and vague. I did learn some very help drawing fundamentals but was disappointed overall.
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