Art Courses at the Botanic Gardens


Read the Wellesley magazine article about celebrating WCBG's botanical treasures through art.


2018-2019 Art Classes 

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NEW! 2019 Spring-Summer Classes

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Questions? Contact WCBG Friends: or 781-283-3094.


Perfect for beginners:


Drawing and Painting for the Petrified
Get started painting! All abilities and anxiety levels welcome. In this relaxed, informative seminar with plenty of helpful demonstrations, you will work towards developing your drawing and painting skills. Sarah Roche encourages your observational skills to grow as you experiment with line drawings and the accurate representations of botanical forms. Leap into watercolor painting as Sarah guides you through a series of fun beginning botanical watercolor exercises.
Bring to first class: 9x12 sketch paper, HB (No. 2) pencil, and white plastic eraser. Sarah will discuss brushes, palettes, and watercolor papers necessary for remaining classes. Paint samples are provided.
4 Wed.: May 1, 8, 15, 22,  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.                 BAC 19 010
Putnam classroom at Elm Bank
Members $125 / Non-Members $150
Introduction to Botanical Art: Foundations in a Week
Explore the world of botanical art over four days in this course designed especially for you - the beginner. Sarah Roche guides your experience through structured exercises, projects and demonstrations, exposing you to the basic techniques and methods of botanical drawing and watercolor painting. If you have an interest in plants and a yearning to record what you see on paper, then this class is for you. All experience levels welcome.
4 days: Monday, June 10 - Thursday, June 13               BAC 19 101A
Monday - Wednesday, June 10 - 12: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 13: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Putnam classroom at Elm Bank
Members $260 / Non-Members $31