Art Courses at the Botanic Gardens


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


2021-2022 Art Classes 

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Fall-Winter 2021-2022 Program Brochure

Spring-Summer 2021 Program Brochure

Registration Form

Fall-Winter 2021-2022 Programs Instructor Bios

2021 Spring-Summer Programs Instructor Bios

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our in-person classes have been suspended until it is safe to hold them again. We are scheduling some on-line botanical art classes that are announced via email to our current art students. If you are not already receiving our emails, please send your name and email address to


If you have any questions, please email Please do not try to call the office since Friends staff are now working from home.


Especially for Beginners


Foundations of Botanical Drawing and Painting
Suitable for anyone starting their study of botanical painting, as well as those with some experience.
Education Director Sarah Roche introduces you to the traditional art and science of botanical drawing and painting. Instructional focus includes observational skills, drawing, composition, design, and watercolor techniques. Fall topic: Core Values. Studying the apple, a New England fall fruit, will help introduce the concepts of form, color mixing and depicting texture, using graphite and then watercolor. 
6 Mon.: Sept. 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25      BAC 22 101
In person at Elm Bank on Oct. 4 & 25, online on other dates
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom and at Putnam classroom at Elm Bank
Members $295 / Non-Members $345
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 develop your drawing and painting skills. Education Director Sarah Roche encourages your observational skills to grow in this relaxed seminar with plenty of helpful demonstrations. Experiment with line drawings and the accurate representation of botanical forms. Leap into watercolor painting with a series of fun watercolor exercises. All three sessions will take place in person at Mass Hort. Class size is limited to 12 to maintain social distancing.
Please bring to the first class: 9x12 sketch paper, HB (No. 2) pencils, and white plastic eraser. Sarah will discuss brushes, palettes and watercolor paper necessary for the remaining classes. Samples of paint are provided.
3 Wed.: Nov. 3, 10, 17      BAC 22 010
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Putnam classroom at Elm Bank
Members $150 / Non-Members $175