Botanical Art classes

Botanical Art classes


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


Botanical Art Classes 


As of Aug 3, 2022 - Registration is open for Fall 2022/Winter 2023 botanical art classes!

NEW! Fall-Winter 2023 Botanical Art Program Brochure

NEW! Instructor Bios for Fall-Winter 2023 Programs

Spring/Summer 2022 botanical art classes are at the links below.

Friends Spring-Summer 2022 Program Brochure

Instructor Bios for Spring-Summer 2022 Programs


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Especially for Beginners - look for these art courses in the program brochure: 


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. 
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.