School of Botanical Art and Illustration
Botanical Art Classes for Everyone
School Open House Sunday, June 30, 11:00am-2:00pm
Join us to learn more about the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration! Enjoy an exhibition of class work, demonstrations by teachers and free-tours of the school art exhibition.
Botanica 2013: The Art & Science of Plants - June 29 - August 9.
This annual juried exhibition of botanical art by teachers, current and former students is displayed at Brookside Gardens’ Visitors Center. This year we are delighted to share this exhibition venue with artworks completed by members of the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region. Be sure to allow time when visiting Brookside to enjoy this beautiful art, inspired by a love and a fascination for plants, portrayed in the finest of detail.
Botanica 2013 Exhibitor Information and Guidelines
Botanica 2013 Entry Form (updated 3/19/13)
Registration for Spring and Summer programs is now open!
Be sure to investigate and register today for these and other classes starting in March. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from experienced artists and network with other students. Enjoy the small class size and the beautiful garden setting for inspiration. Encourage your fellow artists to register with you. Each class needs a minimum of 5 registrants to run.
Materials list for March & April Classes
Materials list for May - August Classes
Check the calendar below for detailed program and event information by date. Register for our botanical art and illustration classes online through ParkPASS or by calling 301-962-1451. The calendar is interactive so that you can modify the view to your preference by clicking the tabs at the top right, but in order to register online for any of the programs or events listed, you must visit ParkPASS. If you don't already have a ParkPASS account, visit the sign in page to create one.
Want to learn more?
Updated files Sept. 2012 : Check below additional Documents (not included in the handbook):
The Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration is located at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD. Botanical art class offerings are listed in the current issue of the Xperience Guide to Programs and Events. For more information, contact Laura Vogel on 301-962-1470.
Congratulations to our 2012 Certificate Holders!
CONGRATULATIONS - to the BGSBAI Achievement Award recipients and to Susannah Figura and Mary O’Herron who received the BGSBAI Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration. The certificate course requires course credit for core curriculum classes, electives and workshops and culminates in the compilation of a final portfolio that includes a selection of practical assignments, (submitted earlier for regular evaluation over a period of two calendar years), and a Certificate Project – begun in a student’s third year that includes an artist statement and description of their creative process. You can view their portfolios, which were submitted to our three external examiners, on the walls of our Online Gallery. Sign our Guestbook while you're there and leave some congratulatory comments for Susannah and Mary.
Step out of the everyday....
Become absorbed in drawing and painting the natural beauty of plants. Learn how to draw and paint.
- Botanical Art Classes and Workshops
- Small Classes and Individual Instruction
- See the world through a new dimension
- Share your love of plants & art with others
- Experience a supportive school community
- Work towards a certificate
- Exhibit your art on-site or through the all new Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration Online Gallery
School of Botanical Art & Illustration Certificate Program
Recent years have seen a resurgence in the popularity of botanical art and illustration from both the collector's and the student's point of view. Developed in collaboration with world-renowned botanical artist, Margaret Saul, the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration offers botanical art class that serve all levels, from beginner to advanced.
Upon completion of a specified number and combination of botanical art classes, those students who choose to follow this course of work will earn a the prestigious Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration Certificate. Certificate work is not required to participate in the School. Classes also may be taken singly and at the student's leisure.
Sites of Interest
If you are interested in learning more about the field of botanical artistry or botanical art classes in your area, visit the other websites listed below:
Online Galleries and Art Societies
- Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration Online Gallery
- The Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region
- The American Society of Botanical Artists
- Margaret Saul, Director, Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration
- The Washington Calligraphers Guild
- BotanicalArtistry.com Online Forum
Other Schools of Botanical Art & Illustration
- The Minnesota School of Botanical Art
- The Morton Arboretum (Chicago)
- ASBA Links to Botanical Art Courses & Workshops
- Filoli Botanical Art Classes (California)
- Denver Botanic Garden Botanical Art & Illustration Certificate Program
- The New York Botanical Garden Botanical Art & Natural Science Illustration Courses