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Botanical Art

Rosa Altissimo by Mary Gilardi

Rosa ‘Altissimo’ by Mary Gilardi, 2013 Graduate.


The Botanical Art program at Filoli has long been an essential part of our mission to interpret and preserve the history of this country estate. Whether it's through one of our two–to–five–day classes, the Certificate Program, the Filoli Florilegium or the annual exhibit, artists continue to be inspired by the plant collections at Filoli.

Our students say it best:

“Excellent class in every way. Thank you!” From Introduction to Botanical Art

“Class was wonderful, positive and organized – a joy!” From Drawing Plants in Perspective.

“Nina is a very good instructor – positive, encouraging, relaxed and skillful.” From Colored Pencil I.

“Bruce is a wonderful instructor – all class participants had good success.” From Pen And Ink.

“I like Martha’s friendly attitude and help…great handouts…I gained confidence.” From Graphite Pencil I.

Students talk about our primary instructors:
Catherine Watters — “Catherine is an excellent teacher and makes even a beginner feel good and able to finish projects.”
Lee McCaffree — “Lee’s class was wonderful, positive and organized. A joy! She’s great with the newbies.”

2014 Classes

How to Register

Use the link below each class to register or call 650–364–8300, ext. 508, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Refund Policy

Click here for our Education Programs Refund Policy.

Filoli offers a wide–ranging schedule of botanical art classes for all levels of experience. It is not necessary to enroll in the Botanical Art Certificate Program to participate in these classes; however, prerequisites must be completed.

Class materials lists are available upon registration or can be downloaded in advance under the class description. Instructor biographies are available by clicking on the instructor's name or by clicking on Instructor Biographies. Certificate Program credit hours are listed below each course description.

Unless otherwise indicated, these classes take place in the Roth Room on the second floor of the historic House. Access to this classroom is by stairs only. For questions about accessibility, please contact the Education Office by email to classes@filoli.org or by phone at (650) 364–8300, ext. 233.

With the exception of Introduction to Botanical Art, all classes listed below are part of the
Botanical Art Certificate Program and are noted by month using the following key:

R Required Courses

E Elective Courses

JanuaryJune

There are no Botanical Art classes scheduled this month.

Colored Pencil II R
Calligraphy Workshop — Foundation Calligraphy R
Textures, Patterns and Details I R
Studio Time E
FebruaryJuly
Drawing Plants in Perspective I R
Techniques Class: Understanding Foreshortening E
Camellias E
Watercolor II R
More Drawing Plants in Perspective E
Master Class: Putting a Light on the Subject R
Colored Pencil: Zinnias and Other Composites R
Roses R
MarchAugust
Colored Pencil R
Techniques Class: Mixing Greens E
Introduction to Botanical Art
Color Mixing for Artists R
Rhododendrons E
Designing for Success — Composition for Artists E
Pen and Ink E
Textures, Patterns and Details II E
AprilSeptember
Master Class: Botanical Drawing in Color E
Watercolor I R
Early Spring Flowers: Watercolor Pencil Workshop E
Drawing Plants in Perspective I R
Botany through Drawing R
Techniques Class: Painting White Flowers E
Master Class: Using Color Effectively in Botanical Art E
Introduction to Botanical Art
Watercolor III E
Graphite Pencil II R
Fruit From The Orchard R
MayOctober
Graphite Pencil I R
Watercolor II R
Portfolio: Presenting Your Artwork E
Labeling, Matting and Framing E
History of Botanical Art E
Autumn Leaves E
Techniques Class: Finishing Your Painting E
Drawing Plants in Perspective

Drawing skills are essential to botanical art.

Drawing Plants in Perspective I R

Sold Out: Tuesday, February 11 and Saturday, February 22, 2014, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Register Below: Tuesday, April 22 and Friday, May 2, 2014, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

This foundation course teaches students to accurately draw plants by observing basic botanical shapes and structures and illustrating them in great detail with botanical accuracy. Each of the five sessions focuses on one shape to emphasize and develop observation and foreshortening skills. Students learn to interpret hidden edges to achieve a believable drawing and work on shading skills through value contrast to create three–dimensional shapes. Students enrolled in the Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session.

Fee: $235 for members; $280 for non–members

  • Prerequisite: none
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 15
  • Materials List
apples

Detail of Winter Banana by Lee McCaffree.

Techniques Class: Understanding Foreshortening E

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Learn how to apply basic techniques of perspective to make your plants real in your initial drawing. Students will practice foreshortening by using basic shapes to draw a variety of leaves and flowers. Your work will come alive with the three dimensionality. Students may bring their artwork for critique.

Fee: $80 for members; $95 for non–members

  • Prerequisite: Basic drawing skills
  • Certificate Program Hours of Credit: 4
  • Materials List
camellia by Catherine M. Watters

Camellia japonica ‘Shiro Chan’ by Catherine M. Watters.

Camellias E

Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Camellias are graceful beautiful subjects to illustrate with their deep glossy green leaves and colorful blooms. Filoli has an extensive collection of camellias, some more than 70 years old. Learn how to carefully observe, accurately draw and mix the right colors for these amazing subjects.

Fee: $160 for members; $190 for non–members

  • Prerequisite: Some botanical art experience
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 8
  • Materials List
Angel Trumpet by Catherine M. Watters

Angel Trumpet by Catherine M. Watters.

Watercolor II R

Thursday, February 27 and Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

This intermediate class further develops students’ skills in mixing colors, washes and layering. Students work on highlights, shading of simple and complex forms, painting white flowers and transparent subjects. Students enrolled in the Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session.

Fee: $235 for members; $280 for non–members

Colored Pencil Drawing by Nina Antze

Red Onion by Nina Antze.

Colored Pencil R

Wednesday through Friday, March 5 – 7, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Nina Antze

This workshop focuses on learning and practicing colored pencil techniques while making study pages for future reference. The workshop will begin with a lesson on the different types of pencils and papers; color theory, including a color wheel to learn about color bias; and hands–on learning of basic colored pencil techniques such as building–up color and blending. Continue your studies on day two by drawing, creating and modifying greens, using grisaille techniques for shading and forms. Complete your three–day study by adding a flower or seasonal fruit from the Filoli garden and practice finishing techniques like burnishing and clean –up.

Fee: $275 for members; $330 for non–members.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 15
  • Materials List
fern samples with vibrant greens

Fern by Catherine M. Watters.

Techniques Class: Mixing Greens E

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

One of the biggest challenges for botanical artists is mixing the right green! You will learn how to mix a variety of samples to create harmonious greens that will enhance your subjects.

Fee: $80 for members; $95 for non–members

  • Prerequisite: Some watercolor experience
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 4
  • Materials List
Primula by Lee McCaffree

Primula by Lee McCaffree

Introduction to Botanical Art

Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Have you admired botanical art but questioned whether you could do it? If so, this is just the class for you. This two day hands–on workshop introduces traditional botanical art skills such as plant observation, drawing, color mixing and watercolor painting using leaves, flowers and fruit as models. No previous art experience is needed.

Fee: $180 for members; $215 for non–members. Fee includes all materials.

  • Prerequisite: None
Learn how to get the colors you want

Learn how to get the colors you want.

Color Mixing for Artists R

Thursday through Saturday, March 20 – 22, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Susan T. Fisher

Color mixing is a necessity for all artists. This class teaches students to mix the colors they want, not the ones they end up with through trial and error. Learn an easy system for combining colors consistently to achieve the broadest possible spectrum for any “wet” medium including watercolor, gouache, acrylics, oils, inks, alkyds or egg tempera. This understanding will help students move to a much higher level of achievement. Students enrolled in the Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each class.

Fee: $325 for members; $390 for non–members.

Botanical Art student painting a rhododendron

Student paints a Filoli rhododendron.

Rhododendrons E

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 18 and 19, 2014, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

With vibrant blooms and uniquely colored and shaped leafs, these garden beauties are exquisite botanical art subjects. Through careful observation and instruction, learn to accurately draw and paint these stunning flowers.

Fee: $160 for members; $190 for non–members

  • Prerequisite: Some botanical art experience
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 8
  • Materials List
plums by Susan Fisher

Plums by Susan Fisher.

Designing for Success — Composition for Artists E

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25 and 26, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Susan T. Fisher

Amplify your ability to plan your next painting so your work stands out from the crowd. Enjoy this opportunity to peruse the impressive Highgrove Florilegium book at Filoli. Familiarize yourself with the various parts of planning a painting and discover the tools to enhance your own artistic expression. Class exercises will encourage you to analyze artworks in a new and helpful way. If you plan on entering art exhibits or competitions this course is for you.

Fee: $220 for members; $265 for non–members.

Lily by Wendy Hollender

Lily by Wendy Hollender.

Master Class: Botanical Drawing in Color E

Thursday through Saturday, April 3 – 5, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Wendy Hollender

Join botanical artist, instructor, and author Wendy Hollender to learn the techniques outlined in her book: Botanical Drawing in Color, A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color published by Random House. Create a finished work in colored pencil from start to finish working directly on watercolor paper. Use a “Grisaille” technique for undertones in a neutral color and then layering color on top to create realistic plant portraits. This technique is very immediate and materials are simple, allowing the artist to work easily in multiple locations, and is especially useful for work in the field. Also work with layers of watercolor or watercolor pencils in combination with dry colored pencil. Wendy’s artwork of four rare Hawaiian hibiscuses in the American Society of Botanical Artists’ “Losing Paradise?” exhibition was done in the field using these techniques.

Fee: $400 for members; $480 for non–members

  • Prerequisite: Some botanical art drawing experience
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 15
  • Materials List
Botany through Drawing

Students enjoy studying the anatomy of flowers.

Botany through Drawing R

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Wednesday, April 23 and Saturdays, May 3 and 17, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Studying botany increases your understanding and ability to be a successful botanical artist. By understanding the structure of stems, leaves, flowers and roots, an artist can be more creative in arranging an accurate plant portrait. Each class will explore a different aspect of plant structure and growth as well as plant families and nomenclature. Students exhibit what they have learned through a series of drawings. Students enrolled in the Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each class.

Fee: $235 for members; $280 for non–members

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 15
  • Materials List
Red Ruffled Azalea by Lee McCaffree

Red Ruffled Azalea by Lee McCaffree

Watercolor I R

Saturdays, April 12 and 26, 2014, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Friday, May 16, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Transparent watercolor is the traditional medium of botanical art. This beginning course serves as the foundation for painting in watercolor. It covers the basic materials such as papers, brushes and paints. Students learn techniques through exercises using different washes and application of paint on wet and dry paper. Dry brush work used for accuracy and detail is covered. These methods are applied to basic plant forms as students develop their skills. Students enrolled in the Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session.

Fee: $235 for members; $280 for non–members

Pepperwood Wildflowers

Pepperwood Wildflowers by Nina Antze.

Early Spring Flowers: Watercolor Pencil Workshop E

Wednesday and Thursday, April 16 and 17, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Nina Antze

Watercolor pencils are a wonderful tool for outdoor and travel journaling. They also provide a nice base for doing colored pencil drawings. Using watercolor pencils and regular colored pencils we will focus on the first flowers of spring. Learn to create delicate washes and then build up color to create intensity and luminosity. Match the lightest petal and give your leaves a lovely glow.

Fee: $160 for members; $190 for non–members

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Certificate Program Hours of Credit: 8
  • Materials List
Drawing Plants in Perspective

Drawing skills are essential to botanical art.

Drawing Plants in Perspective I R

Tuesday, April 22 and Friday, May 2, 2014, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

This foundation course teaches students to accurately draw plants by observing basic botanical shapes and structures and illustrating them in great detail with botanical accuracy. Each of the five sessions focuses on one shape to emphasize and develop observation and foreshortening skills. Students learn to interpret hidden edges to achieve a believable drawing and work on shading skills through value contrast to create three–dimensional shapes. Students enrolled in the Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session.

Fee: $235 for members; $280 for non–members

  • Prerequisite: none
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 15
  • Materials List
Whilte magnolia by Catherine M. Watters

Magnolia wilsonii by Catherine M. Watters.

Techniques Class: Painting White Flowers E

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

White flowers are challenging for the botanical artist as most of us paint on white paper. We will closely observe a variety of white flowers and see that most of them are not simply white. You will learn how to shade them by using several mixtures and a variety of techniques to bring them to life. You are encouraged to bring your favorite simple white flower; subjects will also be provided.

Fee: $80 for members; $90 for non–members

  • Prerequisite: Some watercolor experience
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 4
  • Materials List
scotch pine by Lee McCaffree

Pinus silvestri Scotch Pine by Lee McCaffree

Watercolor II R

Tuesday, May 20 and Saturday, June 7, 2014, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

This intermediate class further develops students’ skills in mixing colors, washes and layering. Students work on highlights, shading of simple and complex forms, painting white flowers and transparent subjects. Students enrolled in the Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session.

Fee: $235 for members; $280 for non–members

Olives by Martha Kemp

Olives by Martha Kemp.

Graphite Pencil I R

Wednesday, May 28, Thursday, May 29 and Saturday, June 14, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Martha Kemp

From crisp details to flawless continuous tone, it's all about control. This workshop will explore the use of a lead holder and 2mm lead (actually, graphite) for exercises in rendering the texture, details and volume of leaves, flowers and everyday specimens from the grocery store’s produce department. It's almost like sculpting on paper.

Fee: $275 for members; $330 for non–members.

Crabapples by Nina Antze

Crabapple by Nina Antze.

Colored Pencil II E

Tuesday through Thursday, June 10 – 12, 2014, 9:30 am–3:30 pm.
Instructor: Nina Antze

Apply the techniques you have learned in Colored Pencil I to a variety of natural subjects including fruits, leaves and flowers. Try out new surfaces and papers and expand your repertoire into watercolor pencils and their possibilities as background and surface texture. We will continue our color explorations and apply them to live specimens, developing study pages focusing on value, detail and composition.

Fee: $275 for members; $330 for non–members


rose

 

Calligraphy Workshop — Foundation Calligraphy

Thursdays, June 12, 19, 26 and July 10, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Sara Loesch–Frank

Calligraphy is graceful, elegant, legible writing. This style of writing became standard in Europe and was developed after insular scripts. Develop the skill of lettering through careful instruction and practice using a broad–edged pen. Add flair to your correspondence, journals, invitations and announcements, artwork, and more. Former students are welcome to attend to further their studies through independent instruction.

Fee: $125 members; $180 non–members.

  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 4
strawberry by Catherine M. Watters

Strawberry by Catherine M. Watters.

Textures, Patterns and Details I R

Thursday, June 19 and Saturday, June 28, 2014, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Thursday, July 10, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

This class continues to explore botanical painting skills to illustrate plants with more accuracy. Patterns of color, textures and other plant surfaces are practiced using color, washes, negative space and dry brush work. Representation of highlights, hairy and fuzzy surfaces, airy plants, shiny surfaces and succulents are challenges when maintaining the form of the plant subject. Using more advanced techniques gives the artist the confidence to try more complicated plant portraits. Students enrolled in the Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session.

Fee: $235 for members; $280 for non–members

additional class time

Get the extra instruction and guidance you want.

Studio Time R

Friday, June 27, 2014, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

This NEW studio format is for students who would like to get the extra help they need. Bring your work–in–progress and/or homework assignment to get instruction and guidance with your drawing and painting techniques.

Fee: $50 for members; $60 for non–members

  • Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Botanical Art Certificate Program.
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 2
  • Materials List
student drawing perspective

More Drawing Plants in Perspective E

Leaves — Friday, July 11, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Flowers — Saturday, July 12, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

These classes will further develop your observation and drawing skills. They will give you more in depth instruction and assistance in drawing different perspectives of flowers and leaves in graphite. Emphasis will be on details, form, foreshortening and shading by using lights and darks.

Fee for each class: $80 for members; $95 for non–members

  • Prerequisite: Drawing Plants in Perspective I or Equivalent Experience.
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 4 each class
  • Materials List
Buffaloberry by Margaret Best

Buffaloberry by Margaret Best.

Master Class: Putting a Light on the Subject R

Thursday through Saturday, July 17 – 19, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Margaret Best

In order to achieve a fully three–dimensional botanical painting it is important for the botanical artist to understand the role of light in the overall success of a study. How to continue to capture effective luminance consistently throughout the subject — leaves, buds, petals, stems and fruit, even after the subject has wilted, will be covered in this workshop. The class content will include an emphasis on thoughtful placement of viewing angle relative to light sources as well as the importance and capture of reflected light. Extending your color knowledge is always an important aspect of Margaret’s teaching and this workshop will include how to achieve the right colors in all areas of the subject impacted by the carefully selected illumination. Enriching this workshop is a slide presentation showing how a range of successful contemporary botanical artists capture life and realism in their work through a careful analysis of light. This is a workshop not to be missed whether you enjoy wet or dry mediums and regardless of your skills.

Fee: $400 for members; $480 for non–members

zinnias

Zinnias by Nina Antze.

Colored Pencil: Zinnias and Other Composites E

Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Nina Antze

Summer has arrived and with it comes brightly colored zinnias, gerbera daisies and more. With a large assortment to choose from, students will pick their favorite and learn to accurately draw it while exploring a variety of colored–pencil techniques including burnishing and impressed line.

Fee: $160 for members; $190 for non–members

  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 8
  • Materials List
Rosa rugosa by Catherine M. Watters

Rosa rugosa by Catherine M. Watters.

Roses E

Thursday and Friday, July 31 and August 1, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Filoli’s rose garden has more than 600 plants, including hybrid teas, grandifloras, floribundas, shrub roses and modern English roses. This workshop will teach the different stages of drawing and painting these garden beauties. A wide selection of flowers will be available for you to choose from.

Fee: $160 for members; $190 for non–members.

Pen and Ink Drawing

Fics semivestiva by Bruce Wilson.

Pen and Ink R

Thursday through Saturday, August 7 – 9, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Bruce Wilson

The basics of pen–and–ink techniques are taught through an engaging curriculum of lectures, demonstrations and hands–on exercises. Begin your studies with a historical overview of pen and ink followed by a demonstration of the basic techniques and creation of a tone scale with stippling technique and line drawing. Continue your studies on day two through technique exercises, including hatch and crosshatch, while illustrating a leaf using these techniques. On day three you will learn texture techniques while selecting a variety of textured subjects and making three small drawings.

Fee: $300 for members; $360 for non–members

nuts by Catherine M. Watters

Nuts by Catherine M. Watters.

Textures, Patterns and Details II E

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

In this follow–up class to Textures, Patterns and Details I, you will explore several unusual textures and learn the techniques to paint them with stunning realism.

Fee: $95 for members; $115 for non–members.

  • register
  • Prerequisite: Textures, Patterns and Details I
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 6
  • Materials List
Peony by Jean Emmons

Peony by Jean Emmons.

Master Class: Using Color Effectively in Botanical Art E

Thursday through Saturday, September 11 – 13, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Jean Emmons

This three–day workshop is a blend of traditional botanical watercolor techniques with impressionist color theory. After working through a series of color exercises, students will paint some small reflective fruits. A generous and engaging teacher, Emmons will help you make your botanical paintings more vibrant and intense as you become comfortable with color.

“Our goal is to enliven our botanical paintings as we become more sensitized to the properties of color.” — Jean Emmons

Fee: $400 for members; $480 for non–members.

  • sold out
  • Prerequisite: Intermediate and advanced botanical art watercolor experience
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 15
  • Materials List
Anemone coronaria by Catherine M. Watters

Anemone coronaria by Catherine M. Watters.

Introduction to Botanical Art

Thursday and Friday, September 25 and 26, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Have you admired botanical art but questioned whether you could do it? If so, this is just the class for you. This two day hands–on workshop introduces traditional botanical art skills such as plant observation, drawing, color mixing and watercolor painting using leaves, flowers and fruit as models. No previous art experience is needed.

Fee: $180 for members; $215 for non–members. Fee includes all materials.

By Catherine Watters

Ranunculas by Catherine Watters.

Watercolor III R

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, October 4 and Friday, October 24, 2014, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

This advanced class continues the development of watercolor skills while focusing on painting complex forms. Students enrolled in the Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session.

Fee: $235 for members; $280 for non–members

Graphite Drawing of Anenomes

Anemones by Martha Kemp.

Graphite Pencil II E

Wednesday and Thursday, September 24 and 25 and Saturday, October 11, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Martha Kemp

This class is for those with experience in using the lead holder and will focus on creating crisp details and flawless continuous tone, plus developing total control of the drawing tools. Subject matter will include dry leaves, cones, nuts and grocery store produce items. The goal is to demonstrate competency in using the lead holder to render realistic forms and textures.

Fee: $275 for members; $330 for non–members.

Winter Banana

Malus ‘Winter Banana’ by Lee McCaffree.

Fruit from the Orchard E

Tuesday and Wednesday, September 30 and October 1, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

The gentlemen’s orchard at Filoli covers 6.8 acres and contains heirloom fruit varieties of both familiar and uncommon fruits. With more than 620 trees, it’s an eclectic connoisseur’s collection of European and American varieties of fruits. Start your first day with a walk to the orchard to select your fruit, then its back to the classroom to learn how to correctly portray them. Please dress appropriately: closed toe shoes and layered clothing.

Fee: $160 for members; $190 for non–members

labeling, matting and framing

Portfolio: Presenting Your Artwork R

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

How you present yourself and your artwork is very important. This class includes instruction on how to write a biography, a resume of exhibitions and an artist statement. Photographing and reproducing artwork are also discussed. Please bring your portfolio and artwork for class activities. This class prepares students for the Botanical Art Certificate Program portfolio presentation.

Fee: $50 for members; $60 for non–members

  • register
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 3
labeling, matting and framing

Labeling, Matting and Framing R

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Labeling, matting and framing are all essential elements in completing and presenting your artwork. This class teaches students the various ways to label their botanical artwork and demonstrates matting and framing techniques in a range of styles from the traditional to the contemporary. Mats and frames will be available for practice. Please bring one completed painting and a digital camera for class activities.

Fee: $50 for members; $60 for non–members

  • register
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 3
antique botanical art print

Canavalia rosea from the Banks’ Florilegium.

History of Botanical Art R

Friday, October 3, 2014, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

This class is an in–depth study of the rich history of botanical art from its early beginning through the 20th century, including its recent revival and the important role it plays today. Participants will view a collection of originals, copper plate engravings and books focusing on major botanical artists such as Maria Sybilla Merian, Georg Ehret and P.J. Redouté. Historically significant events such as the Age of Exploration and important Florilegiums will be presented. Students enrolled in the Botanical Art Certificate Program are required to write a paper on their favorite historical botanical artist.

Fee: $65 for members; $80 for non–members.

  • sold out
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 4
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White Ash by Nina Antze.

Autumn Leaves E

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Instructor: Nina Antze

Fall brings us a vibrant color palette that is represented beautifully through the leaves of the season. Their unique colors provide the opportunity to practice mixing and layering color. Learn to create rich reds, browns and purples. Students will focus on a variety of local leaves and their shapes and structure. Leaves will be provided or you may bring your own.

Fee: $80 for members; $95 for non–members

Trichostema by Lee McCaffree

Trichostema by Lee McCaffree.

Techniques Class: Finishing Your Painting E

Friday, October 10, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Through emphasized observation, discover ways to improve detail and make your paintings more realistic. Practice fine dry brushwork, value studies for contrast and smooth transitions to add the realistic touches to your botanical artwork. Please bring work in progress so that you can get individual attention to complete it. All media are welcome.

Fee: $80 for members; $95 for non–members

  • register
  • Prerequisite: Students must have a piece of botanical artwork in progress
  • Certificate Program hours of credit: 4
  • Materials List

Botanical Art Certificate Program

Botanical Art Certificate Program image

Bigberry manzinita with Anna’s Hummingbird by Kathy Kleinsteiber, 2013 graduate of the Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program.

The Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program offers a unique, in–depth study of botanical art through challenging, integrated and comprehensive courses. The curriculum includes the systematic study of artistic skills and concepts, basic botany and botanical art history. A certificate will be presented upon successful completion of coursework (180 classroom hours plus homework) and presentation of a portfolio and final project. This program is for the serious student who wishes to develop knowledge and skills in botanical art.

Enrollment in the Certificate Program is not necessary to participate in these classes; however, prerequisites must be completed. To enroll in the Certificate Program, please complete the enrollment form. Credit hours for each class are indicated under the class description.

Certificate Program enrollment includes a student handbook and course material binder, classroom materials and handouts and instructor consultation time (up to four thirty–minute conferences annually).

Class materials lists are available upon registration or can be downloaded in advance under the course description. The primary instructors and curriculum developers are Lee McCaffree and Catherine M. Watters. Biographies for all instructors are available either by clicking an instructor’s name or clicking on Instructor Biographies.

R Required Courses

E Elective Courses