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Botanical Art

Adult Education at Filoli: Floral Design ClassesNarcissus Tetee Tete by Dorothy Hunter, 2014 Certificate Program 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.”

2015 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. Biographies for all instructors are available under each class title and will toggle open when you click on the instructor’s name and then close when you click a second time.

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.

Master Class: Portraits de fleurs R
Graphite Pencil I R
FebruaryJuly
Drawing Plants in Perspective I R
History of Botanical Art R
Techniques: Understanding Foreshortening E
Seed PodsE
Textures, Patterns and Details II R
Studio Time E
Colored Pencil II R
MarchAugust
Introduction to Botanical Art
Color Mixing for Artists R
Designing for Success — Composition for Artists E
Techniques: Painting Leaves E
Studio Time E
Watercolor I R
Master Class: Painting on Vellum E
More Drawing Plants in Perspective E
History of Botanical Art R
Colored Pencil: Hydrangeas E
Graphite Pencil II E
Introduction to Botanical Art
Dahlias E
AprilSeptember
Capturing Fruit Tree Blossoms E
Colored Pencil R
Techniques: Field Studies E
Early Spring Flowers: Watercolor Pencil Workshop E
Botany through Drawing R
Techniques: Mastering Perspective E
Pen and Ink R
Watercolor III R
MayOctober
Watercolor II R
Roses E
Techniques: Highlights and Reflective Light R
Techniques: Mastering Composition E
Textures, Patterns and Details IR
Fruit from the Orchard E
Labeling, Matting and Framing R
Portfolio: Presenting Your Artwork R
Trees of Filoli E
Seed Pods: Colored Pencil E
Kiwi

Fig by Catherine Watters.©

Drawing Plants in Perspective I R

Thursday, February 12 and Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Thursday, February 26, 2015, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

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 Botanical Art Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session.

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

antique botanical art print

Canavalia rosea from the Banks’ Florilegium.

History of Botanical Art R

Friday, February 20, 2015, 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.

apples

Detail of Winter Banana by Lee McCaffree.©

Techniques: Understanding Foreshortening E

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 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

lotus seeds

Lotus Seed by Catherine Watters.©

Seed Pods — Watercolor E

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Explore the fascinating shapes and textures of seed pods. Learn to carefully observe, draw, and paint them in great detail. You may choose from a variety of seed pods provided or you are welcome to bring your favorite ones.

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

Pear

Pear by Catherine Watters.©

Introduction to Botanical Art

Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, 2015, 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.

Learn how to get the colors you want

Learn how to get the colors you want.

Color Mixing for Artists R

Tuesday through Thursday, March 10–12, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Susan 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 Botanical Art Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each class.

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

plums by Susan Fisher

Plums by Susan Fisher.©

Designing for Success — Composition for Artists E

Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Susan 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 then this course is for you.

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

leaves

Primula by Lee McCaffree.©

Techniques: Painting Leaves E

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Leaves can be the most important aspect of a painting. Make leaves a successful part by learning to see the details and paint the colors, patterns, edges, veins, and folds. All mediums are welcome.

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

additional class time

Iris by Catherine Watters.©

Studio Time R

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

This 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

Angel Trumpet by Catherine Watters

Angel Trumpet by Catherine Watters.©

Watercolor I R

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm; Thursday, April 9, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm; Thursday, April 23, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

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 Botanical Art Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session.

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

Lily by Wendy Hollender

Lilac by Denise Wasler–Kolar.©

Master Class: Painting on Vellum E

Wednesday through Saturday, March 25–28, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Denise Wasler–Kolar

Discover Denise’s technique for painting on vellum during this four–day workshop. Begin by doing some exercises on small bits of vellum to learn technique and get a feel for painting on this surface. Then choose a small subject from the Garden at Filoli to draw and paint. This class combines demonstrations, discussion of materials and techniques, hands–on time for developing skills, and lots of individual attention. Handouts with step–by–step instructions will be provided.

Fee: $525 for members; $630 for non–members. Fee includes vellum.

leaves

 

Capturing Fruit Tree Blossoms E

Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, 2015, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

The Gentlemen’s Orchard will give us spring blossoms to paint. Learn to get this delicate subject down on paper quickly for a small painting. We will look at the structure of stems, leaves, and flowers. Consider making this the basis for more artistic elements adding fruit to follow in fall. Students may choose their medium but watercolor will be demonstrated.

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

Colored Pencil Drawing by Nina Antze

Red Onion by Nina Antze.©

Colored Pencil I R

Thursday through Saturday, April 16–18, 2015, 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 first day of the workshop will include 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

artist in the garden

 

Techniques: Field Studies E

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Observational sketches used as studies for future paintings are very important when working in the field. Students inspect plants by looking at the parts and posture, both of which are important when making an accurate painting or drawing. Color notes will be made by matching colors to a plant on location in the Garden. The documenting of a plant’s information enables students to create a record of details while allowing them to really get to know the plant.

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

Pepperwood Wildflowers

Pepperwood Wildflowers by Nina Antze.©

Early Spring Flowers: Watercolor Pencil Workshop E

Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 2015, 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 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

Botany through Drawing

Students enjoy studying the anatomy of flowers.

Botany through Drawing R

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 9:00 am–3:30 pm; Wednesday, May 6, 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Saturday, May 16, 9:00 am–12:00 pm; Wednesday, May 27, 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. Those enrolled in the Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each class.

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

tulip

Tulip by Catherine Watters.©

Techniques: Mastering Perspective E

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Make your painting come to life and look three–dimensional! Discover how to properly draw and foreshorten the various elements that move toward or away from you to create a foreground, middle ground, and background. This will create spatial relationships and depth in your painting.

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

student painting a specemin

 

Watercolor II R

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 9:00 am–3:30 pm; Tuesday, May 12, 9:00 am–3:30 pm
Tuesday, May 19, 9:30 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, and 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

bright pink rose

 

Roses E

Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

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 roses will be available for you to choose from.

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

Ranuncula

Ranunculus by Catherine M. Watters.©

Techniques: Highlights and Reflective Light E

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm;
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Capture the glow of your subject by balancing highlights, shadows, and reflected light to make it luminous. Find out how to skillfully observe, measure, and draw your subject, followed by careful and accurate color mixing. You are then ready to paint and capture the elegant shape, bold colors, and textures using proper lighting to make your subject come to life.

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

Rosa rugosa by Catherine M. Watters

Figs by Catherine M. Watters.©

Techniques: Mastering Composition E

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

Learn the principles of composition that will give balance and harmony to your painting and capture the viewer’s attention at first glance. Discussions about the many elements of composition including movement, rhythm, focal point, and negative space will further your knowledge of composition.

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

strawberry by Catherine M. Watters

Strawberry by Catherine M. Watters.©

Textures, Patterns, and Details I R

Friday, May 29, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm; Thursday, June 11, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Thursday, June 18, 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

Blackberries by V Jeannerot

Camellia by Vincent Jeannerot.©

Master Class: Portraits de fleurs E

Tuesday through Saturday, June 2–6, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Vincent Jeannerot

Join us for an inspirational week of botanical painting with French botanical artist and instructor Vincent Jeannerot. His exquisite work, inspired by nature, is well known to the international botanical illustration community. Through insightful demonstrations and technique exercises you will discover his methods for delicately rendering plants. Using flowers from the Garden at Filoli you will use these techniques to create your own inspired piece of botanical artwork.

Fee: $850 for members; $1,020 for non–members. Fee includes a light lunch.

Olives by Martha Kemp

Olives by Martha Kemp.©

Graphite Pencil I R

Wednesday and Thursday, June 24 and 25; Saturday, July 1, 2015, 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.

Pinus Silvestri by Lee McCaffree

Pinus silvestri by Lee McCaffree.©

Textures, Patterns and Details II E

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 9:00 am–3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

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.

additional class time

Trichostemai by Lee McCaffree.©

Studio Time R

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

This 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

Crabapples by Nina Antze

Crabapple by Nina Antze.©

Colored Pencil II E

Thursday through Saturday, July 23–25, 2015, 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


student drawing perspective

More Drawing Plants in Perspective E

Leaves — Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Flowers — Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 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

antique botanical art print

Canavalia rosea from the Banks’ Florilegium.

History of Botanical Art R

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 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.

blue hydrangea

 

Colored Pencil: Hydrangeas E

Friday and Saturday, August 14 and 15, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Nina Antze

Hydrangeas are the show–stoppers of the summer garden. With their brilliant blues and purples, exquisite shape, and vibrant foliage, they make fantastic botanical art subjects. Through step–by–step instruction learn how to accurately render these garden beauties.

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

Graphite Drawing of Anenomes

Anemones by Martha Kemp.©

Graphite Pencil II E

Wednesday and Thursday, August 19 and 20; Saturday, August 29, 2015, 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.

Pear

Red Ruffled Azalea by Lee McCaffree.©

Introduction to Botanical Art

Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22, 2015, 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.

Lily by Wendy Hollender

 

Dahlias E

Tuesday and Wednesday, August 25 and 26, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Enjoy a bright palette —try painting dahlias! The class will take advantage of the colors of late summer at Filoli. Students will go step–by–step to create a painting of a simple or complex dahlia. Learn to draw and then paint the flowers realistically. All mediums are welcome.

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

Pen and Ink Drawing

Fics semivestiva by Bruce Wilson.©

Pen and Ink R

Thursday through Saturday, September 10–12, 2015, 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

By Catherine Watters

Ranunculas by Catherine Watters.©

Watercolor III R

Thursdays, September 24 and October 8, 2015, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Saturday, October 24, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

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

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

Winter Banana

Pear by Catherine Watters.©

Fruit from the Orchard E

Thursday and Friday, October 1 and 2, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Catherine M. Watters

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 it’s 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

Labeling, Matting and Framing R

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

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

labeling, matting and framing

Portfolio: Presenting Your Artwork R

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

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

Botany through Drawing

Magnolia Grandiflora at Filoli.

Trees of Filoli E

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 6 and 7, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Lee McCaffree

Some of Filoli’s trees are the center point of the Garden. Do you have a favorite one: Gingko, elm, beech, evergreen or magnolia? Here is an opportunity to paint or draw them. We will include branches, leaves, and available fruits, seeds, and/or cones. Composition will be empathized in order to fit them on a page and still represent their size. All mediums are welcome.

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

Red Ruffled Azalea by Lee McCaffree

Buckeye by Nina Antze.©

Seed Pods: Colored Pencil E

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Nina Antze

Sharpen those pencils! Discover how to accurately draw those uniquely shaped and textured seeds and pods through thoughtful exercises using a variety of colored–pencil techniques. Rendering plants can be done at any stage of their life, why not start here where it all begins?

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

Botanical Art Certificate Program

Botanical Art Certificate Program image

Lewesia cotyledon hybrid ‘Sunset’ by Patricia A. Mark, 2014 Certificate Program Graduate.


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).

Program details and materials lists can be downloaded in advance under each course description. The primary instructors and curriculum developers are Lee McCaffree and Catherine M. Watters. Biographies for all instructors are available under each class title and will toggle open when you click on the instructor’s name and then close when you click a second time.

R Required Courses

E Elective Courses