The SBA Distance Learning Diploma Course
This is unique endeavour among art societies - a distance learning course designed to raise the standards of botanical art which is taught by members of the Society.
Features of the SBA DLDC:
DOWNLOAD the Distance Learning Diploma Course 14 Information Sheet (pdf) which details the prospectus, list of assignments, details about starting dates of Courses, application form, fees and payment arrangements.
REVIEW the Compendium Page on this website of links to past students' blog posts about their SBA Diploma Assigments. Please note that requirements and assignments have changed over time.
In addition, the SBA have developed a suite of books to accompany their courses and aid the development of expertise of students of botanical art. These books can be bought by anybody.
VIEW the books developed for the SBA Diploma Course
The Art of Botanical Painting
by Margaret Stevens
This is the basic text for the SBA's Distance Learning Diploma Course.
It was written by the ex-President and includes images by members of the society - many of whom are practising professional botanical artists.
This is an excellent book to get if you are contemplating applying for the Diploma Course as it gives you a very good idea of what is required.
See my Book Review: The Art of Botanical Painting
Not for beginners! This book is not aimed at those learning how to draw and paint. There is no attempt to explain or teach basic techniques relating to generic drawing and painting.
UK: Rated 4.8 out of 5* by 12 customer reviews
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Collins (1 Nov. 2004)
The Art of Botanical Painting from Amazon.co.uk
USA Rated 4.6 out of 5* by 16customer reviews
The Art of Botanical Painting from Amazon.com
RBGE Diploma in Botanical Illustration
This is a prestigious two year course accredited by the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. You have the option of studying for the Diploma Course
RBGE Certificate in Botanical Illustration
The Certificate is taught by experienced and enthusiastic tutors. It comprises eight full-day taught units with assessment built into the programme within a standard framework.
This is delivered as
The RGBE Distance Learning Courses are unique in making use of PropaGate, the RBGE’s virtual learning environment and online tutorials via Skype.
This is a video about the course and the PropaGate software used to deliver distance learning.
The Chelsea School of Botanical Art began offering a NEW Diploma Course in 2014.
Chelsea School of Botanical Art Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration and Painting
The course is taught on a Monday each week.
The School also has an Alumni group called Amicus Botanicus who exhibit together. The next exhibition as a group will be held in 2017.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration and Painting beginning January 2018.
Information sessions for the 2018 Diploma Course will be held during
This blog post is is a review of the course and an interview with Helen Allen, Director of the Chelsea School of Botanical Art
The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration Hardcover
by Christabel King (Author)
Rated an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars by 11 customer reviews
This is the very first book of instruction about botanical illustration ever produced by the publishing arm of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.
Christobel King is a professional botanical illustrator who is Kew's chief botanical artist. She has produced scientific botanical illustrations for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew for c.40 years. This is a book which a lot of people have been waiting for a long time.
The book covers a wide range of topics relevant to the subject e.g.
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Search Press(UK) (6 July 2015)
BUY IN UK: The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration
BUY in USA The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration
Address: 86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA 94062
Telephone: 650.364.8300 x233
Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program
School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens
The School offers both Certificate and Diploma courses as well as other short courses. You can find out about the School and the courses it offers on this Botanical Illustration Information page. The current classes and courses programme can be downloaded.
They do no not have specific and unique pages accessible by mobile devices for the:
The Academy of Botanical Art
Address: 2068 Sunnyside Lane, Sarasota, FL 34239
Certificate of Botanical Art and Illustration
The website is one of the most opaque I've encountered in terms of structure and design with respect to how the certificate is delivered and what it contains. Effectively a one woman operation?
Address: Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532-1293
Botanical art and illustration certificate - six core courses in botanical art and three core courses in botanical science, plus three electives and a juried portfolio review.
Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
Address: 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration (CBA) - curriculum covers botanical art media and techniques and fosters a working knowledge of plant anatomy and development (Note: Enrollment in the CBA program does not imply recognition by or admission to Wellesley College)
The Minnesota School of Botanical Art
Address: Longfellow House, 4800 Minnehaha Park Drive, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Three levels of Certificate Course are offered
New York Botanical Garden
Address: 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458-5126
The NYBG was the first Botanical Garden in North America to offer a formal Botanical Art Certificate Program. It has now delivered Certificate level adult education for over three decades. It comprises core classes and electives plus a final project
Cornell University Department of Horticulture
Address: Horticulture Section, Cornell University, 134 Plant Science Building, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA
Cornell University offers a "Minor in Horticulture with a Focus in the Botanical Arts". Any undergraduate student can enrol in the Minor (except those studying plant sciences).
The Continuing Education Department offers a distance learning Botanical Illustration Certificate of Completion if a student completes:
Joseph Regenstein Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden
Botanical Arts Certificate of Merit Program
Chicago Botanic Garden
Address: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Garden
address: One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
University of Washington: Professional and Continuing Education
Address: 4311 11th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Telephone: 206-685-8936 or 888-469-6499
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