Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration

Update: This program is no longer offered at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens.  As of Fall 2023 onward, the certificate program and all botanical art classes are being hosted at the MA Horticultural Society at Elm Bank, just down the road. This successful program is now available more widely, with Elm Bank's ample parking and facilities. Contact Eileen Sprague ( esprague@masshort.org ) with questions!

WCBG Friends offers a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration (CBA) that brings together fine art and scientific accuracy in an integrated course of study set in the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens.

The certificate curriculum provides a solid background in both botanical art media and techniques and fosters a working knowledge of plant anatomy and development. Experienced botanical art instructors bring considerable skill and expertise to this program. Classes are sized to provide extensive individual instruction.

WCBG Friends requires the successful completion of one Foundations course or equivalent before a student may apply for admission to the CBA program. Contact Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens for more information or an application.

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Although housed in the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, the WCBG Friends and associated programming are wholly independent from the Wellesley College curriculum. Enrollment in the CBA program does not imply recognition by or admission to Wellesley College, and the completion of WCBG Friends classes and/or workshops does not result in Wellesley College credits.