What our students say
“I love the thoroughness of the instruction, the videos and Wendy’s positive attitude. I have fun and don’t get stressed.”
– L Galloway
“The 2016 Practice of Botanical Drawing experience was all I had hoped for. The quality of my art has improved and drawing has finally become an integral part of my daily life (and not just something I kept meaning to do). The videos, print lessons, assignments, feedback (from you, Vern, and the community), and monthly webinars all combined to provide the right level of instruction and motivation.”
– Marjorie Webb, CPSA
“I am doing something I had never even dreamed of, drawing in community. Wendy Hollender started offering botanical drawing classes in the mid-Hudson Valley soon after moving to her farm in Accord, NY. Over the years, I’ve attended several weekend, three-day, and half day classes. I was always inspired, productive, and wishing for more. Last year, Wendy launched The Practice of Botanical Drawing, an online platform with monthly lessons, teaching videos, ongoing feedback on posts, and a monthly online meeting. This was my first ever course online. I drew steadily throughout the year, my #1 goal. Wendy’s enthusiasm for botanical drawing, teaching, plant investigation, and color was contagious. I have the freedom to work at my own pace, on my own interest at the moment, but still with structured support and feedback. Truly, studying botanical drawing with Wendy has been and continues to be life changing!”
– Sheila Y
“I have participated in the online course, and the Practice of Botanical Drawing Board for six months now and have learned so much. It is fun to be part of such a vibrant and supportive group! Wendy and her assistant, Vern, are both excellent teachers and skilled communicators. Their very personable natures and enthusiasm make both the classes and workshops enjoyable. Beside the core course content, there is so much more. The group discussions on the Board are engaging and very informative. The social component to this program is exceptional : workshops are fun and a great time, with all ages and levels of talent participating. There is just so much to say about this online course. It has greatly improved my skills and I have enjoyed every minute of it!”
– Carol Burke
“I wanted to thank you again for the excellent start you gave me through your online course. You taught me well and my dark sepia pencil is always nearby. I can’t believe the progress I have been able to make in just 18 months.”
– Linda B
“I can’t believe how the focus of my life and work has changed in two years. You taught me the skills to begin the delicious discovery of how to render the flowers and plants I love. Botanical Drawing has led to observations and discoveries that have deepened my knowledge of botany. The Practice of Botanical Drawing was great for me …though I couldn’t always follow the drumbeat of lessons…I attended or watched every online meeting, downloaded every lesson and watched every video. I enjoyed the company and the structure. I have a more critical eye and know my own aesthetic as I have progressed. POBD gave me that gift.”
– Karen S
Access The Practice of Botanical Drawing Course without an internet connection! Draw along with botanical illustrator Wendy Hollender in over 15 hours of instructional videos.
Announcing the Year-Long Challenge: Follow a tree or woody shrub throughout the year and document its changes in your sketchbook. We call it “A Sketchbook of the Seasons.” See it now on the POBD Lessons page!
Learn Botanical Drawing Online with Wendy Hollender
4 Modules with 40 lessons. These are 30-minute instructional meditations around botanical illustration. This online drawing course supports a routine of practice with a minimal time commitment. Then you will build confidence in your core drawing skills. As a result, you will increase your set of techniques in botanical illustration. Furthermore, this will encourage a relaxed time to create. A great course for beginners, or for advanced students who want to hone their drawing skills. View the Course Outline.
19 Lessons. Step-by-step botanical illustration lessons. In addition, access video and visual instruction in this online drawing course. Use colored pencil and watercolor pencil. Most importantly, study natures forms, patterns and colors. Draw throughout the year while using seasonal botanical subjects. Great for advanced students, professional illustrators, and graduates of Botanical Basics. View the Course Outline.
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Watch the videos and read the lessons on any device, at your own pace and convenience.
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First, of all our innovative platform offers interaction, sharing and feedback. As a result, you’ll meet and interact with fellow program participants.