Botanical Art Classes

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The Botanical Art program has long been an essential part of Filoli’s mission to interpret and preserve the history of this country estate. Botanical Art combines the observational skills of a scientist with the sensibility of an artist. The result is a rendering of a plant that is both accurate and beautiful. Enrollment in the Botanical Art Certificate Program is optional – all classes are open to all students. However, some classes require prerequisites.

For the Class Catalog and details on the Certificate Program, please visit the Adult Classes Overview page.

Artist Access Returns – Daily!
10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Sunday, and until 8:00 pm on select Summer Thursdays
Filoli has long been a place where plein-air artists capture the unique beauty and stunning vistas of this rare and historical country estate. Artists now have daily access during Filoli’s general admission hours. $10 Artist Access fee does not include Filoli admission ticket. Purchase Artist Access pass in the Visitor & Education Center or online.

Calendar Tip
You can change the way you view the schedule by clicking on the “Agenda” icon. To view all of Filoli’s classes, events, and programs on one place, click on “Calendar” on Filoli’s home page.

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Techniques: Drawing in Depth (Sold Out) 9:30am
Techniques: Drawing in Depth (Sold Out)
May 4 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm
Techniques: Drawing in Depth (Sold Out)
This class will help you refine your observation, drawing, and foreshortening skills. A variety of exercises and tips will be presented using graphite. All skill levels are welcome. This class counts as an elective for … Read More
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Textures, Patterns, and Details II 9:30am
Textures, Patterns, and Details II
May 5 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm
Textures, Patterns, and Details II
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. Textures, Patterns, Details I is a prerequisite. This is a … Read More
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Capturing the Colors of Spring (Cancelled) 9:30am
Capturing the Colors of Spring (Cancelled)
May 8 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm
Capturing the Colors of Spring (Cancelled)
MULTI-DAY CLASS: Tuesday & Wednesday, May 8 & 9, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Using flowers from Filoli’s Garden, create your own breath of spring in watercolor or colored pencil. Take on the challenge of a new … Read More
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Color Mixing for Artists (Sold Out) 9:30am
Color Mixing for Artists (Sold Out)
May 17 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm
Color Mixing for Artists (Sold Out)
MULTI-DAY CLASS: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 17, 18, 19, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm In this class, you’ll learn to mix the colors you want, not the ones you merely end up with through trial and error. … Read More
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Worldwide Day of Botanical Art 2:00pm
Worldwide Day of Botanical Art
May 18 @ 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Worldwide Day of Botanical Art
On May 18 the American Society of Botanical Artists will be joined by botanical art societies around the world in celebration of a Worldwide Day of Botanical Art. A slide show of 1,000 botanical artworks will be on … Read More
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Watercolor Essentials: Leaf Details 9:30am
Watercolor Essentials: Leaf Details
May 23 @ 9:30am – 3:30pm
Watercolor Essentials: Leaf Details
Leaves are often the unfinished section of a painting. The emphasis in this class will be making the leaf veins, edges, and textures as complete in detail as the focal point flower. Different techniques will … Read More
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