For 194 years, Massachusetts Horticultural Society has had a mission to promote the art and science of horticulture. Building on that long tradition, we offer a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration (CBA) — bringing together fine art and scientific accuracy in an integrated course of study set in the Garden at Elm Bank. Using three levels of study – Foundations, Techniques and Accomplishments – the CBA curriculum offers a concentrated study in the traditions, techniques, history, and botany associated with classical botanical art and illustration. Anyone is welcome to enroll in courses below the Accomplishments level without entering the Certificate program, provided they meet the prerequisites for each course. Sarah Roche, an internationally respected and awarded botanical artist, is our Lead Instructor & the founder of the Certificate program in 2003.
For more information about the CBA, including an application form, contact Eileen Sprague, our Botanical Art Assistant through the form here. Note: Artists must successfully complete one Foundations course before applying for the CBA.