Selby Gardens is proud to partner with Artist Olivia Marie Braida-Chiusano, founder of the Academy of Botanical Art. Our world-class Botanical Art and Illustration Program provides flexible and/or structured study. An array of courses in Drawing, Watercolor, Pen & Ink, Colored Pencil, Scientific Illustration, and the Business of Art can be enjoyed singly or just for fun.
As a respected center for research and education, Selby’s campus provides exceptional resources; including access to research specimens and one of the finest botanical libraries in the SE United States.
The Academy’s easy, step-by-step teaching programs and flexible enrollment permits students of all levels to participate in any or all of the workshops. Begin by receiving a strong foundation in realistic drawing based on observation before exploring related subjects. Continue on to complete courses that are designed to develop your skills. All participants work at their individual pace; ideal for seasonal or traveling students.
The program curricula are based on Ms. Braida’s books, “Ten Steps – A Course in Botanical Art & Illustration, Volumes 1 – 12”. Students who wish to discuss their artistic goals are welcome to meet with an Academy advisor to discuss and set up their individualized plan.
For more information about the Selby Gardens Botanical Art & Illustration Program and a complete listing of the Academy of Botanical Art workshops, contact Laura Avery at 941-366-5731, ext. 239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.