Educational opportunities are available to beginning
and experienced botanical illustrators and other interested
parties through workshops, lectures, exhibits and
For a current list of classes taught by PSBI members, click here.
In addition, a vital component of our educational mission is collaborative courses provided by PSBI and Arcadia University. Jointly, the two institutions provide botanical and scientific illustration classes for Philadelphia area high school students. Classes are held at Arcadia University in the northern Philadelphia suburb of Glenside. Class size is limited to 10-12 students to allow individualized instruction. PSBI provides all art materials, as well as supplying faculty and underwriting
their compensation. The syllabus covers a variety of media and techniques from graphite and watercolor to colored pencil and pastel. There is no course fee to the students. All students must be in good standing at a Philadelphia high school and also be recommended by their art teacher and/or principal. Applications are accepted in the fall. Instructors are trained professional botanical and graphic illustrators, chosen from the membership of PSBI. The faculty includes Virginia Fitzpatrick, an arts educator and administrator who has taught art skills through the Doctoral level in colleges and universities and Scott Rawlins, art professor at Arcadia University and a nationally known professional illustrator in both the scientific and artistic fields.
For more information contact PSBI.
PSBI Members Who Teach Botanical Illustration
Contact the individual teachers for more information
Joan Frain – Past president of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators.
Small group classes for all levels in botanical drawing and painting, fall and spring.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. home: (610) 363-5534 or
cell: (610) 952-4174; Exton, PA.
Linda Gist – Botanical drawing & painting for all levels through the Continuing Education program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Contact: email@example.com, (215) 972-2018, Philadelphia, PA.
John Gist – Foundation art course at Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin, Delaware.
Contact: Mtcubacenter.org or (302) 239-4244.
Donni LaBrake – Member of American Society of Botanical Illustrators. Classes in botanical drawing and painting at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA.
Contact: Longwood Gardens Continuing Education, (610) 388-5454 or https://ce-registration.longwoodgardens.org.
Sarah Maxwell – Certified by the New York Botanical Garden. Small classes, all levels, held at Powel House, 3rd St. (below Walnut St.), Philadelphia, PA.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, Philadelphia, PA (Center City).
Scott Rawlins – Past president of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Ongoing classes in scientific illustration at Arcadia University.
Contact: email@example.com, (215) 572-2879, Glenside, PA.
Margaret Saylor – Certified by The New York Botanical Garden. Classes at Chanticleer, Mt. Cuba Center, and various local venues. All levels. Note: Chanticleer sessions are offered at a discount to PSBI members.
Visit: http://margaretsaylor.com/#instruction for current class schedule.
Marylyn Waltzer – Certified Botanical Illustrator NYBG. Past president of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators. Botanical drawing and painting.
All levels at Barnes Foundation Arboretum School,
(215) 278-7200, Merion, PA.
Beginning students at Main Line School Night, Radnor, PA.
Intermediate and advanced students in small private classes, Haverford, PA.
Contact: http://marylynwaltzerartist.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (610) 645-5364.