Nature Art and Photography

Botanical art and illustration

Join an expert photographer for golden hour, that magical moment just before sunset when the soft light gives the Arboretum a special, warm glow. Please Note: Date changed to Sunday, April 9, 2017, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (from April 2) or join us on Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Learn to paint the bright greens and colors of spring in gouache, an opaque watercolor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, April 12 through May 3, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Learn why value is essential to accurately capturing a landscape in your art at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
New! Capture nature from a new angle! Take the time to play with mirrors, water, shadows, and light in this photography class. Participants must bring their own digital camera at The Morton Arboretum. July 10 through 14, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
New! Do you think you can paint with a beak, sculpt with a paw, or draw with a claw? Find out how Arboretum animals are adapted to life in the woods, ponds, and prairies and embrace various artistic media to capture these unique animal features. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16 or July 17 through 21, 2017, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., or June 26 through 30 or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Be intentional about the photographs you take by gaining control of your camera settings and developing your eye for photography at The Morton Arboretum. New Dates! Five days: Three Thursdays, April 13, 20, (final Thursday TBD) 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Two Saturdays, April 15, (final Saturday TBD), 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Approach watercolor as though it were oil paint, and learn to build color and form in a slow deliberate manner at The Morton Arboretum. (Sold Out) Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Explore the world of butterflies and moths under the microscope at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, February 23, or Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Create a nest in a pencil drawing. Observe and capture the essence of nest structures and their intricacies in combination with subtle additions not necessarily present in the specimen at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, February 3, and Saturday, February 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Compose dramatic photographs of water in its many forms in this nature photography class for intermediate and advanced photographers at The Morton Arboretum. Three Wednesdays, February 1 through 15, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.