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Nature Art and Photography

Botanical art and illustration

As you study and draw the details of living plants, you will learn the techniques of pencil drawing, develop your eye-hand coordination, and learn the structures of the plants you draw at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, August 27 and September 10 through 24, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Learn to creatively use light and examine the quantity, color, and quality of light found during the course of the day and the season at The Morton Arboretum. (Canceled) Saturday, August 27, and Sunday, August 28, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to noon, and Thursday, September 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Learn the basics of drawing nature in this course designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, June 4-25, 2016, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., or four Mondays, September 12-October 3, 2016, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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Take a staycation at the Arboretum and learn the basics of how to use your new camera at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 3, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to noon
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Discover the best ways to use your phone to capture attractive images, a selection of good starter apps, and some basic post-processing of your photos at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 9, 2016, or Saturday, September 3, 2016, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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Each day we will hike, read stories, play and create a nature art based project. Join us for this 4-week sensory based outdoor adventure at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, September 6 through 27, 2016, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. or 12:30 to 1:45
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Each day we will hike, read stories, play and create a nature art based project. Join us for this 4-week sensory based outdoor adventure at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, September 8 through 29, 2016, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
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Become a nature photographer. Move beyond shooting in automatic; learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want at The Morton Arboretum. Dates and times vary starting June 7, 2016
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Study and work in the manner of great artists who have been inspired by nature at The Morton Arboretum. Four Sundays, September 18 through October 9, 2016, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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Enjoy a glass of wine and create a vibrant painting that harkens nature’s basic elements of wood and water or create an early autumn arrangement in an adorable little pail at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, September 22, 2016, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
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This class will cover the best ways to use your smartphone to capture attractive images, and recommend a selection of good starter apps for some basic post-processing of your photos at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 8, OR Saturday, October 29, 2016, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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Join an expert photographer for golden hour, that magical moment just before sunset when the soft light gives the Arboretum a special, warm glow. Sunday, October 2, 2016, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
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Improve your fall photography through thoughtful composition at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, October 5 through 26, 2016, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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Explore the nature of color and how colors impact each other and the viewer at The Morton Arboretum. Four Mondays, October 10 through 31, 2016, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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Work with molten glass to create your own glass pumpkin paperweight at The Morton Arboretum. Classes start Monday, October 10, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to noon. Multiple sections.
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See the Arboretum through the eyes of an expert photographer. Saturday, October 15, 2016, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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Join us on a family-friendly jack o lantern lit hike to explore the night life of owls, bats and spiders at The Morton Arboretum. Saturdays, October 10 or 17, or Sundays, October 11 or 18, 2015, 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
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Learn how to apply color to graphite drawings by applying glazes of watercolor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, October 19 through November 9, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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Does candy grow on trees? Come and find out what sweet treats grow on trees and other plants and play fun candy games in this sensory based program at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, October 12 OR Thursday, October 20, 2016, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
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Join professional nature photographer Mike MacDonald as he takes you on a virtual journey that celebrates the wonder and drama of the paradise known as “Chicago Wilderness” at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, October 22, 2016, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
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Learn the art of botanical printing and take home one-of-a-kind, fall-inspired creation at The Morton Arboretum.Sunday, October 23, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Develop your nature photography portfolio and hone your personal style in this project-based class at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Four Thursdays, October 27 through 3-17, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, November 5, 2016, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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Refresh your holiday decor with a stunning, holiday-themed hanging window mosaic at The Morton Arboretum. Two Days: Saturday, November 5, and Sunday, November 6, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Make personalized notecards using watercolor. Explore your creative side and learn a few things, too at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 5, 2016, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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This sensory based program will draw upon the changing season’s themes and fall shapes and colors. Crunchy leaves, tree seeds and a color hunt will be the inspiration for creating your very own work of art to take home at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, November 3; Tuesday, November 8; OR Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
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Spend a morning learning the basics and of watercolor and create a watercolor painting of an autumn leaf at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, November 19, OR Sunday November 20, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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After taking a hike through the Children’s Garden to hunt for all of the hiding gnomes, create a keepsake, light-up gnome home of your own at The Morton Arboretum. Weekends November 2016 through March 2017 Times vary between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
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Create a seasonal painting or a charming terrarium with found objects while you enjoy a glass of wine and goodies at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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Apply direct oil painting techniques to canvas to lend a sensual texture and convey movement to a botanical subject.at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Photograph night scenes at the Arboretum and in downtown Chicago. Five days: Three Thursdays, January 5, 12, and 19, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, January 7 and 14, 2016, 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
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Learn the basics of how to use your new camera. Whether a point & shoot or a digital SLR you will be introduced to focus, exposure, histograms, and how to take a picture in the field at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 28, 2017, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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