Nature Art and Photography

  • Come explore and learn a new medium and its exciting characteristics with Karen, a natural science illustrator, as she walks you through how she uses acrylics in her work at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, May 25 through June 15, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Join an expert photographer for golden hour, that magical moment just before sunset when the soft light gives the Arboretum a special, warm glow. (Sold Out) Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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, April 8, or Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Summer dates: Saturday, July 15, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m, or Saturday, September 30, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn the fundamentals of bird anatomy and tips for sketching from photos, specimen as well as live birds at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 6, or Monday, June 5, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • 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. (Spring) Three days: two Thursdays, June 8 and 15, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. (Summer) Three days: Two Thursdays, September 21 and 28, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • The Arboretum is home to many wonderful species of rare and endangered trees. Join Kimberly Mullarkey for the chance to study and sketch a different rare tree in this plein air workshop. Select Saturdays, June 10, 17, and 24, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • (earn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. (Spring) Four Saturdays, June 10 through 24, and July 8 (no class July 1), 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Summer) Four Thursdays, September 7 through 28, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn to simplify a specimen into a few well placed strokes with the minimalist approach of brush painting at The Morton Arboretum. (Sold Out) Sunday, June 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • The Arboretum is home to many wonderful species of rare and endangered trees. Join Kimberly Mullarkey for the chance to study and sketch a different rare tree in this plein air workshop. Select Saturdays, June 10, 17, and 24, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Capture the beauty of dragonflies and damselflies with your camera at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Thursdays, July 13 through July 27, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, July 15 and 22, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • 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, April 8, or Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Summer dates: Saturday, July 15, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m, or Saturday, September 30, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • The botanical world is full of difficult textures to paint. Learn to conquer them in this intensive two-day workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, August 4, or Saturday, August 5, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Capture a bit of nature on scratchboard, a form of engraving at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 19, or Sunday, August 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Make colorful, textured paper using eastern fibers in this Japanese papermaking workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, August 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn to use water-soluble colored pencils to create a vibrant painting of the Arboretum. Friday, August 25, or Saturday, August 26, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Add artistry to your nature photography with creative effects at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • (earn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. (Spring) Four Saturdays, June 10 through 24, and July 8 (no class July 1), 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Summer) Four Thursdays, September 7 through 28, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Create field sketches of summer landscapes at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, September 10, or Sunday, September 17, 2017, 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.
  • 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. (Spring) Three days: two Thursdays, June 8 and 15, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. (Summer) Three days: Two Thursdays, September 21 and 28, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • 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, April 8, or Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Summer dates: Saturday, July 15, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m, or Saturday, September 30, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of how to use your new camera at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 30, 2017, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.