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Adult programs, Botanical art and illustration

Painting Nature on Canvas

We will work with watercolor on canvas and explore new ways to use composition to enliven your paintings inspired by nature at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Saturdays, September 20 and 27, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Arboretum Uncorked: Painting-New Section Added

Enjoy a glass of wine and create a colorful expressionistic painting. Work step by step with a skilled instructor and leave with visual memory of The Morton Arboretum.

Art Portfolio Review

Please register for the portfolio review if you have completed your requirements to graduate from the Botanical Art & Illustration Certificate or the Master’s Studio Certificate at the Morton Arboretum. Monday-Friday, October 6-10, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Autumn Textures with Graphite and Colored Pencil: Visiting Artist Series

Julie Sutter-Blair received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her award winning artwork can be found in numerous art exhibits throughout the Midwest. She has been invited to jury top-ranked Art Festivals, has been artist in residence in schools and has taught previous workshops at The Morton Arboretum.. Friday, October 10-Sunday October 12, 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.

Glass Pumpkin Workshops-Sold Out

Work with molten glass to create your own glass pumpkin paperweight at The Morton Arboretum. Monday-Friday, October 13-17, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Please Note: All sections are sold out. Ask about our waitlist at 630-719-2468 or registrar-ed@mortonarb.org

Intro to Botany

Explore the world of plants by learning how leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds, and roots relate to water, light, nutrients, and reproduction at The Morton Arboretum. 6 Tuesdays, October 14-November 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Silverpoint Workshop

Learn the historic technique of silverpoint, drawing with silver on a prepared ground. We will work with autumn leaves to create a simple composition at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Saturdays, October 18-25, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Mosaic Pumpkins for Fall

Create a three-dimensional pumpkin or plaque, perfect for either the Halloween or Thanksgiving holiday at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, October 19, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Color Theory, Colored Pencil

Explore the nature of color and how colors impact each other and the viewer. Develop the vocabulary to discuss color and practice its application in the medium of colored pencil at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Mondays, October 20-November 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Begin to Draw Nature

Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners. Everything from how to hold your pencil to what kind of paper to use will be discussed at The Morton Arboretum. 5 Mondays, October 27-November 24, 6:30-9:30 p.m.