Class listings

Paint, draw, color, and sculpt your way through the Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections.
Get inspired and create your own nature sculptures. Learn techniques and use tools of contemporary artists to create your own works of art each day at The Morton Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections. Monday through Friday, June 5 through 9 or July 31 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 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. 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.
Learn the basics of drawing in a class designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, June 10 through 24, and July 8 (no class July 1), 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 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.
Learn to simplify a specimen into a few well placed strokes with the minimalist approach of brush painting at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, June 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 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
Use your nature observation skills and get creative with digital photography. Practice composition, subject placement, close-ups, moving targets, and more at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16 or August 7 through 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Become a nature artist! Use nature as your inspiration to explore texture, color, and dimension at The Morton Arboretum. Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16, or July 10 through 14, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m