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Botanical art and illustration, Adult programs

Chinese Brush Painting Workshop: Landscapes

Learn to simplify a specimen into a few well placed strokes with the minimalist approach of brush painting at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, December 7, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The History of Botanical Art and Illustration

Spend winter afternoons learning about the history and uses of botanical and scientific art from early herbals to old masters at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Saturdays, January 10 and 17, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

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, January 13-February 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Begin to Draw Nature

Learn the basics of nature 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, January 19-February 16, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Botanical Art With Pen & Ink

Using pen and ink, you will learn to balance and manipulate black and white elements while creating the illusion of value, depth, and texture in your botanical illustration at The Morton Arboretum. 4 Saturdays, January 17-February 14 , 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 4 Tuesdays, January 20-February 10, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Winter Pastels

The soft light of winter lends itself to the medium of pastel. You will learn the basics of pastel and then working with your photographs and observation create a small landscape at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, January 24-Sunday, January 25, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Botanical Art with Pencil

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. 4 Tuesdays, January 27-February 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Winter Plants: Graphite on Scratchboard

Scratchboard is a very forgiving medium. Capture the textures of plants in winter by scratching out details such as delicate veins against a dark background at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Thursdays, February 5-19, 9:30-12:30 p.m.

Contemporary Nature Art

You will learn how to blend oil paints and cold wax to create a nature themed collage at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, February 8, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Arboretum Uncorked: Winter

Enjoy the beauty of winter as you spend the afternoon indulging in your passion. Whether painting, photography or floral arranging you'll cure your cabin fever while indulging your creative muse. Sunday, February 22, 2:00-4:30 p.m.