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Nature Art and Photography

  • Approach watercolor as though it were oil paint, and learn to build color and form in a slow deliberate manner at The Morton Arboretum. (Sold Out) Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of drawing nature in this course designed for true beginners at The Morton Arboretum. Four Saturdays, March 11 through April 1, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Explore the nature of color and how colors impact each other and the viewer at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, March 15 through April 12 (No class on March 29), 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Altering books is the process of recycling books for another purpose using gesso, pasting, cutting and image altering at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, March 19, 2017, 11:00 a.m. 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, February 25, or Saturday, March 25, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Learn to capture early spring with graphite, the perfect medium for textures. at The Morton Arboretum. Four Tuesdays, March 28 through April 18, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 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. Sunday, April 2, 2017, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., or Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Be intentional about the photographs you take by gaining control of your camera settings and developing your eye for photography at The Morton Arboretum. Five days: Three Thursdays, April 6, 13, and 20, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Two Saturdays, April 8 and 15, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Learn why value is essential to accurately capturing a landscape in your art at The Morton Arboretum. Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Spend a day learning the basics and create a colored pencil drawing of a spring flower at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday April 8, or Sunday April 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Learn to paint the bright greens and colors of spring in gouache, an opaque watercolor at The Morton Arboretum. Four Wednesdays, April 12 through May 3, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Follow your subject over the course of several weeks to see how it unfolds throughout the spring at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Thursdays, April 13, 27 (no class May 4), and May 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Celebrate Earth Day with tea and sweet treats, then plant and decorate your own tea cup planter to take home. Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Develop a series of images to show a story about the Arboretum and present them as a portfolio. Six days: four Wednesdays, April 26 through May 17, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, April 29 and May 6, 2017, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Learn how to capture the natural landscape with your camera at The Morton Arboretum. Three days: two Thursdays, May 4 and 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 6, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.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.
  • 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.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online component begins: Thursday, May 4, 2017, In person component: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Join renowned, award-winning photographer Bryan Peterson for an engaging, full-day seminar on nature photography at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Join this small-group photography outing to capture early morning light on the Arboretum grounds with award-winning photographer Bryan Peterson. Sunday, May 14, 2017, 5:00 a.m. to noon
  • Enjoy a glass of wine and create an arrangement or a painting that celebrates spring colors at The Morton Arboretum. Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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. Sunday, April 2, 2017, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., or Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • 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 24 through August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Paint, draw, color, and sculpt your way through the Arboretum. Dates vary starting June 6, 2016. Multiple sections.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

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