Nature Art and Photography

Course List

  • Spend a summer evening with artist and scientist Julian Voss-Andreae, as he shares his work spanning quantum physics, biomolecules, and his novel approaches to figurative sculpture at The Morton Arboretum. Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 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. Four Thursdays, July 12 through August 2, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Learn to capture early spring with graphite, the perfect medium for textures. at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, July 12 through August 2, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Kick back and relax with a night of coloring, complete with a cash bar and cheese and crackers. The theme of the night is trolls, celebrating the six larger-than-life trolls, built from reclaimed materials by Danish artist Thomas Dambo, that have moved into the Arboretum this summer. Thursday, July 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • This forest therapy walk intertwines art and Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday July 21, Monday August 13, or Sunday September 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Remember, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone at The Morton Arboretum.Saturday. Saturday, June 2, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., or Saturday July 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Turn a cigar box into a one-of-a-kind keepsake box using reclaimed materials at The Morton Arboretum. Two days, Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Learn the basics of how to use your new DSLR camera at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 28, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Lindsay Sandbothe returns for a two-day, intermediate/advanced workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Two days, Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • This workshop is open to all skill levels and Artistic abilities. You DO NOT have to be an Artist to take this workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday. August. 5, 2018 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online only begins: June 1, or August 3, 2018. In-person only: Saturday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Join renowned wildflower painter Heeyoung Kim for a watercolor workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Three days: Friday, August 10, through Sunday, August 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy special access to the remarkable Denton Collection, a hundred-year-old collection of butterflies and moths housed in the archives of the Sterling Morton Library at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Learn to use watercolor to capture the colors of nature. In this introduction to watercolor, students will learn techniques to apply paint to paper at The Morton Arboretum. Four Thursdays, September 6 through 27, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Utilize watercolor to prepare a preliminary underpainting for your outdoor painting studies at the Morton Arboretum. Two days: Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Get the botany basics you need to identify plants at The Morton Arboretum. Online only begins: June 1, or August 3, 2018. In-person only: Saturday, September 8, 10:00 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, September 8 through 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to noon (registration opens May 22)
  • Step up your nature photography with tips and techniques from well-known photographer Tony Sweet at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 15, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Join this small-group photography outing to capture early morning light on the Arboretum grounds with award-winning photographer Tony Sweet. Sunday, September 16, 2018, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Develop your skills as a nature photographer through thoughtful compositions at The Morton Arboretum. Four days: Three Thursdays, September 20 through October 4, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 22, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • This forest therapy walk intertwines art and Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday July 21, Monday August 13, or Sunday September 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.